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    Default How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    2 part question

    1) Do you come across good smelling strangers?

    2) If so, do you compliment them?


    I've come across some good smelling people, but I rarely give a compliment. I usually only compliment how my friends smell.
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    Default Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    Never.
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    I only ever compliment women (the opposite sex) but do it often. People love to hear that they smell good in the same sense as people like to be told they look good. Women love these compliments, especially if its a long time after they applied, they tend to be very surprised that anyone can smell anything.
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    Default Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    Rarely to a stranger and if so to the opposite sex.
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    So you guys will compliment a woman on her fragrance, but never a man? Why not, don't men enjoy compliments too?
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    Never... but will make an exception if I ever smell Angel on a women.
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    Default Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    1) While not too frequently, yes

    2) Much likelier for me to compliment someone I know, also because a fragrance related conversation (including more details about the name, the house etc. of a fragrance enjoyed, admired and/or complimented) comes more natural afterwards.

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    Default Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    Never have. Probably never would.
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    I havea few times, usually just keep it to myself.

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    If I can come up with a way to say it without coming across as weird, every time. I tend to give more compliments to other guys because most women think you're trying to hit on them if you compliment them. I think it's odd that there's a thread with over a million views about compliments and which scents get you the most, yet ppl are sheepish about giving them. Also complimenting a man on his fragrance won't turn you into a homosexual.
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    I've done it a few times. One was wearing Deisel Fuel for Life (which he confirmed after I guessed what it was, and then was shocked that I even knew the name or recognized the smell), and another wasn't wearing anything. Just deodorant and natural body aroma (not body ODOR). Other than that, not really. It took me quite a bit to make those comments, and I felt weird doing it. Most of the people I work with that I don't know all wear this roll-on white musk oil that smells terrible, and I've never had the courage to go the opposite direction and tell them they freaking reek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston H View Post
    If I can come up with a way to say it without coming across as weird, every time. I tend to give more compliments to other guys because most women think you're trying to hit on them if you compliment them. I think it's odd that there's a thread with over a million views about compliments and which scents get you the most, yet ppl are sheepish about giving them. Also complimenting a man on his fragrance won't turn you into a homosexual.
    That's interesting because I've got the opposite experience. Although I'm an extremely aloof person and that comes across when I talk to people. When it comes to a female I just tell her she smells awesome with a very uninterested look on my face, then I turn or walk away to continue about my business. Or I immediately change the subject back to whatever it may have been. But I am an amazing conversationalist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeyondTheBox View Post
    That's interesting because I've got the opposite experience. Although I'm an extremely aloof person and that comes across when I talk to people. When it comes to a female I just tell her she smells awesome with a very uninterested look on my face, then I turn or walk away to continue about my business. Or I immediately change the subject back to whatever it may have been. But I am an amazing conversationalist.
    I should have worded my statement better. I don't wanna convey the message that ALL women do that, it's just where I'm from. It may be easier in other areas to compliment a woman. Most women in NYC are pretty stuck up so most of the time I'm careful
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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston H View Post
    I should have worded my statement better. I don't wanna convey the message that ALL women do that, it's just where I'm from. It may be easier in other areas to compliment a woman. Most women in NYC are pretty stuck up so most of the time I'm careful
    Yeah, I'm from NYC too, Preston is not lying. LOL!!!

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    Default Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    I compliment both men and women, and both strangers and friends - I know I like to get compliments and I just figure everyone does at least now and then - have run across a couple of things I ended up buying because they smelled so good on someone else.

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    I almost never smell scent on anyone around me. It's a shame really. Would I say something? actually yes, I would particularly if it smelled 'niche-y' and I thought it could start an interesting conversation.
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    Default Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post
    I almost never smell scent on anyone around me. It's a shame really. Would I say something? actually yes, I would particularly if it smelled 'niche-y' and I thought it could start an interesting conversation.
    I agree with this exactly.

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    I compliment anyone anytime I like their perfume. I chased down guy once, he was totally flattered. He said "thanks man, no one ever notices". It ended up being my first encounter with coromandel.

