It seems like every single one of my posts on here starts with me introducing you to yet another quirk of my nose. I don’t want let any of you down, so I’ll just continue. Sometimes I like to wear fragrances that you, luckyscent, your grandmother, the counter attendant at Macy’s, and pretty much everyone else consider feminine when spritzed on paper. I absolutely hate the marketing of a fragrance toward a man or woman specifically. I guess I can thank my coming of age in the days of CK One for that. Musette’s mention of men wearing Fracas helped me feel much more comfortable writing this post. (Thanks!!!)
Tuberose is a note that most associate with feminine fragrances and I think bulk of perfumes heavy in tuberose are marketed toward women. Bond No 9 Saks en Rose, Frederic Malle Carnal Flower, and Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle get plenty of play on my skin. I get more compliments while wearing Saks en Rose than most of my “men’s” fragrances. I’ve only had one person ever confuse a tuberose I was wearing for being on a female in my vicinity.
Jasmine is also a love of mine; not shocking to anyone who read my Mother’s Day post, I’m sure. I just HAD to spritz myself with a little of my Mother’s Serge Lutens Sarrasins before I headed home after Mother’s Day. While standing in line at the gas station about halfway home, a woman in line said I smelled “fantastic.” Considering I don’t have strangers randomly mention my fragrance to me without it being brought up in conversation, I felt pretty solid about being able to pull it off.
And finally, my love of Orientals knows no gender bounds, I’ve been sniffed wearing vintage Opium, a few of the Amouage Woman perfumes, and most recently a new love of mine: Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale. I’ve never understood what makes one fragrance that smells like a soukh, apple pie, or spice cabinet more masculine or feminine than another.
So if you’re a man, wear your “women’s” fragrances proudly, and if you’re a woman, maybe spritz a favorite of yours on the Significant Other and see what you both think. While I don’t want to smell like a giant bouquet of flowers on a sunny May day, there are plenty of other fragrances marketed toward women that I absolutely adore. Now that it’s all out in the open, I think I’ll put on some Fracas and wear it proudly.