also calling ClaireV for her great insight
Inspired by the compliments thread and some observations I had during my very short time in the fragrance world, I create this thread asking a question: what defines a male fragrance as "sexy"?
Now, before we proceed with this, let me reiterate two facts here:
1- One can make any fragrance work - even if he made a concoction of lemonade concentrate and mixed it with alcohol - if one acted with confidence and did not look like a bum (although there are people who are into that look and I dont judge them )
2- Trends change, and every generation has its own sexy fragrance: the 80s had Kourous (all hail), the 90s had Drakkar Noir, and the 00s had the Armani Code and the Allure (I guess), now the 10s have the Dior Homme line and Guerlain LIDG, and thus I present my humble observation:
-- The 80s were much focused on animalics
-- The 90s were keen on oakmoss (not just for sexy fragrances) with a hint of the animalic note (with exceptions like Fahrenheit)
-- The 00s witnessed the fade of the animalic note and the rise of the leather note and the tonka bean
-- The 10s are now focused on leather and florals
in my opinion, the niche is out of the question here as they are in a separate league by themselves.
So now I ask, what makes a fragrance sexy?
and what is the trend for the 10s?
ofcourse I have to mention here that I might be missing something here or there...or that my observation is completely off...
Your thoughts and opinions, gentlemen? (and ladies are more than welcome to join in!)
also calling ClaireV for her great insight
2. Disagree with some of the ones named for trends... For that matter, we would have to go with the best sellers of each decade... those are the true references... (Dior Homme and LIDGE are no references) Bleu, much better... Many have added the incense thing on their new releases now and many many other´s are copying the idea behind Bleu de Chanel...
For the sexy thing, I have no idea... On women, I just called them sexy when I like them (the perfumes and the women)
On men, I don´t have a definition of my own... Perhaps, the ones I know are liked by women... (that I know and meet)
On basenotes, I´think many tend to find or name the orientals as sexy...
I just call them heavy, sweet or "old"...
With the exception of Spicebomb which I like... but it´s hard in here to find a time to wear... (plus, women I know do not like it)...
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Nothing makes a fragrance "sexy" IMO. But if I were to consider any fragrance "sexy", it would be female fragrances. And of the feminine fragrances, if I like it, it would be sexy. If I didn't, it wouldn't. Simple as that.
Current Fall Favorites:
1. Creed - Spice & Wood
2. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
3. Brückner - Aoud 1
4. Creed - Aventus
5. Dior - Vetiver
6. Armani Privè - Cedre Olympe
7. Ermenegildo Zegna - Haitian Vetiver
8. Ermenegildo Zegna - Javanese Patchouli
9. AJ Arabia - I
10. Les Nez - Turtle Vetiver Back
Depends on too many personal, subjective, thus unpredictable, often indefinable factors to be "once and for all" settled.
In many ways, thinking that it may all be (mostly) "in the eye of the beholder" (or, more accurately in the nose and/or other receptors of the person/persons getting to smell a certain fragrance) since what might be attractive to some might not be attractive the others and the opposite and so on.
For instance fresh, clean fragrances might be more easily likable, but may lack a certain personal magnetism, due to being too safe, more conservative fragrances may actually be attractive to someone who values maturity, finally, totally unassuming and least likely fragrance might simply get positive feedback due to one or several persons being attracted to, intrigued/captivated by a certain note and/or the fragrance triggering a happy, pleasant, otherwise stimulative memory, mental association etc.
There are far more factors with a significant contribution than meets the eye, or the nose, or even the most logical, highly structured, level-headed, insightful, minds.
It's individual preferences and associations mostly, Antaeus and Dior Homme Intense for me, as well as Chanel No. 5 and Coromandel.
I personally don't think of a fragrance as being "sexy". I do think, however, that a fragrance can be attractive
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Wouldn't that be what a particular fragrance evokes when you wear it?
I agree with most of your points. I've always thought that "eau de gym" is the sexiest perfume. Enough crunches and weights and one is sexy even if wearing, as you say, lemonade.
If I am blind-folded and am given a sniff test, I can tell for myself whether a scent smells sexy. I also agree with some oriental scents perhaps the wood, spice, vanilla, honey notes. Yes, Coromandel, Black Orchid, LDDM, Duro, etc.
Any scent that is intriguingly attractive, capable of drawing you in closer to put your nose to the wearer's scented skin and take a longer pleasurable sniff has the potential to be a sexy scent. Quality of composition and style of application are contributing factors, but none more so than a wearer's own personal magnetism. The magic happens when these factors are in sync.
Last edited by Diamondflame; 21st February 2016 at 04:13 AM.
It's totally subjective and personal, but I'm in the camp that believes the wearer makes it sexy.
In terms of the subjective view, I can wear something that I feel sexy wearing. Others may not like it, but it may boost my confidence and confidence can be sexy. The other direction one can go is trying to tailor sexy to your audience. While I know some of my acquaintances find certain scents attractive I can't think of anything that is sure to appeal to everyone (not even the A word).
As far as trends, in general it seems to be vanilla or tonka centered sweet fragrances or fresh fragrances that people call sexy these days (just not in my circle of friends).
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Fragrances aren't sexy. People are sexy. Unsexy people in fabulous perfumes are still unsexy.
interesting points from all of you.
so the major agreement here is that a fragrance can be attractive, but it is up to you to make it sexy, and ofcourse it is all in the nose of the beholder.
now, let me rephrase the second question: what is the trend for attractive notes throughout the years and especially in the 2010s? I am trying to see the bigger picture here - sort of trying to read the past and what was considered attractive, and I am talking something that the general majority sort of agreed on...
