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    Question Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    this scent gets brilliant feedback, but somebody describes it as a 'feminine masterwork'. what do you think, can a man wear it comfortably?
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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Sampled this today, the lotus flowers are very prominently. Girlfriend and I agreed It's very feminine and not suitable for a guy. Trayee on the other hand is unisex and worth a decant.

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    Well, my penis hasn't shriveled up yet.
    So yes.

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Not going to repeat myself; not going to repeat myself...

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Why not try it and see?

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Well, my penis hasn't shriveled up yet.
    So yes.
    Priceless! Threw me right into a coughing fit!
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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Well, my penis hasn't shriveled up yet.
    So yes.
    Quote Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post
    Not going to repeat myself; not going to repeat myself...

    We should really sticky these for future use

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Agree lpp - should be sticky

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    We should really sticky these for future use
    That's going to result in a *lot* of stickies!

    If you do decide to sticky it, it would probably be better off in the men's forum as most of the women around here don't have any problems wearing the perfumes they like, regardless of gender designation.
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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Yeah - it was just a joke, Evangeline but that's a very good point about location

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    Yeah, I know ...hehe. That was my indirect way of saying "Why are you asking us?" I'm still wondering why "Which scents chicks dig/females love/blah blah blah" is stickied in the women's forum ...like we care.
    Science is not only compatible with spirituality, it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. ..Carl Sagan

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    It does seem to be a weird place for it - I've always wondered why it isn't in MFD, but they have the infamous 'Compliments' thread...

    Edit:
    Hmmm - just went & read the first few posts .
    Last edited by lpp; 11th March 2014 at 05:42 PM.

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    It's totally redundant. As a counterpart to the men's thread we might have had "Which scents dudes dig/men love/blah blah blah" but again, women just don't seem to rely on that sort of info nearly as much as men.
    Science is not only compatible with spirituality, it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. ..Carl Sagan

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    The O.P. isn't around - maybe it could be persuaded to have an accident

    Does anyone know why it was stickied in the first place?

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    Lol @ "accident." I sure doubt it would be missed!

    I wasn't around then, but I assumed it was meant for women to add their responses, but I think if they had any inclination to do so they would have gone to the men's forum to answer it in their sticky, since it's about men's fragrances ...which is why most of those responses are from men, lol!
    Science is not only compatible with spirituality, it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. ..Carl Sagan

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Agree - will ask in case there's a reason for it.

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    intreresting thread development but i asked about ashoka opinions.
    offsite sales: http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=301

    current top 12, by quartets:
    1. Zafar, Onda, Tuba, Reve en Cuir
    5. Coromandel, Ex-Idolo 33, Bois D'Encens, Dia Man
    9. Ore, Montecristo, Danger Homme, Derby


    current top 4 houses, random order: Vero Profumo, Slumberhouse, MFK, Roja Dove

    favourite categories: oriental semi-gourmands, ouds, vetivers

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Apologies for the diversion

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    when i saw 16 posts at first, i thought this scent became popular over night... i guess just like me, most of you having fun here have not experienced its beauty
    offsite sales: http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=301

    current top 12, by quartets:
    1. Zafar, Onda, Tuba, Reve en Cuir
    5. Coromandel, Ex-Idolo 33, Bois D'Encens, Dia Man
    9. Ore, Montecristo, Danger Homme, Derby


    current top 4 houses, random order: Vero Profumo, Slumberhouse, MFK, Roja Dove

    favourite categories: oriental semi-gourmands, ouds, vetivers

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    I've just ordered some samples from this line but am now a bit reluctant to admit that this wasn't one of them - maybe next time!

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    mspa - I tested it once a little while ago and thought it was unisex. Your thread has inspired me to try my sample again and will definitely add my 2 cents.

    Btw, Lanier (Scents Memory) has a solid review on Fragrantica and his blog if you have not checked it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mspa View Post
    when i saw 16 posts at first, i thought this scent became popular over night... i guess just like me, most of you having fun here have not experienced its beauty.
    Although I've never given it a full wearing, I have tested it and yes, it is quite beautiful, but not necessarily more so than any other beautiful perfume that can be worn by a man ...or a woman. I just can't ever recall coming across a perfume that was so magnificent it made me think "Now this is so beautiful even a man could wear it comfortably!" That's not how it works. The fun we're having illustrates the point that if you like it, you should wear it and nobody else can tell you what you might be comfortable in, least of all us women.
    Science is not only compatible with spirituality, it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. ..Carl Sagan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    Although I've never given it a full wearing, I have tested it and yes, it is quite beautiful, but not necessarily more so than any other beautiful perfume that can be worn by a man ...or a woman. I just can't ever recall coming across a perfume that was so magnificent it made me think "Now this is so beautiful even a man could wear it comfortably!" That's not how it works. The fun we're having illustrates the point that if you like it, you should wear it and nobody else can tell you what you might be comfortable in, least of all us women.
    i am looking for 'approval' from you
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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    thanks capri!
    btw, it is currently under split here. i am the only one in for now
    would appreciate your further thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by CapriDog View Post
    mspa - I tested it once a little while ago and thought it was unisex. Your thread has inspired me to try my sample again and will definitely add my 2 cents.

