Perfume / Cologne

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I theoretically agree with Tom as reasonably clean humans usually smell great and covering it up seems daft. However, some musky perfumes (I'd recognise them, but I don't know their names) do send me into a deep lustful swoon.

I do use an antiperspirant myself but that's because I'm a sweaty bastard.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

You sip perfume Nick? Why not just try breath freshener?

Emma, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

At the moment Héritage by Guerlain or on sunny days Allure by Chanel. After I finish those I'm going to change again, I'm thinking Vetiver by Guerlain and that Helmut Lang eau de toillete if I can ever find a bottle in this godforsaken city.

In general I trust Guerlain and Chanel.

Omar, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Today it's Hugo Boss, but I've also got Bvlgari (a bit lemony, not too sure about it), contradiction, xs and boss elements aqua. I love the smell of perfume and aftershave, mind you I do get some funny looks when I ask people what that lovely aftershave they're wearing is. But nothing floral, destroy:anais anais, the smell of creeping death and funerals.

cabbage, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

perfume and cologne are both disgusting. they make me gag. they all smell so damn artificial and in many cases like solvents and some people SERIOUSLY overdo it. a clean-person-smell is so much nicer and is actually pretty damn attractive.

lady die, Thursday, 23 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The trick with perfume is to only apply enough so you can smell it when you get close. Unfortunately, this is difficult to achieve as most perfumes either fade quickly or smell very strong for the first couple of hours.

I am currently rotating between Fendi, Trussardi Light, CK Truth, Green Tea, Happy, a freebee phial from Zara and a bottle of stuff from River Island I got for Christmas (work days only).

Madchen, Thursday, 23 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
I wear Angel now. Everyone likes it, but vaguely irritatingly, Ramon prefers Skin Musk, which I used to wear, which costs $8 in the kiddie perfume section of Duane Reade. Why am I spending any money at all? I'm a big moron.

Ally, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I think Angel has chocolate in it. I wear Comptoir Sud Pacifique's Motu, but it's a summery fragrance and the bottle's almost empty so I'm looking for something else next. They have a new one, Coeur de Raisin. I tried it, it's grape, lilly and jasmine, about $50 for a small bottle, I guess that's a moderate price. The Jo Malone Honeysuckle + Jasmine I bought only attracted bees, it's still more than half full.

Lesley Higgins, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I think my favourite is H2O+'s Green Tea but I don't have it - somehow got Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea instead which smells pretty darned good too and is especially nice if you use just a tiny bit but of the actual cologne but beforehand you shower with the gel and use their moisturizer and also if you use a green tea scented shampoo and conditioner - leaves just a very subtle scent but then you've got it *everywhere*. I don't have a signature scent though as I have about ten different ones on the go at any given time. I love cool oceany or airy smelling ones for everyday. Still, sometimes nothing beats something as basic as a fresh shampoo and a bit of baby powder.

On the boy I'm 'liking' this new one that's oh so obliquely called Sexual. It's like, ok YOU, bedroom NOW!

Kim, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Kiehl's. Cucumber. Body. Wash.

better shower regularly tho, or you'll turn into a pickle!

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Comptor has some nice stuff if you just want really subtle. Except for that goddamned Vanille line they have, which smells like you've just rolled around for 8 hours in cookie dough and then gone out, and is disgusting.

Ally, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

What an excellent question. I'm still mourning discontinuation of Donna Karan's Chaos - although I saw a bottle for $150 in a rare perfume shop I didn't bite. I'm trying to find a replacement because it's spicy and musky and everyone else likes it on me too. I'm one of these people who cannot bear to have the same perfume as any friends. but as I used to wear the Issey Miyake one, Diorissimo, Joseph and the men's Escape I'm not normally a musk person. If you like real ho's bedroom stuff go for Chaumade by Guerlain.

