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    Default Most Un-Sexy Fragrances You Like

    Several fragrances that have appealed to me from time to time over the years were decidedly un-sexy; un-romantic, and definitely not intended (IMO) to attract anyone in a "personal" way. Four come to mind immediately: America One by Kreigler; Blenheim Bouquet and Duoro both by Penhaligon; and Elite by Floris.

    I used to really like the Penhaligons, but I am bored now. The Blenheim, as has been noted here before, is somewhat aloof and aristocratic as its name would suggest. It gets much nicer over time, but to call it a fragrance that would attract anyone is, well, funny. Similarly, Duoro, or Lords' as I knew it, is a great formal fragrance, but you wouldn't wear it or the BB on a date unless your intention was to break up. Both would be suitable for a business occasion or a funeral or if you wanted to tout your "going solo" bona fides, something of that nature.

    America One by Kreigler is the smell of some kind of old minty moth protection that lingers not unpleasantly on your favorite cashmere sweaters. I don't love it, but have been intrigued by it from the get go. In fact I have often stopped in the Plaza to get another "test' spritz when in the area. The only time you would wear this for a big event with a lady is if you were escorting your sister or cousin to some kind of charity event. It blue in color, which is not good, I don't think, and goes with white tie or black tie. It would go with a day sail with the 'rents out at Newport or the Vineyard. I have thought about buying it a couple of times, but have demurred because I get the sense that one week after I would go off it. It would never get you noticed in a positive way by someone who you want to be noticed by, I don't think. Unless it's your mother's best friend who's got a "Mrs. Robinson" thing for you. Watch out there, matey!

    Elite is complex and conventional, sturdy, dependable and boring. It wouldn't get you a glance by anyone interesting except maybe a classy hooker at the Dorchester. It is the scent of Ray Milland as the dad in "Love Story". Ennui and wealth in a bottle, and it is about as appealing as trying to impress someone with your bank statement. Actually, I guess that could work.

    Well, that's my initial take on fragrances that aren't sexy, and don't care to be. I have missed many I am sure, and suggest others for nominations in this most intriguing category.

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    Gatsby is an 'un-sexy" fragrance I personally like and enjoy.
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    Kouros...older the bottle, more dirty it is & hence my love for it...While I have worn it with disdain, almost every girl I've been with who has smelt it didn't like it one bit...I mean, they actually hated it...

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    Probably most of the vetiver heavy fragrances I have. Clean and professional, but I would classify them as "un-sexy."


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    Rien.
    Smells like cat piss.

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    CdG Odeur 71 - way unnatural, smells like an office, oddly soothes me though.

    I have problems.

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    I'd have to +1 heavy vetivers: they all strike me as strictly business. +1 for Odeur 71 (and 53) by CdG too - interesting fragrances, but far from sexy in my opinion. Heavy incense fragrances (maybe Bois d'Encens) are really enjoyable to me, but strike me as un-sexy unless cold cathedrals really do it for ya.

    I'd be interested to hear from people who think burning incense is sexy. Am I wrong here?
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    So far Encens Flamboyant by Annick Goutal. It's heavy on the pine resin and frankincense, so it reminds most people of church. I am in love with it, but most women, my fiancee included, have said I smell like an old priest. I think it's a masterpiece, so I'm eager to dip into other incense fragrances. Avignon, I'm comin' at ya!

    Others include Norne (all pine forest) and Cartier Declaration (heavy on the cumin/"BO" note). Had a lot of "meh"s to the first, and repulsion at the second, but I adore them. I guess when most woman I meet think of masculine fragrances they think of "fresh" scents, which is not where my tastes lie.

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    TF White Patchouli - crisp and businesslike. Not sexy.

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    Chypres also come across as rather businesslike: formal and intellectual rather than sensual. Mitsouko - otherwise a masterpiece - could not be described as sexy in any way whatsoever.

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    Dark Aoud smells post-human to me, but I love it.

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    Sexy is a cultural contrivance. It doesn't exist. We just make up our own perceptions. So I find it even harder to judge a fragrance in that regard.

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    Avignon

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    Avignon-Rume-Norne

    And All of the holiday themed scents
    Burberry London also

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    A*Men. The initial spray is harsh. The drydown is great.

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    Bulvgari black
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    They all become 'sexy' on me

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    Quote Originally Posted by saminlondon View Post
    Chypres also come across as rather businesslike: formal and intellectual rather than sensual. Mitsouko - otherwise a masterpiece - could not be described as sexy in any way whatsoever.
    Perhaps I would agree but I once knew a girl that wore it and.........never mind but "un-sexy" is the last thing that comes to my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    They all become 'sexy' on me
    Well done! Can't believe I didn't think of that.

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