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    Default Some thoughts on "that Cologne guy"

    First of all admittedly I'm quite a heavy sprayer and save for A*Men and Le Male I use about 6 sprays (sometimes more) per fragrance. I've never once (and I've checked) offended anyone with my scent. My best friend has an absolutely fabulous wardrobe of wonderful frags which goes wasted. He will spray two sprays, one to each pulse point and I've never detected anything on him...nadda, zip!

    That "Cologne guy" some are worried about becoming is often spraying 10-15 sprays of his go to scent. I knew a teen that used to wear 20 sprays of Le Male!! That guy you think is overapplying isn't applying 6-8 sprays...he's doing far more! My advice is don't waste a good frag collection...let people smell you! I think alot of current designer 2-3 sprays is under-applying.

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    Default Re: Some thoughts on "that Cologne guy"

    Everyone has his own reasons for the number of sprays he chooses to apply. There's no wrong answer here IMO.

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    Depends on where and when. In an office setting, two or three sprays of some fragrances will make you "that cologne guy." Bois du Portugal can do that. On the other hand, running around town on the weekend - sure, have another spray or three. Just use common sense - don't load up before you go to movies, restaurants, church, in-laws' house, etc., and you'll be fine.

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    yea, I'm always a little self-conscious about my cologne usage.

    my standard is 2-3 sprays. I don't spray my wrists anymore because I wash my hands. So its usually 1 to chest. 2 to neck. either front and back, or two sides. stronger stuff like DHI or Aventus I limit to 2 small sprays.

    I really only want to be smelled faintly when I'm less than 2 feet from someone, and even then, I don't want it to just hit them in the face. that and I want there to be enough for me to get whiffs of it throughout the day.

    problem is my whiffs doesn't indicate how well other people smell me, so I never know how much I project to other people on different colognes.

    have you guys asked friends/family to tell you if they can smell you?

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    Anyone can be that "cologne guy" even if it is for a day. The classic mistake most of us make especially when purchasing a new frag and trying to gage how many sprays you need is over application. Sometimes your nose gets overwhelmed and you cannot smell the frag after a few sprays where everyone else can, and the mistake is to keep on spraying.

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    I agree with Jack. When you initially test a new frag, you can tend to overspray to get the full effect of it. Usually after two or three wearings, you can determine how much is too much.

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    If I spray "more than enough" on, It overpowers my sense of smell, I wear frags for me, not others, I have some that I put just one spritz low on the chest, and it is plenty, anymore makes me want to wash it off. I have some light ones that 3 spritzes is needed. What irritates me the most is applying something, sniffing it for an hour or two, then nothing. Whether the dreaded "nasal fatigue" or just poor longevity doesn't matter. If I spend $250 I want to smell it for awhile. Dumping it on won't make it last longer, it just irritates people.

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    I think it also depends on your goal.

    some people want anyone in the same room to smell them.

    I, on the other hand, prefer anyone outside of 4 feet to not get whiffs of my scent. anyone under 4 feet may get faint whiffs, and they can only get a full experience when they are under 1 ft radius.

    IMO, forcing everyone in the room to smell you is inconsiderate and almost try-hard... but thats probably just me. I just did a search on the forum and there are people suggesting up to 20 sprays??? to each his own I guess...

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    If I'm going out for the evening, you better believe people are going to smell me!

    However, if I'm going to work with the same people I always work with, I pick the fragrance that I want to wear and keep it pretty close, unless I'm trying something new.

    To each their own.

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    I agree with Jack regarding new fragrances. Therefore it's wise to go easy at first, until you get a feel for it.

    The "cologne guy" also changes according to others' perceptions. Some people seem to have it in for anyone wearing fragrance, and they'll become overwhelmed by someone who's even wearing a light to moderate amount. Others have a much higher tolerance and might not mind someone who applied 6 to 8 sprays.

    I hate feeling self-conscious about what I wear, and never want to invade others' personal space, so I'm generally a 2 to 3 spray guy. I can smell it, those near me can probably smell it, and a passerby may catch an occasional whiff. That's all I need.

    Btw, there's an article about this on the basenotes homepage. It doesn't really address anything new or that hasn't been talked about around here, but it addresses this issue more or less.

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    When I smell cologne on someone thats faint, I think "oh thats a nice scent", and it creates an intrigue for me to get closer to get a better smell. To me, thats the perfect effect I want to have on people... But when I get smacked in the face with it by being in the same room as someone, I think that person is try hard and inconsiderate. I mean, its as obnoxious as listening to music on your phone's speaker and forcing everyone else to listen to it.