Suitable replacements for the Chaos are either the Comme des Garcons red or Corso Como 1010 and I will get one of these on my next trip to Liberty, or when a fashion friend goes through Milanese duty free. Whichever comes first.

suzy, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

You know what's good? Thierry Mugler's new mens cologne. If I could afford to buy such things right now I'd get it, it smells delish.

Nicole, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

This thread has reminded me I should wash. Thanks ILE!

Sarah, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

white musk from the Body Shop - i've experimented with other things and non of them work for me. the smell of white musk actually calms me down and balances me as well - it's amazing!

katie, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

And it excites Mark Casarotto!

RickyT, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

perfumes are dud. I like to smell people. If there's any non-natural scent to them let it be a lingering of their soap/shampoo that can only be smelled when you get really close.

Samantha, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh, I hate to wear the same fragrances as my friends too, which is why I hate telling anyone offline what perfume I'm wearing. I used to buy the most expensive one possible when I was in high school and college cos I knew if I told people which one it was, they wouldn't be able to afford it anyhow so it wouldn't matter. I know, I know perfumes smell different on different people thanks to body chemical makeup but still - if you've ever walked into a room reeking of COol Water or Tommy Girl because 10 girls are all wearing it, you know what I mean. My entire workplace seems to wear Cool Water or Bulgari, it's bullshit. Angel is common enough for me, quite frankly, that's as common as I'll go, and I go out of my way to mix things when I'm wearing a common one to make sure it doesn't smell like regular (hint: lotions from Bath and Body Works are good for doing this).

Ramon wears Pi, that smells pretty good. Nicole, what does the new Mugler one smell like? Is it that Angel Men one?

Ally, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I wear Bvlgari, and I don't know anyone else who wears it. Is it far more popular over there?

chris, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

It might just be a workplace thing, ie the girls here all latch onto each other, "Ooh, you're wearing that? Where'd you get it?" (next day) "Are you wearing that perfume?" "Yeah!" "Fantastic!" Argh. They do that with shoes too.

Ally, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I'll stress nopw that I'm referring to Bvlgari for boys, I am not a perfumed ponce.

It is nice though, very fresh

chris, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Right now I'm after a bottle of Ralph Lauren Glamorous (I know, everyone has that now, but I was wearing stuff that smelled absolutely identical for years, and I don't know where to find more cuz the store that sold it closed), and Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll. I just like that they're so flowery and warm, and sweet in a subtle way, not overbearingly like Vanilla Fields or Angel. Actually, Angle Innocence isn't bad. I also like Lancome Miracle.

For guys, I like Christian Dior Higher (airy, floral) or Farenheit (to me, it smells like SEX!, it's just raw appeal), or Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio (light, transparent, oceanic). I don't like old-man- smelling stuff, and I don't want my guy to smell like a girl, either.

simmer, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm with samantha.

ethan, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I prefer no scent on people too - I don't even like the smell of shampoo/soap/washing-powder-on-clothes/deodorant. Having said that, some perfumes etc. are really beautiful smelling.

I have a tendency towards puritanism and so for many years I was as fragrance free as I possibly could be. I am a bit more relaxed about things nowadays so I do sometimes wear some perfume or something.

toraneko, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

LYNX is one of those scents which reminds me of powder gay night here in Dunedin, and KC's too. My friend Steve thinks that the constant conjunction of LYNX and these places, mingled with the memory of one night stands has given him associations such that he gets horny every time he smells it.

Someone I knew wore vanilla essence, but stopped after a strange man approached her and said that she smelt good enough to eat.

Menelaus Darcy, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Ally: No, it's not Angel for Men, I think it's just called Mugler Cologne. It's mostly bergamot and citrus, with a nice "clean" scent to it that I can't quite identify.

Just plain soap and water works fine for some people, but I have noticed that there are some people who just smell off like sour dough even if they bathe and/or shower regularly. Which is why the "no scent" option is sometimes dud.

Nicole, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

People who smell like sour dough?!?!?!?!?!

