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    Question Fragrance stereotypes...

    In an office environment, what impression to you get from, i.e. how would you stereotype, somebody wearing a fragrance dominated by:

    Fresh green notes
    Rose/flowery notes
    Citrus
    Soap
    Vetiver
    Leather
    Aquatic notes
    Spices/oriental notes
    80's powerhouse notes

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    Fresh green notes - gardener
    Rose/flowery notes - gay
    Citrus - enterprising, works second job at lemonade stand
    Soap - OCD
    Vetiver - child abuser
    Leather - good in bed
    Aquatic notes - most likely to succeed
    Spices/oriental notes - cooks a mean Pad Thai
    80's powerhouse notes - old
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    Vetiver - child abuser
    wtf?

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    PaulSC - that was an awesome list - thanks for a good laugh!

    Edit: I think I got the vetiver joke upon second thinking.

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    you did say the office...

    Fresh green notes - understated elegance/ going for an interview
    Rose/flowery notes - english/ gay/ romantic/ creative/ daring/ risk taker/ loose canon
    Citrus - new guy/ youthful
    Soap - showbiz/ trendy
    Vetiver - plays polo on the weekends/ latin/ cultured
    Leather - going to a gala after work
    Aquatic notes - uncreative/ must not listen to his ideas/ will probably be promoted before me
    Spices/oriental notes - fast riser that may become a capable asshole later on/ one to take note of
    80's powerhouse notes- said capable asshole/ man of independent mean or the client

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    Aquatic Notes = Yes Man
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    Quote Originally Posted by pourhomme View Post
    you did say the office...

    Fresh green notes - understated elegance/ going for an interview
    Rose/flowery notes - english/ gay/ romantic/ creative/ daring/ risk taker/ loose canon
    Citrus - new guy/ youthful
    Soap - showbiz/ trendy
    Vetiver - plays polo on the weekends/ latin/ cultured
    Leather - going to a gala after work
    Aquatic notes - uncreative/ must not listen to his ideas/ will probably be promoted before me
    Spices/oriental notes - fast riser that may become a capable asshole later on/ one to take note of
    80's powerhouse notes- said capable asshole/ man of independent mean or the client
    Perfect!

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    "Capable asshole" haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulSC View Post
    Fresh green notes - gardener
    Rose/flowery notes - gay
    Citrus - enterprising, works second job at lemonade stand
    Soap - OCD
    Vetiver - child abuser
    Leather - good in bed
    Aquatic notes - most likely to succeed
    Spices/oriental notes - cooks a mean Pad Thai
    80's powerhouse notes - old
    I love it!

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    In an office? At the risk of offending many, I hasten to add this is tongue-in-cheek, and stereotypes are generalisations. LOL!

    Fresh green notes: A young man or woman who likes the outdoors and likes rock climbing. Uses a carabiner as a key ring.
    Rose/flowery notes: A woman who likes cabbage rose motifs on her bedspread. She only likes the colour pink to the point of nausea. Wears puffy chiffon or organza dresses.
    Citrus: A young woman or man in a summer outfit. Likes beach holidays and sports a suntan.
    Soap: A man in Grey Flannel, casual sporty, no tie. Intelligent and sexy.
    Vetiver: A man in a business suit. A professional. Might not be that intelligent, but his shirts are always crisp and ironed and he is athletic and trim.
    Leather: Sophisticated man or woman with classic style. Carries a worn leather attache case and wears linen and cotton. Actually bought things out of the J. Peterman catalogs.
    Aquatic notes: A 19-year-old boy who bought the most popular scent marketed in order to impress young women. Wears only one brand of clothing exclusively with logos on all of his clothes.
    Spices/oriental notes: An elegant woman in Haute Couture. Wears $600 shoes and carries an Hermes handbag.
    80's powerhouse notes: An older person who grew up adoring the Studio 54 days. Loud and obnoxious as his fragrances.
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    Vetiver - child abuser ?
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    Fresh green notes: awaiting retirement
    Rose/flowery notes: PR
    Citrus: essential worker. never to be promoted.
    Soap: R&D / Coder etc.
    Vetiver: any obnoxious prick
    Leather: consultant, rarely seen in office
    Aquatic notes: everyone
    Spices/oriental notes: mixes personal life with business professionally
    80's powerhouse notes : board member

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    Fresh green notes: A young man or woman who likes the outdoors and likes rock climbing. Uses a carabiner as a key ring.
    That's me!!

