06 June 2008

The Scent of Jay

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I was chatting with MsVindicta over MSN when we touched on the topic of men's fragrance. Discounting those teeny bopper Gatsby fragrances, my first "real one" was that of Aramis and have since change quite a few until I wanted to settle down with Christian Dior's Fahrenheit as my signature scent in JC. I have been wearing for a while before I realised more and more people around me starting to smell the same.

Perhaps it is a quirk in me that I do not wish to conform the the masses, it was soon abandoned and again on the wilderness trail of trial and error before settling down again with Davidoff's Cool Water when in University.

That was by far my all time favourite until tragedy struck again when more and more people were sporting Cool Water too. I then switch to Alfred Dunhill's Edition but was soon banned by my buddy's girlfriend coz Ed was wearing the same fragrance.

"You cannot wear Edition!" demanded Ed's girlfriend. "You smell the same, wait one night dark dark I mistake you for him, then how?"

"Then I kio tio liao lor!" I replied.

"You go and die lah! Cannot!! *SMACK!*


Haiz, ever since I have not used the same fragrance twice.

My personal preference is spicy, flora, fruity and a trace of musk. I avoid citrus coz I would smell like toilet air freshener and I hated woody.

So yesterday's conversation prompted me to rethink about settling down to a signature scent and to be honest, Davidoff Cool Water is right at the top of my list, given then I haven't smelled that scent on anyone for quite a number of years already. Yeah, being in Spitland for the past 8 years helped too.

Here's what I think I should do. Let's do a poll on what I should get after my current bottle of Chanel Allure.
Let me know although, results will have no impact on my final decision but I just thought I seek some opinions for the sake of reference.

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1. r3gular left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 4:56 am ::
Davidoff Cool water will be a good idea for you in spitland.
However, back in SG, there's still a lot of people wearing that.

2. Elsa left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 5:12 am
Cool water was once worn by the Bengs...wonder if they still do! You can try Polo Sport Ralph Lauren which is very refreshing..or Hugo for Men by Hugo Boss..very manly smell!!

3. JayWalk left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 7:10 am :: 
R3gular: Yeah that's what I am afraid of.

Elsa: They still do coz I still Beng! As the rest, tried liao and tried liao. Not bad.

4. eileen` left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 7:27 am ::
haiyoh, like i said, even if you use the same cologne, at the end of the day (literally), you'll get your very own unique scent cause of all that sweat and BO, and whatever.
so it's still you! :D

5. JayWalk left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 9:46 am :: 
msvindicta: While your point is valid in the sense that the smell will be unique as a result of the mixture with the individual's own composition, wouldn't it be better to be unique right from the start, rather than to have to wait until the effect kicks in later?

At present, I tend to scout for the really old fragrances, the super new one that Singapore hasn't even heard of, or really obscure ones like Victoria Secret's Too Sexy (for men).

6. Chocolate gal left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 9:57 am
I have no idea how all the stated perfumes smell like.. Hmm.. why don't i just smell it off you the next time you are back.. then i will comment... 

7. aloe left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 10:05 am
oooo... I like cool water!! for woman de tat is... =P I have no idea on fragrances for guys...

8. JayWalk left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 10:11 am :: 
Chocolate Gal: Then it kinda defeats the purpose of seeking opinion prior to purchase right?

Aloe: I dunno how Cool Water for ladies smell like but I suspect it would probably be rather similar.

9. Posh left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 10:22 am
erm, I have been wearing Cool Water for Men for the longest time until I discovered my signature scent!

10. spiller left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 1:09 pm
Estee Lauder's Pleasure. Try it.

11. JayWalk left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 3:40 pm :: 
Posh: Which is?

spiller: Isn't that charbor fragrance?

12. akk left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 4:04 pm
Drakkar Noir and Tommy Hilfiger Sport turns me on. I wear them myself. Masochistic.

13. spiller left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 4:32 pm
nope, Pleasure is for tabor.

14. Posh left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 5:29 pm
Magic or So Magic by Lancome..... never fails to draw compliments!

15. CoWg0eSm0o left...
Friday, 6 June 2008 8:13 pm ::
小生 i still sticking with CK....(cos no $$ to experiment ard...) So far I've tried Crave, In2U & Eternity (For Men). Eternity (for men) would be more suitable I think??? Tommy Hilfiger 1s are pretty gd (based on my impression of Tommy Girl *cough cough*...), but never use before ba...

Actually what's the diff between flora/fruity & Citrus?? Don't really get it (I only seem to understand the spectrum of scent between 'fresh' and 'sweet') since I always stick to the 'fresh' side of scent...

16. KingMeng left...
Saturday, 7 June 2008 12:10 am ::
Eh? Why only 1 person voted in poll?
Anyway, I go with my familiar brand: Davidoff Cool Water

17. cakie left...
Saturday, 7 June 2008 3:44 am
meh. i use davidoff coolwater and gucci envy me.
davidoff is nice...

18. starm|st left...
Saturday, 7 June 2008 10:16 am ::
wheee! saw the chalkboard! thankies! gonna link it up!

19. THB left...
Saturday, 7 June 2008 11:22 am
I like citrus leh!! :(

20. YuNz left...
Saturday, 7 June 2008 2:25 pm
estee lauder's pleasures used to be women only. but now they have a pleasures cologne for men.

21. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 7 June 2008 3:43 pm :: 
Akk: Drakkar Noir too citrus for me. I haven't tried Tommy Sports though.

spiller & Posh: Will go check them out at the next available opportunity.

22. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 7 June 2008 5:18 pm :: 
CowGoesMoo: You don't have to buy a truckload of them to be able to sample many kind. All you have to do is to buy a different bottle each time you finish one.

For myself, I alternate between two bottles, one of which is in my overnight bag while the other is at home for daily use.