I like Marc Jacob's new cologne. Except I don't like that it's advertised by pictures of Sofia Coppola.

Ally, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

So do I. But yeah, Sofia Coppola??? Forget Godfather 3, I hate her for doing that psuedo hipster crap television show High Octane a few years back.

People do have very distintive smells, whether they clean themselves a lot or not. I do remember another girl I knew who just smelled like a goat. It's not like she was dirty, it was her body chemistry.

Nicole, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

A goat? Good lord. That's the worst thing I've heard in a long time. You're right though, some people just don't smell pleasing on their own, that's why I think the insistance some people I know have on being anti-cologne baffles me. "I like natural human smell, with maybe just some soap" - not when "natural human smell" means a person smells like sausage (which happened to my sister, our doctor told her to take garlic pills to clear up something and she did and they made her stink of polish sausage until she stopped taking the garlic).

Sofia Coppola is a complete dud, and it pains me to want to buy Marc Jacobs when I feel I am supporting Sofia Coppola by doing it.

Ally, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

THIS JUST IN: Happy For Men does not smell like it was made for men, nor does it make me happy. Wearing fruitier-smelling cologne than your wife = DUD.

Dan Perry, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Dan, avoiding Clinique in general is a good bet.

Ally, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

maybe it's supposed to make you smell like you're happy for men.

ethan, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Joei loves Clinique stuff, though. She thought it would be cute for me to get a sample of Happy For Men since she wears Happy sometimes because then we could have matching scents. I honestly couldn't tell the difference between the two at first. Happy For Men is more masculine in the same way that a severe black skirt is more masculine than a pink tutu. If we're going to have matching scents, I'd much rather they be Obsession.

Dan Perry, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

That was actually sort of funny. Hrrm. WORLDS ARE COLLIDING.

Just kidding. I've never said "just kidding" in a post before, ever.

I'm wearing something called Croquembouche by Demeter. I don't know what a Croquembouche is, but it smells like caramel, which is a bit odd. WHy do I want to smell like food?

Ally, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I love perfumes,i use 212 for men,Giorgio Armani's aqua di gio or issey miyake.i feel this is what a gentleman should smell of! I think every young man should get one of them!

chukwuma Nwude, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
you know i am hopelessly searching for my beloved donna karan "chaos" does anyone have this or know where i can get some??? sigh.......

r.d. lehman, Thursday, 29 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Err heref or a start. Or am I missing something?

Nick, Thursday, 29 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Has anyone ever tried Adidas? My son wears it, and I have never smelled anything as nice. It is jus a clean smell. :) Gale

Gale Deslongchamps, Tuesday, 4 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

The cologne I'm wearing now is's pretty good and all, but I get sick of it fast! I've tried many different colognes in my day, and the best BY FAR is Realm. It's really light and smells awesome. It's also said to contain some phermones in it too....helps attract the I'm told. Oh well, Realm is the shiznit.

Dan Meissler, Friday, 14 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i wear holy water by demeter. reminds me of being a girl with catholic parents.

maura, Friday, 14 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't mind perfume as long as it's just a hint. I usually don't wear cologne unless I know I will be active for a while, and will have to attend a large gathering in close quarters - then comes a couple small drops of BRUT.

Otherwise, I prefer shampoo/soap/fabric softener/candle odors than perfume/cologne... I'd rather take a dip in baby powder than spend large dollars on little bottles of excess.

Brian MacDonald, Friday, 14 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm going to try a new one. Royal Doulton . I love trying new perfumes

Gale Deslongchamps, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
In flatmate's Cosmo there was a strip of new perfume Miracle (can't remember who makes it). It was gorgeous, even with glue smell. Can anyone confirm? Understand there is also a men's version.

