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    Default Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    Hello everyone,

    I had an unsettling feeling for a while at work today due to comments I'd received from customers regarding a sharp smell in the store.

    I work in the retail business during summer when I'm not attending school and I started the day off by getting ready in the employee restroom, which only consists of applying my day's fragrance since I don't like to apply beforehand, and today I went with Terre d'Hermes. The atomizer is nice and delivers powerful spritzes comparable only to my Creed bottle and I went with four total sprays: two to the chest and one to each forearm.

    Fast-forward three hours to when a guy enters the store and made a facial expression as if he just got a whiff of smelling salts and asked another employee and myself if something sharp had been sprayed. Neither my co-worker nor myself had any idea. Shortly thereafter, a family had come in, and of all days my area manager had been there and came up to the front of the store and told us the family could smell something repugnant in the store; he then went to investigate what it could be and found nothing.

    And lastly, after all of us couldn't conclude anything, a woman in the store came to the counter and exclaimed a strong smell was permeating the store. Curious at this point if it could be myself - since I'd never worn TdH to work before - I asked the woman to describe the smell. She told me it smelled like Vicks vapor rub, and then almost like Pinesol. At this point I wondered if I could be projecting that badly in the store and my co-workers and myself had only what could be described as olfactory fatigue . Funny, though, my co-worker actually complimented my "cologne" and was so intrigued he asked what kind it was and where he could possibly find it. Afterwards a young attractive female my age (23) entered the store and didn't mention any offensive smell and stuck around after making a purchase for small-talk, whereupon I casually asked if she could smell anything offputting in the store. She only said that it sort of smelled like cleaner but didn't smell bad.

    I could certainly smell the TdH on myself hours afterward and believe I started to pysche myself out as I began feeling a headache come on - either a placebo effect from thinking my fragrance was so unpleasantly strong it was making me feel ill, or that I had a legitimate headache from the heat/anxiety/etc.

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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    We have all been there when a frag you are wearing starts projecting fiercely and it only takes a comment from someone for paranoia to go into overdrive.

    I only use the most conservative/harmless frags to work and usually spray less then I usually do with subtlely been the order of the day.

    Many years ago I remember been up all night and been late for work. I had no time to shower or change clothes so I slapped on some of my dads old spice and went in on a very hot day.

    Anyway when I got to my desk I switched the fan on and went about my work. Not long after people started to say to each other "what is that smell". And I'm talking about several people and I overheard them say "yeah it smells like BO and old spice" and I could have died. The fan was blowing my BO and old spice across the office lol, I kept my head down and at lunch ran home and showered and changed clothes.lol......... I never made that mistake again.

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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    These threads are so painful yet enjoyable to read through!

    All I can do is echo my usual sentiment: it's not what you wear but how you wear it. No fragrance is going to smell good when you beat people ruthlessly over the head with it. Don't be the annoying guy who chokes everyone out on the elevator.. nobody likes that guy.

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    I'm still not convinced it was you.

    You definitely wore more than I'd wear... but I'm not sure you'd stink up an entire store. And - if you were to smell it from a distance, it wouldn't be concentrated enough to make a family disgusted. In fact, they'd probably realize it was cologne. TdH sweetens up and becomes much less "odd to the average nose" after a little while IMO.

    With that said, I think it was Kerosene who said he got told he smelled like bugspray when wearing TdH recently, and bugspray does smell sharp... so maybe there is something to all of this.

    Either way, you learned your lesson I suppose! Can't win em all.

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    EVERY single time I put on Quorum, it's usually an attention getter in the most negative of ways. I guess this is why I choose to pump 6 full sprays onto my chest and neck before business meetings. We have a small conference room, and I LIVE for watching faces contort when they try to identify all 100 notes in that particular creation. Not sure where this fetish came from - but every Thursday is Quorum day. Frankly, its the only fragrance I own that I do that with.

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    I never wear more than 2 sprays to the office and I opt for subtle/conservative options. Terre d'Hermes is a projection beast in my experience - 4 sprays will project a lot. Also TdH tend to get a bit "perfumey" when it projects too much. I'd say keep it at 1-2 sprays and you'll be good.

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    yeah once i wore rive gauche to class, it was my first wear.. 2 sprays and it was way stronger than i expected. we had a presentation that day and I could see that my teacher noticed and she seemed to like it. but still i felt self conscious. got to roll with the punches

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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    Nope, I've never felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance. I am careful about what I wear to work or an indoor social event, though and I don't like to appear in public right after I've put something on. I'd be surprised if anyone could actually smell a cologne in a retail store because they are always so heavily scented these days anyhow, usually with something fairly nasty. Shopping is pretty much an olfactory assault of one kind or another.

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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    I'd always wear 6 to 8 sprays under clothes at work, and never had an issue.
    Nor when I then went to stores at lunch time, and put another 6 or 8 sprays on my hands/wrists/ forearms of different scents.

    Your four sprays doesn't seem like all that much to me.
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    I wear 5 sprays of the TdH Pure Parfum to work every now and then but I don't think it's a projection monster. The first time I wore my X02 Aventus to work (The one that got a Youtube reviewer sent home from work due to it's potency) I wondered if anybody would say anything, but nobody so much as asked what I was wearing. The only fragrances that might make me feel self conscious are probably the Tom Ford Private blends b/c they project so strongly and they aren't catered to mass appeal. I still wear 4 sprays of them anyway. I usually stick with people pleasers when I go to work and leave the crazy niche stuff for my off time.
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    Same thing happened with me and tdh. But luckily i was the customer and not the worker, therefor i could leave right away as i nnoticed it was a tad strong. It would suck to be in that situatio and theres no way out. I also had an experience as u described with aventus as well

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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    I wear my TDH Pure Perfume mixed with TDH EDT maybe once every 2 months or so - and I pump circa 6-8 sprays to my chest and abdominal area and maybe 5-6 sprays to my neck and shoulder area.

