A Small Sniff of History

Cara/Andrea here,

Too-Wicked-to-Wed_2FINAL Our-heritage_1In historical romances, we often read at length about a lady’s toilette—soaps, cremes, face paints, powders and fragrance. Well, in starting my new trilogy, which is called ‘The Lords of Midnight,’ I began thinking about the gentlemen of the Regency. Now, we all know they were quite the dandies, so I decided to do a little research . . .

Floris-shopOne doesn’t have to stroll very far in London to learn a lot about how the Tulips of the ton looked so perfectly polished. Simply walk down St. James’s Street and turn left onto Jermyn Street. There on the south side of the pavement you will come to Number 89, which houses Floris, the oldest family-run fragrance shop in the world.


Floris-1It was in 1730 that Juan Famenias Floris came to London from the isle of Menorca, seeking to make his fortune. He and his wife Elizabeth opened a small shop on the fashionable street offering barbering and shaving to the Floris-5fancy gentlemen who frequented the area. A skilled comb-maker, Floris had also learned to blend aromatic oils while living in Montpelier, France. He soon decided to add custom-blended fragrances to his shop. And the rest, as they say, is history . . .

Beau Brummell spent many hours discussing his preferences with Floris (a number of the original recipes for scents are in the Floris archives) And he was just one of the many notable people who were patrons of the shop. Lady Jersey was also a devoted client, as the ledgers CofJerseyshow. In 1818, Mary Shelley, Mary Shelley, wife of the famed Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and author of Frankenstein wrote to a friend while she was living abroad and asked that her send her “two hairbrushes and a small toothbrush from Floris.”

IFloris-2n 1820, Floris was awarded a Royal Warrant as “Smooth Pointed Comb Maker to HM The King George IV.” (The shop still displays this original, and has 16 others to go with it—the shop is currently “Perfumers to HM The Queen Elizabeth II and Manufacturers of Toilet Preparations to HRH The Prince of Wales.”

Its products continued to attract a loyal following through the years. Florence Nightingale wrote a flowery missive thanking the shop for its “sweet-smelling nosegay.” And Ian Fleming favorite scent was #89—in his books, it’s the fragrance of choice for James Bond.

Floris-3 Floris-6Today, a visit to the Floris shop is a delightful experience, not only for the fabulous scents but also for the wonderful wealth of vintage products and memorabilia on display. You can view elaborate tortoise shell hair combs for women, old letters and photographs . . .and choose a special fragrance to take home as a lasting reminder of its living history.

So, do you like a man to wear fragrance? Have you a special scent of your own, or you do like to try out diff
erent ones. (I’m a big fan of 4711, a light citrus-y scent that has an interesting history too.)

220 thoughts on “A Small Sniff of History”

  1. I think, for a change, you’ve broken Typepad, Andrea, not me. “G” Or retrograde has set in. It’s taken me ten minutes to wade through cycles of spinning balls to make this comment.
    I’m unfortunately allergic to fragrances, so my man can’t wear them anymore. But I’m utterly in awe of a lifestyle that allows one to spend hours discussing them! Where does one buy that time?

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  2. I think, for a change, you’ve broken Typepad, Andrea, not me. “G” Or retrograde has set in. It’s taken me ten minutes to wade through cycles of spinning balls to make this comment.
    I’m unfortunately allergic to fragrances, so my man can’t wear them anymore. But I’m utterly in awe of a lifestyle that allows one to spend hours discussing them! Where does one buy that time?

    Reply
  3. I think, for a change, you’ve broken Typepad, Andrea, not me. “G” Or retrograde has set in. It’s taken me ten minutes to wade through cycles of spinning balls to make this comment.
    I’m unfortunately allergic to fragrances, so my man can’t wear them anymore. But I’m utterly in awe of a lifestyle that allows one to spend hours discussing them! Where does one buy that time?

    Reply
  4. I think, for a change, you’ve broken Typepad, Andrea, not me. “G” Or retrograde has set in. It’s taken me ten minutes to wade through cycles of spinning balls to make this comment.
    I’m unfortunately allergic to fragrances, so my man can’t wear them anymore. But I’m utterly in awe of a lifestyle that allows one to spend hours discussing them! Where does one buy that time?

    Reply
  5. I think, for a change, you’ve broken Typepad, Andrea, not me. “G” Or retrograde has set in. It’s taken me ten minutes to wade through cycles of spinning balls to make this comment.
    I’m unfortunately allergic to fragrances, so my man can’t wear them anymore. But I’m utterly in awe of a lifestyle that allows one to spend hours discussing them! Where does one buy that time?

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  6. Yes, I think I’ve managed to pour some sort of potent elixer (and not a sweet one) on Typepad today, for I’m having terrible trouble getting things to work right!
    LOL on the hours—when I think of how long it took Regency men and women to dress, it’s no wonder that they didn’t allow themselves to work at anything Looking proper was a full time occupation!

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  7. Yes, I think I’ve managed to pour some sort of potent elixer (and not a sweet one) on Typepad today, for I’m having terrible trouble getting things to work right!
    LOL on the hours—when I think of how long it took Regency men and women to dress, it’s no wonder that they didn’t allow themselves to work at anything Looking proper was a full time occupation!

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  8. Yes, I think I’ve managed to pour some sort of potent elixer (and not a sweet one) on Typepad today, for I’m having terrible trouble getting things to work right!
    LOL on the hours—when I think of how long it took Regency men and women to dress, it’s no wonder that they didn’t allow themselves to work at anything Looking proper was a full time occupation!

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  9. Yes, I think I’ve managed to pour some sort of potent elixer (and not a sweet one) on Typepad today, for I’m having terrible trouble getting things to work right!
    LOL on the hours—when I think of how long it took Regency men and women to dress, it’s no wonder that they didn’t allow themselves to work at anything Looking proper was a full time occupation!

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  10. Yes, I think I’ve managed to pour some sort of potent elixer (and not a sweet one) on Typepad today, for I’m having terrible trouble getting things to work right!
    LOL on the hours—when I think of how long it took Regency men and women to dress, it’s no wonder that they didn’t allow themselves to work at anything Looking proper was a full time occupation!

