Gentlemen, I need your help in finding my signature fragrance.
I'm Asian, just turned 30 years old, lives in Hong Kong and working as a Flight Attendant in a 5 stars airlines that's based in Hong Kong.
As my job nature, I could travel from a tropical climate country to a cold one and than to an extremely hot middle east country just within a month. During the flight I have to interact with a lot of passengers and also colleagues.
I'd like something that is versatile that I could wear to work in-flight, and also when I am on my layover just hanging out with friends, chilling in the club or having a fine dinning dinner.
I personally like something that's elegant, yet smell sweet and youthful.
Your suggestion is highly appreciated!
Please don't wear scent in flight. I would avoid airlines, 5 star (whatever that means) or not, if the attendants were perfumed (or at least perfumed to the extent that I could smell them).
Scent on the flight. Are you serious? You have 100's of people in close proximity you expect them to enjoy what you wear?
Just take a nice shower.
Try Prada Homme or Prada Amber Pour Homme. For something lighter Cologne du Parfumeur (Guerlain) at Harvey Nichols Landmark or The One. Vetiver Tonka at Hermes boutiques might also be worth a shot - works for me when I'm travelling. These are all quality and not strident at all.
Try somethings light.
By the way, I have been travel in airplans from an airline that provide perfumes in their toilet, it is really annoying, the scents they choose is quit offensive to my nose.
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Whatever you choose, it should be very light and stay close to the skin.
For warm weather, or work environment, I like perfumes based on vetiver. They smell fresh, natural, and last a long time. The ideal would the $$$ Chanel Sycomore, which is fresh but also elegant thanks to a touch of woods and smoke. But other vetivers will work as well.
when travelling, i would stay away from the dense and heavy scents
and would be go for something that is light, subtle or fresh
MDCI - Invasion Barbare
F.Malle - Vetivier Extraordinaire
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Check out Atelier Cologne. They make some very nice light and inoffensive fragrances, and offer them all in a convenient 1oz size (ideal for traveling).
Something very light or nothing. Acqua di Parma perhaps?
Cathay Pacific or Dragonair?
I would mirror what most everyone else is saying and recommend something light, fresh and close to the skin.
Something like Gucci pour homme II perhaps. It is light, likable to many and difficult to overdose. Have never had any complaints about it from people I know have perfume allergy, they liked it actually
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If that doesn't work, I use the standard procedure of voting with my wallet, so if I encounter something objectionable about an airline, be it the flight attendant's use of perfume or something else, I'd avoid using that airline again in future, where possible.
The only thing that kept me sane during my last long haul was what the hostesses were wearing. It was sweet, warmish and preferable to the smells of a crowded confined space. Something from Chanel or acqua di Parma should do the trick.
Something very weak and inoffensive. Last thing anyone on a long flight wants is to be assaulted by your scent whenever you walk by.
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Last edited by Trauerkraut; 10th April 2013 at 09:31 AM.
Hello Mr Sky, welcome to Basenotes.
You know, I've been doing a little flying lately and have wondered if airlines have a fragrance policy for flight attendants?
Does your airline actually instruct you as to how many sprays to wear? (ie maximum sprays)
I have noticed that flight attendants on Tiger Airlines are often wearing fragrance, but always lightly applied.
My guess is that they are wearing no more than one spray.
Perhaps these are the Tiger's rules?
My choices would be:
- Prada Infusion d'Homme
- Voyage d'Hermes EDP
Actually... you mentioned sweet... if you like white musk a better choice may be Bulgari Pour Homme.
The muskiness also makes it a great fragrance for the layover.
All are pretty safe fragrances which are unlikely to offend passengers.
They are extremely versatile and handle the heat very nicely.
They are also reasonably priced for daily wear.
Gucci Pour Homme II - Smells nice and it stays close to the skin and never overwhelms.
Penhaligons Opus 1870 smells wonderful and stays extremely close to the skin. Or just go light on application with anything you choose. Less is more. Especially when in close quarters.
There isn't one scent that will do all you want. Try something very subtle, yet classy for in-flight - like Bvlgari PH, Emporio Armani He or F Ferragamo - no customers should comment about them being too loud or intrusive.
Wear something louder for general use when not working.
The best smell on a flight attendent is no smell. I fly a lot and being in close proximity to flight attendents who wear heavy scent is a nightmare. If you must, go with something very light and fresh, like Chanel Eau de Cologne.
Most of the Kenzo's are very subtle. Give them a try.
Many great suggestions here. I picked up a bottle of Gendarme cologne to use when I travel or when I know I'll be around someone who is sensitive to fragrances. However I wouldn't classify it at sweet. MDCI Invasion Barbare is another option that I think meets all of your criteria.
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I thought of Vetiver Tonka as well. It's pretty subtle.
Last edited by mr.sky; 10th April 2013 at 05:54 PM.
azzaro or guerlain's veviter
Looking at everyone's suggestions, and assuming you are going to go ahead and wear scent on the job anyway, I think you'd be better off aiming for two different scents, because it is hard to get an alrounder to cover all the requirements.
Go for something clean and inoffensive for in flight and something a bit sweeter and complex for nights out and hanging with friends, unless you arehappy with fairly clean/fresh scents for nights out, etc. If weight is an issue when travelling I'd consider decanting a few millilitres of each into a travel spray so they don't take up much room/add unnecessary weight.
