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    Default Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Some people ask, do you want to smell like a garden, or a fig tree. Others ask, what do I want to smell?

    It’s wearing fragrance for others, or for yourself. What is your view?

    Smell like, or smell?

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Interesting question.
    I think it's a little bit of both to me.
    First of all, it's the smell - do I like it? Do I want to smell it now, sometimes, today, for a few hours, all the time? It's the most important part.
    Then comes the smell like - do I want to smell like this? What does it say about me? Does it give the impression I like or something I really don't want to be seen as? Does it feel like me? Will it be too strong or unpleasant for others? It's not the most important, but I would be lying if I said that this is not important to me at all.
    In the end, it comes down to Do I like the scent enough to be smelling this all day AND smelling like this all day?

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Smell, definitely.

    Such an intriguing question! I don’t think I’ve assessed my perfume preferences in such a simple way before.
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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    I was motivated to think on this, when I read a review for Philosykos, and the fine writer asked, “but do I really want to smell like a garden of fig trees...” or something like that. And I thought, well who cares? I don’t care what I smell LIKE, I want to enjoy the wafts myself.

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Smell.

    I don't think I've ever used the construction, "Do you really want to smell like...?"

    It's a stirring philosophical question.

    Related are comments on olfactory fatigue, such as, "I couldn't smell my perfume, but it was fine, because someone else could still smell it on me."

    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkAlice View Post
    Then comes the smell like - do I want to smell like this? What does it say about me? Does it give the impression I like or something I really don't want to be seen as? Does it feel like me? Will it be too strong or unpleasant for others? It's not the most important, but I would be lying if I said that this is not important to me at all.
    I think about this less than I used to, especially since getting into classic fragrances. I'm arguably overconfident about how good they smell, but I don't imagine someone not liking them.

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    For me - smell.
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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Hedonistically smell, with a bit of smell like thrown into the mix. Nothing exists without some input from other.
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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    The smell first and foremost. Has to be of some intrinsic interest. If it's just background noise that I don't really care about 5 seconds after spraying I can't be bothered.

    Secondary consideration is smell like. There are some florals, for instance, that I can appreciate but don't especially want to wear. For example, rose is difficult, as it never seems to smell natural, either too powdery or too jammy or too something, but even when it's good I'll pause before wearing, if I do wear it at all. Other things like gourmands (an entire genre of perfume that could be flushed down the toilet, in my opinion) I can sometimes appreciate on an intellectual level, even while the thought of actually wearing it out in public makes me nauseous.
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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    I don't see them as separate. There are some scents I like well enough that I don't want to smell on me, not so much for how other people would perceive me but for my own sake. (For example, my "vanilla cupcake" comments about Dior Homme; I like eating and smelling them, but I don't wish to smell like one myself.) Basically, though, I want to smell like what I want to smell. So long as it doesn't bother my wife, the rest of the world can just deal.
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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    For me it's all about the smell.
    "I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." - Jacques Guerlain

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    i just don't want to smell cheap or boorish

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Smell is most important to me. I don’t really care what other people think of my perfume.

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    I don't see them as separate. I want to smell like what I want to smell.
    This.
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Quote Originally Posted by cazaubon View Post
    Smell is most important to me. I don’t really care what other people think of my perfume.
    Damn right

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    I think there's a temporal layer helps me define my position here. "Smell" seems short term to me. Like, I'm going to smell this sample, returning to it on and off, and determine if I like it or find it interesting. Or I'm going to smell that flower.

    "Smell like" implies a full wear, and requires a bit more selectivity. It's like an extension of just "smell" - a commitment not just to others, but to yourself as a smeller.

    So...both?

    Anyway, really interesting question with lots of permutations and ways of interpreting the two categories.
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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Smell is the most important to me. What happens is, I like the smell so much I want someone else to experience it and hence, that's where compliments come in.

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Smell.

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Smell
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    Both. But first for me.
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    There are some smells I appreciate, even like when it's wafting in the background, but don't want to personally smell like.

    Some examples are balsamic-smelling tree oils, cloves, and leather. The first two are just too sharp to have the smell too close and be stuck with all the time; the last one gets kind of tiring and nauseating after a while, it's not a clear clean smell.

    So I might appreciate these smells on other people.