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  11. Cara, thanks for the wonderful post! If I ever get back to London, I’ll have to stop by Floris.
    I don’t have a particular scent that I like. All I ask is that my hubby use it sparingly. 🙂

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  12. Cara, thanks for the wonderful post! If I ever get back to London, I’ll have to stop by Floris.
    I don’t have a particular scent that I like. All I ask is that my hubby use it sparingly. 🙂

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  13. Cara, thanks for the wonderful post! If I ever get back to London, I’ll have to stop by Floris.
    I don’t have a particular scent that I like. All I ask is that my hubby use it sparingly. 🙂

    Reply
  14. Cara, thanks for the wonderful post! If I ever get back to London, I’ll have to stop by Floris.
    I don’t have a particular scent that I like. All I ask is that my hubby use it sparingly. 🙂

    Reply
  15. Cara, thanks for the wonderful post! If I ever get back to London, I’ll have to stop by Floris.
    I don’t have a particular scent that I like. All I ask is that my hubby use it sparingly. 🙂

    Reply
  16. I think it just fabulous that the shop is still there. As for perfumes, I do love them, on me and on my man. I try something new every year. He tends to wear the same one until finally it goes off the shelf, which happened recently. Perhaps Floris could create something similar just for him. Or even one of the Beau’s sort would do. Well… it is fun to dream.
    Ann

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  17. I think it just fabulous that the shop is still there. As for perfumes, I do love them, on me and on my man. I try something new every year. He tends to wear the same one until finally it goes off the shelf, which happened recently. Perhaps Floris could create something similar just for him. Or even one of the Beau’s sort would do. Well… it is fun to dream.
    Ann

    Reply
  18. I think it just fabulous that the shop is still there. As for perfumes, I do love them, on me and on my man. I try something new every year. He tends to wear the same one until finally it goes off the shelf, which happened recently. Perhaps Floris could create something similar just for him. Or even one of the Beau’s sort would do. Well… it is fun to dream.
    Ann

    Reply
  19. I think it just fabulous that the shop is still there. As for perfumes, I do love them, on me and on my man. I try something new every year. He tends to wear the same one until finally it goes off the shelf, which happened recently. Perhaps Floris could create something similar just for him. Or even one of the Beau’s sort would do. Well… it is fun to dream.
    Ann

    Reply
  20. I think it just fabulous that the shop is still there. As for perfumes, I do love them, on me and on my man. I try something new every year. He tends to wear the same one until finally it goes off the shelf, which happened recently. Perhaps Floris could create something similar just for him. Or even one of the Beau’s sort would do. Well… it is fun to dream.
    Ann

    Reply
  21. I love 4711. It’s special to me because my mother always wore it.
    Apart from that…no, I don’t usually like fragrances on men, and not much on women, either — possibly because many fragrances are cloying or don’t blend well with the wearer’s own natural scent.

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  22. I love 4711. It’s special to me because my mother always wore it.
    Apart from that…no, I don’t usually like fragrances on men, and not much on women, either — possibly because many fragrances are cloying or don’t blend well with the wearer’s own natural scent.

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  23. I love 4711. It’s special to me because my mother always wore it.
    Apart from that…no, I don’t usually like fragrances on men, and not much on women, either — possibly because many fragrances are cloying or don’t blend well with the wearer’s own natural scent.

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  24. I love 4711. It’s special to me because my mother always wore it.
    Apart from that…no, I don’t usually like fragrances on men, and not much on women, either — possibly because many fragrances are cloying or don’t blend well with the wearer’s own natural scent.

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  25. I love 4711. It’s special to me because my mother always wore it.
    Apart from that…no, I don’t usually like fragrances on men, and not much on women, either — possibly because many fragrances are cloying or don’t blend well with the wearer’s own natural scent.

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  26. I have a love-hate relationship with fragrances. I love them in theory, and a few in actual practice (light, citrusy scents), but far too many of them trigger an asthma attack. I have had to turn around and walk out of stores that flood the air with potpourri or perfumes.
    And on men? Sorry. I’d much rather not.

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  27. I have a love-hate relationship with fragrances. I love them in theory, and a few in actual practice (light, citrusy scents), but far too many of them trigger an asthma attack. I have had to turn around and walk out of stores that flood the air with potpourri or perfumes.
    And on men? Sorry. I’d much rather not.

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  28. I have a love-hate relationship with fragrances. I love them in theory, and a few in actual practice (light, citrusy scents), but far too many of them trigger an asthma attack. I have had to turn around and walk out of stores that flood the air with potpourri or perfumes.
    And on men? Sorry. I’d much rather not.

    Reply
  29. I have a love-hate relationship with fragrances. I love them in theory, and a few in actual practice (light, citrusy scents), but far too many of them trigger an asthma attack. I have had to turn around and walk out of stores that flood the air with potpourri or perfumes.
    And on men? Sorry. I’d much rather not.

    Reply
  30. I have a love-hate relationship with fragrances. I love them in theory, and a few in actual practice (light, citrusy scents), but far too many of them trigger an asthma attack. I have had to turn around and walk out of stores that flood the air with potpourri or perfumes.
    And on men? Sorry. I’d much rather not.

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  31. Tracey and Anne, a visit to Floris is really a treat. The staff is incredibly friendly and is happy to give a little tour of all the memorabilia, and then let you putter and study it to your heart’s content. It’s so fun to experience history like that. (And the same family still runs it!)

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  32. Tracey and Anne, a visit to Floris is really a treat. The staff is incredibly friendly and is happy to give a little tour of all the memorabilia, and then let you putter and study it to your heart’s content. It’s so fun to experience history like that. (And the same family still runs it!)

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  33. Tracey and Anne, a visit to Floris is really a treat. The staff is incredibly friendly and is happy to give a little tour of all the memorabilia, and then let you putter and study it to your heart’s content. It’s so fun to experience history like that. (And the same family still runs it!)

    Reply
  34. Tracey and Anne, a visit to Floris is really a treat. The staff is incredibly friendly and is happy to give a little tour of all the memorabilia, and then let you putter and study it to your heart’s content. It’s so fun to experience history like that. (And the same family still runs it!)

    Reply
  35. Tracey and Anne, a visit to Floris is really a treat. The staff is incredibly friendly and is happy to give a little tour of all the memorabilia, and then let you putter and study it to your heart’s content. It’s so fun to experience history like that. (And the same family still runs it!)

    Reply
  36. Cara, what a super blog. Thank you for battling through the TypePad problems to post it up! At the RNA Regency Day Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay did a fascinating presentation on Regency scents. A lot of the perfumes and colognes were not at all as I had imagined and some nowhere near as attractive to me as I had hoped (sandalwood!) They had some early Floris scents for us to try too. Wonderful!

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  37. Cara, what a super blog. Thank you for battling through the TypePad problems to post it up! At the RNA Regency Day Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay did a fascinating presentation on Regency scents. A lot of the perfumes and colognes were not at all as I had imagined and some nowhere near as attractive to me as I had hoped (sandalwood!) They had some early Floris scents for us to try too. Wonderful!

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  38. Cara, what a super blog. Thank you for battling through the TypePad problems to post it up! At the RNA Regency Day Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay did a fascinating presentation on Regency scents. A lot of the perfumes and colognes were not at all as I had imagined and some nowhere near as attractive to me as I had hoped (sandalwood!) They had some early Floris scents for us to try too. Wonderful!

