Do you feel good when you smell a strongly masculine fragrance on someone else?

Aug 16, 2022
I think you bring up an important point. Perhaps the reason why, like you, I'm repulsed by generic masculine scents has to do with the fact that the people wearing them in my experience have not been particularly pleasant. But then again, if the most agreeable guy I know wears Aventus, I'm not sure I'd feel good smelling it on him. Might be just me.
When I think about why I'm not impressed by guys wearing "strongly masculine" scents, the only conclusion I can draw is that they're not trying to impress me. If it has anything to do with me (Or other guys) it's to claim he's the more powerful guy. More often I think it's just to impress women, and independently of whether or not that works, the implied statement is "I want to be more successful than you with women". It's actually a slight in a way, though a polite one, and anyone who does want to be successful with women does similar things.
 

Justin Case

Super Member
Feb 21, 2009
I love the strong, classic men's colognes, so if I smelled one on a guy I'd think he has fabulous taste. A lot of the old classics were actually rather discreet (Eau Sauvage, even Brut) unless you bathed yourself in them.
Forgive me, but I cannot relate to this seemingly widespread sentiment :) . To me, an outdated fragrance is like an outdated fashion trend. Smelling Aramis on a guy is like seeing them wearing 70s disco fashion.
 

Justin Case

Super Member
Feb 21, 2009
When I think about why I'm not impressed by guys wearing "strongly masculine" scents, the only conclusion I can draw is that they're not trying to impress me. If it has anything to do with me (Or other guys) it's to claim he's the more powerful guy. More often I think it's just to impress women, and independently of whether or not that works, the implied statement is "I want to be more successful than you with women". It's actually a slight in a way, though a polite one, and anyone who does want to be successful with women does similar things.

This makes a lot of sense and might be the reason why I don't get good vibes from such fragrances.
 

LeChypreSexy

Super Member
Oct 13, 2022
Forgive me, but I cannot relate to this seemingly widespread sentiment :) . To me, an outdated fragrance is like an outdated fashion trend. Smelling Aramis on a guy is like seeing them wearing 70s disco fashion.
To me Aramis and other classic men's colognes aren't outdated. They're "classics", like a blue blazer, a cashmere v-neck or shell cordovan slip-ons. They have their own style and glamour that transcends mere "fashion". Fashion is boring. Fashion is beige (*yawns). I'm sure I'm a total outlier, but I've never found objects or things that have a traditional gender to be problematic at all. What's wrong with being either male or female? Both are fine. Seems perfectly natural to me. I've been known to douse myself in my vintage Evyan White Shoulders because I love it (I'm male). If a woman was to wear vintage Antaeus (or Coco Noir edp which basically is vintage Antaeus but marketed at women) I'd think "Good for her." Most vintage chypre perfumes (Ma Griffe for example) are much more "masculine" smelling than the freshie fruit salad shampoo candy things I sell at the fragrance counters today to both men and women. I guess it simply comes down to the fact that, unlike a lot of people, I have highly evolved taste and I am simply too busy (and totally uninterested) to think about a stranger's taste in fragrance or whatever sexuality crisis they might or might not be having. It is what it is. Although I must admit I find most contemporary fragrances too juvenile and kitschy for my own taste (*douses himself in vintage Zibeline).
 

Adonna

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
May 20, 2010
I love smelling the clean effort.
It's in the grooming.
Obviously when I go to the DR. I want them to be clean and well groomed.
As long as I am not ((((gassed)))) out of the room, a strong scent well placed and worn well is welcome.
The Dr smelling of nothing but Cleanliness can also work, as long as they are clean and well groomed.
To me Both are Professional choices.

Yes, when Certain people ((douse)) themselves in a heavy scent, it can feel like they are fishing.......

