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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Overtly gourmand stuff seldom make it into my wardrobe. Just because I enjoy the scent of chocolate or baked goods doesn’t mean mean I want to go about my day smelling like a walking & breathing chocolate muffin.
    Tend to agree with this.

    I know it's a darling for some here, but a full day's wearing of Arabie at work was a bit of a nightmare. I just felt like a huge spicy fruitcake smell.

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    Good question!
    Probably gourmand / fruity / sweet frags.
    Loud/sweet/"sexy" "this is new/this is popular (so it MUST be good)" frags.
    "Date-night" frags.
    Big 'look at me' bro, personality replacing, frags, 'the signal' frags ( formerly and politically incorrect "p*nty dr*ppers" Like big cars they indicate a lack of ... something!
    Would have said aquatics, however recently have softened my stance on them - but still like below poster says - old school aquatics - no ambroxo b*mbs.

    Formal suits me.

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    Default Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

    Two that immediately spring to mind:

    Aquatics.
    Overly and uncomfortably synthetic designer fragrance ‘by numbers’.

    Both don’t suit my style/vibe because they make me feel queasy/nauseous. And if they don’t, they don’t suit me because they are either too loud and obnoxious, or just plain boring.

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    I'm fairly eccentric by nature, and "suit and tie" type fragrances don't suit my personality at all.

    "Good for the office" sorts either, unfortunately.

    I generally like things which are happy, or comforting, or which have a certain character to them that's somewhat outside the norm.

    Otherwise they seem at odds with my personality, and feel that way to me too.
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    I find that not all sweetness is created equal; the sweetness of natural fruit is very different from the sweetness of processed candy.

    I really struggle with gourmand-y fragrances that go in for the "frosted icing" kind of sweetness.
    Same - definitely agree with the other poster who notes that while these are nice smells, they are not smells I want to have following me around all day. Generally for me, any big, rich, sweet amber/vanilla/musk/honey-laden scents just don't vibe. I feel like you need to be kind of suave to pull those scents off, with a certain kind of "class" that I don't quite have. I'm in my early 30s, wear very casual clothes, live in California - so big, swanky, gourmands just feel wrong on me. The only time I like to wear that kind of scent is to bed - "sweet dreams!"

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    Barnyard vibe fragrances. Does nothing for me. I like some oud fragrances, but the harsh ones are not my style.
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    I don't ascribe a personality to fragrances, so I don't really see a divergence of what I am, and what I wear. There's just stuff I like, or stuff I dislike. So this is an odd topic to me, but an interesting one nevertheless!
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    Fragrances conjure up landscapes and images. What we wear or don't wear has a lot to do with how appealing we find the picture a fragrance paints for us. Which "pictures" we want to dwell in says a lot about who we are, I think, or at least a lot about who we want to be.
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    Among others, most likely sweet fragrances (though liking most of this category very much) of a too one dimensional and/or slightly too strong sweetness even by the standards of someone into them, particularly Sculpture by Nikos

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    Default Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

    Animalic, Incense, Musk, Oud are a turn off for me.

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    Davidoff Zino and Guerlain Heritage are two that didn't work for me at all. I'm just not that guy.

    Also, what I think of as "clubbing" scents. D&G By Man, Escada Magnetism.

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    This is a great thread. Really enjoying everyone's reasoning and quirks. Here's mine:

    AVENTUS-- I actually quite like this scent and will occasionally spray it on my wrist at home, while I'm writing. I enjoy the opening and especially the evolutionary stages of the dry down. BUT I can't wear it in public because my association with the scent is too far away from the image that I have of myself. I live in NYC and my most frequent contact with Aventus is with guys at least 10 years younger than me that make at least 50k a year more than I do(Probably 200k more, a year, for all I know). As an artist, I prefer scents that have a slight avant garde twist to them and some element of push/pull: Patchouli 24, Hyde, Musc Koublai Khan, MEM, Narcisso R for Him.