    Reply
  39. Cara, what a super blog. Thank you for battling through the TypePad problems to post it up! At the RNA Regency Day Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay did a fascinating presentation on Regency scents. A lot of the perfumes and colognes were not at all as I had imagined and some nowhere near as attractive to me as I had hoped (sandalwood!) They had some early Floris scents for us to try too. Wonderful!

    Reply
  40. Cara, what a super blog. Thank you for battling through the TypePad problems to post it up! At the RNA Regency Day Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay did a fascinating presentation on Regency scents. A lot of the perfumes and colognes were not at all as I had imagined and some nowhere near as attractive to me as I had hoped (sandalwood!) They had some early Floris scents for us to try too. Wonderful!

    Reply
  41. Barbara, how fun that your Mom liked 4711. It’s considered a unisex scent, which may be why it’s so subtle. A lot of feminine fragrances are too strong for my taste (though I do also love Chanel #5.) so I really like the lemony-herby nuances of 4711.

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  42. Barbara, how fun that your Mom liked 4711. It’s considered a unisex scent, which may be why it’s so subtle. A lot of feminine fragrances are too strong for my taste (though I do also love Chanel #5.) so I really like the lemony-herby nuances of 4711.

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  43. Barbara, how fun that your Mom liked 4711. It’s considered a unisex scent, which may be why it’s so subtle. A lot of feminine fragrances are too strong for my taste (though I do also love Chanel #5.) so I really like the lemony-herby nuances of 4711.

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  44. Barbara, how fun that your Mom liked 4711. It’s considered a unisex scent, which may be why it’s so subtle. A lot of feminine fragrances are too strong for my taste (though I do also love Chanel #5.) so I really like the lemony-herby nuances of 4711.

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  45. Barbara, how fun that your Mom liked 4711. It’s considered a unisex scent, which may be why it’s so subtle. A lot of feminine fragrances are too strong for my taste (though I do also love Chanel #5.) so I really like the lemony-herby nuances of 4711.

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  46. Very interesting, Cara! Like Pat, I’m allergic to fragrances, so my husband gave up wearing them. And also like Pat, I’d love to have a lifestyle that allowed me to spend hours discussing them—or any topic dear to my heart.

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  47. Very interesting, Cara! Like Pat, I’m allergic to fragrances, so my husband gave up wearing them. And also like Pat, I’d love to have a lifestyle that allowed me to spend hours discussing them—or any topic dear to my heart.

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  48. Very interesting, Cara! Like Pat, I’m allergic to fragrances, so my husband gave up wearing them. And also like Pat, I’d love to have a lifestyle that allowed me to spend hours discussing them—or any topic dear to my heart.

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  49. Very interesting, Cara! Like Pat, I’m allergic to fragrances, so my husband gave up wearing them. And also like Pat, I’d love to have a lifestyle that allowed me to spend hours discussing them—or any topic dear to my heart.

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  50. Very interesting, Cara! Like Pat, I’m allergic to fragrances, so my husband gave up wearing them. And also like Pat, I’d love to have a lifestyle that allowed me to spend hours discussing them—or any topic dear to my heart.

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  51. Thanks for struggling through, Cara.
    It’s hard to comment about fragrances for men because as people say it’s all in the subtlety. If it can be detected from a foot or so away it’s too much, IMO. Just a little something that’s noticeable up close is nice.
    In the past they often stored clothing with herbs, especially lavender. Real lavender is lovely.
    Jo

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  52. Thanks for struggling through, Cara.
    It’s hard to comment about fragrances for men because as people say it’s all in the subtlety. If it can be detected from a foot or so away it’s too much, IMO. Just a little something that’s noticeable up close is nice.
    In the past they often stored clothing with herbs, especially lavender. Real lavender is lovely.
    Jo

    Reply
  53. Thanks for struggling through, Cara.
    It’s hard to comment about fragrances for men because as people say it’s all in the subtlety. If it can be detected from a foot or so away it’s too much, IMO. Just a little something that’s noticeable up close is nice.
    In the past they often stored clothing with herbs, especially lavender. Real lavender is lovely.
    Jo

    Reply
  54. Thanks for struggling through, Cara.
    It’s hard to comment about fragrances for men because as people say it’s all in the subtlety. If it can be detected from a foot or so away it’s too much, IMO. Just a little something that’s noticeable up close is nice.
    In the past they often stored clothing with herbs, especially lavender. Real lavender is lovely.
    Jo

    Reply
  55. Thanks for struggling through, Cara.
    It’s hard to comment about fragrances for men because as people say it’s all in the subtlety. If it can be detected from a foot or so away it’s too much, IMO. Just a little something that’s noticeable up close is nice.
    In the past they often stored clothing with herbs, especially lavender. Real lavender is lovely.
    Jo

    Reply
  56. Hi Cara. I adore Floris – one of my favorite shops in the world. I especially love the lily of the valley soap. My favorite women’s fragrance is Dior’s J’Adore (though that could change – it has in the past). For men, Floris No. 89 shaving soap is delish – very clean and subtle smell. I have been known to buy it for gentlemen of my acquaintance.

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  57. Hi Cara. I adore Floris – one of my favorite shops in the world. I especially love the lily of the valley soap. My favorite women’s fragrance is Dior’s J’Adore (though that could change – it has in the past). For men, Floris No. 89 shaving soap is delish – very clean and subtle smell. I have been known to buy it for gentlemen of my acquaintance.

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  58. Hi Cara. I adore Floris – one of my favorite shops in the world. I especially love the lily of the valley soap. My favorite women’s fragrance is Dior’s J’Adore (though that could change – it has in the past). For men, Floris No. 89 shaving soap is delish – very clean and subtle smell. I have been known to buy it for gentlemen of my acquaintance.

    Reply
  59. Hi Cara. I adore Floris – one of my favorite shops in the world. I especially love the lily of the valley soap. My favorite women’s fragrance is Dior’s J’Adore (though that could change – it has in the past). For men, Floris No. 89 shaving soap is delish – very clean and subtle smell. I have been known to buy it for gentlemen of my acquaintance.

    Reply
  60. Hi Cara. I adore Floris – one of my favorite shops in the world. I especially love the lily of the valley soap. My favorite women’s fragrance is Dior’s J’Adore (though that could change – it has in the past). For men, Floris No. 89 shaving soap is delish – very clean and subtle smell. I have been known to buy it for gentlemen of my acquaintance.

    Reply
  61. I have an acute sense of smell, which is a curse and a blessing. I adore perfumes and scented hand lotions. I love to wear perfume, but only at home where it won’t offend strangers. I seldom wear perfume or strong-smelling hand lotion in public. Wish others were as considerate!
    I used to work with a woman who did it right. She once told me she spritzed her perfume in the air, then ran through it. *g*
    I don’t mind scents on men, but only in moderation. I find it interesting that some scents I consider vile for myself, can smell divine on the right person. It must have something to do with the right combination of body chemistry and oils in the perfume.
    I used to wear Youth Dew, and I was always being complimented by strangers on how nice I smelled. (A sure sign you’re wearing too much perfume!) But I’ve smelled Youth Dew on others and it was overpowering and cloying. I now wear a custom, made-for-me-only perfume of lavender with a hint of patchouli. I discovered the perfumiers (a lovely couple from India–she has the most beautiful marcel-waved hair) at a farmer’s market by following my nose. In the hot summer air the scent of patchouli led me right to their booth where they sold hand-made soaps, lotions, and perfumes. Bliss!

