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    Default Perfume for Tango

    Last night in my Argentine tango class, the scent I was wearing made one of the people I was dancing with sneeze (note to self: peppery fragrances not a good plan in future). This got me thinking about what scents I might want to wear in future. First instinct would be to go with something very husky and rich, but given how close this dance is and that even though it's less vigorous than, say, contra or ceilidh dancing, whatever I wear will have added projection from an elevated body temperature.

    Thinking about my collection some of the following might fit the bill:
    Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca by Guerlain (especially as the summer heats up, but maybe lacking a bit of zing?)
    FlowerbyKezo (though this feels a bit too shy for how I like to feel when I dance)
    Black Cedarwood and Juniper by Jo Malone (feels a bit plain?)
    The Smell of Freedom by Lush/Gorilla Perfumes (I wear it a lot for work, but also now discontinued so perhaps time to move it to a more special purpose?)
    Kerbside Violet by Lush/Gorilla Perfumes (could be a bit too "out there"?)
    Root of all Goodness by Parterre (too heavy?)
    Via Camarelle by Carthusia (another good summer option maybe? I'd want something a touch richer ideally)

    Then a few I have samples of, which this little thought experiment might tip me over into buying full bottles of:
    Sorong by Pierre Guillaume
    Fathom V by Beaufort
    Les Fluers, Nordic Cedar or Tobak by Maja Njie
    Rosa Nigra by Unum

    So . . . what would you wear that's intriguing, playful but subtle? (extra points if it's easily available in the UK)
    My current rotation:
    Skin scents: Shermine by Pierre Guillaume & Goddess by Lush
    Work horses: Magnetica by Voronoi & Paithaini by Penhaligons
    Heavy Hitters: Hyde by Hiram Green & Vi et Armis by Beaufort
    Currently wearing: Tara Mantra by Gri Gri

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    Default Re: Perfume for Tango

    Quote Originally Posted by justfoxie View Post
    Sorong by Pierre Guillaume
    So . . . what would you wear that's intriguing, playful but subtle? (extra points if it's easily available in the UK)
    I think the Pierre Guillaume you have cited is a good option.
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    I would probably not use a fragrance being that you are that close to someone who may not agree what you are wearing.
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    Vintage Jean Pascal by Jean Pascal. Authentically Latin American, dark, fiery spice, some dirty jasmine and civit, tropical pineapple....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    I would probably not use a fragrance being that you are that close to someone who may not agree what you are wearing.
    This. You're going to be in someone's personal space for extended periods. Keep their experience in mind and either wear nothing, or something that is regarded as "safe" or "inoffensive."

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    Speaking as someone who used to go dancing a lot, wearing something fresh--like a citrus or floral skin scent--lightly applied is fine and even appreciated. Anything that really projects should be off-limits .

    But the most important thing is to wear antiperspirant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justfoxie View Post
    So . . . what would you wear that's intriguing, playful but subtle? (extra points if it's easily available in the UK)
    Have you tried Goddess by Lush? it's a lovely (real) oud, jasmine and sandalwood perfume that has a lot of depth but sits close to the skin. They do it in spray, solid and oil forms too.

    It's definitely got the right 'aura' for a passionate tango, I reckon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    But the most important thing is to wear antiperspirant.
    That's a given I would hope!

    I was also wondering about maybe going with just a light spritz of rose or orange water in my hair, which feels a bit dull. . .
    My current rotation:
    Skin scents: Shermine by Pierre Guillaume & Goddess by Lush
    Work horses: Magnetica by Voronoi & Paithaini by Penhaligons
    Heavy Hitters: Hyde by Hiram Green & Vi et Armis by Beaufort
    Currently wearing: Tara Mantra by Gri Gri

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestbrummie View Post
    Have you tried Goddess by Lush? it's a lovely (real) oud, jasmine and sandalwood perfume that has a lot of depth but sits close to the skin. They do it in spray, solid and oil forms too.

