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    Default Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    Hey everyone,
    So today I've found out that there's a niche fragrance store here in Portugal. There used to be none, so I went there and saw that they had FM fragrances. I tried most of them and loved portrait of a lady. Weirdly I didn't find musc ravageur that Good tbh..

    Anyways, I've bought Poal and When I got home I went to Check the reviews and felt stupid because I saw that it is a women's fragrance.. I know that it I should just wear what I like, but what do you guys think? To be honest I think dior homme is way more feminine than this, but I dunno.. There's just some thing that made me sad When I found out this is supposed to be feminine, pride maybe?
    Funny cuz I'm usually a fahrenheit kind of a guy

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    A lot of the guys here wear it - if you like it, enjoy it

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    I personally don't wear this Malle, but there are many men who do and enjoy it greatly and wear it with no reservations, so enjoy it. By the way, Malle doesn't classify any of his scents for one gender or another.
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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    A man can easily wear it. I originally bought it for my wife, but I've worn hers. It's absolutely unisex. Wear it without reservation!

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    The only thing that is not unisex with this fragrance is the name.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    We've had discussions about this before. Malle classifies it as unisex, but it's clearly in the style of modern masculines. Its base is choke full of potent woody ambers, typical of modern masculine perfumery (but here done much better).

    Go light on the spray, though, this is nuclear-power.

    cacio

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    You can definitely make this your fragrance if you so wish - why not? Follow cacio's advice about using a feather light finger on the trigger. My own advice would be to alternate frequently with other scents, and also to perhaps do your trial runs during cooler weather.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    Absolutely

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    Quite unisex for sure.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    I own it and I find it to be more masculine than feminine IMO. I cant see my wife wearing this at all. I have actually received quite a few compliments at work while wearing it and people are always surprised when I tell them that it is a women's fragrance!
    Current faves (Subject to change at a moments notice!!):
    Roja Dove Diaghilev
    Amouage Interlude Man
    Pure Distance M
    Creed Royal Oud
    Xerjoff Kobe
    Absolue Pour le Soir
    MDCI Chypre Palatin
    MDCI Invasion Barbare
    Ronia J Oud Assam
    Goti Smoke Essenze

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    I feel POAL is more masculine than feminine. Wear it if you enjoy it! And, yes, like you, I also feel that Dior Homme smells more feminine I own and love Dior Homme, and don't worry that it is a masculine.
    Last edited by cello; 21st February 2014 at 06:39 PM.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    As others have noted, all of Frederic Malle's fragrances are intended to be unisex (though obviously some will be more popular with one gender or the other). The name "Portrait of a Lady" is referring to the Henry James novel, not to the fragrance being intended for ladies specifically. Just as the novel is suitable to all genders, so is this admirable composition.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    Thanks everyone! I certainly feel a lot better now ahah. My gf said it didn't smell feminine so That's a plus. By the way, i was messing around with my fragrances and tried layering Poal with TF oud wood and the result was amazing. Try it out sometime. Thanks once again!

    Ps: owner gave me loads of samples, will probably get french lover in the future.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    Quote Originally Posted by b3t0_1972 View Post
    The only thing that is not unisex with this fragrance is the name.
    Which is a name lifted from a Henry James novel -- quite a virile, manly man of an author some might say!

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    Just wear the damn thing as if it was the last day of your life.

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    It's all about how confident you are in your pants...i remember when I first cracked a sniff at DH and though it to be feminine and revisited on later day and ever since I love it... I wouldn't say that labeling scents is wasteful as there are scents that IMO are totally for women : cause honestly I don't hear many fellas using Miss Dior or Elizabeth Taylor diamonds categorized for women , so thankfully there are categories be at they don't always get it right but without it, they would be a lot of chaos and returns....
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents"

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    Perfume doesn't have genitalia. I know that may sound like it's just a flippant reply, but it's the truth. The box or bottle may say which gender a fragrance is marketed for or perhaps was even designed for, but none of that matters. If you'd like to wear it, you should. Women wear men's scents all the time. Are you ready for a crazy sounding statistic? 50% of men's scent purchases are made by women. Granted, part of that 50% includes women buying men's scents as gifts for the men in their lives, but if you read reviews on store websites, you'll find so many women saying they bought the scent for themselves, or they share it with their boyfriend/husband/etc. At my local Sephora, I can think of a men's scent that is only in the women's section. Then again, at Nordstrom, I can think of a woman's scent that crossed over into the men's section. Here's a list of women's scents Katie Puckrik recommends for men to wear.

    If you smell something and think "I could wear that," you should.

    Style is subjective. Wear what you like. I'm not a skinny jeans guy, but look how popular they've become among men. 10 to 15 years ago, that wasn't the case. But then mainstream clothing manufacturers started noticing that tall women's jeans sizes were selling out disproportionally, and it became clear that guys were buying them. A style article like this wouldn't even be worth printing today since skinny jeans on men are everywhere.

    Style is subjective. Wear what you like, and what you think suits you.
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    Boy, how do I get away with wearing Une Rose then?!

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    It's not unisex IMO but that's doesn't mean that certain men can't wear it either..

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    Incense, rose & patchouli.

    However you classify those, individually & collectively.
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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    Anyone can wear it, and this 80s powerhouse lover does frequently. When I purchased a bottle at Barney's Las Vegas it was being sold at the Men's counter upstairs, but honestly it would have made no difference which counter it was displayed at. A masterpiece like PoaL smells good on just about anyone, regardless of gender. Congrats on your great purchase! Now go out and wear it with abandon.
    Last edited by drseid; 22nd February 2014 at 05:42 PM.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)

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    Default Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a lady unisex?

    Who cares? Who would ever question such a thing?

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