    So -- I guess really -- I just don't want anyone to mistake me for a young, handsome, upwardly mobile guy with money in his pocket. It would really hurt my image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Fragrances conjure up landscapes and images. What we wear or don't wear has a lot to do with how appealing we find the picture a fragrance paints for us. Which "pictures" we want to dwell in says a lot about who we are, I think, or at least a lot about who we want to be.
    This 100%

    It's also interesting to see what the context of the occasion can do to our perception of these images. Often, I enjoy pursuing a contrast: if I'm all dressed up in black and crisp clothes, I'll lighten with a musk or a green; if I'm dressed in minimal light colors, I'll try a scent that has heavy leather or animalics.
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    Default Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

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    Fragrances conjure up landscapes and images. What we wear or don't wear has a lot to do with how appealing we find the picture a fragrance paints for us. Which "pictures" we want to dwell in says a lot about who we are, I think, or at least a lot about who we want to be.
    Yeah, well said. I am a pretty low key person, more into getting up at 5 a.m. to go birding than staying out all night partying. I feel like there are a lot of fragrances that are geared toward "a night out." The kind of ambrox-y bro stuff you smell walking past the line outside a night club. Or big, rich boozy fragrances. I really like Straight to Heaven, but on me I feel like it just makes me smell like I've been drinking at 8 a.m. Pretty much anything with "la nuit" in the name. Some of those fragrances I do like, but they just feel very... incongruous with my personality.

    On the other hand, I really love wearing green, piney, coniferous scents because of the image that they conjure up for me; I live in central California, far from the forests and mountains I grew up around in Seattle, but when I wear something like Italian Cypress or Bottega Veneta Pour Homme and close my eyes, it's like I'm standing in the middle of one of those forests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkonick View Post
    Yeah, well said. I am a pretty low key person, more into getting up at 5 a.m. to go birding than staying out all night partying. I feel like there are a lot of fragrances that are geared toward "a night out." The kind of ambrox-y bro stuff you smell walking past the line outside a night club. Or big, rich boozy fragrances. I really like Straight to Heaven, but on me I feel like it just makes me smell like I've been drinking at 8 a.m. Pretty much anything with "la nuit" in the name. Some of those fragrances I do like, but they just feel very... incongruous with my personality.

    On the other hand, I really love wearing green, piney, coniferous scents because of the image that they conjure up for me; I live in central California, far from the forests and mountains I grew up around in Seattle, but when I wear something like Italian Cypress or Bottega Veneta Pour Homme and close my eyes, it's like I'm standing in the middle of one of those forests.
    +1 on la nuit...eww
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    Habit Rouge EDT I did not personally vibe with. However I only tried it once or twice and would like to revisit. Initially I felt like it was a bit too dated or mature for me.
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    Hm there are scents which i just don't like (f.e. most aquatics, heavy citrus, pepper). But in terms of style i can pull off anything it just depends on the occasion

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    Fahrenheit. Smells great but it is way too butch for me. I realize that Dior is not exactly made for lumberjacks, but this is extremely manly in the old school sense imho. Burt Reynolds in a bottle, so to speak. Nothing wrong with that, it’s just not me.

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    What I like, but does not work for me and will not wear:

    Carnal Flower- Love it when I spray the air, but it is much too literal for me to wear and it turns rather sour on my skin.
    Chanel 22 - Another I really like until it hits my skin. It shrieks!

    Most anything from Estee Lauder.

    I'm sure there are others, but most of what I like, I can also wear.

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    Default Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Schmo View Post
    Fahrenheit. Smells great but it is way too butch for me. I realize that Dior is not exactly made for lumberjacks, but this is extremely manly in the old school sense imho. Burt Reynolds in a bottle, so to speak. Nothing wrong with that, it’s just not me.
    That's why I like it! lol

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    This is a very interesting question, and I agree with those who say that smells paint a picture and we can either relate to that or not.