    ...Except I'm comparing comparing a honeyed patch and a woody patch today at work. Not quite "fresh and green."
    "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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    Fresh green notes -safe, afraid of offending anyone
    Rose/flowery notes - feminine
    Citrus - safe, more afraid of offending anyone
    Soap - doesnt like cologne
    Vetiver - Old man/hippie
    Leather - classy, elegant person
    Aquatic notes - extremely afraid of offending anyone
    Spices/oriental notes - care-free person with a unique personality
    80's powerhouse notes - clubber

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsc View Post
    fresh green notes - gardener
    rose/flowery notes - gay
    citrus - enterprising, works second job at lemonade stand
    soap - ocd
    vetiver - child abuser
    leather - good in bed
    aquatic notes - most likely to succeed
    spices/oriental notes - cooks a mean pad thai
    80's powerhouse notes - old

    lmao!!! :-)

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    Fresh green notes: environmentalist
    Rose/flowery notes: very dainty metrosexual, in touch with his fem side
    Citrus: risk adverse
    Soap: clean freak
    Vetiver: traditional, conservative,has fragrance knowledge
    Leather: has a bold side
    Aquatic notes: sensitive nose
    Spices/oriental notes: very confident in themself
    80's powerhouse notes: macho and mature

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    very vivid descriptions primrose! good work!

    i actually put some bad descriptions in the aquatic section lol but decided to hold back at the last minute.

    interesting how perhaps people who lived through the 80's are reminded of clubs while the younger ones who were born in the decade like me think of them as gravitas bearing things. must be from the image we had of our fathers.

    i agree with david that someone that wears vetiver has fragrance knowledge or was hip in the 60's when guerlain came out with his. i've never heard of it outside basenotes/ this hobby. would never imagine asking an SA to try the vetiver had it not been recommended here.

    i'd ad lavender is for someone trusted with important things like a treasurer. or bank manager.

    i could see spice doing secretaries on the copying machine lol.

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    LOL, love the thread.

    Some of mine may be a little out there lol..

    Fresh green notes - naturist, likes hiking/various outdoor activities, gardens/gardening.
    Rose/flowery notes - more in touch with their feminine side, prefers unisex frags.
    Citrus - generic, likes the simple things.
    Soap - goes to the gym a lot, just wants a clean/safe scent that's one step up from a body spray.
    Vetiver - those with an acquired taste, likes specific fragrances, likes green fragrances too, but darker ones, enjoys patchouli as well.
    Leather - sophisticated, distinguished, looking to make an impression.
    Aquatic notes - younger crowd, those who know little about fragrances.
    Spices/oriental notes - Often likes the leather/woodsy/tobacco scents as well, confident, any age, former or present smoker.
    80's powerhouse notes - older folks who grew up with these scents, grew up wearing them.

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    I agree a lot with Cologneist

    Fresh green notes - Outdoorsy
    Rose/flowery notes - Sophisticated; confident enough to wear, or in touch with feminine side
    Citrus - "generic, likes the simple things"
    Soap - Borrrringggg and maybe insecure about fragrance; maybe threatened by men wearing "perfume"
    Vetiver - Traditional; safe
    Leather - Could be kinky; sensual person
    Aquatic notes - Trendy; "younger crowd, those who know little about fragrances"
    Spices/oriental notes - A bit more daring; more conversant with fragrances
    80's powerhouse notes - Macho; older

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    Fresh green notes - Serious, Honest, Earthy.
    Rose/flowery notes - Reactionary, Unyielding, Meddlesome.
    Citrus - Traditional, Staid, Polite.
    Soap - Appearance-conscious, Organised, Plodden.
    Vetiver - Power-hungry, Conservative, Aloof.
    Leather - Attention-seeking, Adventurous, Unflappable.
    Aquatic notes - Mentally-challenged.
    Spices/oriental notes - Sensual, Emotional, Eclectic.
    80's powerhouse notes - Brazen, Warm, Powerful.

