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Do you use cologne or perfume?

Asked by erichw1504 (26396points) May 12th, 2011

Let’s drown Dr. J in smelly liquid and tell everyone your thoughts on cologne and perfume.

If you do, how often do you wear it? How much do you put on? What kind do you buy? How often do you purchase some? Has anyone ever complained to you about how strong you put it on? On what occasions do you wear it (to work, special occasions, date nights, etc.)?

If you don’t use cologne or perfume, why? Is deodorant enough for you? Not worth it?

Tell us about someone who you know that wears too much of the stuff!

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Jude's avatar

Perfume. The One by Dolce & Gabanna. I am often complimented on it, when I wear it.

The One is a warm, oriental floral, with modern sensuality – a fragrance with a strong personality, and a contrasting golden sweetness. Created for the ultimate diva, The One is at once tempting, modern, and glamorous, embracing a touch of classicism. The top notes radiate a vibrant luminosity, with a sun-touched citrus, while warm fruity notes of luscious lychee and succulent peach add to the delight. The passionate heart evokes an exploding femininity, with an opulent floral soul, creating a distinct, audacious signature. An unexpected hint of plum glows as the base finally blooms with luscious allure into the lasting warmth of vanilla and sweetened ambery-musk notes.

gailcalled's avatar

I use a hard castille soap, organic henna shampoo and conditioner and seize the day. The store-bought aromas all smell artificial now, particularly since I have flowering trees that perfume the air with vanilla and lily-of-the-valley.

I can smell the viburnum carlesii my kitchen door from inside the house when the windows are open, and even in the driveway when I get out of the car. It puts even Milo into a trance.

Blackberry's avatar

I don’t wear it anymore, but I still have some stuff that smells good. I think it’s called Rue 42. Body wash is so strong nowadays that you don’t need cologne.

There’s always those group of chicks or group of dudes at the club that have a cloud of smells as you walk past them.

Judi's avatar

I use pure essential oils for medicinal purposes but they also smell good. :-)

Vunessuh's avatar

I love perfume. I usually have an assorted collection. Clinique Happy, Stella, Curious and a few Ralph Lauren’s. I only put it on if I’m leaving the house. If I’m staying home all day, I don’t bother. I don’t drown myself in perfume, but I wear enough to have people tell me I smell good quite often. I used to wear body sprays, but the fragrance doesn’t last nearly as long as perfume.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

—Slips away to spritz on some Chanel No5.—-

I own two bottles of eau de parfum, both gifts from my SO. Just one little squirt on a wrist, then rub them together and then on my neck. I stopped wearing any scents years ago due to work. When it requires spending hours in close quarters with people you don’t know well, it is best not to wear anything scented. Now that I’m not working, I put a bit on when we are together.

Worst Over-scented Story: A co-worker used to overdo the cologne. She would lean over me when I was showing her current stats on my computer, and it would cause my eyes to water and throat to swell. When we were assigned to conduct a sales blitz together, requiring us to spend hours in the same car, I finally broke down and asked her before the trip that she not wear it.

Best Over-scented Story: While working as a desk clerk in a hotel, I’m pretty sure all of us were happy when the shifts were coming to a close. One of the guys who often relieved us would enter the hotel through the front door and head to the back office. While we often missed seeing his arrival, the scent of his Polo cologne would waft our way seconds later. It conditioned me to love the smell of Polo.

Aethelwine's avatar

I haven’t used perfume since I was 16. I think my shampoo has a nice enough scent, I don’t need anything else.

I have a very sensitive nose. Strong perfumes and cologne can give me a headache if I’m near it long enough.

klutzaroo's avatar

I wear one of about three scents. My mother is the only one who complains that I use too much, but only with one of them, the strongest of the three. The fact that she can still smell it at the end of the day when I see her and the fact that she would find something to complain about in a perfect situation… I wear Mademoiselle by Chanel, Poppy by Coach, and J’adore by Dior. All three I got at the department store I work at (two for FREE!). I wear them because I like all of them and because I get pulled to work at the fragrance counter from time to time and its much easier to sell something you wear yourself. I also wear it when I’m not working just because I like the smell and so does my fiancee.

I spray twice, one for a wrist which I then rub on the other and once on the neck. With Poppy, I spray three times because its not as strong.

Going to go spray some Mlle and head out in a few!

woodcutter's avatar

It has a schooner on the bottle.

wundayatta's avatar

I hate the smell of most perfume and cologne. They give me a headache unless they are natural scents like orange or pine and are very lightly applied.

