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Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Perfumes and Fragrances That Turn Men On—and Off

by Susan Cernek and Lindsey Unterberger

Clean Scents = Turn-On
You’re not the only one who likes that just-out-of-the-shower feeling. Our man testers said oui oui to Christian Dior’s orchid-infused J’adore, claiming it smelled natural, like the girl next door. Of the Estée Lauder fragrance Pure White Linen, one guy said, “It smells fresh—in a sexy way that makes me want to jump into bed and mess up the sheets.” He can thank the combination of gardenia petals, white freesia and dewy greens for that. Other clean scents to try: Lancôme’s Miracle, Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue and Elle Yves Saint Laurent.

Desserts = Turn-Off

The smell our testers got the most excited about came from a street vendor selling meat outside a local perfumerie. But don’t douse yourself in eau de shwarma just yet. “I don’t think women should smell like food—nor should men for that matter,” quipped one guy. Vanilla, however, was the exception. The men thought Laura Mercier’s French Vanilla Soufflé Body Crème was lickably good.

Strong Florals = Turn-Off

It may come as a surprise, but not too many guys are into stopping and smelling the roses—or any other kind of strong floral scent. “If it’s too flowery, it makes me think of an old lady,” noted one dude after getting a whiff of a bouquetlike perfume. (Maybe that explains why so many guys are hesitant to give flowers?)

Spicy Florals = Turn-On
You might think guys are all about younger women, but it turns out they don’t want their gal pal to smell like one. Our sniffers loved sophisticated scents like Chanel’s Chance and Daisy Marc Jacobs. Look for floral notes infused with sweeter ones (like vanilla) and spicier ones (like white woods). As one guy put it after sampling Chance, “It doesn’t smell like something a high school girl would wear. It smells expensive.” A signature scent that makes us feel (and smell) like a million bucks? Sign us up!

Super Fruity = Turn-Off

According to our scent testers, sugary-smelling, fruity perfumes make guys think of the candy store or the kitchen, not the bedroom. “It smells like Jolly Ranchers, and I like Jolly Ranchers, but I’m not sure I’d want a girl to smell like one,” one tester said after inhaling an apple-scented spray. Pear, honeydew and lemon scents all fared the same: “Citrusy and desserty smells make me hungry, not turned on,” another guy said. Case closed.

Fresh Subtle Citrus = Turn-On

Our guy testers gave the thumbs-down to perfumes with overwhelming notes of orange or lemon, but fragrances with just a hint of citrus mixed with a soft floral scent got the A-OK. “It’s sassy, it’s got a kick,” one guy said about Clinique’s aptly named Hint of Citrus solid fragrance“I could see a girl with attitude wearing it.” Hermès Un Jardin Après La Mousson and L L.A.M.B. Fragrance by Gwen Stefani both balance blossom notes with a fresh, fruity scent.

Powdery = Turn-Off

Unsurprisingly, our man panel unanimously opposed anything that smelled remotely like their grandmothers. The biggest scent-offender in this category? Powder odors, especially in super-concentrated forms. Besides noting these scents reminded them of little old ladies, the guys also mentioned their dislike of the overpowering rubbing-alcohol aftersmell. The bottom line: If a perfume is on your nana’s dressing table, it shouldn’t be on yours (sorry, Grammie!).

The One Scent All Guys Don’t Want You to Wear
This one is tricky because it varies from guy to guy, but every dude we talked to could recall the fragrances his ex-girlfriends had worn. Of one well-known perfume, a tester said: “That’s crazy. It reminds me of the way my girlfriend smelled junior year of high school. It would freak me out if a new girlfriend wore it.” But would it be a dating deal-breaker for him? “Well, I might ask her not to wear it,” he said.

1 comment:

stevewckrt said...

Looking very nice.
Perfumes are an integral part of a person's whole life.Perfumes are a key to what is exactly going on inside a man, what he/she is feeling and its emotional status. On the other hand it helps in changing the mood of a person.