Easy: "I like it, don't You?" ... what/why/how/thanks
Thread: Making out with Grandma?
I suppose if anything is worse than buying a new cologne and being told you
smell Old Manish (Grandpa), it would be to spend a bundle to find out that you
smell Old Womanish (Grandma). I was researching ideas for an interesting
winter frag, and came across Fumerie Turque. It was described as a
Honey Tobacco smell, which sounded intriguing.
I buy myself a decant sample for about $20. I was also delighted to
see that I was given a free sample of Timbuktu. So anyway, I have yet
to wear either frag out in public yet. Both definitely smell different
than the usual Klein/Armani/Cole or even Zegna stuff that I usually wear.
I live in Western Maryland and am a bit reluctant to wear these frags to
work. What do I do if someone says I smell like an old woman. How about
"Well, I was digging through Grandma's purse the other day......" or
maybe "I hadn't seen Grandma in ages and we got to talkin' and one
thing lead to another and...... Anyway, without getting gross, I
hope I get some feedback here. Thanks.
Easy: "I like it, don't You?" ... what/why/how/thanks
I once worked in a kindergarden.
One day I was drawing with a
group of children, when one of
'it smells like my grandma here'.
I know I was to blaim, as I was
wearing Ysatis de Givenchy!
Clearly the wrong forum for that
I never said it was me,
I was too embarrest!
I would just look at them head to toe and then say "If I were you, I wouldn't be judging others".
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"Your grandma has good taste."
Life is too short, to worry about what others think about your fragrance selection.
Last edited by mikeperez23; 21st February 2010 at 01:07 PM.
if i'm feeling particularly bitchy on that day that comment was passed, i'd go "youngsters these days have no taste. tsk tsk"
I'd just say, "What the hell is wrong with you?! There must be something wrong with your nose. I guess your grandma likes wearing men's colognes."
I guess the snappy comeback is the basenoter way to go! I guess personality
would dictate your response. I would tend to feel a bit embarrassed and go
back to a tried and true standby frag like Chrome in Summer or maybe
Paul Smith Extreme in Winter.
Certainly, someone needs to grow up. Meanwhile, i am enjoying this experience.............
ointments and perfume delight the heart....
I guess... If it actually bothered me that much if someone commented that I smelled so and so, I would just not wear it publicly ever again. It can be tiring trying to come up with fake reasons all the time.
"...her fragrance all in my keeping; softly she comes in the night." Lyrics, Gordon Lightfoot, "Softly."
I'd probably do a Johnny Fairplay: "Yeah, I wear it in rememberance of my late grandmother. She passed away last week..."
But if you're anxious about people commenting on your fragrances, spray lightly and wear it discreetly. Or quit hanging around people who spend a lot of their time sniffing at old women...
I'm pretty bold about what I wear in public, and even to my office, but the trick is keep it on the light side. Just one or two sprays of the ones you might think are too strong, or too sweet. Another strategy: if you're worried about it, spray on the back of your hands. You can wash it off easily if you want to.
Depending on who said I smell like an old woman I'd respond "Yeah, I told your (wife, mom, sister, etc.) not to put on so much perfume before we knocked boots. I'll be sure to give her a good spanking later."
I've been complimented by women when I wear Coco EDP. That is the granniest of all my frags, even beating Mitsouko in terms of the Grannie-scale. Funnily enough, that means they usually got interested enough to try Coco on for themselves, but then find it doesn't suit them with the same exact complaint, "Too old-fashioned" or "Smells like grandma".
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Before work yesterday, I put on some Trussardi Inside Man. My wife caught a wiff and told me it smelled like an old woman. I was a bit shaken by that one. A think that Inside Man is more masculine that a lot of frags out there. Hopefully, that impression left with the top notes.
Heck I thought I smelled like an old woman when wearing Lanvin's Arpege Pour Homme.
Not exactly "locker room" fare.
Whenever I see this thread resurrect itself, I always read the title as some "Do I or don't I?" question.
As a 53 year old basenoter I am on the verge of feeling insulted here! <laughs>
I think the "Yeah, Gran has GREAT taste in perfume" would be the best retort.
Or a simple "whatever."
Better yet, don't worry, wear what you like.
I wear Fumerie Turque and think that it smells lovely. Fresh tobacco being the main impression on my skin. (on a man, I can't say.)
(I guess it's better than smelling like "unwashed grandmothers" which DOES conjure up a rather funky scent image, as a Ukrainian described the smell of the university restrooms... "unwashed humans" might have been more correct, but I understand what she was getting at.) LOL
Most people won't think a frag smells like a grandma until someone tells them it smells like a grandma, or an actual grandma is wearing it.
This is why guys can easily get away with wearing womens' - even classic womens' scents - and nobody notices. Nobody will tell you that you smell like a grandma because it won't occur to anyone except innocent little children who call it like it is.
Case in point: Bought my girlfriend a Guerlain. She loved it. Told her boss. Boss asked what it was. She said Shalimar. Boss said "My mother-in-law wears that!" Girlfriend now thinks it smells like an old lady. Such is life.
Last edited by LiveJazz; 12th March 2010 at 03:43 AM.
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