Wise readers, how do you like your man to smell? If you are a man or man-identified, how do you like to smell?
I'll be honest with you: I don't wear cologne anymore. I do have some old bottles around the house, accumulated over the decades, however.
I decided a few years ago to eliminate as many chemicals from my home environment as possible and I certainly didn't want to put them on my skin. But for nostalgia's sake I've kept most of what I had.
I bought this bottle in Bologna in 1984 and I still haven't used it up. I don't think they make it anymore.
I bought a bottle of Acqua di Parma a few years ago and after deciding to ditch the cologne, sold it on eBay. There's gold in thar medicine cabinet!
Most mens cologne and aftershave ads seem geared primarily to women, who probably buy most of it as gifts for the men in their lives. Actually, I'm not sure who the target audience is...
With very few exceptions I hate standing downwind of a man wearing cologne. I think the cheap stuff smells cheap and the expensive stuff smells worse. And it can be very strong. From time to time I do like a dab of geranium oil behind my right ear but that's a whole other thing, don't you think?
Tonight is my dreaded event. The pants are hemmed, the shirt ironed. You've been such a help to me through these last few weeks of sewing and self-improvement -- I feel like a new person.
But how should I smell?
Global opinionmakers and others, what should a man smell like? (Oh, if only I could blog in Smell-O-vision!)
Do you like your (or anyone else's) man scented, or do you prefer his natural aroma: tobacco, wood shavings, 3-in-One, that sort of thing?
In short, Mens cologne: yea or nay?
Please hurry -- I'm literally stepping into the shower now!
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!