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    Default How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    I know that most of us either collect or accumulate frags, but I was wondering what advice you would give a non-basenoter who asked you how many fragrances he should have in his wardrobe.

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    If you want to be "normal" in your life, one or two will do...

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    I think the average/normal person would need no more than 4 or 5. The reason being, I get sick of people wearing the same thing day in day out and some kind of rotation is needed................. not just for the person wearing but for the people around him in every day life.
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    We are not normal here. You've come to the wrong place.

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    I'd say that about six frags should give a well rounded and versatile wardrobe. A conservative frag for work, a more sensual frag for dates and nights out, and a fun frag for casual weekends. Multiply by 2 for warm weather and for cool weather.
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    Default Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    Confucius said, "The first order of business is the rectification of names." Or, to put it another way, the definition of terms. So what exactly do you mean by "normal"? I would prefer not to use dictionary definitions in favor of a more Socratic discussion.

    Here's my idea of "normal": A normal person is one who goes about his life taking thought for his actions and therefore proceeding along a path which does not often lead him to contemplate what may seem normal to others. The pursuit of the good and the beautiful justifies itself without need of explanation. How do you understand καλὸς κἀγαθός? Handsome and brave, resolute and upstanding, or if you must be literal, beautiful and good. Whatever flows from this ideal is good and appropriate, measured and laudable.

    What are "how many" and "how much" to me? It is rather a question of "how good" and "how admirable."
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    Default Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    View fragrance as a fashion accessory. Just as you would not wear the same outfit each day nor should your fragrance wardrobe be limited. Fragrance is a personal expression of style. Experiment with fragrance choice until you have a rotation of fragrance that befits you. Considering the seasons and formal/semiformal occasions a good wardrobe should include, IMO, two fragrances per season and two for special occasion use as a minimum.

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    Default Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    None. If he doesn't enjoy fragrance, why bother? It's certainly not a necessity.

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    Most 'normal' people have about 2-4 i guess?
    In my opinion you should have at least four: two for the summer, and two for winter.
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    Default Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    Hmm, I would guess that the average man probably owns one, or no fragrances.

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    Default Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    around 8

    one for dating in summer/spring, one for dating in fall/winter;

    one for clubbing in summer/spring, one for clubbing in fall/winter;

    one for the office in summer; one for the office in fall/winter;

    one for special occasions (proms, graduations, weddings etc.) spring/summer, one for fall/winter
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    As many or as little as he wants, I guess that no established rule exists

    There are cases when one "Holy Grail" will do as the all-purpose signature scent, while in other cases not just the owning of hundreds of frags, but also the sampling of hundreds or thousands of others more may just be an incomplete experience

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    Whatever he wants, provided he can afford it and enjoy it.

    I would say that the typical range for non-basenoters would be 1-2, with a good number of zeros.
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    Default Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    I can't improve on what Jaime said, but I'll restate it.

    Normal means fitting into an average, a group. It means letting others determine what you do.
    I think a person should have as many fragrances as pleases him/her.
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    Gotcha. Hmm... We'll go with the Golden Rule: "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop?"

    The world may never know, but 3 seems to do the job.

    Maybe 4-5 if he's really adventurous or digs the whole seasons/occasions argument. You could even suggest a few scents along these lines:

    1) A good all-purpose scent that everyone is wearing, 2) a casual scent [read "sport" flanker] that everyone is wearing, 3) a formal/evening/special occasion scent that everyone is wearing.

    3 inoffensive mass-market crowd-pleasers will give him just enough variety. (Did I just contradict myself?) If you know him pretty well, you could even suggest some real fragrances he might like. (You know what I mean.)

    We have to face the reality that some people out there just aren't "into" fragrances. They merely want a generic smells-good accessory, an easy spritz. Horrifying, but true. A dull and colorless life? Undoubtedly. I'm sure we could come up with plenty of epitaphs for such a sad, sad individual... but I think "Non-BaseNoter" says it best.
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    Default Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    One person's normal is another's excess and a third's paucity. Isn't normal more of a very broad range rather than a strictly defined point?

    For decades as an adult I used no fragrance other than whatever was added to the soap I happened to use that day to shower or wash up. I didn't/don't consider that 'zero count' to have been at all abnormal. Now, I 'normally' apply two different frags a day, sometimes a third or even a fourth. For me, at this point, I consider that to be..(cough).. normal.
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    None of the "normal" people I know have more than 3 or 4, most have 2. Which they rarely wear (I swear a friend's bottle of Hugo Boss Hugo has not dropped a millimetre in about five years).

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    Around 5 till 10 !
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    I am still trying to figure out how many fragrances an extraordinary man ought to have.

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    There is no such thing in life as normal.

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    Default Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin View Post
    We are not normal here. You've come to the wrong place.
    Normal is such a subjective term. This is a clearly a place for people who's intertest in fragrance is not average.

    My take on "normal" is buy Aqua di Gio for daytime and Code for night time and you're done.

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    Default Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    My take on "normal" is buy Aqua di Gio for daytime and Code for night time and you're done.
    I would call that Hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaimeB View Post
    Confucius said, "The first order of business is the rectification of names." Or, to put it another way, the definition of terms. So what exactly do you mean by "normal"? I would prefer not to use dictionary definitions in favor of a more Socratic discussion.

    Here's my idea of "normal": A normal person is one who goes about his life taking thought for his actions and therefore proceeding along a path which does not often lead him to contemplate what may seem normal to others. The pursuit of the good and the beautiful justifies itself without need of explanation. How do you understand καλὸς κἀγαθός? Handsome and brave, resolute and upstanding, or if you must be literal, beautiful and good. Whatever flows from this ideal is good and appropriate, measured and laudable.

    What are "how many" and "how much" to me? It is rather a question of "how good" and "how admirable."
    Let's rephrase the original question. "How many fragrances should a boring man have?"

    LOL! In truth, as many as you think you need. If only one scent, then one is sufficient. Heck, my DH once dated a woman who ate nothing but Italian food day after day. (He was, I hasten to say, not impressed.)

    Quote Originally Posted by N_Tesla View Post
    View fragrance as a fashion accessory. Just as you would not wear the same outfit each day nor should your fragrance wardrobe be limited. Fragrance is a personal expression of style. Experiment with fragrance choice until you have a rotation of fragrance that befits you. Considering the seasons and formal/semiformal occasions a good wardrobe should include, IMO, two fragrances per season and two for special occasion use as a minimum.
    I agree, Ken, which is why I do not have a "signature" scent. Just as my clothing/shoes/jewellery are varied according to the weather, the occasion and my every-changing mood, I have many scents. Time after time, I go back to my favs...just as one reaches for a well-worn sweater.


    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    Normal is such a subjective term. This is a clearly a place for people who's intertest in fragrance is not average. My take on "normal" is buy Aqua di Gio for daytime and Code for night time and you're done.
    StylinLA, yes, the "average" and "normal" fellow would only have two, and perhaps one old one in the medicine cabinet, the gift of a wife or grilfriend, which he never wears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I would call that Hell.
    I like it. "Hell" is what is normal! So heaven is...
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    About 60-70. Some of us abnormals here have many more.
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    If I told you how many I have, you'd take me to a madhouse. I'm so abnormal.

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    Normal man: 2 fragrances (usually AdG and Cool Water) and 6 Axe sprays.
    Basenoter: 20-80 fragrances (I have near 50 now) and WTF is a body spray?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killer_Vavoom View Post
    If I told you how many I have, you'd take me to a madhouse. I'm so abnormal.
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    4-5 fragrances is ok for a normal guy in terms of not being obsessed by fragrances.
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