Citrus means lemony smell which is probably the "fresh" that you refer to. Sweet probably refers to flora/fruity which are both sweet smelling. As the word suggest, flora smells a little er... well... flora.

KingMeng: I am not sure but I suspect it's because the poll doesn't show up on some browsers. Oh well, screw that since everybody here is recommending a different fragrance here which is kinda where I possibly would be heading.

23. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 7 June 2008 5:25 pm :: 
Cakie: Cool Water is nice indeed but I supposed it's a tad too nice that the whole world is wearing it. :(

Starm|st: You're most welcome!! Happy Birthday again!

THB: Oh, I do not disagree but it's just that I feel citrus especially for night wear is a bit too casual. Call me old skool but these little things are important to me.

Yunz: I never knew Estee Lauder has fragrances for men. The first one that I came across was White Linen. Signature scent of GF 1.0.

And there is Estee Lauder Beautiful whom a very dear friend used to dab a bit of it into my pencil pouch every now and then. I have the nicest smelling pencil pouch in the entire ACJC ok!

24. Chocolate gal left...
Saturday, 7 June 2008 5:32 pm
Sighz.. i WAS trying to flirt with you lah, in my previous comment.. kk, i need more lessons.. :p
Anyway, i like CK perfume for men..

25. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 7 June 2008 8:36 pm :: 
Chocolate Gal: FAIL.

26. Chocolate gal left...
Saturday, 7 June 2008 11:52 pm
I always fail wah.. pouts..
i should go and learn pole dancing and u can be the pole next time when u are back.. then maybe i can pass then :p

27. CoWg0eSm0o left...
Sunday, 8 June 2008 12:43 am
Chocolate Girl: FAIL FAIL FAIL

28. Chocolate gal left...
Sunday, 8 June 2008 3:59 am
Uncle moo: Shuuuup..

29. grasshopper left...
Sunday, 8 June 2008 8:24 am
When u come by, we go perfume shopping ok?

30. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 8 June 2008 9:09 am :: 
Chocolate Gal: Cannot lah... you will snap this pole like a twig. iScared.

CowGoesMoo: Be nice. 1 FAIL is enough. No need 3.

Grasshopper: ONZE. How does prices compare to duty-free? There is also a perfume shop at Barstow. Not exactly very cheap.

31. Chocolate gal left...
Sunday, 8 June 2008 3:10 pm
Are YOU implying that i am too fat... *gives dagger stares*

32. Mistress Grace left...
Sunday, 8 June 2008 8:03 pm
Eh Chocolate Gal, come come Mama San train you up first ok? Well I like Boss by Hugo Boss, my ex wore it. Currently am wearing Gucci Envy. Its my signature scent, used to like Jean Paul Gaultier. A touch of Vanilla always turns on the men...

33. Chocolate gal left...
Sunday, 8 June 2008 8:34 pm
Yes mamasan, gal gal here waiting for ur instructions..

34. JayWalk left...
Monday, 9 June 2008 10:14 am :: 
Chocolate Gal: No. You are not fat lah....

Mistress Grace: Boss by Hugo Boss is not bad also. Tried that already but unfortunately it is one of those worn to death by too many people.

35. Pam left...
Monday, 9 June 2008 4:45 pm
have you tried the new one by Dior (creatively called Dior Homme?!?! ).. it's quite nice. I bought that for D - he quite likes it. The other one he's using is the Chanel Allure one (matte silver bottle). tend to get mine at duty-free anywhere (which is cheaper than UK high street prices!).

thanks for the frower - I donch know how to link it..?!! can you email me the instructions. You know how bad I am at this..!

we're booked on the A380 coming back 20th Aug-5th Sept... donch think you'll be back then right? George and Erin have a date to meet...hahah....

36. grasshopper left...
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 10:09 am
we got perfume shop at the factory sales store right next to your WMC lor~

37. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 10:45 am :: 
Pam: Alamak then like that cannot lah. Wait later dark dark, you mistake me for Dan, then how?

Grasshopper: Cool Beans!!! ONZE!

38. Dua Pai Lang left...
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 1:29 pm ::
I'm using John Varvatos' Vintage, Sean John's Unforgivable for work. Hugo's Boss In Motion for casual.
Yes, used Dunhill's Edition before.

39. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 1:51 pm :: 
DuaPaiLang: John Varvatos? Hmm... never hear before. Will make a mental note to go check it out. As for Sean John, I can't help but get the impression that this is the male equivalent of a Paris Hilton perfurme. =P

40. Pam left...
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 11:25 pm
it's ok - you are in a different country....hahahahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaa! :)

41. Posh left...
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 11:32 pm
came across these at the hairdresser's just now.... Dunhill London and Ermenegildo Zegna's Z Zegna Fresh. These new fragrances sound pretty snugglicious and yummlicious! Have a sniff during your perfume shopping :)

42. naeboo left...
Thursday, 12 June 2008 5:41 pm ::
mrbf is using marc jacobs, totally vanilla and uber yummy but manly too.
try dunhill desire or issey miyake homme also since u smoke as i find those two mixed with smoke smell sexier. oh, and remy latour's cigar too!

43. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 12 June 2008 6:12 pm :: 
Pam: But I scared you smell him, then think of me, how? What blurt out my name by accident, I cham liao!!

Posh: London is the new one. Will check out Zegna's one soon.

naeboo: I like Dunhill Desire. Used it before. Miyake like quite ordinary but then again, I didn't factor in the hoonkee element. Interesting.

44. gracey left...
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 12:32 pm ::
Chanel's Allure for men and Ermenegildo Zegna's Z Zegna are yummy...I find CK's One not bad as well...

45. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 1:05 pm :: 
Gracey: Oh hello! Haven't seen you in ages!

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