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    Some of the same BN'ers who advocate drenching themselves in fragrance and forcing everyone around them to experience it are the same ones who will whine and cry if someone with a cigarette is withing half-a-mile. Especially indoors and in the winter, fragrance needs to be subdued.

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    While testing, i do a spray to each pulse point on the sides of the neck.. Going out same plus two to the chest, and if I'm going all out add another to the back of the neck.

    More than that, and depending on the frag, you are the cologne guy.. Dudes spraying 7+ times with synthetic, projections bobs.. please stop that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtheory8 View Post
    I think it also depends on your goal.

    some people want anyone in the same room to smell them.

    I, on the other hand, prefer anyone outside of 4 feet to not get whiffs of my scent. anyone under 4 feet may get faint whiffs, and they can only get a full experience when they are under 1 ft radius.

    IMO, forcing everyone in the room to smell you is inconsiderate and almost try-hard... but thats probably just me. I just did a search on the forum and there are people suggesting up to 20 sprays??? to each his own I guess...
    +1 This is exactly how I feel, mtheory8. Only the chosen get to smell me.

    I wouldn't care so much about "that Cologne guy" ... except that there are so many fragrances I'm actively allergic to. Axe and Polo, to name just two I know for sure, have given me full-bore, stop-breathing asthma attacks. Even more scents cause allergic reactions in my eyes (which in extreme cases has made the whites of my eyes puff right out of the eyelid -- very horrorshow!) If I'm just out and about somewhere, I can leave the area (which I once had to do at a theatre performance -- annoying!) -- but say I was working, or in a class, next to That Dude, I'd have no choice but to become The Irritating Anti-Fragrance Chick Who Goes to Administration/HR.

    I don't want everyone to stop wearing fragrance -- far from it -- but I do definitely think that being careful about one's impact is the only considerate -- and in some cases, safe -- thing to do.

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    I wear 6 - 8 sprays and I don't care whether I'm "that cologne guy" or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danielstripedtiger View Post
    Some of the same BN'ers who advocate drenching themselves in fragrance and forcing everyone around them to experience it are the same ones who will whine and cry if someone with a cigarette is withing half-a-mile. Especially indoors and in the winter, fragrance needs to be subdued.
    I'm a smoker but I don't know anyone including me who likes the smell of second hand cigarette smoke though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usedtowork View Post
    I'm a smoker but I don't know anyone including me who likes the smell of second hand cigarette smoke though.
    Exactly! There's a vast difference between the two .
    How much one wants to project and how many sprays is a personal choice that depends on many factors.
    2-3 sprays to me is a waste of juice (with very few exceptions of course). Other than using discretion for particular scents and ocassions (rare for me), my normal is about 8-10 sprays, sometimes more. I do however spray my arms and chest which are often covered by layers of clothing and that controls projection to a pleasant degree. I also spray my neck and wrists.
    I've often asked people around me if they could smell me and always, the answer is no. These are people who are not shy with me.
    I enjoy scents and like to smell my fragrance throughout the day.

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    Indeed, it's a highly personal, variable and highly unpredictable choice. As long as it is not used in a fragrance-free environment, around people with allergies, on occasion with a preliminarily established absolutely fragrance-free dress (or rather, fragrance-) -code, it should be fine, almost irrespective of the fragrance quantity used/applied.
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    Last week I wore lidge to work put on 2 sprays and didnt smell anything after a few minutes then put on 2 more. When I got to work I chocked out a coworker and he startes to sneeze. These where all under the shit mind you. Yesterday I put on 3 sprays of egoiste and wish I had only put on 2 as it started to overwhelm me mid day. Today I put on 2 sprays of kouros and wish I put on 3 lol. You dont always know how loud you will project untill you get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    As long as it is not used ...around people with allergies.....
    But how do you know who those people are? If you're in a place with people in it, you might be around people with allergies.

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    The conservative ones above should preface their post with a 'Im in the States or Canada or western Europe'.

    BN is global not American.

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    The conservative ones above should preface their post with a 'Im in the States or Canada or western Europe'.

    BN is global not American.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtheory8 View Post
    I think it also depends on your goal.

    some people want anyone in the same room to smell them.

    I, on the other hand, prefer anyone outside of 4 feet to not get whiffs of my scent. anyone under 4 feet may get faint whiffs, and they can only get a full experience when they are under 1 ft radius.