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  62. I have an acute sense of smell, which is a curse and a blessing. I adore perfumes and scented hand lotions. I love to wear perfume, but only at home where it won’t offend strangers. I seldom wear perfume or strong-smelling hand lotion in public. Wish others were as considerate!
    I used to work with a woman who did it right. She once told me she spritzed her perfume in the air, then ran through it. *g*
    I don’t mind scents on men, but only in moderation. I find it interesting that some scents I consider vile for myself, can smell divine on the right person. It must have something to do with the right combination of body chemistry and oils in the perfume.
    I used to wear Youth Dew, and I was always being complimented by strangers on how nice I smelled. (A sure sign you’re wearing too much perfume!) But I’ve smelled Youth Dew on others and it was overpowering and cloying. I now wear a custom, made-for-me-only perfume of lavender with a hint of patchouli. I discovered the perfumiers (a lovely couple from India–she has the most beautiful marcel-waved hair) at a farmer’s market by following my nose. In the hot summer air the scent of patchouli led me right to their booth where they sold hand-made soaps, lotions, and perfumes. Bliss!

    Reply
  63. I have an acute sense of smell, which is a curse and a blessing. I adore perfumes and scented hand lotions. I love to wear perfume, but only at home where it won’t offend strangers. I seldom wear perfume or strong-smelling hand lotion in public. Wish others were as considerate!
    I used to work with a woman who did it right. She once told me she spritzed her perfume in the air, then ran through it. *g*
    I don’t mind scents on men, but only in moderation. I find it interesting that some scents I consider vile for myself, can smell divine on the right person. It must have something to do with the right combination of body chemistry and oils in the perfume.
    I used to wear Youth Dew, and I was always being complimented by strangers on how nice I smelled. (A sure sign you’re wearing too much perfume!) But I’ve smelled Youth Dew on others and it was overpowering and cloying. I now wear a custom, made-for-me-only perfume of lavender with a hint of patchouli. I discovered the perfumiers (a lovely couple from India–she has the most beautiful marcel-waved hair) at a farmer’s market by following my nose. In the hot summer air the scent of patchouli led me right to their booth where they sold hand-made soaps, lotions, and perfumes. Bliss!

    Reply
  64. I have an acute sense of smell, which is a curse and a blessing. I adore perfumes and scented hand lotions. I love to wear perfume, but only at home where it won’t offend strangers. I seldom wear perfume or strong-smelling hand lotion in public. Wish others were as considerate!
    I used to work with a woman who did it right. She once told me she spritzed her perfume in the air, then ran through it. *g*
    I don’t mind scents on men, but only in moderation. I find it interesting that some scents I consider vile for myself, can smell divine on the right person. It must have something to do with the right combination of body chemistry and oils in the perfume.
    I used to wear Youth Dew, and I was always being complimented by strangers on how nice I smelled. (A sure sign you’re wearing too much perfume!) But I’ve smelled Youth Dew on others and it was overpowering and cloying. I now wear a custom, made-for-me-only perfume of lavender with a hint of patchouli. I discovered the perfumiers (a lovely couple from India–she has the most beautiful marcel-waved hair) at a farmer’s market by following my nose. In the hot summer air the scent of patchouli led me right to their booth where they sold hand-made soaps, lotions, and perfumes. Bliss!

    Reply
  65. I have an acute sense of smell, which is a curse and a blessing. I adore perfumes and scented hand lotions. I love to wear perfume, but only at home where it won’t offend strangers. I seldom wear perfume or strong-smelling hand lotion in public. Wish others were as considerate!
    I used to work with a woman who did it right. She once told me she spritzed her perfume in the air, then ran through it. *g*
    I don’t mind scents on men, but only in moderation. I find it interesting that some scents I consider vile for myself, can smell divine on the right person. It must have something to do with the right combination of body chemistry and oils in the perfume.
    I used to wear Youth Dew, and I was always being complimented by strangers on how nice I smelled. (A sure sign you’re wearing too much perfume!) But I’ve smelled Youth Dew on others and it was overpowering and cloying. I now wear a custom, made-for-me-only perfume of lavender with a hint of patchouli. I discovered the perfumiers (a lovely couple from India–she has the most beautiful marcel-waved hair) at a farmer’s market by following my nose. In the hot summer air the scent of patchouli led me right to their booth where they sold hand-made soaps, lotions, and perfumes. Bliss!

    Reply
  66. What a wonderful post! Now I want to visit the shop and marvel over it. *g* I never wear perfume, but I love bath oils and soaps with lovely scents, in particular L’Occcitane and Crabtree & Evelyn. We took a cruise on a French ship last year, and all the toiletries were from L’Occitane. Their verbena and citrus verbena are to die for!

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  67. What a wonderful post! Now I want to visit the shop and marvel over it. *g* I never wear perfume, but I love bath oils and soaps with lovely scents, in particular L’Occcitane and Crabtree & Evelyn. We took a cruise on a French ship last year, and all the toiletries were from L’Occitane. Their verbena and citrus verbena are to die for!

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  68. What a wonderful post! Now I want to visit the shop and marvel over it. *g* I never wear perfume, but I love bath oils and soaps with lovely scents, in particular L’Occcitane and Crabtree & Evelyn. We took a cruise on a French ship last year, and all the toiletries were from L’Occitane. Their verbena and citrus verbena are to die for!

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  69. What a wonderful post! Now I want to visit the shop and marvel over it. *g* I never wear perfume, but I love bath oils and soaps with lovely scents, in particular L’Occcitane and Crabtree & Evelyn. We took a cruise on a French ship last year, and all the toiletries were from L’Occitane. Their verbena and citrus verbena are to die for!

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  70. What a wonderful post! Now I want to visit the shop and marvel over it. *g* I never wear perfume, but I love bath oils and soaps with lovely scents, in particular L’Occcitane and Crabtree & Evelyn. We took a cruise on a French ship last year, and all the toiletries were from L’Occitane. Their verbena and citrus verbena are to die for!

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  76. Sherrie, you are so right about body chemistry affecting fragrance. I have a good friend who adores Chanel #5 but claims she can’t wear it because it smells like motor oil on her.
    How lucky to have discovered your own private perfumers. The lavender -patchouli sounds divine!

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  77. Sherrie, you are so right about body chemistry affecting fragrance. I have a good friend who adores Chanel #5 but claims she can’t wear it because it smells like motor oil on her.
    How lucky to have discovered your own private perfumers. The lavender -patchouli sounds divine!