    I am very casual, tomboyish, grungy kind of girl who likes books, swords, computer games, long walks and metal concerts, and I feel very not myself in most femme fatale scents therefore I don't wear them (things like Black/Violet Orchid, Poison/Hypnotic Poison and so on). I do kinda like them and think I could pull them off in some occasions, but these occasions are too far and between to own bottles of such fragrances.
    I am also feeling all the rose-y, soapy clean (esp. soapy rose!), soliflores and mostly floral fragrances are also VERY not me, as I see them as very girly/womanly/romantic/motherly scents and that's not who I am. I don't even like them much. There are some exceptions of florals I do like, for example, Narciso Rodriguez For Her, but then again it's more about musk and wood than about flowers to me.
    I feel too old and too melancholic to wear too fruity/happy/bubblegummy scents (I do love citruses, unsweet berries and some vanillas though and don't see them as unfitting to me at all though).
    I do love some sweet and gourmand stuff, but at times I also feel a little bit self-conscious when I wear them - do I want to smell like cake and chocolates to everyone around me? Do I want to appear as much sweet and lovely and pretentious and in-your-face as this scent is making me appear like? Sometimes I don't care.
    I feel too young to wear certain 'mature' scents and classics. I do love Opium and Dali by Salvador Dali, but there's something in them (is it clove? or is it something else?) that makes me a little bit self-conscious when I wear them, like a little girl wearing her mother's high heels.
    I don't see any contradictions between how I see myself and aquatic or very green scents, but I don't enjoy them much if at all. (I hate women's aquatics, not men's somehow)
    I do like leather and I think it fits me though. I like clean musk, but I don't like skank.
    I think tobacco and incense could fit me well, but I rarely like this type of scent on me, as it easily gets too cloying for me/on me. I do love Habanita on me though (and it doesn't make me feel older than I am).
    I could see myself wearing some masculines and sometimes I do as I do love some of them, but in general I do want to feel and smell like I'm still a woman, and masculines feel a little too... ascetic?

    I feel absolutely myself when I'm in citrusy, woody, spicy, aromatic, evergreen, not-too-sweet-berry-ish and warm scents, and also edible ones, like coffee, cocoa, honey, cinnamon, nuts, as they're very cozy - if they're not too cloying. I feel like such scents as Eau Des Merveilles/Elixir Des Merveilles are very "me" in their non-floral, slightly spicy, slightly unisex, slightly sweet, but not gourmand feel, not too in your face sexy, but sensual enough.
    It might seem like I have too many rules about what is me and what isn't, but it comes naturally and therefore isn't too problematic. Also, I'm still searching for the answer to the question what is my type of scent exactly, so this might change a bit in a future.

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    What I don’t like (I must admit these are all great fragrances):
    Fragrances that smell mostly synthetic and sit on top of my skin - Most modern releases
    Fragrances that are an overload of goodness - Egoiste, Samsara, Shalimar, Ma Liberte and Opium
    Fragrances that are dense and harsh from opening to drydown - Guerlain Vetiver, Yatagan and Gucci Pour Homme
    Reserved, gentlemanly fragrances with little development - Cartier Declaration, Eau d’Hermes, Jicky, Mouchoir de Monsieur, Chanel Pour Monsieur, Green Water and Habit Rouge
    80’s era incense based powerhouses - Kouros, Boss, Balenciaga Pour Homme
    Extroverted Luxury fragrances - Bugatti(original), Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree, and Burberry (1992).
    Fragrances that fall apart in the base - Baie de Genievre and Bois du Portugal
    Fragrances that seem outdated - Caron Bellodgia and Moment Supreme.
    Great fragrances ruined by a Geranium note (I don’t like when parfumeurs mix rose and geranium) - Dunhill (1934), Vintage Ladies and Gents Amouage Gold


    What I am undecided about and keep going back and forth:
    Top Quality Powerhouse fragrances: Antaeus, Patou Pour Homme, Bel Ami, Givenchy Gentleman, and Santos.

