My choices would be Antaeus, Aramis, YSL Pour Homme Haute Concentration, Kouros and Azzaro Pour Homme.
Are there any fragrances you wear when you want to intimidate another person?
In my profession (lawyer), there are commonly many situations where intimidation of my opponent is part of my job. When I want to intimidate, no scent is more appropriate than Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme. It's a fragrance that simply exudes power and assertiveness.
My choices would be Antaeus, Aramis, YSL Pour Homme Haute Concentration, Kouros and Azzaro Pour Homme.
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Maybe its just me, but MKK is the most intimidating smell ever (though maybe in more of a sexual way... wow that sounds bad)
in my wardrobe, that would be M7
Anateus would be a very good choice for intimidations as well. I smell it on many bosses
oh, and Aramis does the job pretty well too
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I don't use scents to intimidate others but I find Azzaro pour homme has an air of old school masculine authority about it. I'd be interested to try the Van Cleef.
AA Musk by Ajmal. Probably more appropriate for a street fight than a battle of wits in a courtroom though.
I am intimidating by nature. 6'4" 215lbs. college BBall player.
Don't want to smell like anything other than citrus, greens, and pleasant spices/woods.
Most intimidating scent i think is not bathing for a while until your armpits and crotch get a thick layer of oils built up on them. LOL
Luca Turin's review of Jil Sander for Man ends with the note "This is the last thing you smell before the person wearing it fires you."
Nothing says bad ass punk like Drakkar Noir.
Intimidation in a nice way: Givenchy Gentleman
uhhh 8 sprays of Kouros ?
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I don't know if it actually intimidates others, but it makes me feel like a powerhouse.
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I'm afraid people around me usually divide scents into two categories, nice and 'yuck!'. I would like to use some proper adjective in place of yuck, but nothing seems fitting. By this I mean that typical reaction is so very instinctive, nothing more. Because of this, I don't think average person could ever perceive a fragrance as intimidating.
I'm with Johnny, I don't think that there are any universally intimidating fragrances.
Natural animalic scents (which aren't really used in perfumery nowadays) might give the wearer a forceful aura about them, but I wouldn't say that they are intimidating either...
Fragrance can only do so much.
I never wear a frag to purposely intimidate others, yet Drakkar Noir, YSL PH Concentree, Gucci Envy, even Cerutti 1881 Amber and Fendi Uomo do have this effect once in a while.
I would no doubt have to agree with your choice of Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme. I would also add Yatagan as a top choice. To me, Yatagan sends one strong message!
Almost forgot to include Francesco Smalto pour Homme also!
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I don't see how a fragrance could be intimidating. I have various degrees of like or dislike for fragrances, but they don't have any other effects that I can tell.
I'm kind of new to Anteus. It's pretty serious, but it has a sexy side too.
Most the Penhaligans smell really good to me, but very serious and all business.
Most defintely Yatagan, M7, BdP, overdose on Lagerfeld Photo.
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Sounds like a job for
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M7 Fresh for me as I couldn't pull M7 off eheh.
I thought Antaeus was supposed to be a unisex cologne? Not intimidating.
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For me Habit Rouge EDP says I am confident and in charge, beware.
It's all about attitude, Puig's Quorum and Yatagan by Caron give me the extra little confidence that is needed sometimes
I wear fragrance neither to intimidate nor please others. Strictly for my own pleasure!
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Luca Turin's opinion is that it may now be more appropriate on a woman. I think it has a history of having been very popular with gay men for a time.
It's one of the much imitated masculine power frags of the '80s, and from what I sense in here, it has a place in the hearts and wardrobes of many men. Gay or straight, it's pretty masculine.
I guess anyone can wear anything, but doesn't seem like it would be too good on a woman to me. Opinions vary I'm sure.
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I have no reason or desire to intimidate anyone else.
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When I want to intimidate people, I don't wear anything. Not even a smile.
Ok ok, but fragrance wise, I wore Fumerie Turque when I had to lay off several people a few years ago, but I tend to think of fragrances that are bold, assertive, yet classy, give off an aura of self-confidence. As I read recently, they don't have to be powerhouses - that tends to make one think you're trying to over compensate for something - but they should be worn in a way which speaks confidently.
Off the top of my head, I tend to think of scents from D'Orsay as doing this the best.
I once had an attractive female boss who was a real ball-buster at times. One day she berated me in a manner that I couldn't stand. This was during a time when I was wearing mostly easygoing, unisex type scents to work. The next day I wanted to set a different tone and one of the things I did-- I decided to start wearing really masculine scents in her presence. I went with John Varvatos Vintage. I wore it for almost a month straight, everytime I knew I'd be seeing her. It was odd how her demeanor toward me changed. She became really flirtatious. One time we were walking down a back corridor and she made a sexual joke and she kind of flung herself at me, and I picked her up and carried her down the hall. No, I'm not joking! Then, weeks later she wound up firing my two favorite coworkers in the most cold, pitiless manner. When I marched into her office to give her a piece of my mind, she just sat there and took it. It was strange, but I really do think this power shift was put into motion by my choice of fragrance...
For me it has to be Yatagan
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Yeah TonyP- your wardrobe is pretty high testosterone.
I can totally see how scent could have played a role in Indi_Guy's story.
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I tend to see this kind of atribute as part of the wearer, not the scent.
However, if the wearer is intimidating, Kouros can make him MORE intimidating.
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Be that as it may the OP's question is related to his profession. (lawyer)
It's not as if he asked what's the best fragrance to wear in a street fight. I mean who could be dumb enough to ask such a question? Oh, wait: http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ht=streetfight
Um, never mind. Too many Shotokan Karate, Choy Lee Fut Kung fu and Silat lessons . . .
In any case. no matter how nice we are, may I recommend the inimitable Naed_Nitram's review of Macassar?
Priceless and spot on!
My suggestion would be, find out what Les Grossman wears... He knows all about the power play. Find a scent that is the equivalent of this scene, and one will know the true meaning of intimidation - [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg3vdU-Y1wM"]YouTube- Tropic Thunder: Les Grossman Phone Calls[/ame]
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If the OP is a lawyer, Yatagan and the like would just be over the top.
I would recommend something less wild and rural.
No scent can evoke outright intimidation, as that phenomena is either physical or mental and neither has an olfactory equivalent.
But Lawyers do not use outright full tilt intimidation anyway, it is more nuanced and based not in the present, but based in threats of consequence.
So something more subtle and foretelling is suitable
Van cleef & Arpels has about 90% of this correct, but the evergreen/pine notes do add some weakness due to their seeming dated in a laughable way by many. The connotation is a very slight weakness. Plus, there are some mid notes that i think are too austere and even too elegant.
Cartier Santos would imo be the perfect authoritative scent for a lawyer, apply appropriately if you know the average distance between you and the opponent.
Bois du portugal/Heritage are too sweet and not strict enough, Bel Ami, Terre De Bois, Fumurie Turque and the darker masculine woody L'Artisans are powerful but lacking seriousness and seemingly lacking hygeine, which i think does not fit a lawyer.
Cartier Santos applied fairly heavily, as the intimidation you seek is civil, sterile, and very serious.
I would never wear it, but It is the most authoritative scent i have smelled.
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I use something in my wardrobe that is somewhat unique like Cartier Bois Bleu. Something that the average person wouldn't know about!