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  78. Sherrie, you are so right about body chemistry affecting fragrance. I have a good friend who adores Chanel #5 but claims she can’t wear it because it smells like motor oil on her.
    How lucky to have discovered your own private perfumers. The lavender -patchouli sounds divine!

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  79. Sherrie, you are so right about body chemistry affecting fragrance. I have a good friend who adores Chanel #5 but claims she can’t wear it because it smells like motor oil on her.
    How lucky to have discovered your own private perfumers. The lavender -patchouli sounds divine!

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  80. Sherrie, you are so right about body chemistry affecting fragrance. I have a good friend who adores Chanel #5 but claims she can’t wear it because it smells like motor oil on her.
    How lucky to have discovered your own private perfumers. The lavender -patchouli sounds divine!

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  81. I tend to enjoy more of the men’s fragrances than women’s. A lot of perfumes that women wear, I find overpowering and have to get away, but I do like to (discreetly) sniff men wearing a nice aftershave. I suspected I imprinted early on my dad, who always smelled wonderful, so now I find it attractive in a man. Not always, of course, but put me in the group who enjoy the fragrance of a good aftershave.
    Nicola, that RNA Regency perfume demo put on by Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay sounds marvelous. Wish I’d been there.

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  82. I tend to enjoy more of the men’s fragrances than women’s. A lot of perfumes that women wear, I find overpowering and have to get away, but I do like to (discreetly) sniff men wearing a nice aftershave. I suspected I imprinted early on my dad, who always smelled wonderful, so now I find it attractive in a man. Not always, of course, but put me in the group who enjoy the fragrance of a good aftershave.
    Nicola, that RNA Regency perfume demo put on by Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay sounds marvelous. Wish I’d been there.

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  83. I tend to enjoy more of the men’s fragrances than women’s. A lot of perfumes that women wear, I find overpowering and have to get away, but I do like to (discreetly) sniff men wearing a nice aftershave. I suspected I imprinted early on my dad, who always smelled wonderful, so now I find it attractive in a man. Not always, of course, but put me in the group who enjoy the fragrance of a good aftershave.
    Nicola, that RNA Regency perfume demo put on by Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay sounds marvelous. Wish I’d been there.

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  84. I tend to enjoy more of the men’s fragrances than women’s. A lot of perfumes that women wear, I find overpowering and have to get away, but I do like to (discreetly) sniff men wearing a nice aftershave. I suspected I imprinted early on my dad, who always smelled wonderful, so now I find it attractive in a man. Not always, of course, but put me in the group who enjoy the fragrance of a good aftershave.
    Nicola, that RNA Regency perfume demo put on by Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay sounds marvelous. Wish I’d been there.

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  85. I tend to enjoy more of the men’s fragrances than women’s. A lot of perfumes that women wear, I find overpowering and have to get away, but I do like to (discreetly) sniff men wearing a nice aftershave. I suspected I imprinted early on my dad, who always smelled wonderful, so now I find it attractive in a man. Not always, of course, but put me in the group who enjoy the fragrance of a good aftershave.
    Nicola, that RNA Regency perfume demo put on by Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay sounds marvelous. Wish I’d been there.

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  86. Like some of the others I’m sensitive to perfumes, most of the affect me painfully. Also, whatever makes me sensitive seems to turn most perfumes into something that smell far worse than motor oil; more like a cross between something a dog rolled in and a pigsty!
    But if it is subtle, I do like perfume on others.
    Because of my sensitivities, my husband does not wear scents.

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  87. Like some of the others I’m sensitive to perfumes, most of the affect me painfully. Also, whatever makes me sensitive seems to turn most perfumes into something that smell far worse than motor oil; more like a cross between something a dog rolled in and a pigsty!
    But if it is subtle, I do like perfume on others.
    Because of my sensitivities, my husband does not wear scents.

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  88. Like some of the others I’m sensitive to perfumes, most of the affect me painfully. Also, whatever makes me sensitive seems to turn most perfumes into something that smell far worse than motor oil; more like a cross between something a dog rolled in and a pigsty!
    But if it is subtle, I do like perfume on others.
    Because of my sensitivities, my husband does not wear scents.

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  89. Like some of the others I’m sensitive to perfumes, most of the affect me painfully. Also, whatever makes me sensitive seems to turn most perfumes into something that smell far worse than motor oil; more like a cross between something a dog rolled in and a pigsty!
    But if it is subtle, I do like perfume on others.
    Because of my sensitivities, my husband does not wear scents.

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  90. Like some of the others I’m sensitive to perfumes, most of the affect me painfully. Also, whatever makes me sensitive seems to turn most perfumes into something that smell far worse than motor oil; more like a cross between something a dog rolled in and a pigsty!
    But if it is subtle, I do like perfume on others.
    Because of my sensitivities, my husband does not wear scents.

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  91. My husband was never one to wear a cologne until he went to the Philippines with a friend of his on a mission trip. The friend (who is Filipino) convinced him to try a few fragrances and Polo smelled very good on him. Unfortunately, after a couple of months he started breaking out with a rash from it and had to stop…oh well, I love him with just clean soap smell, too.
    I wear Chanel #5 and have for years, but there are a lot of perfumes that gag me (especially when my patients are wearing so much that I can smell it in the hallway after they have walked through. Many scents give me a headache (scented candles, etc.) and I am a Dermatologist and see many allergic reactions to fragrances. I agree with Cara: subtle is always the best choice!

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  92. My husband was never one to wear a cologne until he went to the Philippines with a friend of his on a mission trip. The friend (who is Filipino) convinced him to try a few fragrances and Polo smelled very good on him. Unfortunately, after a couple of months he started breaking out with a rash from it and had to stop…oh well, I love him with just clean soap smell, too.
    I wear Chanel #5 and have for years, but there are a lot of perfumes that gag me (especially when my patients are wearing so much that I can smell it in the hallway after they have walked through. Many scents give me a headache (scented candles, etc.) and I am a Dermatologist and see many allergic reactions to fragrances. I agree with Cara: subtle is always the best choice!

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  93. My husband was never one to wear a cologne until he went to the Philippines with a friend of his on a mission trip. The friend (who is Filipino) convinced him to try a few fragrances and Polo smelled very good on him. Unfortunately, after a couple of months he started breaking out with a rash from it and had to stop…oh well, I love him with just clean soap smell, too.
    I wear Chanel #5 and have for years, but there are a lot of perfumes that gag me (especially when my patients are wearing so much that I can smell it in the hallway after they have walked through. Many scents give me a headache (scented candles, etc.) and I am a Dermatologist and see many allergic reactions to fragrances. I agree with Cara: subtle is always the best choice!

