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    Default Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    I find that, most often when such comments are either made outright or even implied by someone's actions, they're right - it is too much; I overdid it.

    There is a thing such as over spraying and according to the numbers mentioned by many people here, a lot of BNers over spray, frequently. I don't think becoming all self-righteous over it is the proper response, and those who mentioned they'd insult the person in return are merely stooping to (or below) the level of the person who confronted them.
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    Default Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    It usually doesn't happen since I test scents before I go out into the world. I've only gotten one negative comment, but only that he didn't like it as much. I sat next to this guy for 3 years. One day, wearing Bond's So New York, he said that it wasn't as nice as my other perfumes. I wear perfume lightly, for myself. I never knew he noticed. He went on to say, it was nice sitting next to me, because I didnt over do it, but that one wasn't as nice. So New York is strong and doesn't evolve. All my other scents change over time.

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    It's never happened but if it did I'd just reply "No, I'm wearing enough for me."
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    I find that, most often when such comments are either made outright or even implied by someone's actions, they're right - it is too much; I overdid it.

    There is a thing such as over spraying and according to the numbers mentioned by many people here, a lot of BNers over spray, frequently. I don't think becoming all self-righteous over it is the proper response, and those who mentioned they'd insult the person in return are merely stooping to (or below) the level of the person who confronted them.

    WOW this is deep...

    u must be very sensitive...

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    Default Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by electrorock View Post
    WOW this is deep...

    u must be very sensitive...
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    Well, I don't use heavy applications in the first place, but if I did, and someone told me about it politely, I'd probably thank them and reconsider my application next time I used that scent. Because honestly, most of the time when we overapply, we don't realize it. Feedback on sillage can be useful.

    If they were rude about it, I'd probably say something snarky and walk away, but still reconsider my application later.
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    Default Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    I very rarely hear that, and usually only from my somewhat fragrance-sensitive mother. I find it hard to take that without feeling a little defensive, since I know that I usually apply rather moderately (1-3 sprays on average) and since I usually can't do much about it once it happens.

    Half the time the offending fragrance isn't actually my SotD either, since I know which ones work for her, but a scented grooming product of some sort - I generally avoid those, don't like the scents nine times out of ten, and even if I do I don't like them interfering with my chosen fragrances. It's difficult to go completely fragrance-free, though.

    I really think it's rather rude to comment negatively on someone else's fragrance unless you are truly, genuinely sensitive and physically bothered by that particular fragrance, though, and I also think it's more a case of petty dislike nine times out of ten. If my allergic mother is anything to go by, the worst offenders are not perfumes, but fragranced grooming products, especially hairspray, fabric softeners and the like, which I'm willing to bet that many of those sensitive types wear quite happily themselves.

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    Exactly, and something we can all agree on, the vast majority of grooming products stink. I'm considering swapping to very, very light use of coconut soap as most normal soap smell truly gross and I have no idea what would be an affordable alternative.

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    Smile Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    I have never had the experience of anyone saying anything negative about my fragrances fortunately.

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    Come on N_Tesla, what's the point of posting if you're not going to tell us some hilariously embarrassing and soul-destroying story about how you cleared a room with your stink bomb of a fragrance!?

    Let's everyone get in on the action here....come on, confess! Tell us about the people you choked half to death with your impactful sillage fart!

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    And electrorock, you might be right, but it's fun insulting the people who insulted you in the first place. You aren't really stooping to their level, you're just keeping them on their toes. After all, there IS a chance they may stink themselves! Otherwise all parties involved are just taking things too seriously!

  12. #72

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    there were several instances when people either told me I was wearing a bit much or rolled down the car windows, but they were almost always right after I applied a fragrance.

    while pleasing other people is not my main goal in wearing frags, I definitely don't want to bother them. If people in my proximity are bothered, I cut back, and I would expect the same from every decent person.

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    I was in a botanic garden filled with beautiful-smelling flowers which I commented on. My companion's reply was, "Well, right now I can only smell you." He didn't say it in a disgusted manner so I took it as a compliment on my fragrance. I was wearing L'Instant de Guerlain. That's the only time somebody implied that I was wearing too much perfume. Maybe there are fragrances you can wear "too much" of without offending anyone.

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    Default Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    Good heavens. How could anyone be so rude?

    The other day I was on one of those buses you take from the Park 'N Ride to the airport. As I passed by, an older lady with a sour-looking expression waved her fingers in the air. Of course she could have simply been dismissing a pesky fly. So I waved back and gave her a big friendly smile.

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    I have had to put up with so much body odor and over-the-top vanilla spritzes on women that I would welcome the opportunity to say something in reply to a derogatory comment about a fragrance. But I always try to be very considerate, and have never received much commentary, good or bad, about my (excellent) smell. Truth be told, I am probably too considerate to give a biting retort, however well-deserved, and that truth in itself might just be keeping some other mouths well shut.

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    Default Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    No one has had the Audacity to ever say that to me. If anyone did ever have that much nerve, I would probably just look at them with disdain.
    I really do not care what others think of my fragrance, nor do I value their opinions. I ask neither friend nor stranger for their opinions when choosing something to buy, any item whether fragrance, clothing, etc... Why would I be bothered with a comment on something I own or wear already. Some people just need to be ignored or just remain invisible.
    But that is just me and my way

    Also, 3 sprays is far from overkill...unless it were pure civet tincture. That is something only I would do
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    Default Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    How I react depends on my level of familiarity.

