Tuesday, March 14, 2006

MUST-READ: Wearing Whatever the $^%* I Want...

Yes, that's right, that's pretty darn close to the title of this month's Addicted column on Basenotes...

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4 comments:

castorpollux said...

I am wearing dali's Laguna pour femme on one arm and dior's Dolce vita on the other in your honor today! Very cool article!

Flora said...

I could not agree more! Great article. I wear whatever I feel like - recently I attempted (without success) to track down a little-known "men's" fragrance to wear myself - sure I would love it if a man wore it around me, but if I wear it myself I get to smell it all the time! And I also think that we can't think of perfume as something just to please or attract others - what we wear affects our own emotions more than anything, and if we love what we wear it will be a big boost to our self-confidence. Finally, I have, or know of, many women's fragrances that I would just LOVE to smell on a man if I could talk him into it. Perfumes really do smell different on men and women, and I would just die if I could get a man to wear my beloved Amouage Ubar or Patou Sublime for me. Bliss!

Mark said...

Thank You Marlen, you really hit the nail on the head.

Today I wore Philtre d'Amour by Guerlain. I love it. Feminine? Probably, but it works just fine for me.

And Flora said it best when she said that our fragrance affects our mood, so why not wear what makes us happiest?

I'm sort of on the fence when it comes to how strong a fragrance should be, though. I don't think it should make anyone sick, but then Coco Chanel pretty much said that everyone should be able to smell you. I LOVE getting compliments on how I smell. It's the best compliment anyone could give me. I do wear fragrances for me. But I also want others to know I make the effort too.

What do you all think?

Sali said...

Thank you for an enlightening article. I have a lot to learn about the scented world from a man's perspective, especially if his tastes might be similar to mine. I would like to see more variety available to men and I also would like to see My Queen for Men in my lifetime. I wouldn't want to see all gender-specific scents disappear, either, but I'd like to see more variety for everyone: some gender-specific scents, some unisex, some for the Queens, some for the Bubblegum Princess, etc, and we should all help end any stigma of wearing whatever we like. I think it would be wise for the industry to take your suggestions into serious consideration and market "feminine" scents in a new and refreshing way.

Women are tired of the same notes thrown at them, too, although now we're getting some bold, strong scents for women mixed in with the new soft scents that seem to have taken over. By only having "soft = feminine" pushed at us, I don't want a new generation of women thinking you shouldn't wear bold scents for fear of not being feminine.