Thread: Wearing "the opposite sex" frag
Ladies: What your favorite male scent to wear? I'm not asking what you like a guy to wear...what's a scent geared for men that YOU love to wear?
Gentlemen: Same, but reversed. What feminine-oriented scent do you love to wear?
I'm not talking about scents labeled as "unisex"--I'm talking about scents labeled for the opposite sex that you enjoy wearing.
"We don't fail because we aim too high and miss, but because we aim too low and hit" - Les Brown
"When you're all alone, when no one is watching, and there's no one around to impress, that is who you are" - Greg Laurie
I assume you'll get a lot of Sycomore references (in before cacio).
I can't say I've ever really worn a female fragrance, though I'm not opposed to it. If I remember correctly, Portrait of a Lady is technically also a female frag and it's popular around here.
I wear Egoiste, Knize Ten, M7, and PdN's Vie de Chateau and New York. And The Body Shop's White Musk for Men.
I also wear Idole but not sure if that's meant to be more unisex.
Forgot to mention Eau des Baux and Tom of Finland
I wear Mitsouko, Jicky, and Vol de Nuit. I also just got a bottle of Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau and I wear that too.
Aside from the Guerlains, I think many of the Estee Lauders are wearable - I have and wear Azuree and Alliage.
Also Bal a Versailles. I love Jubilation 25 - I plan to get it sooner or later.
Chypre de Coty.
Those are the ones that come to mind, but there are probably another 1/2 dozen or so.
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Guerlains SDV is as daring as I go, gotta keep my hairy chest and deep manly masculine voice. lol
Portrait of a Lady, of course.
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
So hairy chests dissolve in a spritz of Mitsouko? A voice hits Countertenor after a dab of Shalimar? Wrong reasons not to wear a fragrance. Wear it because you like it; don't wear it if you don't. As I have posted many many times before, fragrance has no gender.
I wear Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleu, Apres L'Ondee, Bal a Versailles, Shalimar, Aromatics Elixir, as well as several supposedly masculine fragrances. I wear what I want, when I want; and always because I like them.
Recently, I've really enjoyed Just Me by Montana.
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Chanel Bois des Iles
Chanel Cuir de Russie
Dior Hypnotic Poison
Just to name a few...
Yes -- Coromandel by Chanel.
Too many to mention. As I write, I am wearing the sensational vintage Shocking by Schiaparelli.
I recommend homeopatic doses of Anais Anais on men.
Just to name a few. Just look at my collection lol
Ooh and just received TF Noir as a birthday gift!
I think most of what i wear is marketed as unisex, i think. Well it SHOULD be. I like TF Arabian Wood is that unisex or male? I love M7 Oud Absolu and L'Occitane Eau De Vetyver
I wear Mitsouko, Shalimar, Chanel no.19, Chanel Cuir de Russie, Chanel Bois des Iles and Cuir de Lancome and it doesn't besmerck my manhood. I just love the way they smell on me.
I'm not OLD...I'm VINTAGE!
And that's the way it should be.
Black Orchid and Portrait of a Lady.
Bal a Versailles, Balmain de Balmain, Shalimar, Mitsouko, Arpege, Rochas Femme, Cabochard, Metal, Jicky, Agent Provocateur, Black Orchid, Aromatics Elixir, Jolie Madame, Habanita, Le Baiser Du Dragon, Magie Noire, Must De Cartier, Cuir de Lancome, Bandit, L'Heure Bleue, Miss Balmain, Youth Dew Amber Nude, L, Blv Notte, Oxygen, Silences, Magnifico, Azuree, Jungle, La Nuit and Kelly Calache. To name but a few.
I'm new to the whole fragrance thing. I've been trying a lot of male and female fragrances. My favorite opposite sex frag so far is Angel. It smells really great on me and if I spray a tiny bit of fem Angel, wait a while and layer on a little Angel For Men...perfect!
To clarify...I only wear feminine fragrances in the privacy of my own home, when I know I'll be alone. That said...I also have been liking Hypnotic Poison, which I bought based on discussions here at BN.
Last edited by Crow; 28th October 2012 at 03:47 AM.
You're in Indiana? Yeah, probably wise not to wear anything too femme out and about. For me, I don't mind being thought of as a guy who wears fragrance, but I don't really want to be thought of as the guy that wears women's perfume. My life is complicated enough as it is.
Some are pretty doable under any conditions. I can wear Azuree easily in public an hour or so after application, and some others. Most others I wear at home, or occasionally on a night out, depending on where I'm going.
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Prada Infusion d'Iris EdP.
Most recently: "Jennifer Aniston", which I have in rotation with "Gendarme" as my "freshly cleaned and laundered" scent; "Bronze Goddess" which I use in the summer as it smells like suntan lotion; "Une Bois Vanille" which is a great winter gourmand and which gets the most positive reaction of them all;
Honestly, I never worry about the scent itself being perceived as too feminine. If I like it and want to wear it then its masculine enough for me. I do, however, hate having a big gold glittery bottle of something called "Bronze Goddess" sitting on the bathroom vanity or the girl-y Jennifer Aniston bottle as, invariably, someone will note it and ask whose it is and why I have it - which then requires an explanation about the fact that I wear it - and for some people, that's like stumbling upon a secret stash of high heeled shoes...If those very same fragrances were in plain bottles like "Encre Noire" or "Une Bois Vanille", no one would raise an eyebrow at all.
So the challenge is more the gender perception of the fragrance when presented with the marketing/bottle than the scent itself.
I love Vol de Nuit, Chanel no.5 Eau Première, Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie, and my new love is Coco Noir.
I can honestly say that I have yet to find a ladies fragrance that I actually enjoyed wearing. And believe me, I have tried many.
Chanel No5 hands down - a major comforter for me