    Have never heard anything from anyone - might be that they secretly name me 'That guy/The Cologne Guy' - I really don't care, I need my frag to work for 8-10 hours, since I often work for 12 hours straight and I live in Denmark, a country with a summer like the winter in Florida......

    I never ever could only pump 1-2-3 sprays of a frag, unless I plan to wear it to bed.
    Always pump at least 6-8 sprays (if it's a very potent frag) and 14-16 sprays if it's a milder frag.
    Don't plan to change that......ever
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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    Quote Originally Posted by CHSeifert View Post
    Always pump at least 6-8 sprays (if it's a very potent frag) and 14-16 sprays if it's a milder frag.
    Don't plan to change that......ever

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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    I mistakenly wore Ralph Lauren Safari for women thinking it was the men's version. Was already half way to work and figured I'd just roll with it. Had my first complaint of "What in the world is that stink?????" and decided to scrub it off.
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    •Lmaooooo!

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    A friend's uncle once said never swim against the flow. You'll get tired and drown. Unless you have the energy and ability to to do it inconspicuously.

    Good advice, I don't follow it though .
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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    Quote Originally Posted by CHSeifert View Post
    I wear my TDH Pure Perfume mixed with TDH EDT maybe once every 2 months or so - and I pump circa 6-8 sprays to my chest and abdominal area and maybe 5-6 sprays to my neck and shoulder area.

    Have never heard anything from anyone - might be that they secretly name me 'That guy/The Cologne Guy' - I really don't care, I need my frag to work for 8-10 hours, since I often work for 12 hours straight and I live in Denmark, a country with a summer like the winter in Florida......

    I never ever could only pump 1-2-3 sprays of a frag, unless I plan to wear it to bed.
    Always pump at least 6-8 sprays (if it's a very potent frag) and 14-16 sprays if it's a milder frag.
    Don't plan to change that......ever
    Coming from a guy who lives in Florida....... anyone that gets within 15 feet of you should receive a raise and immediately request a transfer.
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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigtruck260 View Post
    EVERY single time I put on Quorum, it's usually an attention getter in the most negative of ways. I guess this is why I choose to pump 6 full sprays onto my chest and neck before business meetings. We have a small conference room, and I LIVE for watching faces contort when they try to identify all 100 notes in that particular creation. Not sure where this fetish came from - but every Thursday is Quorum day. Frankly, its the only fragrance I own that I do that with.
    Haha, perhaps one of the funniest posts on BN I have read so far.
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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    To the OP. I definitely know what it is like to be self-conscious of wearing too much of a frag. I think you applied slightly too much but not far too much.

    Quote Originally Posted by CHSeifert View Post
    Always pump at least 6-8 sprays (if it's a very potent frag) and 14-16 sprays if it's a milder frag.
    Don't plan to change that......ever
    I agree. Also, it helps to wear a big chain, a fake rolex and some Gucci shades.

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    Lol. Years ago a colleague asked aloud "What's that smell? Smells
    like garbage."
    I was wearing CK Obsession for Men. It was a hot day.

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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    I have been lucky throughout my life with regard to this - no awkward fragrance moments.

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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    I've had plenty of odd comments, but I've never felt self-conscious about it...
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    OP: Not really. Loudness is the only thing I ever worry about, and if it's a loud fragrance, I go easy on the sprayer. So no problem. No awkward comments. My boss loves perfume, so if she compliments something I'm wearing, I decant a little sample for her the next day. To date, the most raving compliment was for Timbuktu.

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    I wore 1 Million once (sprayed some on at Myers). Big mistake. Not only does it project hard but does not suit me in the slightest. Walking around I could see people visibly recoiling at me throughout the day.
    Should not have applied 4 sprays.

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    Probably there was a customer with some doggy poop on his shoes in the store and that was the origin of the strange smell.

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    A-Men in a walmart store.
    Had a deliverence family walk past and I swear to god the one looked at mom and said "maw, whats that funny smell?" I could have taken a pic of them for the walmartians pics but was laughing too hard!
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    I only wore Marc Jacobs 'Bang' to work once--when a coworker came into my office, and, face scrunched, noted that it smelled like bug spray, I realized that the it was probably all of the Iso-E Super in that frag (same case with TdH). I had a friend compliment Bang not long before, noting that it smelled "incense-y," so I was surprised (and kind of bummed) that someone else picked up on the most synthetic element--in that situation, I played dumb.

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    I had a co-worker say "it smells like Pine Sol in here" when I was wearing Invasion Barbare. INVASION BARBARE!

    I think that people are not used to men wearing scents that aren't the usual standards like Old Spice, Brut, etc and to some folks it just throws them off. This is why going obscure niche scent might get over big on basenotes but in the real world a lot of folks are like "what smells like incense??" not imagining that someone would actually wear a fragrace to smell like incense or a moroccan desert.

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    I did receive some negative and/or less favorable comments on my scents before from a few people, but I was never too self conscious, especially not in a negative way, about them. The only way in which the scents made me self-conscious was, if even possible, in a positive way (making me feel classy, well-groomed, less common etc.).

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    Default Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    I wouldn't be so concerned.
    I don't find Terre d'Hermes offensive in any way, rather, I get an outdoorsy smell from it.
    Moreover, your total number of sprays does not seem excessive inasmuch as two were to your chest, and, I presume, you had a shirt covering your chest area.

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