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    Question Does Age Define Taste?

    This question was brought up in another unrelated thread, and I was wondering what my fellow bners thought about this question? I'll start it off by saying that in my opinion age and taste are two separate things. Just because you are an old man doesn't mean you can't enjoy new fresh scents. What about young men who enjoy old classics that were worn by there fathers. I get that fragrances can give an old guy vibe but not that only old people or young people would enjoy certain scents.

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    Default Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    Sometimes. Depends on the person and their taste.
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    Default Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    Don't believe so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Sometimes. Depends on the person and their taste.
    are you saying that older people have different tastes, or that peoples tastes change as they grow older? I'd be more inclined to believe the latter

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    Age does not define good taste but some people need time to learn what is tasteful.
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    Default Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    not for me

    if it's well composed, i'll enjoy it
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    Default Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    I believe the older we get, the more we reach for woody and heavy fragrances. Don't know why, though

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    One thing people severely miscalculate (regarding almost everything) is the idea that the preferences of older people today can be extrapolated to predict the preferences of people years from now. I think it's just culture. And the stuff we love now, 50 years in the future, may be old man's cologne.

    I wish we had more years to observe, but before the 1900's perfume wasn't used much by common people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Age does not define good taste but some people need time to learn what is tasteful.
    this is very well spoken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    I believe the older we get, the more we reach for woody and heavy fragrances. Don't know why, though
    I agree with this. Younger people don't normally care for heavy leathers, orientals, etc. Older people don't usually go for the sweet and aquatics, etc.
    Tastes in music changes, tastes in clothing changes, tastes in food as well... Why would fragrance be different?

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    The latter. For example think of a lot of things you didn't like when you were younger. As you experience and are introduced to more things in life, you start to appreciate them more.Fragrances is just one aspect.
    Quote Originally Posted by SpicyPepper View Post
    are you saying that older people have different tastes, or that peoples tastes change as they grow older? I'd be more inclined to believe the latter
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    Default Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    I really like some scents that are described as "old-man", and I'm 30. I think that people can definitely change their preferences as they age, but I don't think that one necessarily equals the other.
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    When I started wearing fragrances in my teens my objective was to attract other girls and generally smell nice when on a date. I still do wear fragrances that my girlfriend enjoys while I'm around her, but I find myself wearing fragrances that I enjoy. The aspect of doing things that you enjoy for yourself isn't always there in your teenage years and it wasn't for me. Plus, it helps to have the means to purchase and experience other fragrances that I would not have been able to working a minimum wage job at 16. I'm in my late 20's now and have ever expanding tastes. However, I still can't enjoy me an "old man" scent yet...Habit Rouge had me running for the hills

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    Default Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    Taste defines taste. Age defines age.

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    Absolutely not but with age (experience) your nose gets refined and taste changes automatically...
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    Default Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    I won't say age defines taste, but it certainly does shape and guide it.

    It's not solely some change in 'maturity', but also environmental factors like our friends, our disposable income and our occupations that affect what we like or buy.

    I think what Duver wrote in your other thread 'Must Try !' is right on the money:

    Basenotes would not exist if we all had all fragrances available at the store round the corner. We would just smell them for ourselves and wouldn't need to ask anything about it on the internet, so all background* counts when you read a review!

    * gender
    * age
    * how many fragrances I've smelled before
    * weather of where I live
    * culture
    ... not that all of these are easily spotted, but they matter when I interprete (not discount) someone's reviews


    Context is essential when reading things so subjective as fragrance reviews.
    I live in a location with a pretty average selection of fragrances, so blind buying is not uncommon to me. I know the notes and accords I like, and those I don't, but I do enjoy stepping outside the comfort zone every so often.
    If I didn't find a few like-minded members whose opinions I value more highly than (but not to the exclusion of) others, I'd have a sh*tload more than 160 bottles, many of which wouldn't be often worn.
    As it stands I use the guidance and opinions of those whose tastes largely match mine, and I can make relatively informed decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    When I started wearing fragrances in my teens my objective was to attract other girls and generally smell nice when on a date. I still do wear fragrances that my girlfriend enjoys while I'm around her, but I find myself wearing fragrances that I enjoy. The aspect of doing things that you enjoy for yourself isn't always there in your teenage years and it wasn't for me. Plus, it helps to have the means to purchase and experience other fragrances that I would not have been able to working a minimum wage job at 16. I'm in my late 20's now and have ever expanding tastes. However, I still can't enjoy me an "old man" scent yet...Habit Rouge had me running for the hills
    Same story here man! I still don't find myself wearing "old man" stuff. The most daring scent I wear is Fahrenheit, but that's a great exception I can make
    I ordered a vial of Burberry London today, let's see if I can deal with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timdoeswell View Post
    I won't say age defines taste, but it certainly does shape and guide it.