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
Completely subjective if you think it's possible at all.
I'd think it analogous to the "what is pornography?" question with the answer of " I know it when I see it".
In this case, "I know it when I smell it".
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The Bleu trend seems to be an evolution from the adg's... It's an aromatic, woody o semi floral, that starts with a sharp citrus, morphs to a woody or semi floral, always keeping it fresh, that includes some hints of soft orientals at the base... it's a Swiss knife, semi fresh but with "character"... like a dark freshie...
The nasty trend seems to be "create whatever you want" and throw in A LOT of Tonka... An evolution from Le Male IMO... Everyone just copies the big ones... (I would to)
I have always thought (perhaps wrongly) that what makes a man's scent sexy is if it smells like a man. My wife's favorite scents on me are Aramis (which I rarely wear) and Safari--harshly male. I have a gay friend who loves the smell of Antaeus because it smells like a man. I have another friend whose wife only lets him wear Poivre Samarcande because--you guessed it--it smells like a man. While few essences are actually "male" or "female" I think that certain scents are just closely associated with men. Scarlett O'Hara remembers her father smelling of horses, tobacco and whiskey. I cannot think that anyone would think that it is sexy for a man to smell like lipstick, face powder or foundation. I do not see how that could be seen as sexy, but I could be wrong! I have been before!
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plus, their different personalities... As an example, a 15 year old emo guy would be perceived different than a 35 year old cowboy, hence women on their social circle might prefer different scents on them... (yes, women preferring their scents, since we are talking "sexy", which has a related connotation to sex)...
Givenchy Play Intense
La Nuit de l'Homme
CH 212 Men
D&G The One for Men
To me, the one obvious accord of the first four is a dark sweetness. Some people consider The One very sweet also, but I don't.
CH 212 Men is, for me, one of the fragrances that really breaks the category for me. Nothing in it says sexy to me, it just smells awesome, and is fresh with some floral and musk. It doesn't meet my conception of "sexy", just "smells awesome", but the women around me disagree and find it sexy. Maybe, if they find you sexy, "smells awesome" is all that's needed to pull it all together
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every single one of them have either tonka bean or cardamom, except for Rochas Man, which is a very popular attractive scent with an off-putting packaging...
Fragrance is like a dress, it could fit a guy and be not suitable for others. Definition of "sexy" is subjective.
Two thoughts here:
1-A scent could be considered sexy if it takes a person who in other regards is on the fence and shoves them to the desirable side.
Sure there are other factors: voice tone, intelligence, sense of humor, etc. But many have had the experience of having their objective rating bump up a notch or two strictly from smell.
2-I have always thought that a beautiful and feminine woman wearing a not so feminine scent can easily slip into sexy. Had a friend who looked like Mia Farrow in her 20's who was irresistible in Indonesian Patchouli centered fragrances
Fragrances are not "sexy" per se. The individual wearing a fragrance either is or is not sexy, and the individual's perceived sexiness is in the eyes and mind of the perceiver. This is why manufacturers use beautiful models and place them within sexy contexts whence advertising a fragrance. As for past and future trends in fragrance, I do not feel qualified to say other than I think all fragrances will become more and more synthetic smelling as time goes on.
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I think fragrances can be sexy...right combo of notes...but the sex appeal comes from the person wearing it. My wife thinks Burberry London is sexy on me but I wouldn't say that scent is sexy. The example that stands out in my mind is Versace Man Eau Fraiche. On two separate occasions I've encountered men wearing it...at the zoo and on an airplane. Both men looked like they were from Latin American, both were dressed stylish but casual...khakis and white linen shirts...both looked like they were mid 40s. I swear the stuff smelled heavenly coming off of both and it made them seem "sophisticated." I'm not saying the men were sexy...nothing wrong with that...but the scent and the way they wore it seemed sexy. If I wore the amount they wore though I'd probably come across as the preppy/dressed up Dad who wears too much cologne. So I do think the scent can be sexy but the person and their style/demeanor can bring out sex appeal...if that doesn't seem redundant
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"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."
^^^ At less than 40$, Versace Eau Fraiche is one of the best buys there is...
Strangely the one time I thought a fragrance was sexy and still do, is a fragrance that isn't even in my top 10 BUT there's something about it, that to me just makes it 'sexy'. The bottle design and the name certainly help but the smell itself just made me sniff my arm for hours the first time I smelled it and to this day I just feel more confident than usual when I wear it...Armani Attitude
My top 20
1. Gucci Envy / D&G By Man
2. Creed Aventus / Mancera Cedrat Boise
3. Dior Homme Intense / D&G The One EDP
4. Dior Homme Cologne / ADG
5. YSL La Nuit / Chez Bond
6. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Aqua / Chanel Allure Homme Sport EDT
7. Viktor & Rolf Antidote / PDM Pegasus
8. Gucci Pour Homme / Armani Attitude
9. Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule / PDM Layton
10. Armani Code Ultimate / YSL M7
Maybe the word seductive is more appropriate as certain fragrances can project intent and evoke confidence which can be perceived as very sexy. Scents that have the intent to seduce should IMO make her want to linger. She should want to stay in bed after you leave just so she can continue smelling you on her sheets. They should always be confident, maybe dark, and a bit mysterious.
Seductive selections that come to mind are:
Noir De Noir