    IMO, forcing everyone in the room to smell you is inconsiderate and almost try-hard... but thats probably just me. I just did a search on the forum and there are people suggesting up to 20 sprays??? to each his own I guess...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtheory8 View Post
    When I smell cologne on someone thats faint, I think "oh thats a nice scent", and it creates an intrigue for me to get closer to get a better smell. To me, thats the perfect effect I want to have on people... But when I get smacked in the face with it by being in the same room as someone, I think that person is try hard and inconsiderate. I mean, its as obnoxious as listening to music on your phone's speaker and forcing everyone else to listen to it.
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    This idea some users have of "getting their moneys worth" from their fragrance by applying enough to have everyone on earth smell it is ridiculous.
    IMHO

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    The cologne guy in my experience is mainly a myth. I can only remember 2 or 3 times in my life that someones fragrance has been offensively strong.

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    I have adapted my habits to pretty much three sprays 90% of the time, and only two in some situations. I'd rather err on the side of under application rather than over. I almost never smell cologne on the other guys around me. I do smell the Polo Black that my choir director wears at church, but it's not offensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    The conservative ones above should preface their post with a 'Im in the States or Canada or western Europe'.

    BN is global not American.
    I would cross out Western Europe...

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    I think any discussion about absolute number of sprays is essentially meaningless because fragrances vary in concentration and potency. Furthermore, not all sprayers are putting out the same volume!

    My strongest fragrance is Alfred Sung Homme and the atomizer puts out quite a lot of volume. 1 spray under my shirt is enough for other people to notice and almost too strong to wear to work, while 2 sprays (neck and chest) is definitely reserved for parties or days at home.

    On the other hand, I find Burberry London to be very polite and I've sprayed as many as 20 times before a night out or even going to class. It is strong for the first half-hour or so, but people have confirmed that it quickly becomes imperceptible at conversational distance. To me, this makes it a safer fragrance for work or other situations where I don't want people to notice my scent without getting closer to me. 10 sprays (under clothing) is probably about right, but it should be noted that each of those sprays is relatively small compared to the volume of Sung Homme's atomizer.

    In short, my application varies by fragrance and situation. If I'm working from home and not worried about social perception, I'll usually put on a little extra, just for good measure

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    Default Re: Some thoughts on "that Cologne guy"

    The way I test out the number of sprays is that I'll spray on my wrist and let it settle for 20 minutes or so, and if I can smell it 3 or 4 inches from my nose it's strong enough. This is going to give a good indication of how strong it's going to be within the next few hours when you'll be out in public or doing whatever your doing. Once you start spraying more all you doing is increasing sillage. The projection of a fragrance doesn't really benefit that much from over spraying. Personally I think it's more important where you spray and not the amount of sprays that's key. The question is what kind of audience do you want to smell your fragrance. I prefer a space of projection of about 3 feet (moderately strong fragrance) and a slight amount of sillage. The cologne guy is more like 8 feet (with a very strong fragrance) and everyone can smell him 5 minutes after he's past them. The cologne guy is probably also the office farter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Awakening950 View Post
    The cologne guy in my experience is mainly a myth. I can only remember 2 or 3 times in my life that someones fragrance has been offensively strong.
    Well then I get a bigfoot sighting just about every day at the gym. A man I can guess somewhere in his 40s wears enough scent to be smelled around the corner from the elliptical he is on.

    To some extent "The Cologne Guy" is subjective, but, with just about anything concerning fashion, there are clearly cases egregious enough that anyone would notice. 300 lb 57 yr old man walking down the street in yellow skinny jeans? Yeah people will notice.

    Similarly, this guy takes a really strong scent(dark, musky, maybe medicinal... I wonder if it's YSL M7 from what people describe), applies a ton of it, and goes into a situation where he will sweat and project this onto other people, many already gasping for air.... the pinnacle of poor taste.

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    Yeah, it depends is the easy answer. The GIT atomizer sprays so much, that when I first got it I would spray my usual 3 sprays and go to work, but it didn't take long to notice that every person who would walk in a room that I had been in for more than 5 minutes would say something like "whew, someone is wearing some cologne". I would assume it smelt good to them, but who knows. I never asked them saying "oh it's me, what do you think of it".

    I don't know if that's cologne guy or not, but smelling up an entire room is not what I'm going for when I put cologne on in the morning. I wear it because I want to enjoy it throughout the day, but I'm finding with a lot of my fragrances even three sprays is too much in many work situations.
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    I thought I was avoiding it by spraying under my clothes, but someone at the other end of the room commented that they smelt insence (3 sprays of Sequoia under my undershirt and shirt 4 hours beforehand, but because I'd been rushing my body heat must've given it new life). They didn't seem upset, just puzzled.
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