Its rare to smell fragrances on others where I am
Cool water and ADG mostly.
I work around a lot of young people and the most common fragrance is One Million. Probably 7 out of 10 wear it with the others favouring Lynx or their natural... scent.
Current Top Ten:
1) Polo Crest
2) Chypre Palatin
3) 34 Boulevard Saint Germain
4) One Man Show Gold Edition
5) Kouros (Vintage)
7) Tobacco Vanille
8) Interlude Man
9) More than Words
10) Ungaro II (Vintage)
It would seem peculiar to me personally not to be wearing scent but in the 'local' market town aquatics seem the most popular amongst the younger guys & something resembling a jar of sweets crossed with Shalimar amongst the girls, particularly during summer.
Last edited by Navyy8; 24th January 2014 at 10:10 AM.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest
- Benjamin Franklin
I rarely smell fragrance on others. I'm going shopping today so I will sniff some folks at Nordstrom.
Most of the popular department store frags like Le Male, ADG, etc. Albeit good, very mainstream.
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
Armani Code and unidentifiable aquatics on the younger crowd, Grey Flannel and Aramis on the older guys.
I checked Sephora, Ulta, Macy's, Fragrancenet, Fragrancex, and Amazon for their top sellers. Ignoring gift sets, which might actually skew the numbers a fair amount, AdG was the clear winner as the top seller at 5 of the 6 sites. It is interesting that it was not the most mentioned in this topic. Le Male came in 7th, based on a very weak point system of placement and frequency in the top 10 of each site mentioned. Polo Red was 5th, for all of its fans on BN. Adn along with these sales, the number of bottles of Unbound, Just For Me, G Eau, and 360 Red may contribute further to thinking there is a greater amount of AdG on the streets, just like Cuba Gold, 360 White, and those numerous torso shaped bottles of knockoffs could increase the incidences where one thinks they smell Le Male.
The geographic and social differences mentioned in these few posts does seem to help my own observations, in that smelling a fragrance on another man has been an extremely rare occurrence. Not being one for clubs, it probably doesn't matter much what I wear day to day as a man in his thirties going about daily routine, as there never seems to be another wearer. If there is, their fragrance is probably fairly muted with light application or projection and sillage of limited degree by design. My own skin does not seem to help any scent push out very much anyway, so smelling like anyone else is a hard thing to do when barely smelling like anything outside of a very tight bubble.
Worrying about who else smells the same does seem a little strange, considering the availability of even some "niche" brands, their smell-alikes or knockoffs, and how most people don't worry so much about who else might be wearing the same shoes, watch, or shirt. At a formal event, seemingly no men complain about the number of tuxedos around them. Even in business the standard suits of navy blue, charcoal gray, or blue blazers with odd trousers are seen as expected and accepted attire without a whole lot of individuality, particularly when white and light blue are considered by many to be the only safe and required dress shirts in a wardrobe. There must be something about smell that distinguishes itself from sight that I'm missing for men's presentation.
Most men don't care about smelling like a lot of other people. Most Basenoters do.
Also, keep in mind that a pair of shoes is just one element in a person's visual appearance. Do you usually wear all kinds of different scents at the same time? One for your head, one for your chest, one for your legs, and another for your feet? Of course not. That's silly. A swimsuit would be a better analogy since, when you're at the beach or at the pool, that might be the only thing you're wearing... in that case, do you want to buy the exact same swimsuit as most guys (or most women, since I don't see a gender in your profile). Where's the style in that?
There's nothing wrong with wanting to wear AdG, Le Male, D&G Light Blue, etc. If that's what makes you happy, rock on. There are so many thousands upon thousands of other choices that, when I smell something and know I've smelled it (or something similar) millions of times before, I choose something else. Different strokes for different folks.
Not everybody wants to be just like everybody else.
Last edited by L'Homme Blanc Individuel; 25th January 2014 at 11:44 PM. Reason: and they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same :)
"Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam
I live about 30 miles away from central London, and id probally take a guess at most men dont think to hard about fragrance. I think there just happy as they are, its not of upmost importance to themselves... How many times have i been choked out on a humid summers day by guuys wearing suffocating amounts of One Million? Its quite common. They wouldnt even no that you should be wearing a light fresh style fragrance in summer heat, or if they do no they dont appear to care. I think as long as they smell what they percieve as nice, thats all that matters...