I had a client come in reeking—absolutely reeking of something. I don’t know how he didn’t poison himself. You have no idea how badly I wanted to push him out the window (I’m on the 8th floor). What gets into people? Do they have no noses? Something like that happens to me and I’m ruined as a cook for a week. Can’t smell anything until the scent has been fully eliminated from my system.

Open secret—if you want to disable wundayatta, wear perfume or cologne. He’ll be in bed with a migraine for a week.

etignotasanimum's avatar

Like others have mentioned, I’m very sensitive to scents and get a headache if anyone wears too much of a heavy scent. A certain demographic of boys I went to high school with would just bathe in Axe or other brands and it was horrendous. I kind of like how Old Spice smells, but it reminds me of my dad and my grandfather, so it would be a turnoff if a guy wore it on a date.
I myself either use sandalwood soap and no perfume (I think the soap itself is a nice scent) or I go with a little of New Musk by Prince Matchabell, which smells really good even though it’s not a strain on my wallet. I find it to be a light scent that I really like.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I wear Beyond Paradise cologne by Estee Lauder and Simply Irresistable perfume by Givenchy.I usually get it as a gift or I will go purchase some myself at the cosmetics counter.I wear them often,one spray on my neck.Someone would have to get pretty close to me to smell it.

Seelix's avatar

I use Healing Garden jasmine body spray. I always get compliments when I use it.

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Scooby's avatar

I dab a bit of the Hugo Boss on when I’m going out anywhere, other than that just your usual body spray for men….. Lynx, adidas :-/

Kardamom's avatar

Apparently I am very sensitive to smells and can smell stink from miles away (like tar and burning plastic and electrical wires frying and cat pee) when other people can’t smell it at all. But I can also smell garlic bread baking in a house way down the street and the scent of sage wafting up out of the canyon or barbecue sizzling up from the next neighborhood over. So the good smells smell way better to me than they do to other people too. I guess I’m kind of a super-smeller. I also tend to smell water, like the ocean and lakes, when no one else smells it.

I used to work in an office where there were a lot of senior citizen ladies who would come in doused in White Shoulders and Chantilly Lace and Rose scented lotion. It was almost too much for me to take. It was really bad if you happened to find yourself in the ladies room with these gals. There would be clouds of perfume and fart gas mixed together!

I can’t stand the smell of most colognes and perfumes, but women’s scents seem to be much worse because they’re often sickly sweet and cloying. Even some of the scented deoderants are way too strong.

Irish Spring Soap and Old Spice Deoderants are extremely strong to me. But then again, I think I have an exceptionally strong sense of smell. A few of my friends seem to have a chronic case of a stopped up nose and can never smell anything good or bad. Ironically, these are not the folks who shower in perfume.

If I go to the mall, I have to actively avoid going through the perfume sections in the department stores. For me, that’s like a toxic cloud that I fear might explode at any moment.

On the other hand, when I go camping and smell the pine trees blowing in the wind mixed with the scent of bacon frying and coffee boiling, it’s like an orgasm in my nose.

DominicX's avatar

Almost never. :\

I have one bottle of cologne that I got as a gift and I’ve used it for a few formal events, but I’ve probably used it a total of three times in the past several years. I don’t prefer the use of cologne.

JLeslie's avatar

I was a perfume buyer back in the day for Bloomingdale’s and I can tell you very few Americans buy perfume/parfum. As indicated by many of the answers here, many people do not understand that perfume has the most percentage essential oils, then eau de parfum (EDP) then Eau de Toillette (EDT) and on. Cologne is more on the equivalent of EDT. Here is a wikipedia link if you are interested.

I usually buy EDP. Layering is the best way for your fragrance to stay on all day, using the shower gel, lotion and then perfume. The moisturized the skin is the longer the fragrance stays as well. I really like using the deoderant from fragrances, because it releases the fragrance as you warm up, and that is a very warm part of the body and moist.

I never wear fragrance in the summer, except if I am going to an indoor formalish party. Winter I use it a little more, but typically not during the day.

FutureMemory's avatar

Never in my life.

My deodorant (old spice ‘aqua reef’) has a damn strong scent though.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I do and like to wear them sparingly since I have allergies, am sensitive to smells and don’t want to offend other people around me. My grandmother said perfumes were best if you could smell them only if you were very very close up on the other person, kind of a secret intimate exchange.

My scents of preference are spicy/musky smells for cold weather and light earthy/floral smells for cool weather.

aprilsimnel's avatar

No. My nose is sensitive and even a little perfume can be nauseating.

Kardamom's avatar

You know what I do like though? When I’m outside walking around the block and I smell laundry detergent or fabric softener wafting about.

ovisaries's avatar

Versace almost every day

tedibear's avatar

I don’t any more. I used to wear Zen by Shiseido. Hoping that’s spelled right. Not very much or very often, but I did like it. I’m now married to someone who isn’t big on scents on people. I’ve never even tried wearing Zen around him, so maybe I could change his mind… hmmm, something to think about.

