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    Default What does "Sport" mean to you in a fragrance?

    I've always thought to myself, "what is it that makes a fragrance sporty?" Is it just the name playing tricks with my mind as olfactory fatigue can do with ones nose? Or is there an actual smell associated with the word "sport".

    As I looked back through my wardrobe at sport frags that I've owned and tried, many of them put out a peppery scent. Rather than genres such as fresh, green, soapy, animalic. What are some of the notes or smells that one would expect in a sport frag? Pepper and lemon and citrus make me think sport, but mostly the pepper note or accord.

    I think there's some confusion or even controversy. For example, Adidas has a huge line of fragrances. Most think soccer, basketball, volleyball and other 'sports' when they think Adidas. Yet to me, only the ones with a pepper like smell are sport fragrances.

    Thinking about it now peppery and grassy like fresh cut grass are what I think of.
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    Mostly it just means that it's going to be crap.

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    I find them usually to be aquatic.

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    Sport means casual and everyday use to me

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    Fresh and light, overpriced, overly masculine bottle design and abysmal longevity and sillage...combine all of this and it will definitely be a top seller at department stores all around the world.
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    Default Re: What does "Sport" mean to you in a fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    Mostly it just means that it's going to be crap.
    LOL. But I concur for the most part - except Kouros Cologne Sport and Santos Eau de Sport.
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    Default Re: What does "Sport" mean to you in a fragrance?

    Usually uninspired generic rubbish that will probably be very popular everywhere apart from here on BN.
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    Normally "sport" means the marketers and makers of a fragrance have covered up whatever subtle originality that made the brands fragrance aspire to greatness with bland citrus and spice dropped onto the top so that nobody would ever mistake it for something subtle or original. Sport scents are marketed to nobody special . . . and they love it. You should not have to think too hard to enjoy a "sport" scent. You feel it rather than smell it. There are a few I enjoy though - embarassed to say.

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    Hey, Guys,

    I don't care if God came to me in a vision and told me to buy a "Sport" frag, I wouldn't do it. I don't even test them, which I suppose is unfair. I wear frags because they smell good and because they add an air of "chic" and sophistication to my grooming and "aura," for want of a better word. So, even though I am a serious runner, wearing a frag that is a "Sport," just sounds neanderthal to me, and names of fragrances--as I've expressed in another recent thread--can be deal-breakers. Sorry if this sounds elitist. I'm really not down deep.

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    Means nothing special.

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    I looked in the Basenotes directory and attempted to understand the origin of the term "sport" as applied to fragrance.

    The first fragrance that has sport in its name was in c. 1925! That would be Lanvin's Apres Sport, which per the directory is a feminine.

    Jump to 1968. That is when the second use occurs. The fragrance is Lacoste Eau de Sport. This one is a masculine.

    About 10 years go by. Then Jovan issues two: Jovan Sport for Men and Jovan Sport for Women.

    Then things start going a bit quicker, with offerings in 1979 by Etienne Aigner and 1982 by Royal Copenhagen.

    What would be interesting to do is to smell these early sport colognes and capture their themes.

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    Usually it means watered down, weak and generic.

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    wishy-washy lemon or green = majority of them are crappy
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    I agree with the whole citrus and spice thing, I think that about nails it as far as smell goes.

    With exceptions like Polo Sport and Gucci Sport though.
    Last edited by The_Cologneist; 25th May 2010 at 03:50 PM.

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    An insipid flanker churned out to capitalise on a popular scent. Something peddled like crazy in department stores. An aquatic bastardisation of a classic, perhaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin View Post
    Usually it means watered down, weak and generic.
    This!
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    Aside from the learned association with inferior flankers, what I wish (and sort of expect) it to be is something retaining the skeleton of the original fragrance while make it significantly lighter, sharper, fresher, and brighter. Wearing fragrance while playing sports is not something I really feel is necessary, but if you're going to do it, make sure it's damn light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    Mostly it just means that it's going to be crap.
    Pretty much.

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    Pick an ultra-failure cologne, and just name it by adding "sport" to another successful cologne, and we've it!

    There are some exceptions, for instance, I like Chanel Allure Homme Sport, and Dior Homme Sport.

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    I would suggest that sales are sluggish of a particular product , its needs revitalising . So really its just a simple re-hash with some new marketing even better if you can get a celebrity endorsement and voila , fresh revenue

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    it means something like Gucci by Gucci Sport or Burberry Sport, in other words it makes you ask yourself - why?