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    Welcome to the office!

    Fresh green notes - bean counter
    Rose/flowery notes - personal assistant
    Citrus - PR
    Soap - janitor
    Vetiver - business development
    Leather - security
    Aquatic notes - HR
    Spices/oriental notes - sales & marketing
    80's powerhouse notes - CEO

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    Honestly, at the risk of sounding lazy. I'd say anyone that isn't wearing an aquatic has a mind of their own and/or a girlfriend. At least in the US, it's just SO easy to get suckered into an aquatic, whether it being shoved down your throat by an SA or because your buddy wears it. If I find you wearing anything other than a popular aquatic or Le Male, I'd be quite surprised.
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    Fresh green notes -- "good guy", "clean guy", but probably has a skeleton (or body) under the house

    Rose/flowery notes -- old fashioned, depressed, weak

    Citrus -- happy, carefree, irresponsible

    Soap -- possible body odor issues, self conscious, immature/childish

    Vetiver -- distinguished, gentlemanly, really old

    Leather -- formal, conservative, possibly a racist misogynist bigot

    Aquatic notes -- ladies man, "player", confident, opinionated, works hard & plays hard, extroverted

    Spices/oriental notes -- sensual, romantic, seductive, sex maniac, selfish, dark, mysterious

    80's powerhouse notes -- American Psycho, lack of fashion sense, jerk, narcissistic


    Note: I tried to include positive and negative for each. Since the poster wrote dominated, I took it to the extreme in my imagination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Point Blank View Post
    In an office environment, what impression to you get from, i.e. how would you stereotype, somebody wearing a fragrance dominated by............
    Stereotyping is usually something done by people operating on a low level of consciousness.

    Assumption in general is the mother of all f*ck-ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    Stereotyping is generally something done by people operating on a low level of consciousness.
    Now now, that's just a stereotype; in reality stereotyping is done by people operating on levels 1, 2, 3, 6, and sometimes 8.
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    stereotypes help humans categorize things and in many cases not always but many are true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensual View Post
    Fresh green notes -- "good guy", "clean guy", but probably has a skeleton (or body) under the house

    Rose/flowery notes -- old fashioned, depressed, weak

    Citrus -- happy, carefree, irresponsible

    Soap -- possible body odor issues, self conscious, immature/childish

    Vetiver -- distinguished, gentlemanly, really old

    Leather -- formal, conservative, possibly a racist misogynist bigot

    Aquatic notes -- ladies man, "player", confident, opinionated, works hard & plays hard, extroverted

    Spices/oriental notes -- sensual, romantic, seductive, sex maniac, selfish, dark, mysterious

    80's powerhouse notes -- American Psycho, lack of fashion sense, jerk, narcissistic


    Note: I tried to include positive and negative for each. Since the poster wrote dominated, I took it to the extreme in my imagination.
    Sooo, a guess would be you like Aquatics and Spice/Orientals....

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    Great contributions everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    Stereotyping is usually something done by people operating on a low level of consciousness.

    Assumption in general is the mother of all f*ck-ups.
    I agree that stereotypes are intrinsically unfair. However, generalizations are useful because they help us to categorize information, as David Bond pointed out. Therefore, everybody stereotypes. It's a psychological fact, not a political stance.

    The real question is how to tackle stereotypes. I think the most "high level of consciousness" thing to do is to drag them out in the open so that both "stereotyped" and "stereotyper" are made aware of them, instead of them operating under the surface. That makes the "stereotyped" better equipped to deal with reality and the "stereotyper" more critical of his judgment.

    With regard to this thread, in addition, it's all in jest. We're stereotyping based on cologne, how serious can that be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    Stereotyping is usually something done by people operating on a low level of consciousness...
    So they'd probably be wearing an aquatic?
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