Grant

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Sep 29, 2000
Note: This is unfinished, but I'm falling asleep so will finish it in the morning

Sometimes it is nice to know that you are wearing the most suitable fragrance for serious occasions such as peeling potatoes; boarding a plane at terminal 1-B at Malpensa Airport or maybe something like your wedding.

Well, don't fear as over the years Basenotes Readers have recommended all sorts of fragrances for almost every* situation possible:

Please note: Basenoters are generally more than happy to suggest fragrances for you. If you are making a recommend me a fragrance thread it is useful to list some fragrances you like (or don't like) as well as a bit of background about yourself. If you are new to fragrances, then check out the Just Starting Out board.

Male Recs

Air travel
AP calculus test
Birthday [2] [3]
Clubbing
College party
Company Party
First date [2]

Formal occasion [2]
Funeral (your own) / someone elses funeral
Graduation [2] [3]
High School
High School dance [2]
Job interview
Meeting Clinton
Office
Party [2]
Prom
Retiring
Summer (and Summer nights)
To the "best male exotic dancer" contest
To see the Foo Fighters
Tropical Country
Wedding Day (yours) [2] / (best friend's) (Jewish)
When meeting congress
When wearing a leather Jacket
Working at Ace Hardware

Female Recs


Lots of recs: dinner? / movies? / a concert / a café / a holiday in the sun? a trip to London, Paris or any other major city of your choice?
Around people who hate perfume
ER Party
Party
To go to a steakhouse
To see Bruce Springsteen
To see the movie "Perfume"?
When wearing purple and red

Oh, and what if you awoke one day, and all of a sudden you were Sweeney Todd or something**, what fragrance would you wear then? Here's a big old list, in no particular order:

What Fragrance Would Paul Lynde Wear?
What would Heath Ledger's Joker Wear?
What scents would the Sex and the City girls wear?
What Would Comic Book Characters/Superheros/Villain Wear?
What would the Phantom of the Opera wear?
What would tech CEOs wear (Steve Jobs, Steve Ballmer, etc.)?
What would Pete Doherty wear?
What fragrance would Count Dracula wear?
What frag would Eliot Spitzer wear?
What would Chuck Norris wear?
What kind of cologne does or would Taye Diggs wear?
What would Sweeney Todd wear?
"Scent of a woman" - Which fragrance would Al Pacino wear?
What would Michel Foucault wear?
Is it possible to ascertain what Heisenberg would wear?
What did the Addams Family wear ?
What Did The Beverly Hillbillies wear?
What fragrance would a Bond villian wear?
Just for fun... and for metal fans... What would LUCA TURILLI (Rhapsody) wear?
What cologne does josh harnett wear?
What would Ari Gold wear?
What would TCBL wear?
What fragrance would Robert Smith (The Cure) wear?
What would Harry Truman wear?
What would Frank Zappa wear?
What kind of cologne would/does John Mayer wear?
What kind of cologne does Jack Nicholson wear?
What would Werther (from Goethe's work) wear?
What would Serge Gainsbourg wear today? / What fragrance would Serge Gainsbourg wear?
What would Archimedes wear in modern times?
Fictional heroines - what scent would they wear?
If Andy Warhol were alive today, what fragrance would you expect him to wear?
What would Amy Winehouse wear?
What would Jay and Silent Bob wear?
What would John Huston wear?
what would Keith Richards wear?
What would birthday boy Karlheinz Stockhausen wear?
What would Hannibal Lecter wear?
What would Lex Luthor wear?
What Would Leonidas wear?
What does Bryan Ferry wear?
What does David Letterman wear?
What scent does Colin Farrell wear?
What fragrance would Haruki Murakami wear?
What would Winston Smith wear? (1984)
What fragrance would Vicky Pollard wear?
what perfume would a royal wear?

What would Steve Jobs wear?
What would Christian Bale wear?
What kind of cologne does Leonardo Dicaprio wear
What would Brian Boitano wear?
What perfume would Catherine Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights) wear?
What would Robert Plant wear? (1970)
What would Steve McQueen wear?
"Scent of a villian"- what would the Joker wear? =)
What would Batman wear?
What would Philip Marlow wear?
Fragrances that Killers from movies might wear....

What would James Joyce wear? Opoponax.

What would Björk wear in a concert?
What would Spike from Cowboy Bebop wear?


* well not every, more like 23%
** Unlikely. Unless you're Sam Beckett after stepping into the Quantum Leap Accelerator***. But don't worry - Ziggy says there is a 89% chance you'll be wearing Kouros by the end of the episode. And who knows -- maybe that next leap, will be the leap home?
*** Still unlikely, being fictional
 
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genvy5

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Jul 15, 2006
Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

Winner thread.
 

acceptfacts

Well-known member
Dec 13, 2007
Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

What would one wear when going to meet Grant?
 

CologneJunkie

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Jun 24, 2005
Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

Grant, I love your gratuitous Quantum Leap references :). And you really should sticky this awesome thread!
 