    Btw, Lanier (Scents Memory) has a solid review on Fragrantica and his blog if you have not checked it out.
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    5. Coromandel, Ex-Idolo 33, Bois D'Encens, Dia Man
    9. Ore, Montecristo, Danger Homme, Derby


    current top 4 houses, random order: Vero Profumo, Slumberhouse, MFK, Roja Dove

    favourite categories: oriental semi-gourmands, ouds, vetivers

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    Quote Originally Posted by mspa View Post
    i am looking for 'approval' from you
    But that's the point - we already approve!! It's now up to you to give yourself permission to wear it.

    I do happen to think it's unisex, btw - go for it!
    Science is not only compatible with spirituality, it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. ..Carl Sagan

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    haha... thanks evangi. i guess 10ml will do well.
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    9. Ore, Montecristo, Danger Homme, Derby


    current top 4 houses, random order: Vero Profumo, Slumberhouse, MFK, Roja Dove

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    That's the spirit! You'll smell more great than feminine, really. Enjoy it!
    Science is not only compatible with spirituality, it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. ..Carl Sagan

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Well, my penis hasn't shriveled up yet.
    So yes.

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Well, my penis hasn't shriveled up yet.
    So yes.
    well, a man can wear dress and high heel without to experience gender changes... i guess inadequate perfume wear is not that harsh, but still in the same meaning
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    9. Ore, Montecristo, Danger Homme, Derby


    current top 4 houses, random order: Vero Profumo, Slumberhouse, MFK, Roja Dove

    favourite categories: oriental semi-gourmands, ouds, vetivers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    That's the spirit! You'll smell more great than feminine, really. Enjoy it!
    i think i got the spirit for life. most likely i will only post in the mens forum - not as spirituel, but if any collaboration, it is more on the spot.
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    5. Coromandel, Ex-Idolo 33, Bois D'Encens, Dia Man
    9. Ore, Montecristo, Danger Homme, Derby


    current top 4 houses, random order: Vero Profumo, Slumberhouse, MFK, Roja Dove

    favourite categories: oriental semi-gourmands, ouds, vetivers

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    Mspa - Ashoka is my SotD today. Right after the spritz, it smelled a tad feminine due to the floral notes but it only lasted for several minutes or so on my skin. Having said that, if you can handle DH or DHI, you won't have any problem dealing with the initial stage, at least I don't. What makes it totally unisex after that is the combo of resin, incense and balmy feel ( very very subtle tiger balm) to my nose. It has been 3 hours now... sandalwood, something spicy, incense and incense. I am sure there are a lot more to it but my point is YES, it's unisex.
    Wearing this makes me think of Poivre 23 by Le Labo. Though they are not similar but they both give me a calming effect given that Poirve 23 is a lot more spicy, balmy. Hope that helps a bit.

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    capri, thanks for the help! do you consider it really a great scent overall?... maybe let's wait few more hours to see about longevity and drydown

    Quote Originally Posted by CapriDog View Post
    Mspa - Ashoka is my SotD today. Right after the spritz, it smelled a tad feminine due to the floral notes but it only lasted for several minutes or so on my skin. Having said that, if you can handle DH or DHI, you won't have any problem dealing with the initial stage, at least I don't. What makes it totally unisex after that is the combo of resin, incense and balmy feel ( very very subtle tiger balm) to my nose. It has been 3 hours now... sandalwood, something spicy, incense and incense. I am sure there are a lot more to it but my point is YES, it's unisex.
    Wearing this makes me think of Poivre 23 by Le Labo. Though they are not similar but they both give me a calming effect given that Poirve 23 is a lot more spicy, balmy. Hope that helps a bit.
    offsite sales: http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=301

    current top 12, by quartets:
    1. Zafar, Onda, Tuba, Reve en Cuir
    5. Coromandel, Ex-Idolo 33, Bois D'Encens, Dia Man
    9. Ore, Montecristo, Danger Homme, Derby


    current top 4 houses, random order: Vero Profumo, Slumberhouse, MFK, Roja Dove

    favourite categories: oriental semi-gourmands, ouds, vetivers

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    Default Re: Ashoka - do you think it could be comfortably worn by a man?

    It is completely unisex, and I enjoy and feel completely comfortable wearing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    It is completely unisex, and I enjoy and feel completely comfortable wearing it.
    Absolutely agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mspa View Post
    capri, thanks for the help! do you consider it really a great scent overall?... maybe let's wait few more hours to see about longevity and drydown
    Projection is average/good and longevity is 8 hours plus. It's very nice and extremely well blended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mspa View Post
    when i saw 16 posts at first, i thought this scent became popular over night... i guess just like me, most of you having fun here have not experienced its beauty
    I personally own it.
    Yes, it is feminine of you're basing it on typical men scents from Sephora these days.

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