Speaking of "sexy” (per your last Perfume Pen Pals),
I am just curious as to which perfumes actual guys think are sexy. I want to buy something that says, "Hello kind Sir, could you please be a dear and f$&! me...."
What do real, hairy, sweaty, smelly guys like? Is it the sweet candy-ness of a Victoria's Secret perfume or something more spicy-ish? I like certain perfumes but some guy friends of mine say they are too "old lady / grandma.” Thanks for your input on this!!
Stefanie, when it comes to encouraging a fellow to f$&! a lady, one needs to spend exactly zero dollars on perfume. Especially you, with those proper debutante manners of yours. “Kind Sir,” indeed!
But I smell what you're spraying, here: you want to cut through the horse pucky and PR bumf and line up some sure-fire hornifyin' fumes. 'Cause it's always fun to have your beautiful perfume trigger a Dance of the Seven Veils in a guy's head on your behalf, while all you're actually doing in real life is standing there, innocently engaging in demure small talk.
The problem is, asking menfolk “what is a sexy perfume?” will get you as many answers as asking them “what is a good food?”. Not only are there generational differences (as you've experienced with those uncultured galoots calling your lovely perfumes “too grandma”), but on top of that, there are endless variations on preferences, all formed by personal tastes and experiences.
One person's “obvious” sexy perfume can be a big fat “huh?” to another. Take the man who once tweeted me rather testily, “I don’t like perfume on anyone. What’s wrong with a light smell of strawberries for the ladies?”
Uh, sure -- you mean the light smell of strawberries that comes as a factory preset on the FemBot XD5000? FemBot's vinyl skin is soooo lifelike, too.
In Fruit Dude's version of the world, the most desirable women don't wear perfume. They simply naturally exude the smell of strawberries. Or perhaps they've tucked a Little Trees Car Freshener into their lingerie drawer?
On different tack, did you see Junelady's comment on the last post about how Armani Acqua di Gio triggers Pavlovian lust in her no matter who wears it, owing to imprinting from an old AdG-wearing flame? The take-away here is: whatever random fragrance an early beloved wore, wins! Which is an exceedingly hit-or-miss way to try and strike a person's olfactory fancy.
Jeez, all you're trying to do is to work a little “to smell me is to love me” mojo on attractive strangers, and it turns out you're up against what saucy Dee Dee Cox wore back in the 8th grade. Or what Great-Aunt Bernice used to spray on her truss to disguise the smell of joint liniment.
Before we twist our brains into a Krazy Straw trying to second, third and fourth-guess what real, hairy, sweaty, smelly guys like in a perfume, let's ask said guys to try this thought experiment:
Scarlett Johansson walks up to you in a club, drenched in Youth Dew/Mitsouko/Clinique Elixir/Grandma Perfume of Choice. She smiles tentatively and asks if you know the name of the song that's playing. Do you
a) shrug, irritated, then turn away. Dang, Scarlett smells like my Nana!
b) try not to make cartoon “Ka-HOO-gah” eyes while attempting to absorb “pretty...lady...talking...to...me....” Oh, she was wearing perfume, you say?
It's b), duh. Point being, if Wolfie is on your wavelength, he's already digging the You Pu-Pu Platter, perfume and all. Your favorite perfume is now his favorite perfume.
So let's review. Actual guys find the following perfumes sexy:
a) Strawberry ones.
b) Whatever saucy Dee Dee Cox wore in the 8th grade.
c) Whatever the pretty lady currently talking to them is wearing.
Which is an elaborate way of saying “everything”. And before I waste any more of your time, Stefanie, I'd like to throw it over to any blokey blokes out there (and the women who love them) to name names on their favorite hubba-hubba fumes.
I'll kick it off with an exchange I had with an actual guy, Perfume Pen Pal Dan Rolleri:
I love what vuvie wrote about Burberry Brit Sheer on MakeupAlley:
“So for all the guys who love the way I smell and couldn't wait to undress me, here's what's making you stupid:
yuzu, mandarin, pineapple leaves, lychee, grapes, peony, peach blossom, sweet pea, nashi pear, white musk and amyris wood.”
The poor saps on Basenotes are still searching for the one perfect scent that will make women want to undress them. (I think it's now a permanent subject in the male section.)
It's so much easier for women. Maybe it has more to do with being a woman. Maybe she's giving Burberry too much credit.
My favorite scent on my ex was this supposedly scentless gel she'd wear on her face at night that smelled like peat moss. No yuzu in that, I'm pretty sure.
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