    It's not solely some change in 'maturity', but also environmental factors like our friends, our disposable income and our occupations that affect what we like or buy.

    I think what Duver wrote in your other thread 'Must Try !' is right on the money:

    Basenotes would not exist if we all had all fragrances available at the store round the corner. We would just smell them for ourselves and wouldn't need to ask anything about it on the internet, so all background* counts when you read a review!

    * gender
    * age
    * how many fragrances I've smelled before
    * weather of where I live
    * culture
    ... not that all of these are easily spotted, but they matter when I interprete (not discount) someone's reviews


    Context is essential when reading things so subjective as fragrance reviews.
    I live in a location with a pretty average selection of fragrances, so blind buying is not uncommon to me. I know the notes and accords I like, and those I don't, but I do enjoy stepping outside the comfort zone every so often.
    If I didn't find a few like-minded members whose opinions I value more highly than (but not to the exclusion of) others, I'd have a sh*tload more than 160 bottles, many of which wouldn't be often worn.
    As it stands I use the guidance and opinions of those whose tastes largely match mine, and I can make relatively informed decisions.
    the question was if age defines taste, so I ask you do you think all the fellow bners whose tastes are similar to yours are of the same age group. I'll agree with you that looking for people with similar tastes is very helpful when making blind buy decisions, but I don't think just because a person is around my age he is going to have the same tastes. Taste is subjective and I think many different groups of people can enjoy many of the same scents.

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    Aging does somewhat.

    As you age your tastes develop and what you may have deemed as boring/daring/not to your tastes may do a 180 degree..
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Aging does somewhat.

    As you age your tastes develop and what you may have deemed as boring/daring/not to your tastes may do a 180 degree..
    Definitely true! As me, that my taste has changed. I clearly remember sometime when I first sniffed Body Kouros in my late teens said: who's the idiot to wear this garbage?! Now after 7-8 years I found that it's me!!!!!!
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    All I can say is that when I was younger my tastes tended more towards the sweet, in fragrance as well as food. There was a time where I drank Coke as my main beverage, but now I drink mainly water and love it. I ate candy daily, and now the phrase "too sweet" has made its way in to my vocabulary. There was a time when Guerlain's Vetiver was the definition of "old man" fragrance, and now I can't wait until it gets a little warmer so I can rock it with abandon.

    I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I guess my tastes have "matured" over the years.

    I still don't care for Habit Rouge, Givenchy Gentleman, Caron Pour un Homme, Sung Homme and Aramis, but I'm open to the fact that some day I might.
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    Its like a stereotype.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Aging does somewhat.
    Yes, experience changes taste.

    For example, at age 55 you will have smelled, worn, and lived with many more fragrances than you would have at age 25. Your knowledge of fragrances and your own preferences will be much greater later in life (assuming that your interest in fragrance continues), which would change your taste over time.

    I believe that in general taste improves with age. Your frame of reference changes because of increased experience and knowledge. Choosing fragrances you like out of a small pool based on limited knowledge and testing cannot compare with the same process based on a lifetime of wearing and thinking about a much greater number of fragrances.

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    Judging from the diverse range of fragrances that I like, I could'nt say that taste was age specific, in my case at least. Nor do I take particular note of BNs of a specific age group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Age does not define good taste but some people need time to learn what is tasteful.
    Very well said, indeed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Age does not define good taste but some people need time to learn what is tasteful.
    And as Oscar Wilde noted, "Youth is wasted on the young."

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    In my case, no. My tastes were always a bit anachronistic: I have worn powerhouse fragrances since I was 14 and started to wear gourmands only in my mid to late twenties.

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    Probably not more than other things, e.g. fashion (of one's age), environment, class, etc.

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    I ve read the older people get the more they like chypre perfumes:-) , can not remember where i read this....


    So i am still young lol

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    Default Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    For me, I think part of the issue is that certain scents can come to be associated with certain ages based on each person's individual experiences. For example, my grandpa wore Eau Sauvage, and now whenever I wear it I feel like I'm 65 It doesn't mean that Eau Sauvage is inherently a scent for older folks, just that my personal history affects the way I'm able to view it, at least for now. Perhaps as time goes on I'll slowly begin to disassociate the Eau Sauvage with my grandpa, or I'll just eventually be old enough to feel justified in wearing it, but I think this is what a lot of people are saying when they say, "Aw, that scent smells like old man/old lady!"

    I think it's especially funny/interesting to think about how my kids/grandkids will view the fragrances that were popular in my youth (and that invariably some of us will probably still choose to wear, even as old folks). "Mugler Cologne, gramps?! You smell like old soap and metal!"
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