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    Default Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    I always see questions by people mentioning their ages,personality traits and other details about themselves.Also often asking whether they can pull off a certain cologne or perfume. Then asking of course what perfumes would be suitable for them or the person they are asking it for.What do you think of all this? Personally I do not believe in all that type of stuff.What are your thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayberry2 View Post
    What are your thoughts?
    I never ask for myself as I know what works for me and what doesn't. As for others they should wear whatever they please that they enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I never ask for myself as I know what works for me and what doesn't. As for others they should wear whatever they please that they enjoy.
    I agree with that.As you mentioned I think people should just wear what they enjoy and not think too much about it.Or maybe a better way of putting it would be not to over think about it.

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    As Hednic said, it's about what someone feels good or not to wear, thus what "works or not".

    Culturally, scent are perceived differently depending on where one lives. In the western world, what is overly sweet/floral/fruity may be perceived more feminine/androgynous while incense, oud and vetiver are perceived more as masculine. But it's all about education. If we were educated since our births that flower smell bad and feces smell good, we would spread our.... well, let me stop here, it's becoming trash-y. (on a side note: oud fragrance are often described as fecal and/or barnyard-ish, strong musky/civet as urinal, and I love them, so...)

    That said, independently of culture, I think that it would smell weird on a middle school girly girl to wear Orto Parisi Stercus or Dior Fahrenheit anywhere in the world. Same for a 6'4''/250lbs football player to wear a jasmine-centered frag. But it totally depends of time-period also... Nowadays, some men (identifying themselves as men) easily pull off Shalimar or Opium, so...
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    No, I wear what I enjoy and if it is daring or bold I dress formal and show it off!
    ďI find fragrance to be such a mood enhancer and definitely a seduction tool.Ē

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    I think it depends. I think those of us on forums and the like will feel comfortable wearing whatever we want, but I think “normal” people will feel otherwise. I think it depends on context.

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    If having to know and to follow personality types when choosing and wearing one fragrance or more, it would probably never overlap with a fairly eclectic and quite constantly varying scent lineup as mine. It would probably need to have more personality types at once in order to accurately fit and/or justify each and every choice.

    Also the both large and equally, if not more diverse wardrobes here on BN and also further similar communities have taught me that anyone wearing anything they like, be it as rare, obscure, exclusive, crafty, complex etc. as possible can be even more fascinating, interesting and challenging.
    At least rather than strictly following whatever supposedly fits certain very specific types of personalities.
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    I saw something similar to this question on a Reddit perfume board and I sadly laid into the person who posted it.

    I have issues with personality type quizzes, especially Myers-Briggs and Enneagram style. You might as well put a bunch of random personality traits on a board and have people throw darts at them. I really dislike MBTI because having taken this test in a professional setting numerous times, my 'personality' has shifted and changed radically over 20 years. Your personality isn't supposed to change.

    Same thing with astrology. Three of us in the office were literally born in the same year and each about two days apart. None of us exhibit the same astrological sign behaviors and all like and dislike radically different things. In the Enneagram style I was thrown into a Type 6, which most of our room was. To us it seemed like 'they really don't know so we get shoved into this random type number'.

    But - if you want to try and put me in a perfume box, you're more than welcome to try based on what I provide below:

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    The first time I took Myers-Briggs when I was 19 I was a hard INFP - like almost off the spectrum. I eventually slowly moved over and was INTJ for a while and then ISTJ. The I never moves to E.
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    So... one of the best definitions I've read of what makes a fragrance captivating, is that a truly good choice is something that makes you more of yourself. You, but with the volume turned up, whether that's in relation to a mood you're feeling, an intention for that place and time you'd like to communicate, or an aspect of your personality you'd like to project... anything you'd like really. It could be you're just wearing something that makes you smile.

    On the surface, that's a really simple definition. When you start delving into identity as a construct of our own wishes and aspirations coming into contact with the projected values of our peers, the expectations of our individual cultures and the norms and tropes that society constantly pushes on to us it becomes a devilishly difficult thing to navigate.

    I could ramble about my thoughts on this for quite a while, but I guess to keep it simple, I think if it speaks to you, you should wear it.