    It's definitely got the right 'aura' for a passionate tango, I reckon.
    Funnily enough I tested that just the other day! It didn't grab me, but then I didn't have this in mind at the time. Will give it another sniff next time I'm in the store. Thank you.
    My current rotation:
    Skin scents: Shermine by Pierre Guillaume & Goddess by Lush
    Work horses: Magnetica by Voronoi & Paithaini by Penhaligons
    Heavy Hitters: Hyde by Hiram Green & Vi et Armis by Beaufort
    Currently wearing: Tara Mantra by Gri Gri

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    I would probably not use a fragrance being that you are that close to someone who may not agree what you are wearing.
    Quote Originally Posted by mistersurgery View Post
    This. You're going to be in someone's personal space for extended periods. Keep their experience in mind and either wear nothing, or something that is regarded as "safe" or "inoffensive."
    I thought about not wearing anything and of course it's not uncommon for people to have a reaction to fragrance. Hmm worth thinking about.
    My current rotation:
    Skin scents: Shermine by Pierre Guillaume & Goddess by Lush
    Work horses: Magnetica by Voronoi & Paithaini by Penhaligons
    Heavy Hitters: Hyde by Hiram Green & Vi et Armis by Beaufort
    Currently wearing: Tara Mantra by Gri Gri

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    From your list, recommending and preferring especially Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca or Kenzo Flower, both as a tango scent and also as a more general/versatile option

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I think the Pierre Guillaume you have cited is a good option.
    Because I needed an excuse!
    My current rotation:
    Skin scents: Shermine by Pierre Guillaume & Goddess by Lush
    Work horses: Magnetica by Voronoi & Paithaini by Penhaligons
    Heavy Hitters: Hyde by Hiram Green & Vi et Armis by Beaufort
    Currently wearing: Tara Mantra by Gri Gri

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    Default Re: Perfume for Tango

    As another dancer... you’re over thinking it. Just wear something subtle and pleasant. Your dancing should be the focus, not your perfume. As a man, I’d like to dance with someone wearing a soft floral or perhaps a subtle vanilla / amber. Then if you’re going out for glass of wine afterwards wear something a little more interesting.

    Just my two cents as another dancer and fragrance aficionado who’s addicted to dense orientals.
    Oriental and rose addict...

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    justfoxie Hi!
    It's great to hear you are dancing.
    Wear what you like, just wear it with the knowledge that it will 'bloom' with a bit with body heat. So maybe placement and amount applied. Behind the knee etc.
    Sometimes the neck and upper body application is too intense in closed hold.
    Keep dancing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by justfoxie View Post
    Funnily enough I tested that just the other day! It didn't grab me, but then I didn't have this in mind at the time. Will give it another sniff next time I'm in the store. Thank you.
    Welcome! It settles down nicely after the first half hour or so where the jasmine can be a little feisty.

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    Default Re: Perfume for Tango

    Thanks so much for the perspectives and particularly those from fellow dancers! I will definitely experiment with keeping the fragrance away from my chest/neck - behind the knee and maybe on my right wrist/inside elbow.
    My current rotation:
    Skin scents: Shermine by Pierre Guillaume & Goddess by Lush
    Work horses: Magnetica by Voronoi & Paithaini by Penhaligons
    Heavy Hitters: Hyde by Hiram Green & Vi et Armis by Beaufort
    Currently wearing: Tara Mantra by Gri Gri

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    Default Re: Perfume for Tango

    Quote Originally Posted by justfoxie View Post
    I will definitely experiment with keeping the fragrance away from my chest/neck - behind the knee and maybe on my right wrist/inside elbow.
    It depends on how much you spray or how dense your fragrance is. I agree that the neck might be a bit much for close salon tango, but I tend to spray on my chest, upper back and left wrist (right wrist for the ladies perhaps) when dancing to keep a cloud of scent in the area, but not directly in a partner’s face. I’m probably a bit heavy handed with my perfume though (as most Basenoters probably are)...
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