Regarding the Guinea Pig wearing cologne, trick question!
Of course anything that the GP wears I'm gonna be appreciative of the effort.
Sooo... I don't know where that puts me.....
The Guinea Pig as my Dr is not gonna work. No matter how much cologne he puts on. sorry.......
a~~
 

Justin Case

Super Member
Feb 21, 2009
To me Aramis and other classic men's colognes aren't outdated. They're "classics", like a blue blazer, a cashmere v-neck or shell cordovan slip-ons. They have their own style and glamour that transcends mere "fashion". Fashion is boring. Fashion is beige (*yawns). I'm sure I'm a total outlier, but I've never found objects or things that have a traditional gender to be problematic at all. What's wrong with being either male or female? Both are fine. Seems perfectly natural to me. I've been known to douse myself in my vintage Evyan White Shoulders because I love it (I'm male). If a woman was to wear vintage Antaeus (or Coco Noir edp which basically is vintage Antaeus but marketed at women) I'd think "Good for her." Most vintage chypre perfumes (Ma Griffe for example) are much more "masculine" smelling than the freshie fruit salad shampoo candy things I sell at the fragrance counters today to both men and women. I guess it simply comes down to the fact that, unlike a lot of people, I have highly evolved taste and I am simply too busy (and totally uninterested) to think about a stranger's taste in fragrance or whatever sexuality crisis they might or might not be having. It is what it is. Although I must admit I find most contemporary fragrances too juvenile and kitschy for my own taste (*douses himself in vintage Zibeline).
Very salient points. I'm starting to appreciate the counter view better the more responses I read.
 

Mak-7

Basenotes Dependent
Sep 19, 2019
Agreed, but my question was about how you'd feel (comforted vs uneasy), not how you'd feel about the doctor's competence.

I think you bring up an important point. Perhaps the reason why, like you, I'm repulsed by generic masculine scents has to do with the fact that the people wearing them in my experience have not been particularly pleasant. But then again, if the most agreeable guy I know wears Aventus, I'm not sure I'd feel good smelling it on him. Might be just me.
If he wore some shit i suppose i would be Uneasy cuz itll smell bad, so i would tell him to change his cologne and provide few options, maybe even make some samples so he can step up game.

Interesting observation. I wouldnt say that basic frags associate with rude people, your case has to be quite particular, because as i mentioned in point 1 of previous post, basic frag doesnt necessary equal basic people. But i understand how few experiences like that correlate to the future expectations.
I hope you meet someone who can break that circle for you, and you can break their circle of basic frags wearing 🙌🏽
 

Scentologist

Basenotes Institution
Apr 17, 2007
Ok, I had to find this post. Just this evening, I went grocery shopping. I got in behind a gentleman as we got our buggies. It is very cold here, 26 F. The wind carried his scent as we walked in. Haven't I smelled that before? Spicy, woody, amber, patchouli, coffee, what is that? I had to go the direction he was headed for a bit and I continued to smell it. Bingo! It was none other than the long since discontinued Armani Attitude! Distinctive. It had to be it. I don't know a similar clone and I know that fragrance well. I wore my bottle of it circa 2007 and 2008 and haven't smelled it since, but the memories flooded back to me!
 

Justin Case

Super Member
Feb 21, 2009
Ok, I had to find this post. Just this evening, I went grocery shopping. I got in behind a gentleman as we got our buggies. It is very cold here, 26 F. The wind carried his scent as we walked in. Haven't I smelled that before? Spicy, woody, amber, patchouli, coffee, what is that? I had to go the direction he was headed for a bit and I continued to smell it. Bingo! It was none other than the long since discontinued Armani Attitude! Distinctive. It had to be it. I don't know a similar clone and I know that fragrance well. I wore my bottle of it circa 2007 and 2008 and haven't smelled it since, but the memories flooded back to me!
Nice :) Thanks for sharing!

I went to the mall yesterdays and started sniffing the designer scents at Macy's hoping to get memories of my designer days. Sadly they've been so reformulated that no memories were awoken :(
 

baklavaRuzh

Super Member
Sep 3, 2022
Nice :) Thanks for sharing!

I went to the mall yesterdays and started sniffing the designer scents at Macy's hoping to get memories of my designer days. Sadly they've been so reformulated that no memories were awoken :(
When I smelled le male le parfum, it actually took me back to the original le male, but I'm not sure how similar they really are, I haven't tried the original in ages.
 

LeChypreSexy

Super Member
Oct 13, 2022
Yeah man! I'm "like" respect mate, fist bump, keep it up in the face of the wallowing wet wipes who are offended by everything. 😁
I'm showing my age (54) I'm sure, but I like a big, strong masculine scent on a man. Although quite a few vintage men's colognes (vintage Brut and Stetson) are quite powdery and floral! Today's sickly sweet aquatic things do nothing for me. Too juvenile.
 