N., Saturday, 26 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

six months pass...
I cant say that I've ever had a quote "signature scent" I've went from the Old school Draakar noir everyone had it, everyone loved it everyone hated it is how it pretty much went.. LOL IM sure more than a few of you still have a quarter full bottle of the stuff or empty bottle just for old time reminiscing. but anyway from that to whatever sparks my sniffer walking through the mall. I usually keep about five or six handy for all different occasions Huge fan of curve, its a nice warm smell for a guy without being too spicy, nice and smooth! D&G is a nice aggressive scent a little spice without being overwhelming, Never liked Tommy a little too citrusy for me but of course I had a bottle of that junk too LOL right now IM actually trying to figure out what to buy next, I don't think I've ever bought the same cologne more than once, I made one exception though. Aqua di geo absolutely marvelous LOL I have to say though smelling good was just a normal everyday thing for me, I didn't realize how much it actually does matter to the opposite sex! it seems as though not all guys share the same desire to smell pleasing the way I do so if you are like me, and your not well informed about the situation at hand.. It really does matter LOL and that's all I've got to say about that LOL ! any comments or help with a new purchase email me at

Joseph Hunsinger, Friday, 26 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Cologne on men is just about as dud as dud gets.

Sean, Friday, 26 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

yip -stinkie and dudie

ducklingmonster, Friday, 26 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Perfume: Tommy Girl and Vanilla Musk are dope. Cologne: Once in a while I rock Escape (the bottle I've had since i was 14) but i usually get headaches. basically people should just use jergens sensitive because it makes your body smell like clean genitals all over

Ramosi, Saturday, 27 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

yuck perfume (& "cologne" ie perfume marketed at men)...I like the sound of this natural "sour dough" smell...I'm going to aim to mathat my "signature scent", if it's not already.

halo halo, Saturday, 27 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

yuck perfume (& "cologne" ie perfume marketed at men)...I like the sound of this natural "sour dough" smell...I'm going to aim to make that my "signature scent", if it's not already.

halo halo, Saturday, 27 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

My signature scent has always been Christian Dior's Diorella. I lubs it.

My favourite after-shave on a man is Essence of Mysore Sandalwood from Crabtree & Evelyn. Makes me go weak at the knees.

C J, Saturday, 27 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Where ilm meets ile ...

A Fetching Gentleman in Fragrance Form
Byron on May 10, 2018

Incurable exhumes those remote memories of that young, sophisticated uncle who was a professional illustrator and who smoked an English pipe and owned russet leather armchairs and a collection of antique mechanical coin banks. The one who knew how to properly wear a sport coat and who wielded a generous sense of erudite humor. The one who proved to be the only example of a debonair man to be found in the entire living family tree but who abandoned it once his wife died and he disappeared into someone else’s family never to be heard from again.

Incurable is warm and piquant, dreamy and urbane… like the ghost of someone you wanted to know but never got the chance to.

djh, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:47 (seven months ago) link

the bubblegum note can be strange -- a scent I like but never wear as often as I should is mirabella by dsh, which is a really-nice plum-oakmoss thing along the lines of femme/mitsouko/things trying to be either of those, but the beginning is straight-up unmistakable bubblicious

theorizing your yells (katherine), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:52 (seven months ago) link

I've bought some of those indie / alt perfumes, but TBH, the branding on many of them is too precious or humorless goth. I mean, if you want to sell, you should broaden your market. Like I don't identify with the rich uncle at all! And then there are all of the perfumers who use Eurocentric and / or Victorian imagery, as if we all relate to or have those values. It's the same problem that plagues the DIY world in general, with all of its apothecary / homesteading nostalgia. A woman's perfume should respect all women, and sometimes the "mysterious magical witchy woman" crap is just plain sexist.

I am working on a fragrance inspired by Italian women in my family - the smell of the purses, like powdery makeup, rose, tobacco and candy. I didn't think it would work (I had the concept first), but I wear it all of the time, it really smells like my memories!