Redneck Perfumisto

League of Cycloöctadiene Isomer Aestheticists
Basenotes Plus
Feb 27, 2008
Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

Laughing so hard, I'm shrieking on the inhale... :grin:

The proper fragrance for this thread is either Nitrous Oxide or Cannabis Whatever.
 

Mario Justiniani

Well-known member
Sep 6, 2005
Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

Say Grant, was I reading it too fast or did you forget "What would The Count of Monte Cristo wear? "

Personaly I believe it would be an Oriental as he did travel to the Middle East after he escaped and found the hidden treasure. On the other hand, Pino Sylvestre would flame his vengeance, as it would remind him of the years he spent in a dungeon. Then again, on the other hand, Eau de Cologne Impériale by Guerlian would fit his alleged Napoleonic sympathies but on the other hand since he wasn't a die hard Napoleonist and was merely delivering a letter it would bring back painful memories, on the other hand it's quintessentially French and made in 1853, a true classic. On the other hand Napoleon kicked the bucket in 1821, but does this really matter? Then again, having been a sea captain, I think Acqua Bulgari would do fine, on the other hand . . .

Cheers,

E. Dantes
 

Dimitrios

Well-known member
May 7, 2007
Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

A step in the right direction Grant .... but it won't prevent some newb on asking
"What Barak Obama wears ? ... reason I mention it is
It has been asked before but i can't see it on your list .
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Grant

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Sep 29, 2000
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Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

If you read the red note on the top of the post, you will see it is not finished. It got to 4.30am and thought I should be allowed some sleep. I will continue at my next available opportunity !
 

KiatBkk

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Apr 5, 2006
Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

Where is my "What would Vicky Pollard wear?". :grin:
 

Sandy

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Jan 15, 2005
Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

I've been thinking about one thing for a long time, now I feel it's high time to ask:
What would you wear in a spacesuit? Though there's no danger of people around you smelling you and making offensive remarks, however you are closed in a very narrow space with your scent for a long time.
One of the biggest question in the age of long-haul space missions waiting for us.
 

Hoos

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Mar 4, 2008
Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

First, thank you for the much needed laugh and levity, Grant.

Second, having this as a sticky may not be a bad idea. ;)

Third, sometimes au naturel is the best scent for the occasion (preceded by a thorough scrubbing in the shower/tub).

The only thing I want to know:

What scent should I wear to go shopping on public transit for Creed while wearing a lycra spandex bodysuit when the temperature is 105°F after having a dinner of lima beans, broccoli, and garlic-crusted cod the night before? :undecided:
 

Strollyourlobster

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Oct 21, 2006
Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

Just reading Grant's list I'm in a kind of floaty, nirvana-like state of Basenotes near-enlightenment. Wheeeeee!
But wait. What should I wear now?
 
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lasciv

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Oct 14, 2008
Re: [FAQ] What fragrance should I wear if...[insert fragrance wearing opportunity her

potus 1600?
 

wggmn3

Active member
May 20, 2010
Here's also a suggestion:
I wish Basenotes had a Category (male & female) List of fragrances characterized as predominantly florals, fruits, fougeres, aquas or blues, grasses or greens, chypre or woods. orientals or spices, tobaccos, etc...or however best (professionally) they could/should be categorized...I know there is a certain amount of cross-over of elements...if Basenotes does have such a category page I have not as yet been able to find it...

Here might be a starting point from - http://www.janmoran.com/perfume_101.html#Overwhelmed

Popular fragrance categories:

Floral single flowers or classic floral blends, fresh, fruity, or powdery
Citrus Fruity lemon, orange, bergamot, apple, berries
Aquatic rain-fresh or ocean aromas
Nature Greens fresh-mown grass and spring leaves
Oriental vanilla-ambery or spicy-woody, floral Oriental blends
Chypre citrus, patchouli, moss
Fougère (meaning fern) well-balanced citrus, lavender, woods (popular masculine fragrances)
Woody pine, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli
 

cbstarker

Well-known member
Mar 20, 2009
...Federal District Court...

We're a third party representing community interests in a nationally priority listed superfund cleanup of a river complete with dam removals. I was wearing Patchouli Patch and I bet others were wondering where the hell were my birkenstocks!

Next time I'll go with something classic and standard like Guerlain Vetiver or maybe something from Bond.
 

SculptureOfSoul

Well-known member
Jul 2, 2005
Can we get a subforum for "what to wear" recommendations? Fragrantica has a board like that and imo it's a great idea. There are a LOT of threads regarding what to wear for <whatever>, and having them all segregated off in their own forum would really give a chance for the more serious threads on the male fragrance board to blossom.
 

Mario Justiniani

Well-known member
Sep 6, 2005
Now all you need is a random generator so one could get a response such as:
" For a first date . . .While meeting congress . . .Lex Luthor would wear . . ."
etc.

Cheers,

Mario
 

kbe

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Nov 12, 2006
Damn! I missed this Thread when Grant first posted and up to this AM.

No more guesswork! No more embarrassment over wearing the 'wrong' frag for the occasion! No more blindfolded frag picking! Gracias socialwoman, for the tweak. :thumbup:
 

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