    The reality is most of us make choices for an audience to one degree or another because we spend the majority of our days in a work environment. Challenging an age or gender norm is way easier these days (more so than wearing a projection monster that will choke people out, IMO), but in a narrow minded environment an unconventional choice could potentially be damaging and open a person to ridicule, so I certainly understand people asking questions about what they think they can pull off based on a superficial evaluation of their age, gender and a few salient quirks.

    We're all sensitive creatures when it comes to opening ourselves up to rejection, especially for our scent. It can take a while to develop the confidence to start actively pursuing bolder choices.

    I think the deeper you go past the superficial and try to find what more strongly reflects your internal life, though, the more fun you can really have, just like with any kind of art or music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reventon View Post
    So... one of the best definitions I've read of what makes a fragrance captivating, is that a truly good choice is something that makes you more of yourself. You, but with the volume turned up, whether that's in relation to a mood you're feeling, an intention for that place and time you'd like to communicate, or an aspect of your personality you'd like to project... anything you'd like really. It could be you're just wearing something that makes you smile.
    Great definition! I'd say the same idea holds with fashion also.
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    No, I don't pay attention to anything at all except whether I like a perfume, and am in the mood for it.

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    Yeah, for me, it's "do I like this?" that's all I care about.

    I don't care at all about other people. But if I were going to a business meeting (which I seldom do) I will wear a "power house" confidence-booster fragrance...
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    I disagree with wearing whatever smells good. I like the smell of spaghetti. Its one of my favorites. I have no desire to smell like spaghetti. I like the way women smell, but i dont want to smell like one.
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    As I remember, in the not to distant past,I never heard of people trying to match up every little detail of their personality plus how they look,not to mention certain other aspects of themselves that really have nothing to do with whether the cologne or perfume they select will suit them or not.Maybe I am out of touch,but it seems to me it is a relatively recent thing.Recent being within the past 20-25 years or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyCR View Post
    I think it depends. I think those of us on forums and the like will feel comfortable wearing whatever we want, but I think “normal” people will feel otherwise. I think it depends on context.
    I agree
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    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    I disagree with wearing whatever smells good. I like the smell of spaghetti. Its one of my favorites. I have no desire to smell like spaghetti. I like the way women smell, but i dont want to smell like one.
    That is a totally different topic than what I am referring too.What I am talking about are the types of questions you often see on the Just Starting Out section of this forum.People giving personal details about themselves and then asking for recommendations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayberry2 View Post
    As I remember, in the not to distant past,I never heard of people trying to match up their personality and certain other aspects of themselves with what cologne or perfume they were thinking of wearing or buying.Maybe I am out of touch,but it seems to me it is a relatively recent thing.Recent being within the past 20-25 years or so.
    You dont think people were picking Jovan Musk is the late 70s because it fit who they were? Swingin dtf. So people didnt try to find a scent that fit them until 1995? I feel like women have been doing it forevor. Maybe men didnt as much, but much of that was lack of interest. I hear them saying, "Somebody bought me this one. It smells like not BO. Ill wear it. I dont care what i smell like."
    Itís tragic to think that heroic manís great destiny is to become economic man, that men will be reduced to craven creatures who crawl across the globe competing for money, who spend their nights dreaming up new ways to swindle each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayberry2 View Post
    That is a totally different topic than what I am referring too.What I am talking about are the types of questions you often see on the Just Starting Out section of this forum.People giving personal details about themselves and asking for recommendations.
    Hm. Maybe i can see then. Nobody would ever go looking for a distant cold aloof perfume. Yet if someone asks id recomend NR Musk for him. Actually matching personality traits, i think, is just more effort than most men have tradionally put in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    You dont think people were picking Jovan Musk is the late 70s because it fit who they were? Swingin dtf. So people didnt try to find a scent that fit them until 1995?
    Maybe I did not word it quite right.Yes of course many people always wanted a cologne or perfume to fit who they were,at least to some degree.However they did not break it down to multiple personality traits,whether they could pull it off and many other details that really have nothing to do with how a cologne would suit them or not.