I have to also add i find this whole men rarely fragrance in the USA thing bizarre. Thats definitley not the case here in the UK. From teen years most boys want to wear fragrance, its considered grown up, sexy, and attractive to the opposite (or same sex) and a natural part of hygiene and grooming. This usually stars out by a relative buying the young mans first fragance, probally a gift set that you can purchase around Christmas time, and so the habit forms. You wouldnt go to work in an office in the Uk and not wear fragrance, or it would be very rare, even an office junior at 16 or 18 years old, its just a normal part of life...
Perhaps, it just seems a bit puzzling to me. There is an obvious shared appreciation of many scents, but at the same time no desire to have people around a member own the same thing, or at least wear it. Tools, cars, guns, flashlights, clothes, accessories, A/V equipment, phones, hair styles, it just really interests me how nothing else really engenders that same feeling, at least anything I can detect in online discussions. Even tattoos often demonstrate fellowship with shared and repeated designs without issue, despite how extremely personal such an undertaking is with the permanence and intimacy of the final product and the wearer's body. There are those who get bespoke or the highest priced items available, but they are not the norm, and that doesn't even seem to be the case here. Even a solid designer receives reviews where the user is glad no one else seems to be wearing it. Just something that struck me as curious, nothing more than that.
I feel strange when I find someone wearing the same thing. Here I'm being more specific than saying someone else wearing jeans boots and t-shirt. Jeans are all very similar, but if the t-shirt had a distinguishing design and someone I met was wearing the same one I wouldn't like it. I think that this is because these kinds of choices go to our identities, or the identities we try to project through our consumer choices.
The same applies for scent. So while I'll happily recommend one of my favourite scents, say CdG's 2Man on the forum, and based just on Basenotes it is a very popular scent, but if I actually started coming across many people wearing it I think that would put me off.
There is also often a degree of snobbishness/hipsterism in defining our identities with our consumer choices and asserting our superiority based on a better knowledge of scents. I think that, even if it is subconsciously, one might be striving to say, I'm not like everyone else who is just duped by advertising and popularity, my choices are informed and based on knowledge that most people don't have.
Don't mistake me for someone who has to buy the most expensive. Yes, I own scents by Creed, Amouage and Tauer, but I also own scents that cost me as little as $7, and I wear the heck out of them.
Personally, I think you're overthinking this whole thing. For me, when it comes to buying any item I'd wear, it's as simple as "Do I like it?" and "Is it too common?" I'm talking about any key element of style, be it a pair of glasses, a new coat, or even a fragrance. Some people don't care if a scent is too common, and that's cool. Some people actually want to wear whatever is popular, because they want to be like everybody else, and if it makes them happen, then that's cool too. Figure out what makes you happy, and do that. I like wearing a scent that is less common, and since there are so many thousands of options, finding something fantastic that isn't too common is pretty easy.
"Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam
Some people in life strive to be individual and different, and sone people dont. Thats the way it goes...
My ex partner came round to me home recentley and was going through my samples in my wardrobe (with my approval i must say) and he immediatley fell in love with my favourite sample i had. A few weeks later he went out and bought that fragrance, consequently i will now not go out and buy that even though i had every intention of doing so in the future. if it was someone at a great distance from me in life then that would be different, but i dont want to be smelling exactly the same as someone else close to me in life...
Yes, and that is really part of the equation that seems a little contradictory. To think, "I'm different from others by choosing the highest quality", when that measure of quality is the number of people who positively rate the item. It is a funny thing to watch the arguments over who is smarter among Android or iPhone users, they can both quote huge numbers of brethren, yet that means little. They are all just consumers consuming.
I don't think there any unique Converse shoes, they are mass produced and distributed globally. The same holds true for most fragrances discussed and available. I could wear Le Male here and actually be in rare air, due to the general lack of fragrance use among my peers in my area. I could encounter a hundred other men and not smell Le Male. That doesn't make me or Le Male unique, despite being in no worse than the 99th percentile. So I would just wear Le Male because it smells nice to me (though I don't own it), because even though it is "different" for me and my situation, it isn't really all that different at all. I actually do wear BdC, and no one has recognized it in six months. There apparently is no overlap between people familiar with BdC and people I've encountered in that time, at least those who would mention it.