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    I wear scents for me, but I realize that I'm sharing my personal space like an amazing dream that all of a sudden can't be remembered. Someone smelled so good just now. What was that? Who was that? It's gone, but while it was good it was good.

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    Some people ask, do you want to smell like a garden, or a fig tree. Others ask, what do I want to smell?

    It’s wearing fragrance for others, or for yourself. What is your view?

    Smell like, or smell?
    Tough one. But I will try my best to answer.

    I have always wanted to smell masculine. I like strong masculine fragrances that give off an air of maturity and class. I've been like that since I was a young boy. Don't get me wrong....I have flirted with the gourmands and all the flavors of the day but at heart I'm quite a classic guy. That's why I love Bois Du Portugal, Patchouli Nobile, Kouros, Fahrenheit, Green Irish Tweed, Royal Oud and the likes so much. They represent what I love.
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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    For me it depends on what description comes after ‘smell like...’

    For example I’d hate to smell ‘like a urinal cake from the men’s room’ BUT I’m inclined to take ‘smelling like I’d just roll off the bed after sex with a beauty who wears Samsara’...as a huge compliment.
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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    This is probably a tad selfish, but I honestly think I fall more into the category of: what do I want to smell?
    When I buy fragrances, I tend to base my decisions mostly on whether or not I just like the scent (although I do test it on my skin usually, not just on a test strip or card.)
    The way I think of this is: it's impossible for me to know what everyone else around me will be thinking when I wear a fragrance. And..I'm not married nor am I in a relationship..otherwise, yeah..I might also care about what my partner thinks. I do kind of care a bit what other people in my immediate family (or other people I see all the time) might think, but mostly I make decisions based on my own nose.

    BTW: yes, everything I just said is probably one reason I love being single (all the time) too. Because I can just have the freedom to make decisions based on what I want. Of course, there is something to be said for "like minded people" but they seem to be so hard to find! lol

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    I think there's a temporal layer helps me define my position here. "Smell" seems short term to me. Like, I'm going to smell this sample, returning to it on and off, and determine if I like it or find it interesting. Or I'm going to smell that flower.

    "Smell like" implies a full wear, and requires a bit more selectivity. It's like an extension of just "smell" - a commitment not just to others, but to yourself as a smeller.

    So...both?

    Anyway, really interesting question with lots of permutations and ways of interpreting the two categories.
    Nicely put!
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    I think it’s both for me. Maybe leaning a bit more toward, “What do I want to smell?”. I’m realizing that, based on a couple things. As to personal fragrance...I’m not really concerned with projection or sillage. Longevitiy is more important to me. As long as I can’t get whiffs all day, I’m happy. Also, the smells I enjoy extend to other scented products I buy. Candles, detergents, household cleansers, etc. I’m generally not a fan of gourmand, fruity, or aquatic perfumes. Likewise, with a few exceptions, I don’t buy home scents that smell that way. Those too, tend to be floral, herbal, or woodsy.
    Yeah, I guess it about “to smell”, for me. Really though I think this is how anyone who has a genuine interest or love of perfumery is. Personal fragrance was just how it evolved for me. I’ve always been that way. As a kid, I collected scratch n sniff stickers, scented dolls, pencils, lip balms. No one was really going to smell them but me, but I got so much pleasure from them. My perfume wardrobe is just the adult version of such collections.

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    You ever try these? I have a friend who swears by them.

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    You ever try these? I have a friend who swears by them.

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    Not sure if it was that brand, but I totally had scented markers. �� I remembered the black smelled like black licorice and I didn’t like it. The brown color in the ones I had was scented like chocolate.

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    You ever try these? I have a friend who swears by them.
    My friend's 4-year-old daughter got those as a gift, and for days went around with dots of color all over her nose.

    Quote Originally Posted by leffleur View Post
    As a kid, I collected scratch n sniff stickers, scented dolls,.....
    Scented dolls? Really? Never heard of such a thing.

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    Default Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyDragonFire View Post
    This is probably a tad selfish, but I honestly think I fall more into the category of: what do I want to smell?
    I don't see it like that at all. The point of any hobby is to do something because you enjoy it -- not to satisfy the wants of others. If I only cared about what other people want to smell, I'd buy one bottle of Acqua di Gio and call it a day.




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