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  94. My husband was never one to wear a cologne until he went to the Philippines with a friend of his on a mission trip. The friend (who is Filipino) convinced him to try a few fragrances and Polo smelled very good on him. Unfortunately, after a couple of months he started breaking out with a rash from it and had to stop…oh well, I love him with just clean soap smell, too.
    I wear Chanel #5 and have for years, but there are a lot of perfumes that gag me (especially when my patients are wearing so much that I can smell it in the hallway after they have walked through. Many scents give me a headache (scented candles, etc.) and I am a Dermatologist and see many allergic reactions to fragrances. I agree with Cara: subtle is always the best choice!

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  95. My husband was never one to wear a cologne until he went to the Philippines with a friend of his on a mission trip. The friend (who is Filipino) convinced him to try a few fragrances and Polo smelled very good on him. Unfortunately, after a couple of months he started breaking out with a rash from it and had to stop…oh well, I love him with just clean soap smell, too.
    I wear Chanel #5 and have for years, but there are a lot of perfumes that gag me (especially when my patients are wearing so much that I can smell it in the hallway after they have walked through. Many scents give me a headache (scented candles, etc.) and I am a Dermatologist and see many allergic reactions to fragrances. I agree with Cara: subtle is always the best choice!

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  96. I am also sensitive to perfumes, especially floral ones. The hayfever is a real ‘killer’. As for men using scent, cologne is OK if very subtle, but if I am going to sneeze the whole time, I would rather they didn’t use any. 4711, however is lovely, citrus, and good for a headache.

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  97. I am also sensitive to perfumes, especially floral ones. The hayfever is a real ‘killer’. As for men using scent, cologne is OK if very subtle, but if I am going to sneeze the whole time, I would rather they didn’t use any. 4711, however is lovely, citrus, and good for a headache.

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  98. I am also sensitive to perfumes, especially floral ones. The hayfever is a real ‘killer’. As for men using scent, cologne is OK if very subtle, but if I am going to sneeze the whole time, I would rather they didn’t use any. 4711, however is lovely, citrus, and good for a headache.

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  99. I am also sensitive to perfumes, especially floral ones. The hayfever is a real ‘killer’. As for men using scent, cologne is OK if very subtle, but if I am going to sneeze the whole time, I would rather they didn’t use any. 4711, however is lovely, citrus, and good for a headache.

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  100. I am also sensitive to perfumes, especially floral ones. The hayfever is a real ‘killer’. As for men using scent, cologne is OK if very subtle, but if I am going to sneeze the whole time, I would rather they didn’t use any. 4711, however is lovely, citrus, and good for a headache.

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  101. C. Allyn, I may not be allergic to some scents, but an overpowering perfume does make me feel a little ill. It’s intrusive, and sort of defeats the whole point of fragrance—-which IMO is to add a mysterious little allure to your person, not bludgeon those near you with a scent sledgehammer.

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  102. C. Allyn, I may not be allergic to some scents, but an overpowering perfume does make me feel a little ill. It’s intrusive, and sort of defeats the whole point of fragrance—-which IMO is to add a mysterious little allure to your person, not bludgeon those near you with a scent sledgehammer.

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  103. C. Allyn, I may not be allergic to some scents, but an overpowering perfume does make me feel a little ill. It’s intrusive, and sort of defeats the whole point of fragrance—-which IMO is to add a mysterious little allure to your person, not bludgeon those near you with a scent sledgehammer.

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  104. C. Allyn, I may not be allergic to some scents, but an overpowering perfume does make me feel a little ill. It’s intrusive, and sort of defeats the whole point of fragrance—-which IMO is to add a mysterious little allure to your person, not bludgeon those near you with a scent sledgehammer.

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  105. C. Allyn, I may not be allergic to some scents, but an overpowering perfume does make me feel a little ill. It’s intrusive, and sort of defeats the whole point of fragrance—-which IMO is to add a mysterious little allure to your person, not bludgeon those near you with a scent sledgehammer.

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  106. Like a lot of the others here I have allergies to scents. I spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect scent that I like and can tolerate having on for more than 5 minutes. For a man I like something very light, so that they smell clean and fresh not as if they have cologne on at all. I have also spent a lot of time finding a fragrance for my husband that I like. It seems we always want something that we can not have. 🙂

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  107. Like a lot of the others here I have allergies to scents. I spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect scent that I like and can tolerate having on for more than 5 minutes. For a man I like something very light, so that they smell clean and fresh not as if they have cologne on at all. I have also spent a lot of time finding a fragrance for my husband that I like. It seems we always want something that we can not have. 🙂

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  108. Like a lot of the others here I have allergies to scents. I spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect scent that I like and can tolerate having on for more than 5 minutes. For a man I like something very light, so that they smell clean and fresh not as if they have cologne on at all. I have also spent a lot of time finding a fragrance for my husband that I like. It seems we always want something that we can not have. 🙂

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  109. Like a lot of the others here I have allergies to scents. I spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect scent that I like and can tolerate having on for more than 5 minutes. For a man I like something very light, so that they smell clean and fresh not as if they have cologne on at all. I have also spent a lot of time finding a fragrance for my husband that I like. It seems we always want something that we can not have. 🙂

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  110. Like a lot of the others here I have allergies to scents. I spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect scent that I like and can tolerate having on for more than 5 minutes. For a man I like something very light, so that they smell clean and fresh not as if they have cologne on at all. I have also spent a lot of time finding a fragrance for my husband that I like. It seems we always want something that we can not have. 🙂

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  111. Fascinating post Cara — I love how much of the eighteenth century survives in London!
    I’m with Anne Gracie – I tend to prefer men’s perfumes to those made for women. I carry that to its logical conclusion – for several years the only perfumes I have worn were sold for men. But I use very little – mainly just enough for me to smell on my skin!
    I always wonder at the logic of perfumes designed “for men” – who are they intended to please? The women who will smell them on the man and like them, or the men who might buy them? If the perceptions of perfume by men and women are different, how is this dichotomy overcome?

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  112. Fascinating post Cara — I love how much of the eighteenth century survives in London!
    I’m with Anne Gracie – I tend to prefer men’s perfumes to those made for women. I carry that to its logical conclusion – for several years the only perfumes I have worn were sold for men. But I use very little – mainly just enough for me to smell on my skin!
    I always wonder at the logic of perfumes designed “for men” – who are they intended to please? The women who will smell them on the man and like them, or the men who might buy them? If the perceptions of perfume by men and women are different, how is this dichotomy overcome?

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  113. Fascinating post Cara — I love how much of the eighteenth century survives in London!
    I’m with Anne Gracie – I tend to prefer men’s perfumes to those made for women. I carry that to its logical conclusion – for several years the only perfumes I have worn were sold for men. But I use very little – mainly just enough for me to smell on my skin!
    I always wonder at the logic of perfumes designed “for men” – who are they intended to please? The women who will smell them on the man and like them, or the men who might buy them? If the perceptions of perfume by men and women are different, how is this dichotomy overcome?