    Everyone liked to be complimented

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    Default Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    sadly, i rarely come across people who smell good enough to compliment--when i do, i will often compliment women--it is hard for a guy to compliment other guyd without it seeming wierd. sad but true!
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    I have come across a stranger who smelled good. And I complimented them if I could.

    I was once came across a guy who wore Black Aoud and it suits him well. And another guy who wore Black to Black with just right amount, complimented.

    There's so many guy who wears Creed, But I don't think they smells good on them so I pass,

    I mostly compliment women because it's not so awkward... it's somehow like a man tell another man that he looks good. It feels gay for some reason. I'm not saying it's bad. But it's too awkward for me.

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    Can't do it. Even if I smell something on someone I could see myself wearing. I'm just too awkward.

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    Very rarely, and almost always when I want to know what the fragrance is, so I can wear it myself.

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    Default Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    1-very rarely

    2-even more rare

    But co workers and friends I make an effort to let them know I notice and appreciate it
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    I am always on the verge but people are so in a hurry these days; you have to mug them to say something unsolicited. The last time I wanted to comment I was in the lift, and the woman was also attractive. She smelt great, unusual, definitely niche. But my wife was there so I thought, nah! this will not come out right. Needless to say, I haven't seen her again, damn it! But I will comment on male or female if I think I can do it well.

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    The thing that I find interesting here is that on Basenotes you hear so many people asking "what gets the best compliments". People even mention this in their reviews for crying out loud.

    But then some of those same people, don't want to compliment someone else?

    When the hell did people get so scared of human interaction? Or like someone else said "awkward".

    That's seriously depressing.

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    1. Very rarely.
    2. Depends on the setting. Not at work, but would in a social setting.

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    Aphexacid, I agree, man. I don't often smell fragrances that make me want to give a compliment, but when I do smell something nice and someone is in my proximity, I'll pay a compliment whether it's a man or woman. Most men and women I've complimented about a fragrance are happy to be noticed and find it flattering. I don't think this needs to be over thought to the point of worrying about it seeming gay, like your hitting on a woman, awkward, etc. But I'm one of those people who makes small talk with strangers at the store, baristas, people at the gas station, etc.
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    Very rarely. The problem with Copenhagen is, that when I ever smell a fragrance on other people, it is almost always one I hate so much that my blood boils (I am looking at you, One Million!!!), and they usually wear tons of it (I am looking at you again, One Million!!!!!!!!). Danes generally have very poor and uniform taste in fragrance (they are practically drones, especially the guys). Once in a while though, I smell something good and perfectly dosed. It is just difficult to find the person wearing it, as the choking clouds of One Million blind both nose and eyes.
    Danes are quite reserved as well, and complete strangers would think you were some kind of psycho, if you complemented them or at least think you were some sleezeball hitting on them.

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    I can't remember the last time I smelt a good fragrance on a guy. I usually only smell something obnoxious (over applied 1 Million or Le Male, mainly).

    I do complement women though. "I like your perfume, what is it?" followed quickly by "I will have to see if my wife likes it as much as I do".


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    Quote Originally Posted by NorstrÝm View Post
    Very rarely. The problem with Copenhagen is, that when I ever smell a fragrance on other people, it is almost always one I hate so much that my blood boils (I am looking at you, One Million!!!), and they usually wear tons of it (I am looking at you again, One Million!!!!!!!!). Danes generally have very poor and uniform taste in fragrance (they are practically drones, especially the guys). Once in a while though, I smell something good and perfectly dosed. It is just difficult to find the person wearing it, as the choking clouds of One Million blind both nose and eyes.
    Danes are quite reserved as well, and complete strangers would think you were some kind of psycho, if you complemented them or at least think you were some sleezeball hitting on them.
    Sounds a lot like the UK! I have only been to Copenhagen once but I didn't smell any frags on anyone. Mind you the daily high was -5 C so my nose was mostly buried in a scarf (loved it all the same).

    I only compliment friends and relatives, who mainly wear gifts or cast-offs from me.
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