Perfume / Cologne

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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 Romance....it'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 ladies....so 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 str8confusion@aol.com

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

i'm thinking now that duckling meant dud-ie but i first read it as dude-ie, which i thought was great. you would not want to smell like a stink and you would not want to smell like a dude. i'm in general not a big perfume/cologne fan. i squirt some stinky juice on myself when i put on the suit, but that's about it. i do have a thing for ysatis, more on a specific person. she used to wear it in lieu of deodorant, so the perfume would get all entangled with girlie b.o. which was wonderful. i once smelled someone wearing it, years later, on a bus and immediately got off the bus and hopped into the perfume store to buy myself a bottle. i don't put it on me, just maybe spray a bit around the bathroom and such. i would be supportive of people appreciating natural human stank rather than perfumes. also, why do so many people hate patchouli. oh yeah at one point i was messing with some essential oils - there was a cool smelling frankincense oil that did smell kind of like sweet dirt.

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

I wear Eau de Ciel by Annick Goutal. I've tried a few Goutal scents (I'm a sucker for that girly packaging) but like that one the best.

For men, I liked Vetiver by Guerlain (vetiver, tobacco, line), which I bought once on the recommendation of the nice man with a waxed moustache at Colonial Drug for an ex-boyfriend who smoked. I doubt I'd like Vetiver any more now than I like Chanel's Coco which I wore when I was 16 and thought I was chic. Now I think it smells like whore.

Has anybody else read the very gothy Perfume by Patrick Suskind? THE UNDETECTABLE YET ALL- POWERFUL SCENT OF YOUNG FRENCH VIRGINS hehehe

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

(Felicity I love how you could be nu-Suzy if you wanted to.)

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

apparently it's all about Nu, that's what the Frenchies say

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

I've worn Tea Rose for years. Some of my friends would probably suffer from cognitive dissonance if I wasn't wearing the stuff.

I hate when people wear so much cologne that it's almost visible (especially because then I sometimes have slight allergic reactions), but I hate even more when people smell as if they haven't had a shower in the last decade (one of the many reasons I hate DC public transportation).

I'm bored with the fashion for fruit (especially citrus) scents, and thankful that the vanilla fad seems to have peaked.

j.lu, Saturday, 27 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
My dad is a better perfume collection than mine. I stole some of his hugo boss one night. girls still go crazy, yeah yeah it's old. After trying everything the next perfume I buy will be a hugo boss. Try it maybe you'll like it.

Nelly Carlson, Monday, 19 August 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

seven months pass...
LYNX smells like the back end of a dirty cat's scent gland plus a locker room thrown in. It is the biggest woman repellent ever created. All the women I know say this.. Sigh! When will men ever learn that if we can smell at a short distance anything you wear for smell, it's done the opposite job it was ment to do. Too much of anything, no matter how nice or expensive is a big big turn off!

Karen, Thursday, 27 March 2003 20:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Just that name alone! I wear Clinique Happy for men, which you can practically bathe in and not have it be overpowering, and Hugo Boss green, which is a little bit more of a problem with overuse. I swear I'm gross without co-log-nee.

Bryan (Bryan), Thursday, 27 March 2003 20:51 (sixteen years ago) link

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 right...so 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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