There are two scents that I know I don’t like. One is “Happy” from Clinique. There’s something about it that I don’t like. I had a manager who wore it and it was hard for me to be near her when she had it on. I also have a former co-worker who wore a scent that smelled like mosquito repellent. It was awful! Again, a nice person wearing a horrid scent. I never asked what it was because I was afraid that she would have asked if I liked it. I’m not good with on-the-spot lying.

Pele's avatar

I wear Angel and I like Maybe Baby by Benefit. I always wear perfume. I also use lotus oil occassionally. I don’t wear too much of it. I also think the scents I use are subtle enough.

wundayatta's avatar

@Kardamom You’re my kind of gal. Supernose! Are you really into food? Are you a good cook? Tonight I was grinding a curry, and I don’t know what it was, but something got into the air and sent me sneezing across the room. Hmmm. I wonder if anyone uses coriander as a scent. Or cardamom. I like the smell of cardamom.

stardust's avatar

I love perfume. My favourites include Chance by Chanel, Cinema by YSL and Parisienne by YSL. When I don’t feel like wearing perfume, I like to dab a bit of rose oil on.

JLeslie's avatar

I really thought the main question was an either or. Cologne or perfume.

erichw1504's avatar

@JLeslie Haha, I thought some people would think that! I guess it’s a question you can look at in either way. It’d be kind of funny if I was asking it that way, though. Wouldn’t it?

wakemeupb4ugogo's avatar

Well as most people forget theres no difference between the two lol. If you want more long last scents try to stay away from wood- vanilla as to some may be enjoying smell and to others it smells great. But if ou want a lasting smell go for flowers yes guys it ok to wear floral perfume

Schroedes13's avatar

I use one spray on my wrist. Then proceed to rub both wrists together and then rub my wrists on my neck.

I am a Ralph Lauren lad exclusively. I only use RL Polo Sport, Polo Black, or Polo Double Black.

The top notes of Double Black are marked with a spicy freshness which, like a cool breeze, lightens the rich woods that form the backbone of the composition. The luscious sweetness of mango becomes pronounced with time, underscored with a resinous peppery note. This forms a beautiful prelude to the opulence of cardamom, nutmeg and dark roasted coffee which suggests an abstract gourmand dessert without ever making the allusion obvious.

The rich woodsy base layered over the subtle warmth of musk is perhaps my favourite aspect of this seamlessly constructed composition. It possesses a wonderful softness, alternatively evoking dark velvet and weightless cashmere. Although Polo Double Black is certainly virile, it is such a handsome and sensual fragrance that I am prepared to disregard the gender boundaries. Of course, smelling it on a man would be a treat. It is not a loud and overwhelming fragrance, but one that makes you want to lean in and inhale deeply. I foresee wearing it on the many cold days yet to come, cuddling under a blanket with a favourite book and a steaming cup of tea. (Online Review)

JLeslie's avatar

@Schroedes13 FYI, cologne is not supposed to be rubbed. Spray and let dry down. At least that is what the experts say. I only mention it, because since you know about top middle and base notes, I thought you might want to know. Also, you might really like using the deoderants, because when you get hot it releases the fragrance. The negative is most fragrance deoderants are only deoderant not combinations with antipersperants. I don’t remember if Ralph Lauren has antipersperant since it is American? Been too long since I worked in the biz. If you are going to layer any other product, get the shower gel, I think you will love it, and it will help your fragrance stay on throughout the day.

Schroedes13's avatar

@JLeslie I’ve always been told to spray directly on because spraying and letting it “rain down” actually wastes some of the cologne. I still use anti-perspirants.

Here is my morning scent routine. Shower using Axe Dark Temptation shower gel and a loufa. Use Rightguard anti-perspirant. Then spray Ralph Lauren Double Black on my on wrist, rub it on the other wrist, and then both wrists on my neck.

JLeslie's avatar

@Schroedes13 It is thought the rubbing breaks down the oils carrying the scent of the perfume. Not that it is a big deal. Just providing you with info from what the experts say. I don’t spray my nex because it is so close to my face, I lightly touch my wrist to my neck. I just avoid rubbing hard. Some people really create a lot of friction when they rub their wrists together.

If your fragrance is lasting all day it all sounds good, if it dissappears quickly, the trick is to moisturize or layer your fragrance. Shower gel, lotion and then the EDT. Although any moisturizer that keep your skin hydrated will help, even unscented. Using same fragrance ancillaries just enhances its staying power.

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