Ifti

Basenotes Dependent
Aug 5, 2016
I'm showing my age (54) I'm sure, but I like a big, strong masculine scent on a man. Although quite a few vintage men's colognes (vintage Brut and Stetson) are quite powdery and floral! Today's sickly sweet aquatic things do nothing for me. Too juvenile.
Haha not far behind you!
You're right though, there's a wierd twilight zone thing happening where some of what we/I think of as unabashed and bolshy masculine, is a few tiny small steps from being a big *ss bold stanky femme floral with cahoonies...
With this thread in mind, I went for a super condition Oscar Pour Lui vintage splash today. And right on, biiiig floral made me stop a second more than usual.

Antaeus does that for me too.

Turning some attention to actual barber/male grooming brands...

Blimey, Kudos for the perpetrators of the Kouros clouds sometimes smell in the wild. Hats off!
 

LeChypreSexy

Super Member
Oct 13, 2022
Haha not far behind you!
You're right though, there's a wierd twilight zone thing happening where some of what we/I think of as unabashed and bolshy masculine, is a few tiny small steps from being a big *ss bold stanky femme floral with cahoonies...
With this thread in mind, I went for a super condition Oscar Pour Lui vintage splash today. And right on, biiiig floral made me stop a second more than usual.

Antaeus does that for me too.

Turning some attention to actual barber/male grooming brands...

Blimey, Kudos for the perpetrators of the Kouros clouds sometimes smell in the wild. Hats off!
Vintage Oscar is wonderful. I wore gallons of Antaeus Pour Homme back in the 80s, and yes, it is a floral. The costoreum/leather and woods made it "butch" and not femme. I'd love to smell a guy wearing Vintage Kouros!! The 70s and 80s really was the high point of men's cologne.
 

Schubertian

Basenotes Junkie
Apr 8, 2021
Vintage Oscar is wonderful. I wore gallons of Antaeus Pour Homme back in the 80s, and yes, it is a floral. The costoreum/leather and woods made it "butch" and not femme. I'd love to smell a guy wearing Vintage Kouros!! The 70s and 80s really was the high point of men's cologne.
Agree about Oscar! The current iteration smells hollow somehow... today's versions of classic perfumes don't bring about that gut punch of recognition that takes me right back to (in my case) the 80s and 90s, because they've been so changed. 🙁

To the topic: personally I don't really care if a man wears a "masculine" or "feminine" perfume, as long as he owns it. A lot of perfumes are really unisex anyway. But I do tend to dislike the strong and sweet gourmandy, fruity-caramelly-vanillas on any gender and I'd much prefer a whiff of a traditional men's cologne type scent. I also don't do the girly sweet stuff myself, really. Something like vintage Miss Dior - so stunning! - is pretty far from what is considered sexy for a woman in the mainstream today and I don't think would even be marketed to women. I love it and feel like a no-nonsense, cold-yet-warm Katherine Hepburn character when I wear it.

And how I'd love to get my nose on vintage Kouros! I have a very strong emotional-olfactory memory of it (it was the scent of my highschool boyfriend) and I remember it as gorgeous and not at all stanky. I don't know what it smells like today but perhaps I need to try.
 

LeChypreSexy

Super Member
Oct 13, 2022
Agree about Oscar! The current iteration smells hollow somehow... today's versions of classic perfumes don't bring about that gut punch of recognition that takes me right back to (in my case) the 80s and 90s, because they've been so changed. 🙁

To the topic: personally I don't really care if a man wears a "masculine" or "feminine" perfume, as long as he owns it. A lot of perfumes are really unisex anyway. But I do tend to dislike the strong and sweet gourmandy, fruity-caramelly-vanillas on any gender and I'd much prefer a whiff of a traditional men's cologne type scent. I also don't do the girly sweet stuff myself, really. Something like vintage Miss Dior - so stunning! - is pretty far from what is considered sexy for a woman in the mainstream today and I don't think would even be marketed to women. I love it and feel like a no-nonsense, cold-yet-warm Katherine Hepburn character when I wear it.

And how I'd love to get my nose on vintage Kouros! I have a very strong emotional-olfactory memory of it (it was the scent of my highschool boyfriend) and I remember it as gorgeous and not at all stanky. I don't know what it smells like today but perhaps I need to try.
I loved the 1980s! We stank to high heaven and it was great! Our perfumes had to cut through all that cigarette smoke haha!
 

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