As far as inoffensive/clean scents go, Bvlgari make many that would be suitable, a light application of Prada Infusion D'homme would leave you smelling freshly showered. I think Guerlain Homme and Bleu de Chanel could also work. Dare I say it, a very light application of Aventus might also do the trick, and by applying more heavily when off work, would suit the other situations quite well.
Just two or three sprays of:
Voyage d'Hermes EDT
Prada Amber Pour Homme
My current top 10 (with no particular order):
Givenchy Xeryus Rouge
Dior Homme Intense
Costume National Scent Intense
Terre d'Hermes EDT
CK Eternity for Men
YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme (Old Tin Can)
Thierry Mugler Pure Malt
Costume National Homme
I'm pretty shocked that wearing fragrance isn't against the rules at your airline. I've never smelled perfume on a flight attendant.
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I do the same job as you. Wearing a perfume is a should I think. I choose scents which are not too cloying or strong. I usually wear:
Amouage Lyric Man: a bright and shine rose.
Amouage Memoir Man: a cool and creamy green scent.
Lush Dirty or Guerlain Herba Fresca if you like minty.
Thierry Cologne: a green and fresh fruity scent.
Lush 25:43: a sparkling sweet fruity scent.
Passenger often give me good compliments
If you want to crank up the musk, you could try Kiehl's Original Musk.
This musk is darker than the white musk in Bulgari PH, but IMHO it is still a clean musk that will not offend passengers.
If you want to crank up the citrus, you could consider going old school... try Armani Eau Pour Homme.
A classic fragrance that few men your age will be wearing.
This fragrance has a muskiness in the base that you may like.
If you want more incense, L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer is worth a look.
It is quite similar to Bulgari PH but with a large hit of incense and more white flowers.
If you like vetiver, L'Artisan Timbuktu is a good suggestion.
It is an avant garde choice and few passengers will likely recognise your fragrance.
Actually, many L'Artisan fragrances are quite ethereal and would be well suited for your purpose.
You may want to explore their product range for some really unusual options?
Anything by Bvlgari would be perfect.
Don't wear anything potent while in the air, but during the layover, AVENTUS IS PERFECT.
I'm amazed at the many comments suggesting Flight Attendants should not wear any scent.
I live in Australia - all our flights seem to take 9 to 12 hours or more just to get to the first stop. Would anyone seriously suggest that hard working flight attendants would smell just as fresh by the end of the flight as they were at the beginning?
And for short 1 to 3 hour flights within the country, exactly how fussy are customers that they can't "endure" a few hours of a mild scent? The attendants wouldn't be putting out any more scent than if they were wearing Brut or Old Spice antiperspirant.
I think the flight attendants are usually allowed by their companies to use perfume but asked not to overapply.
I have mostly enjoyed what flight attendants were wearing. Usually perfumes of taste, carefully chosen like Chanel Eau Premiere or stuff like that and not something cheap and sharp. So I would not find objectionable for a guy to wear something light like above mentioned.
GpH ii would also be a great choice. I would love to smell that.
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I would like to add Chanel Pour Monsieur. Can't go wrong with this. Perfect for the job.
I tend to use Azzaro Chrome as my shower in a bottle during the long flights to Europe, going light on it at the beginning of the trip because it's potent, but increasing the dosage by the 20 or 21 hour mark of the trip.
The other scent which always smells like a shower in a bottle to me and which may suit you is Biotherm Aquafitness. It disappeared for a while but has been relaunched recently.
I see nothing wrong with wearing fragrances in a flight as long as you do not over spray it
For designer fragrances you can try
Kenzo Power Cologne (the one in the clear bottle, not the EDT version)
For niche fragrances you can try
Parfumerie Generale - No.12 Hyperessence Matale
Parfumerie Generale - No.11 Harmatan Noir
L'artisan Parfumeur - Tea for two
Since you are a flight attendant you can have a chance to sniff around in airport dutyfrees and I've heard that cabin crew also receive discounts so take advantage of that
I recommend that you keep with you an ever present atomizer of
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Damn... all these hyper-sensitive, experts on flying etiquette here, saying a flight attendant should never wear a scent.
Another vote here for Prada Amber Pour Homme... not Infusion, not Intense. Just Prada Amber.
Lightly applied, this is a clean, nice frag, and I don't see how it could possibly offend anyone, except those looking to be offended by something.
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Terre D'Hermes has a nice little travel size atomizer that I picked up. Although I do like the original bottle better, traveling with that thing would be a nightmare. If it is not a matter of size, then something that could be worn on an airplane would be a few sprays of Versace pour homme. Fairly inoffensive and very affordable so if you were to lose or break a bottle, would not be a huge loss.
Last edited by noseferatu; 14th April 2013 at 12:44 PM.
Few spays of Gendarme or Creed OV for clean and inoffensive smell. Gendarme is available in 2oz travel size metal bottles.
bleu de chanel smells like a safe, inoffensive one to me....or that ysl l'homme libre
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Flight attendants tend to be handsome (their appearance sells tickets) , and I think a handsome man should always smell good. DO wear a perfume, please.