I wouldn't alter the wear of a tux because that is considered poor form by some. I might have one or two buttons, notch, peak, or sash lapel, use or avoid a pocket square. These are differences, but none are unique as they are all known and common options. Similar for shoes. If I have a pair of black cap toe balmorals, very few people could tell if they were Lobbs, Aldens, AEs, or Florsheims, despite the huge differences in price and quality. There is that aspect that I adhere to, in that an old way of thinking of how a man acts is to follow some line of "common" sense in style and presentation. Do things a certain way, respond in a certain way, keep style choices within a certain envelope. At a formal event, it is left to the ladies to flourish, and a man is not meant to attempt to upstage them with flourishes that tarnish the "armor" or "uniform".
This is certainly not something everyone nor anyone else should be forced to adhere to, just a bit of my own thinking on the matter and not any admonition of any other person's style. Just trying to see how that reconciled with the perceptions and experiences of others was the purpose of this topic. As mentioned, the situation in the UK is very different, and the ability to express individuality through fragrance is different from what I am familiar with. "Everyone else" is very different "everywhere else".
I am starting to see your point, though, and I think there is something slightly different about the perception of having a unique, or at least not common scent, even compared to having a very limited edition pair of sneakers, leather jacket, or bag. What it is, I am not yet able to verbalize.
Behemoth cut a slice of pineapple, salted it, peppered it, ate it, and then tossed off a second glass of alcohol so dashingly that everyone applauded.
"Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam
Does anyone remember those best buddies in high school class who always copied each other? We all had a pair in class not matter where in the world you went to school...
One bought a pair of trainers or a bag, and then other one had to also.. They were literally like twins..
I guess when we was naive and young we may of called it fashion, but being a bit more mature we can see it as being down right tacky and annoying. Its is what it is, if people are happy like that and not harming anyone else then theres nothing wrong in it, each to there own, but alot of people dont want to be like that...
Aqua di gio is what I think of immediately.
The top three I always smell are Aqua di Gio (360 red), Hugo Boss, and Jean Paul Gaulitier. The thing about ADG that bothers me is that my best friend wears it religiously. He's in no way broke or anything but he's very reluctant to get a different cologne. I've tried giving him samples and asking for his opinions on stuff to try to get him out of his little "safe zone" but he won't. It's very annoying haha everyone here knows that the fragrances are a form of art. There's a lot of beautiful and complex scents out there always waiting to be sniffed/smelled/enjoyed/and discovered.
I do own a pair of Converse, they are blue brushed leather.
Also, as I mentioned, I can wear just about anything considered common by most BNers and still be unique here. Aspen and Interlude Man both work about as well in that singular facet, all other qualities ignored. I rotate through my 16 bottle active collection, small by standards here and unheard of by plenty of others.
Zatarain, I have no understanding of it myself, but can only guess that there is some deep connection with scent that is emotionally different from visual appearance. In that, people acknowledge that the look they have is handled by the clothes, and it remains separate, a construct that changes at the whim of the wearer - but the scent, they claim some ownership of it, that it is associated with their being like it is a part of them. But no one looks the same without their clothes on as when dressed, and no one smells the same without their fragrance applied as when without. It may be the strong connection to taste and memory that our mostly visual interaction with the world places further into the background, making it more visceral.
What would happen if a wearer of a rare scent, say Patou Pour Homme, encountered someone else wearing the same? Would there be a mutual nod of acknowledgement and shared appreciation between aficionados, or would there be a feeling of violation that taints the opinion of one or both?
Spiritueuse, Homage Attar, Clive X.
I think what I am referring to is the thought process where people have read about and acquired knowledge regarding scents. Even if it is just to the extent of having sampled and read enough to know what they like and dislike in scents so it could apply to someone who has gone to the trouble of finding great value drug store scents that they like or to those who might be seeking out scents that have a sandalwood accord that is like genuine mysore sandalwood. It can apply to all parts of the spectrum.
I've never encountered someone wearing the same scent. I'm not sure how I'd react. It could potentially be annoyance that it smells better on him/her than me. To be honest, I'm not sure I'd even recognize it as the same scent due to how it wears on different people and the fact that I'm not used to smelling it at a distance/in sillage. I suspect my reaction would be no different than if I found someone dressed in the same clothes. I'd feel slightly embarrassed and I'm not even sure why.
Last edited by Darjeeling; 26th January 2014 at 02:29 AM.