I recently bought rochas man and really enjoy it, as i love gourmands.
However, i go through different stages of thinking it smells too feminine?
What do you think? I still like to wear it, as i think it gives more of a masculine feel when a male is wearing it.
Im not that type of guy that thinks i need to smell masculine by wearing things that smell like leather, tobacco, musc etc.
Not to me.
I think it's a unisex frag.
Yes, it smells feminine.
To clarify, that doesn't prevent me from using it.
But I think most gourmands I've experienced smell feminine.
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I think the opening is quite masculine actually. I could see the drydown being more unisex, but no, I've never found it to smell feminine on me.
Not to me.
If by feminine you mean a woman could wear it? Yes I think a woman could wear this. If however you think it is too feminine for a man to wear then noooo.... this is a wonderful gourmand for a man to wear .
I personally think the only thing feminine about it is the pink on the box and bottle but a little pink does not scare me .
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It might smell feminine to some. It depends on the culture (customs, background, etc) of the people surrounding you (family, friends, colleagues).
It's not the type of fragrance that is definitely masculine and the simple fact that this thread was put up is a proof. Nobody would be asking/answering about something that is obvious.
It fits a modern male well anyway. The choice to sell it as a masculine scent is not random. It's marketed as a masculine scent for a reason.
Most basenoters are open-minded. We go deep into the perfume world and our scent boundaries are constantly being pushed away so we, basenoters, are not the best people to say whether a certain fragrance smells feminine or masculine. Your own nose should be the judge (together with your knowing of the people surrounding you, if you fear you might shock them with a "gender inappropriate scent").
I myself like to push the scent boundaries of the people surrounding me, but I do it carefully. People do get overwhelmed sometimes and it's not something I'm indifferent about.
I own Rochas Man and yes, I agree with you, which is why I only very occasionally wear it.
I remember one of my first Basenotes posts back at the first Yahoo Forum was this very question - since, after I bought it, I noticed that a lot of the women in that perfume shop, seemed to be wearing it. They said they loved it. And it did smell extremely good on them.
There's a feminine vibe, I agree -- but it doesn't stop me from wearing it. I remember when I wore it one time and I was next to a middle-aged lady, she was the one complimented for smelling good instead of me. Also, some teenage girls here seem to love wearing it.
No, it has far too much lavender and a green undertone to be considered even the slightest bit feminine IMO.
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1. Spice and Wood
2. Tonka Imperiale
3. Dior Homme
4. Pure Malt
5. Oud Wood
6. Ambre Nuit
7. L'air Du Desert Marocain
8. Noir de Noir
9. Apple Brandy
10.Straight to Heaven
I think it's extremely sweet, particularly in that brash opening, and that is what gets commonly associated with femininity.
As previous posters have said, a woman could definitely wear this, but I'd stop short of saying it's feminine.
It's definitely youthful, and about as sweet a fragrance as I'd be willing to wear.
Like Renato, my bottle is getting used less and less these days.
It smells almost exactly the same as Lynx/Axe Dark Temptation to me. I know its rather petty but I think thats part of the reason im not a huge fan. For that reason though, I'd say it is unisex, but a lot closer to masculine than feminine, since Dark Temptation (if the advetising campaigns are anything to go by) was targeted towards a male consumer.
It smells like Strawberry Shortcake to me, thus it could be caregorized as feminine. I would never wear this just because gourmands like this aren't for me.
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1. Gucci Pour Homme II
2. Creed Millesime Imperial
3. Lalique Encre Noire
TOP 3 cold weather:
1. Dior Homme
2. Eau Des Baux
3. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
Very, very sweet but I don't find it feminine at all.
I agree with the sentiment that Rochas Man is a unisex fragrance. While I find the bergamot and lavender/jasmine combination to be, strangely, distinctly masculine, it transforms into that great sweet coffee drydown that I think gives it the unisex feel. Especially taking the raspberry and vanilla into consideration, I can definitely see how this can come across as mildly feminine. I'm gonna miss those winter nights wearing it now that spring and summer are coming full circle.
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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) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
It's all relative. Depends where on the manliness scale you would see gourmands. I don't find them necessarily feminine but perhaps a bit younger/not very serious smelling.
Nope, it doesn't evoke female scents to me. A soft, warm male fragrance.
i don't think it smells feminine. it's a bit sweet for a masculine fragrance, but it's still on the masculine side.
Not at all. I think it's masculine, it's just not macho. People associate masculine with macho too often, and I don't really agree with that. Many say Hanae Mori H.M. and Black XS are feminine. I beg to differ. It's just a new era in fragrances, and what was masculine 10 or even 20 years ago, is not anymore. Though I do believe you should wear what you like. I wear a few women's frags too.
My Ultimate Top 5:
Paul Smith Man (2009)
Burberry London (2006)
Prada Amber pour Homme (2006)
Arpege pour Homme (2005)
It is not as manly dark like Amouage Epic for example but sure not feminine