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    A long time ago, I used to think something along those lines when it came to clothing: I'd see something I'd really liked, but wouldn't even try it on because I would think "Oh, no, that's not my style." Yet, I really liked it, so... how was it not my style? Eventually I kind of figured out for myself that maybe I was restraining myself in that what I thought of as "my style" was really more "my image of myself that I project to others and to myself" than anything else, if that makes sense, and I started to wear those things that I would formerly have come across and would've liked but would've kept myself from wearing. The same happened with me with perfume. It seems to me I haven't really expressed myself well, but I guess the bottom line is I've learned to just wear what I like to wear (fragrances and clothes) rather than just wearing what I thought meshed with a mental image of myself in my head. And anyway, I do feel that people are "multiple", you know. Say, even if you think shyness is one of your "predominant" personality traits, you're probably not always shy all of the time, you know? I think we all have a little bit of everything in us, or, at least, the potential for everything in us, and sometimes we exercise some of those things, and sometimes not, if that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayberry2 View Post
    Maybe I did not word it quite right.Yes of course many people always wanted a cologne or perfume to fit who they were,at least to some degree.However they did not break it down to multiple personality traits,whether they could pull it off and many other details that really have nothing to do with how a cologne would suit them or not.
    Im pickin up what youre puttin down. Id bet you are right, breaking it down that far does seem recentish. Id think the internet is a big factor. Maybe people are now comfortable enough with non traditional concepts that people are looking to better express themselves for the individual they feel they are.
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    I think so long as someone has the confidence to wear whatever they're wearing, then it works for them.

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    People think too much.
    Wouldnt it be great if we could just act without caring what other people thought?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaMav View Post
    People think too much.
    Wouldnt it be great if we could just act without caring what other people thought?
    How much would this board and the fragrance industry itself survive without the people who are concerned about what fragrance they can wear in order to receive compliments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    You dont think people were picking Jovan Musk is the late 70s because it fit who they were? Swingin dtf. So people didnt try to find a scent that fit them until 1995? I feel like women have been doing it forevor. Maybe men didnt as much, but much of that was lack of interest. I hear them saying, "Somebody bought me this one. It smells like not BO. Ill wear it. I dont care what i smell like."
    That is such a good image, gold chains, open shirt and chest hair looking for some DTF in a bottle

    From what I've been reading with men in the last century it's kind of been a stratified class-based thing due to the perceived nature of "masculinity." Nobility, captains of industry and politicians have been requesting signature scents in western perfumery for a very, very long time because it was considered appropriately genteel (e.g. the Duke of Marlborough commissioning the creation of Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligons).

    For a regular guy, during the earlier part of the 20th century smelling like anything other than soap or barbasol could have you being labelled queer or dandy pretty quickly (a trope played on in the Maltese Falcon by having a homosexual character carrying around a chypre soaked handkerchief).

    Women of all classes got a pass on being able to choose a signature scent, they just... you know... didn't get to choose their elected officials. *Cough*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    No, I don't pay attention to anything at all except whether I like a perfume, and am in the mood for it.
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    To an extent, yes, but I donít let it limit me too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post
    How much would this board and the fragrance industry itself survive without the people who are concerned about what fragrance they can wear in order to receive compliments?
    It would survive just fine.
    Most people arent desperate for attention.
    Most people wear what *they* think smells nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayberry2 View Post
    I always see questions by people mentioning their ages, personality traits and other details about themselves. Also often asking whether they can pull off a certain cologne or perfume. Then asking of course what perfumes would be suitable for them or the person they are asking it for. What do you think of all this? Personally I do not believe in all that type of stuff. What are your thoughts?
    I think such questions are misguided, and lead to irrelevant (if well-intentioned) answers based solely on the tastes and preconceptions of the respondent. You may as well call the Psychic Friends Network for fragrance advice.

    The fragrance thatís right for you is any one you like; you can pull it off just fine unless you donít believe you can. Of course, there are legitimate concerns about how a fragrance will fare in a given work, social, or domestic environment, but the answers boil down to: donít wear something overpowering if it might annoy your boss of colleagues, and donít commit to a fragrance your significant other (or hopeful candidate) canít stand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty2Shoes View Post
    I have issues with personality type quizzes, especially Myers-Briggs and Enneagram style. You might as well put a bunch of random personality traits on a board and have people throw darts at them.
    Yep. You may as well pick your fragrance according to a palm reading cross-referenced to your shoe size.




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