Thread: Dior Homme Intense -WTF ?
Many MANY fragrances wouldn't fall into an obvious masculine or feminine category if it weren't for marketing. This very thread is made about a fragrance that some people find too feminine, yet it is marketed as a masculine. Soooo, your own logic kind of fails you there. Back in the 4711 era of fragrances there wasn't such a thing as masculine or feminine scents. Most were unisex. Old Spice, one of the masculine staple fragrances, was originally marketed to women.
And I don't think fragrances are made to attract the opposite sex, I think they're marketed to a crowd that desperately wants to believe that if you spray yourself a few times with perfume, you'll automatically be irresistible.
And sure, if you want to wear Coco Mademoiselle then go for it. 'Mademoiselle' is just a word. It's not going to make you a woman. Or gay. Or feminine, since that is apparently the worst possible thing a man could ever be.
Own DHI and LIDGE. Both are quality, well made masterpieces. Both will always be a part of my accessories wardrobe.
Agreed with senore01 These two are amongst my faves too! Will always be part of my collection. Most colognes and perfumes can go either way, but I agree like some, if you like something and it smells beautiful, who should care? You are going to be the one to wear it and deal with the compliments or those who may be put off with it. Wear what you feel, when you feel
Those miracle powers aside, I prefer the vintage one.
Maybe get a sample just so you can say you actually wore it and tried it.
Same thing happened to me recently with Voyage d'Hermes. Its smells very unisex on a card. But on my skin, nothing unisex about it.
Becomes even worse smelling, if thats possible! on the drydown. After that glue factory opening, you get that horrid sickly cheap talcum powder stink. Awfull frag.
Love both Dior Homme and Intense. Holy grail.
Wear it. Embrace it. Intoxicate yourself with it. Love it. Become one with Dior Homme Intense.
Extremely apt thread title. Blind buyers beware! dhi was an insult to my skin, gave it away to someone who didnt know any better
I'm giving this my first wearing - definitely picking up the lipstick vibe. I may have to solicit opinions at the office (one woman in particular tends to pick up on my frags and gives her approval/disapproval - she really liked Guerlain Heritage so she has taste), but even with that vibe, I'm not seeing this as a very feminine fragrance.
I'm not sure whether I like this better than LIDGE which got a wearing yesterday. They are different but both are very good.
So I got my first 50ml of DHI today. A friend got it for me. I really value everyones option on this site so I was shocked when I finally got to put it on. Perhaps a bad bottle or something but I thought this was terrible. Super dumper powerdy and then that heavy lipstick some people mentioned. I was really shocked about how bad it was. I noticed the batch number was 3Q01. Perhaps its my skin or my noise but even the girl who got if for me thought it was really bad. Very strange! Anyway will put it away for a while and try again to see if it grows on me.
Dior Homme is THE true masterpiece my opinion. It was game-changing. Dior Homme Intense, beautiful as it is, would not even exist without its forebear.
:/ people don't even try to get past the make-up phase
that damn 2013 batch!
I spoke with my favorite SA at a local Nordstroms a while back and we had a discussion on "what's popular and why", and she was telling me about all the fragrances on the shelf in terms of top sellers, top-10, and who buys what. Interestingly, she mentioned that 95% of the time it's the women that buy fragrances for their boyfriends or husbands, hence why in the "straight world" most of the guys end up with rather feminine fragrances - because WOMEN are choosing them. In the "gay world" it's completely opposite, 95-100% fragrance purchases are made by guys for themselves, so they are the ones shopping and sniffing and choosing what they like, and their choices tend to be more on the masculine side. This was not a scientific study of course, but it does make perfect sense - I know this explains exactly how I or my friends shop for fragrances, vs how my straight friends end up with fragrances in their own collections. So to counter your argument - I'd have to venture an educated guess that most gay men wear more masculine fragrances, whereas DHI and similar frags are bought for, and worn by, mostly straight men. Note I'm not saying "all" or "100%" as we all know there are always exceptions to every rule and every study. I just don't think DHI is "for gay men" or that it would attract gay men - I think it's quite the opposite.
Wearing DHI is like wearing a pink shirt.
Maybe theres nothing wrong with that,
but its like wearing a bright pink shirt,
you should know how to carry yourself
off while wearing this, as a matter of fact,
that applies to every fragrance.
"Embrace those things which give you pleasure, after all, there is so much mediocrity to endure elsewhere." -- Inselaffe