    I have a sensitive nose so I tend to go easy on the cologne, especially if it's an EDP and it's got something animalic in it like musk and/or civet. To be quite honest, I think I've only ever had three complaints--once from my father (who is notorious in my family as a scent-hater; in fact, I'm surprised we're related given my tendency toward olfactory hedonism), and once from an attractive young lady. In both cases it was because I had dosed right before getting out of my car. The third case was another chemist who had worked with some heavy duty aromatic chemicals (by that I mean polycylic) and had developed an allergy that would give her headaches!

    As far as the attractive young lady goes, I apologized and asked if the smell was good or bad. She said it was a great smell, but a bit overwhelming. Regarding the PhD, I simply stand in the laboratory by the fume hood when i need to talk to her :-)

    I think a lot depends on the fragrance--Kouros is a whole different animal than say John Varvatos Classic.

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    I finally managed to scare people, a bit on purpose to see how faces of disgust are when overwhelming sillage is around.
    I sprayed Incanto 10-12 times, that stuff lasts short but it's loud and not super pleasant.
    Haha, it was hilarious.
    I'm also reassured now my usual light hand wearing quality designer does have silent fans.

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    "Yeah, I kinda overdid it a little. Sorry." Mildly guilty look, shrug. Then I move on with my day.

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    For those of you that simply don't care what others think- have you ever had he table turned on you? ie, you are the one being choked out by someone who sprayed too much?

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    I remember my first time in an office environment and I was pulled aside by my manager within the first week, to let me know that my perfume was too strong- it was so embarrassing! I felt really crappy, knowing that I was causing unpleasantness to some people and they were talking about it with me being the last to know. I took it on board and wore much less after that. I felt like someone who had their skirt tucked into their pantyhose with a trail of toilet paper hanging out lol

    Turned out, the complaint was actually from one old lady who was so precious about everything, that I couldn't even have a tester strip in my handbag from lunchtime perfume browsing that she couldn't sniff out with her bloodhound nose! She would start dramatically coughing and sticking her tongue out, and mumble under her breath about the "smell". The good news is, before I left that job, I ended up turning the other ladies in my work group into budding perfumistas I bet that gave her the rats!

    In my experience, I have found that men are more likely to overdo it with fragrance, than women. Some of those colognes are just suffocating, they are so strong and acrid, like nuclear vapour that crawls up your nose and takes a toxic dump in there. It doesnt help that mens fragrances tend to be itchy, spicy, herbal-woody things. I once knew a guy that wore Kouros and my eyes would water whenever he came near. He insisted he only sprayed 2-3 times, but its like, dude, it doesnt matter how many times you spray, its how strong the stuff is. Sometimes half, or one spray is enough.

    I can only do one half spray of Fracas and thats on the navel only- anything else and its too much!

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    Has not happened to me yet. I'd probably just say "yeah, it is quite strong, isn't it?"

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    Default Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    Luckily, I never got negative comments like this. The only person that ever says I'm wearing too much cologne is my father, and he's the kind of guy that thinks if he can smell it then you're wearing too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partagas View Post
    For those of you that simply don't care what others think- have you ever had he table turned on you? ie, you are the one being choked out by someone who sprayed too much?
    Agreed.

    I have had to speak to one of my employees about this. She wears (I think) Poison and insists on re-applying it every two hours. She wears enough to stun a small horse, you can literally chew the air around her. I gently explained to her that just because she couldn't smell it after a while, it doesn't mean that others can't, it's a bit like how everyone's house has a smell to it but yours doesn't (basically anosmia), and she toned it down a bit.

    Personally, my maxim is that if you can constantly smell your own fragrance, you've got waaaay too much on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'eaulita View Post
    I once knew a guy that wore Kouros and my eyes would water whenever he came near. He insisted he only sprayed 2-3 times, but its like, dude, it doesnt matter how many times you spray, its how strong the stuff is. Sometimes half, or one spray is enough.
    I believe 2.5 sprays of Kouros caused the 1982 Lebanon war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrich View Post
    I have had to speak to one of my employees about this. She wears (I think) Poison and insists on re-applying it every two hours.
    Turns out that's a crime punishable by the death penalty here in California.

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    Default Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    Has not happened to me yet. I'd probably just say "yeah, it is quite strong, isn't it?"
    Same here...with the only difference that it actually happened to me a couple of times.


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    My partner goes insane whenever I spray Givenchy Gentleman, other times he's quite inquisitive. When someone is reacting negatively I try to ignore them.

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    Default Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by jcrich View Post
    Agreed.

    I have had to speak to one of my employees about this. She wears (I think) Poison and insists on re-applying it every two hours. She wears enough to stun a small horse, you can literally chew the air around her. I gently explained to her that just because she couldn't smell it after a while, it doesn't mean that others can't, it's a bit like how everyone's house has a smell to it but yours doesn't (basically anosmia), and she toned it down a bit.

    Personally, my maxim is that if you can constantly smell your own fragrance, you've got waaaay too much on.
    But, you know, the great thing was that she got this advice from a perfume lover. I can't think of anyone more likely to deliver such news with a bit of sympathy and understanding. Sounds like it was taken well. Good job.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Guyer View Post
    My partner goes insane whenever I spray Givenchy Gentleman, other times he's quite inquisitive. When someone is reacting negatively I try to ignore them.
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    Thank you RP. That's exactly what I set out to achieve.
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