    There are exceptions such as Chanel Allure Homme Sport and Dior Homme Sport (wich I didn't really dig, but it is a good fragrance) already mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    Wearing fragrance while playing sports is not something I really feel is necessary, but if you're going to do it, make sure it's damn light.
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    It's a word marketers use to put mainstream men at ease with buying a fragrance.
    "It's not what you look like when you're doing what you're doing; it's what you're doing when you're doing what you look like you're doing."

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    Sport = 10% original fragrance + 90% calone

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    When I see the term "Sport" on a fragrance bottle, to me it means that the company is trying to market the fragrance as casual wear.
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    Default Re: What does "Sport" mean to you in a fragrance?

    means citrus-y junk. AKA something i wont like

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    Not serious, Casual, not suitable for formal situation

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    "Sport" mostly means it is marketed to Americans.

    It is not a reference to any smell you might experience while playing sports, like leather, sweat, grass, or wood, but to the scented soaps and shampoos you use to clean yourself afterwards. The idea is for the fragrance to remind you of the "clean" feeling you get after playing sports then washing yourself afterwards. The irony is that soaps and shampoos generally use the cheapest of fragrance additives, so you have essentially paid $50 for a bottle of perfume designed to remind you of a $0.50 bar of soap.

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    I ignore terms like this. I smell it, try it on, and trust my nose.

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    Default Re: What does "Sport" mean to you in a fragrance?

    The word "sport" is Fragrantic Marketese for "not old man". But be careful about using it, because in Basenotian it means "weak".
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    Mostly it just means that it's going to be crap.
    you took the words right out of my mouth Chuck

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    it means lemon or citrus to me .....that what first comes to my mind when i hear sport ....

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    Default Re: What does "Sport" mean to you in a fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Emlynevermore View Post
    Rugby + Yatagan = Victory
    Sorry to revive this thread from the dead, but this is too damn funny! Can't lose with the big Y..

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    Default Re: What does "Sport" mean to you in a fragrance?

    Usually, light, fresh, often citrus-based and aquatic notes in a fragrance.

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    Default Re: What does "Sport" mean to you in a fragrance?

    LiveJazz;1842869]It's a word marketers use to put mainstream men at ease with buying a fragrance.

    + 1...agree fully
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    A thousand cinema adverts in which some dangerously over-tanned bloke flings water at his face in slow motion...

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    Freshness, aquatic, lemon, letters in the alarming colour red.

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    Mens fresh .. most of sports fragrances all fresh and aquatic ..

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    They neuter it and add citrus to the point of almost non-recognition of the original.

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    Default Re: What does "Sport" mean to you in a fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by OdilonRedon View Post
    A thousand cinema adverts in which some dangerously over-tanned bloke flings water at his face in slow motion...
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    It means that the regular version of it sold well and now they want to:
    1- milk it further
    2- capture people who did not buy the original because it wasn't "sporty" enough for thier lifestyle
    3- a lot of calone

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    Default Re: What does "Sport" mean to you in a fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    It means that the regular version of it sold well and now they want to:
    1- milk it further
    2- capture people who did not buy the original because it wasn't "sporty" enough for thier lifestyle
    3- a lot of calone
    Spot on. Lol.

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    Marketing hype.
    Beauty is in the nose of the beholder.

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    Marketing hype.
    exactly!

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    Fresh, cool, & minty for me.

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    Guy-juice.

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    Mostly it just means that it's going to be crap. i will never buy sport frags

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    fresh, light with a lot of citrus or an aquatic

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    I agree pretty much with all of the above - generally a useless and unneeded flanker to appeal to guys who either think they will smell "sporty" or it will mix well with sweat or guys who have never played a real sport in their life and they think this will make them "smell like a jock" whatever that means. I have never been overly impressed with one either of any price range and I don't have any bottles of any. Personally I think pretty much every one of the Adidas scents would fill this "niche" except maybe Victory League and Moves.

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    "Add grapefruit note and re-release in a lighter color bottle"

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    It's really just a moniker to me, a few of my favorites are "Sport" fragrances. Armani Code Sport is one of mine, bottled under a different name, I think it would get a lot of love here...Code Sport and Dior Homme Sport both to me could easily lose the sport in the name but they'd probably lose a lot of sales if they didn't go for that market to be honest.

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    Yep, if it says "sport" on the bottle you know what you are in for, as you've all noted in this thread. There are a few that I like, but not many.

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    Usually it means that the fragrance is going to be shit

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    If ever I go jogging and wanted to wear a scent it will be Armani pour homme.

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    Usually means wash down and also diluted version with an aquatic tinge with extra pinge of citrus.
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    A gym scent

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