    What I like:
    Sweet, pleasant natural fragrances - Floris 89, Bois de Iles EdC, Chanel Gardenia EdC, Vintage Hammam Bouquet and Santal de Molinard.
    Relaxed country style fragrances: Chanel Cuir de Russie EdC, English Fern, Equipage, Mazzolari Lui and Canoe
    Formal fragrances: Bal a Versailles EdC, Knize Ten Toilet Water
    English Style fragrances: Vintage Derby and Vintage Heritage EdP and EdT. I feel nobody does this genre better than Jean-Paul Guerlain.
    Sophisticated, gentle leathers that melt on the skin: Scandal and My Sin Extraits. Had Madame Zed not created My Sin, there would have been no Scandal and Rumeur.
    Gentlemen’s Club vibe: Mitsouko, Blend 30 and Or Masculin
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    This is an odd topic for me because I don't feel the same way day-to-day. For example, I recently blind-bought and quite enjoyed Aramis' Tobacco Reserve, but when I took a whiff of it a few mornings ago before work it came across as unwearable. I generally avoid most of the modern cardamom-tonka-calone releases that have flooded the market over the last decade but beyond that it is mostly a day-to-day affair between me and my obnoxiously large collection. As much as I wish I could be/feel the same consistently it just never pans out so I keep entirely too many options (shirts, scents, ties, etc.). If I had to eschew an entire category of scents it would almost certainly be that attempted conglomerate of tonka, pine, and cardamom, as experienced in Perry Ellis 360 Black, Penguin, and countless mall knockoffs. It just smells sickening to me.
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    I always kind of think that if you like the smell of a perfume, then it must suit some part of your personality! I think what doesn't suit our personalities is any scent we have strong aversions to! Of course..I know that has to do with biology and genetics and how we smell things too, but I think it also has to do with psychology and personality types as well.
    I think some scents that have nothing to do with my personality might be things like CK One, Obsession by Calvin Klein, Charlie by Revlon and other similar "unisex" types of scents. Or, really, anything sporty or outdoorsy as well, since I'm honestly not very athletic. On the subject of unisex scents, at least one (very annoying) guy I was once acquainted with said I don't like those scents because I'm "non-assertive." *insert huge eye roll here* I thought that was pretty rude, but, in any case, I find that people often don't react positively when I wear those types of things. So...I think they maybe don't fit my nature so much..or..at least how I come across to other people!

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    Anything from Francesca Bianchi. Just a dirty mixed up and unpalatable mess. All her fragrances I tried had the same underlying disgusting quality. And not good disgusting either, LOL.

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    Also really gourmand fragrances like blueberry muffins or cocoa. Cocoa, like coffee, has to be really toned down. Oud Luwak is an example of coffee done right. With oud.

    Don’t care for cocoa that I can detect.

    I don’t like any sweetish baked muffin gourmand fragrances. Big yuck. It isn’t my personality. I prefer serious, deep, animalic and natural florals.

    Don’t care for anything that is too artificial. I appreciate it but don’t care for it. I want a high percentage of naturals in my fragrances. I’m a natural kind of personality

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    Default Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    Anything from Francesca Bianchi. Just a dirty mixed up and unpalatable mess. All her fragrances I tried had the same underlying disgusting quality. And not good disgusting either, LOL.
    Interesting, for I find this dirty quality ‘alluring’, even ‘sexy’. Something to be worn behind closed doors IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Interesting, for I find this dirty quality ‘alluring’, even ‘sexy’. Something to be worn behind closed doors IMO.
    I’ve tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Barnyard vibe fragrances. Does nothing for me. I like some oud fragrances, but the harsh ones are not my style.
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    Most aquatics - Just got tired of the smell. I still have Bulgari Aqua and 2 little Insense Ultramarine flankers but that's about it. Oh, and the somewhat weird Kenzo one, I think. I haven't seen the bottle in ages. Must dig it out one of these days.

    Most gourmands and other really sweet scents - I'm already so sweat and edible, it would be overkill to wear these. Ok, it's mainly as I don't like the smell that much. Too sweet/young/casual.




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