Twee.TV (I M Losted), Thursday, 7 March 2019 01:03 (seven months ago) link

yeah, the branding slightly annoys me, but no more than, like, the porny tom ford/(k*l*an)-type branding does. but, like, deconstructing eden's melisande is a really pretty cinnamon-jasmine-amber thing that I could more or less live in a cloud of, and also is named after a character in a thoroughly embarrassing book series

theorizing your yells (katherine), Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:22 (seven months ago) link

damn no idea his stuff was that controversial

theorizing your yells (katherine), Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:23 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

The fragrance I got this month was Caswell-Massey's Centuries Sandalwood. It's kind of a dud. It's unisex, and although it claims to have other ingredients, like cypriol, which I LUV, it just seems to be all overpowering Australian sandalwood, which given its gluey, synthetic aspect, I don't think is real. Or maybe it's a mixture of authentic Australian sandalwood and aromachemical. In any case, it's not very subtle. I'll keep looking for a decent sandalwood scent, but given the unsustainability of the stuff, I'm not hopeful.

I used to buy sandalwood oil in college, when real mysore was more affordable. I guess I have to leave those days behind me, because the Australian variant isn't getting it done.

Oh by the way, I got some amyris, which is supposed to be "west Indian sandalwood" and I like it a lot, although it smells nothing like sandalwood.

Have you tried Night of Olay? (I M Losted), Saturday, 4 May 2019 21:55 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

There seems to be a Miller Harris offer that if you take an empty/full bottle of any Perfume/Cologne to one of their stores, you will get half price on any of their fragrances.

djh, Sunday, 26 May 2019 20:42 (four months ago) link

Oh ... or use the code "RECYCLE" online.

djh, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 18:09 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Hey, I found a new way for people on a budget to get $$$ perfumes for cheap. Some people are buying big bottles of expensive or rare perfumes and bottling them in smaller bottles. I got my own personal holy grail - five ounces of CHANEL NO. 19. It has galbanum, and I usually can't afford it, because you usually have to get it from France and pay a jillion dollars for it because nobody in the US carries it anymore. So it came in the mail today, and it's the REAL DEAL. I got into perfume because I always wanted to make my own version of Chanel no. 19 but I can't get the galbanum now I have my very own to study. So if you're looking for that expensive shit, try Ebay!

Equal Time for Dingelschnitzen (I M Losted), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:10 (four months ago) link

I love Chanel No. 19

Dan S, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:13 (four months ago) link

more astringent and modern than No. 5, but both are classics

Dan S, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:19 (four months ago) link

looking at it in retrospect those really are the two classic Chanel fragrances

Dan S, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:27 (four months ago) link

Yeah, it's a classic and a long time ago, it was my signature. I like the slightly masculine or astringent aspect, but it is just so well-done and original. The new formulation is nice, but not as good and the personality isn't as strong. I loved the old one. It was greener and maybe more masculine and assertive. I guess you can get no.19 straight from the Chanel website, but I don't feel like paying $125 the new formula - I don't think it's worth it.

So, this bottle made me want to buy a few vintage bottles of the stuff that are on Ebay, and they're not really expensive, but prohibitive enough on my budget that I'm not sure if I should spring for it. If I had my druthers, I'd have a whole cabinet full of the original stuff. This is why I tried to concoct my own version - which was nice but nothing like the original. I mean, every description of the formula has something different in it. Apparently it has rose and leather in it, whereas I smell greens, vetiver and iris. I just love galbanum, which is a weird thing to put in a "classic" major house fragrance.

I'm just wondering if anyone has sprung for vintage bottles of classic fragrances, and if they hold up well, or if they morph over time. The few vintage bottles I have of stuff are not that great. The bottles I want to buy are from the seventies and the eighties.

And Chanel - as weak as the reformulations are, Chanel is still my go-to as far as designer fragrances. Some of those other fashion houses just produce overrated shit. The Chanels never disappoint, at least, and are worth the money you pay for them.

Equal Time for Dingelschnitzen (I M Losted), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:00 (four months ago) link

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