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  114. Fascinating post Cara — I love how much of the eighteenth century survives in London!
    I’m with Anne Gracie – I tend to prefer men’s perfumes to those made for women. I carry that to its logical conclusion – for several years the only perfumes I have worn were sold for men. But I use very little – mainly just enough for me to smell on my skin!
    I always wonder at the logic of perfumes designed “for men” – who are they intended to please? The women who will smell them on the man and like them, or the men who might buy them? If the perceptions of perfume by men and women are different, how is this dichotomy overcome?

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  115. Fascinating post Cara — I love how much of the eighteenth century survives in London!
    I’m with Anne Gracie – I tend to prefer men’s perfumes to those made for women. I carry that to its logical conclusion – for several years the only perfumes I have worn were sold for men. But I use very little – mainly just enough for me to smell on my skin!
    I always wonder at the logic of perfumes designed “for men” – who are they intended to please? The women who will smell them on the man and like them, or the men who might buy them? If the perceptions of perfume by men and women are different, how is this dichotomy overcome?

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  116. A fascinating point, HJ. I, too, find myself sniffing men’s fragrances with the idea of wearing them too—because if I really like them, why wouldn’t I want to smell like that! (I do like catching a whiff of the sent I’m wearing.) It actually makes sense to me, and as I’ve said in earlier answers, I find a lot of women’s scents way too “froo-froo” for me. I think we we polled a general swath of the population, we would find a lot of women feel the same way.
    I notice on their website that Floris mentions that s number of its fragrances are worn by both men and women.

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  117. A fascinating point, HJ. I, too, find myself sniffing men’s fragrances with the idea of wearing them too—because if I really like them, why wouldn’t I want to smell like that! (I do like catching a whiff of the sent I’m wearing.) It actually makes sense to me, and as I’ve said in earlier answers, I find a lot of women’s scents way too “froo-froo” for me. I think we we polled a general swath of the population, we would find a lot of women feel the same way.
    I notice on their website that Floris mentions that s number of its fragrances are worn by both men and women.

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  118. A fascinating point, HJ. I, too, find myself sniffing men’s fragrances with the idea of wearing them too—because if I really like them, why wouldn’t I want to smell like that! (I do like catching a whiff of the sent I’m wearing.) It actually makes sense to me, and as I’ve said in earlier answers, I find a lot of women’s scents way too “froo-froo” for me. I think we we polled a general swath of the population, we would find a lot of women feel the same way.
    I notice on their website that Floris mentions that s number of its fragrances are worn by both men and women.

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  119. A fascinating point, HJ. I, too, find myself sniffing men’s fragrances with the idea of wearing them too—because if I really like them, why wouldn’t I want to smell like that! (I do like catching a whiff of the sent I’m wearing.) It actually makes sense to me, and as I’ve said in earlier answers, I find a lot of women’s scents way too “froo-froo” for me. I think we we polled a general swath of the population, we would find a lot of women feel the same way.
    I notice on their website that Floris mentions that s number of its fragrances are worn by both men and women.

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  120. A fascinating point, HJ. I, too, find myself sniffing men’s fragrances with the idea of wearing them too—because if I really like them, why wouldn’t I want to smell like that! (I do like catching a whiff of the sent I’m wearing.) It actually makes sense to me, and as I’ve said in earlier answers, I find a lot of women’s scents way too “froo-froo” for me. I think we we polled a general swath of the population, we would find a lot of women feel the same way.
    I notice on their website that Floris mentions that s number of its fragrances are worn by both men and women.

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  121. I’m sensitive to perfumes too (asthmatic). I work at a department store, close enough to smell all the fragrances and cosmetics. Like many of you, the women’s fragrances are too heavy for my nose. In fact, a couple of weeks ago, we had a fragrances worker in our department offering samples of Guess women’s–and every time she sprayed it, I sneezed.
    I stick to Victoria’s Secret’s Lovespell. It’s floral, but light and sweet.

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  122. I’m sensitive to perfumes too (asthmatic). I work at a department store, close enough to smell all the fragrances and cosmetics. Like many of you, the women’s fragrances are too heavy for my nose. In fact, a couple of weeks ago, we had a fragrances worker in our department offering samples of Guess women’s–and every time she sprayed it, I sneezed.
    I stick to Victoria’s Secret’s Lovespell. It’s floral, but light and sweet.

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  123. I’m sensitive to perfumes too (asthmatic). I work at a department store, close enough to smell all the fragrances and cosmetics. Like many of you, the women’s fragrances are too heavy for my nose. In fact, a couple of weeks ago, we had a fragrances worker in our department offering samples of Guess women’s–and every time she sprayed it, I sneezed.
    I stick to Victoria’s Secret’s Lovespell. It’s floral, but light and sweet.

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  124. I’m sensitive to perfumes too (asthmatic). I work at a department store, close enough to smell all the fragrances and cosmetics. Like many of you, the women’s fragrances are too heavy for my nose. In fact, a couple of weeks ago, we had a fragrances worker in our department offering samples of Guess women’s–and every time she sprayed it, I sneezed.
    I stick to Victoria’s Secret’s Lovespell. It’s floral, but light and sweet.

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  125. I’m sensitive to perfumes too (asthmatic). I work at a department store, close enough to smell all the fragrances and cosmetics. Like many of you, the women’s fragrances are too heavy for my nose. In fact, a couple of weeks ago, we had a fragrances worker in our department offering samples of Guess women’s–and every time she sprayed it, I sneezed.
    I stick to Victoria’s Secret’s Lovespell. It’s floral, but light and sweet.

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  126. I always like to spritz on a little whenever I’m going out – I like a lite scent – I’ve got some from Victoria Secret, some White Linen, and an old favorite Madame Roche.

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  127. I always like to spritz on a little whenever I’m going out – I like a lite scent – I’ve got some from Victoria Secret, some White Linen, and an old favorite Madame Roche.

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  128. I always like to spritz on a little whenever I’m going out – I like a lite scent – I’ve got some from Victoria Secret, some White Linen, and an old favorite Madame Roche.

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  129. I always like to spritz on a little whenever I’m going out – I like a lite scent – I’ve got some from Victoria Secret, some White Linen, and an old favorite Madame Roche.

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  130. I always like to spritz on a little whenever I’m going out – I like a lite scent – I’ve got some from Victoria Secret, some White Linen, and an old favorite Madame Roche.

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  131. Hi. I’m of two minds about fragrance. Most women wear too much, esp the heavy ‘oily’ scents. I wear mostly lavender-based fragrances myself but I got out of the habit of wearing any scent due to many yrs working in a cube farm, close to others. You can’t complain about someone’s Opium if you are wearing scent yourself! BO and other effluvient smells are bad enough. Now that I’m out of office life I’m back to lavender, but I must be careful to be unscented on my tai chi practice days. I feel the same way about men’s fragrances, but oh! One of the few nice men I worked for was single and had a cuddly quality to his personality. His mom and sisters kept him supplied with the sexiest men’s cologne! I never noticed it on him, precisely, but if he used my phone I was giddy the rest of the day!

