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Jul. 16th, 2008

I have this thing about smelling bad, and for certain events I will wear cologne; I think it's a nice bit of spice to the sensual. I have a small family of colognes that I like for different reasons, and I do try to keep it down to a "personal space" level.

None of those scents is Axe Body Spray. Axe is something you can successfully wear when you're fourteen and so hip that hip ain't hip, but when you're thirty-something, dude, it's just wrong. It's like seeing an attractive woman, getting close and realizing that she smells like bubble gum. It's a winkie-shrinker that one. That or baby powder, yeesh.

There are scents that I love on a woman. I won't tell you all of them because that's just a secret now, innit, but I'll give you a few:

Cedar. My lovely redheaded friend has a cedar cabinet that she keeps some of her clothes in, and the faintest scent of it lingers, warm in the air just around her, so only when you get close enough do you catch it. It's earthy and natural, but somehow starkly intimate and sensual. She wears that well.

Sandalwood. Sparingly. It should be an underscent of something else. It tends to make it more complex, and goes interestingly well with a contrasty scent like orchid that has that tangy note to it.

Musk, and a very special musk which I shall not refer to by name, but it is both heat activated and almost entirely narcotic in it's nature, which can drive me to make bad decisions based on the whole acting-without-being-able-to-think state in which it places me. Yes, there are stories. One of them left a scar.

Freshly turned soil, moss, or pine needles. In a previous life I was a werewolf. It can also be a lot of fun at furry conventions.

An odd combination of vanilla and garlic. They're both kind of innocent and home-y scents that have a recollection of time spent together casually for a long time, like a good long-term relationship.

So my dear smelly friends, what say you? What turns you on, what leaves you cold, does a well-mannered scent have an affect on you?

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molasses
Jul. 16th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
jody used to wear nutmeg oil. i sometimes wear cardamom. there is a similarity and i love them both.

lavender brings my breath up.

i wear a drop of rose oil on my third eye.

there is a manfume at work that one of the men wears to work. i like it. it's got lovely grass tempered with woody scents. it's nice.

by and large, though, i avoid perfumes/colognes...they just overpower me.
magicmarmot
Jul. 16th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Subtlety is key.
loba
Jul. 25th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Ohmyyes. I hate to not be able to breathe (but most of the natural aromatics don't do that -- it's the 'fake' petrochemical smells that get me. *makes a face*
mskitty23
Jul. 16th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
I like men to smell clean.
I actually dislike most cologne on men. I think it harkens back to days when men I knew used it to cover up bad personal hygene or thought you needed to apply it with a heavy hand.


as for me I like vanilla, citrus or veggie smells on my self.... I like to smell like natural foods.
magicmarmot
Jul. 16th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
There's a joke in there somewhere.
mskitty23
Jul. 16th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sure there is...
loba
Jul. 25th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
*waves a hand* Me, too. When I made soaps, I put scents in them that could be ingested. If I couldn't eat/drink it, I wouldn't put it in the soap (or lip balms I made).

Naturals.
dramatekcv
Jul. 16th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
The smell of garlic turns me on.

I like fresh scents: lemon, orange, lime. I dislike flowery women's stuff and HATE women's perfume.

Men's cologne is nice if it's subtle. I particularly like Drakkar.

magicmarmot
Jul. 16th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Garlic works for me too, but only on the hands. Neck garlic just seems wrong.
inked2x
Jul. 16th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the subtle smell of quality cologne on a man ... I love the woodsy smells, Drakkar, Polo, spicy scents... It has to be used sparingly though ....

For myself ... I wear cedar, vanilla and an assortment from Demeter.com

Here's a secret - I would love it if a man ever told me I smelled good ... Mmmmhmmmm

Scent is huge to me ... it can be so arousing for me ... Yummm ....

Edited at 2008-07-16 01:45 pm (UTC)
magicmarmot
Jul. 17th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Cedar and Vanilla are both sensual, but at different ends of the spectrum. Cedar is passionate and slightly animal, where vanilla is calming and soothing.
inked2x
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Yes they are ...

If you haven't already - check out www.demeter.com - they have some interesting scents their. My current favorites are Firefly and Rain.

If you check it out let me know your opinion ...

:-)
magicmarmot
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
It's kinda tough to tell the scents online. I'll have to investigate further.
inked2x
Jul. 17th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
One thing I like about that company is if you try a scent and you don't like it, you can send it back for a full refund - no questions asked.

alisgray
Jul. 16th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
I am more familiar with scents now that we vend some. I like the incensey, spicy ones best myself.
magicmarmot
Jul. 17th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
Good scents work with the body chemistry and body heat to provide a different experience based a lot on what you're doing and how you're feeling.
gleckia
Jul. 16th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
I can't stand Patchouli. It's an instant turn off.

I actually like Old Spice and That freshly showered clean man smell.
magicmarmot
Jul. 17th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Very domestic, homey smells. Old Spice smells like "dad" and freshly cleaned man is very home-y.
gleckia
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Very true, add in the smell of mustache wax with a hint of pipe smoke and you have my early years all wrapped up.

When I as in the shower tonight, I happened to look at the back of Karl's Old Spice Body Wash and it said...

"Old Spice Classic Scent. The Original...if your Grandfather hadn't worn it, you wouldn't exist."
sageincave
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Old spice is nice. I generally like anything besides patcholi. (sp?)
magicmarmot
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Wet Monkey?
magicmarmot
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
Old Spice is a daddy smell. Very home, safe, secure.
sageincave
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Safe and secure can be good. Of course, that's not *all* I'm looking for.
loba
Jul. 25th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Scents? Hmm... quite a topic.
Hmm... It's amazing how scents can control/change/enhance our moods and how being attracted to someone lies a good bit in whether or not you like their own personal 'scent.'

As for me.... once upon a time, I wore men's Obsession.... it turned even more spicy on me, and I liked the darkness and strength of it. I was quite a perfume-hound for a long time -- wearing verious perfumes for different days/moods/things to do. A certain scent was worn for interviews, another was worn on days when I was alone, and another still for every day. (And yes, I reserved the 'silly' scents for my alone days.... guys don't tend to find 'Cotton Candy' scent sexy, even though I do.) My parents each wore 'signature scents' -- Mom wore (and still wears) Opium, and my Dad wore Polo. It's funny, because to this day, I smell Polo on a guy, and I want to ask if I can borrow the car. *smiles*

Nowadays, I opt for the natural scents that don't make me sneeze. I still wear Shalimar, but rarely. It's nice because it turns a little spicier on me (funny how that happens). My current favorites are Jasmine Absolut (not the icky-sweet jasmine but a green one, smells very fresh and brightens my mood), Spiritual Sky's Sandalwood (Mmmm), Egyptian Musk (excellent, but can't find any here, and the bottle is nearly out.... :-P ) and Lush's Karma (has jasmine, sandalwood and a tiny hint of patchoulli, as well as a bit of musk... makes me smile when I wear it). I also feel really sexy in one called Dark Vanilla... it does something wonderful with the chemistry of my skin. But with each of these, a person has to come close to smell it on me.

And I'm told that my hair smells really good, so maybe I should add 'conditioners' to the list? :-)

On men, natural scents are preferable, and in small amounts. Of course, nothing beats the pheremones of a male I'm attracted to, doctored up only with soap and water. ;-) Drakkar has been good; and one of my first loves wore Stetson; his body chemistry made it into something that drove me wild. Sandalwood and lighter musks are usually good, as well as cedar and lime, if they go well with the guy. I think it's important to find out what suits a person's chemistry best -- some things smell great on others, and smell icky on me, and vice versa.
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