Mostly it just means that it's going to be crap.
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.
I find them usually to be aquatic.
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Sport means casual and everyday use to me
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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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.
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.
Means nothing special.
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.
Usually it means watered down, weak and generic.
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.
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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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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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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.
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
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.
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."
Sport = 10% original fragrance + 90% calone
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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means citrus-y junk. AKA something i wont like
Not serious, Casual, not suitable for formal situation
"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.
I ignore terms like this. I smell it, try it on, and trust my nose.