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  132. Hi. I’m of two minds about fragrance. Most women wear too much, esp the heavy ‘oily’ scents. I wear mostly lavender-based fragrances myself but I got out of the habit of wearing any scent due to many yrs working in a cube farm, close to others. You can’t complain about someone’s Opium if you are wearing scent yourself! BO and other effluvient smells are bad enough. Now that I’m out of office life I’m back to lavender, but I must be careful to be unscented on my tai chi practice days. I feel the same way about men’s fragrances, but oh! One of the few nice men I worked for was single and had a cuddly quality to his personality. His mom and sisters kept him supplied with the sexiest men’s cologne! I never noticed it on him, precisely, but if he used my phone I was giddy the rest of the day!

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  133. Hi. I’m of two minds about fragrance. Most women wear too much, esp the heavy ‘oily’ scents. I wear mostly lavender-based fragrances myself but I got out of the habit of wearing any scent due to many yrs working in a cube farm, close to others. You can’t complain about someone’s Opium if you are wearing scent yourself! BO and other effluvient smells are bad enough. Now that I’m out of office life I’m back to lavender, but I must be careful to be unscented on my tai chi practice days. I feel the same way about men’s fragrances, but oh! One of the few nice men I worked for was single and had a cuddly quality to his personality. His mom and sisters kept him supplied with the sexiest men’s cologne! I never noticed it on him, precisely, but if he used my phone I was giddy the rest of the day!

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  134. Hi. I’m of two minds about fragrance. Most women wear too much, esp the heavy ‘oily’ scents. I wear mostly lavender-based fragrances myself but I got out of the habit of wearing any scent due to many yrs working in a cube farm, close to others. You can’t complain about someone’s Opium if you are wearing scent yourself! BO and other effluvient smells are bad enough. Now that I’m out of office life I’m back to lavender, but I must be careful to be unscented on my tai chi practice days. I feel the same way about men’s fragrances, but oh! One of the few nice men I worked for was single and had a cuddly quality to his personality. His mom and sisters kept him supplied with the sexiest men’s cologne! I never noticed it on him, precisely, but if he used my phone I was giddy the rest of the day!

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  135. Hi. I’m of two minds about fragrance. Most women wear too much, esp the heavy ‘oily’ scents. I wear mostly lavender-based fragrances myself but I got out of the habit of wearing any scent due to many yrs working in a cube farm, close to others. You can’t complain about someone’s Opium if you are wearing scent yourself! BO and other effluvient smells are bad enough. Now that I’m out of office life I’m back to lavender, but I must be careful to be unscented on my tai chi practice days. I feel the same way about men’s fragrances, but oh! One of the few nice men I worked for was single and had a cuddly quality to his personality. His mom and sisters kept him supplied with the sexiest men’s cologne! I never noticed it on him, precisely, but if he used my phone I was giddy the rest of the day!

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  136. I am not a big fan of scents on men either however, a very subtle scent can be nice. Great question HJ on who scents are suppose to please.
    I have worn one scent off and on since I was in university as I wanted to create a persona with my scent. I chose Beautiful. Which i still really like. Just don’t like the name as I have had a few men ask me what type of perfume I wear as they want to get it for their girlfriend , wife and I dislike saying it is Beautiful. Just a weird name to me.
    My Mom wore Chanel #5 and I always think of her when I smell that blended with a bit of milky tea. Sounds weird but smells are such amazing memory triggers… i am sure they release also sorts of good and bad hormones in our bodies. ( depending on the memory)
    Great blog and and I am envious Nicola about having the chance to smell these things. Sandlewood sounds sexy but not? !

    Reply
  137. I am not a big fan of scents on men either however, a very subtle scent can be nice. Great question HJ on who scents are suppose to please.
    I have worn one scent off and on since I was in university as I wanted to create a persona with my scent. I chose Beautiful. Which i still really like. Just don’t like the name as I have had a few men ask me what type of perfume I wear as they want to get it for their girlfriend , wife and I dislike saying it is Beautiful. Just a weird name to me.
    My Mom wore Chanel #5 and I always think of her when I smell that blended with a bit of milky tea. Sounds weird but smells are such amazing memory triggers… i am sure they release also sorts of good and bad hormones in our bodies. ( depending on the memory)
    Great blog and and I am envious Nicola about having the chance to smell these things. Sandlewood sounds sexy but not? !

    Reply
  138. I am not a big fan of scents on men either however, a very subtle scent can be nice. Great question HJ on who scents are suppose to please.
    I have worn one scent off and on since I was in university as I wanted to create a persona with my scent. I chose Beautiful. Which i still really like. Just don’t like the name as I have had a few men ask me what type of perfume I wear as they want to get it for their girlfriend , wife and I dislike saying it is Beautiful. Just a weird name to me.
    My Mom wore Chanel #5 and I always think of her when I smell that blended with a bit of milky tea. Sounds weird but smells are such amazing memory triggers… i am sure they release also sorts of good and bad hormones in our bodies. ( depending on the memory)
    Great blog and and I am envious Nicola about having the chance to smell these things. Sandlewood sounds sexy but not? !

    Reply
  139. I am not a big fan of scents on men either however, a very subtle scent can be nice. Great question HJ on who scents are suppose to please.
    I have worn one scent off and on since I was in university as I wanted to create a persona with my scent. I chose Beautiful. Which i still really like. Just don’t like the name as I have had a few men ask me what type of perfume I wear as they want to get it for their girlfriend , wife and I dislike saying it is Beautiful. Just a weird name to me.
    My Mom wore Chanel #5 and I always think of her when I smell that blended with a bit of milky tea. Sounds weird but smells are such amazing memory triggers… i am sure they release also sorts of good and bad hormones in our bodies. ( depending on the memory)
    Great blog and and I am envious Nicola about having the chance to smell these things. Sandlewood sounds sexy but not? !

    Reply
  140. I am not a big fan of scents on men either however, a very subtle scent can be nice. Great question HJ on who scents are suppose to please.
    I have worn one scent off and on since I was in university as I wanted to create a persona with my scent. I chose Beautiful. Which i still really like. Just don’t like the name as I have had a few men ask me what type of perfume I wear as they want to get it for their girlfriend , wife and I dislike saying it is Beautiful. Just a weird name to me.
    My Mom wore Chanel #5 and I always think of her when I smell that blended with a bit of milky tea. Sounds weird but smells are such amazing memory triggers… i am sure they release also sorts of good and bad hormones in our bodies. ( depending on the memory)
    Great blog and and I am envious Nicola about having the chance to smell these things. Sandlewood sounds sexy but not? !

    Reply

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