I don't notice much in the way of scent on most men I hang around.
~~JOHN~~*Founding member of ALPHA Team*
I rarely ever wore cologne, and I'm not "in the know" like most people here...nor do I have scents down to a science....but I would say that I probably mostly like "modern" scents, but also like classic fragrances if they portray "classy" and "sophisticated" instead of "dated" and "old-manish". Of course it would be a personal vibe I would get from it and it would be totally subjective. It's a fine line I suppose. Go too far with the modern spectrum and you get juvenile (ie. some Axe products) and go too far in the classic spectrum and you get old-manish.
I have yet to even try an aquatic fragrance. The only cologne I've ever really used was Burberry Brit. It isn't a niche fragrance obviously, but it isn't so cheap that it smells cheap either...kind of a nice comfortable in between. I really like it. But since coming here I've been inspired to branch out a little and try some new things to hone in what I like and don't like, and maybe even find my "signature" fragrance. What I do know is that I want to be fairly unique and I don't want to smell like every other twenty-something out there. So there you have it; I don't care whether it's Young and Aquatic or Classic, if it works for me, makes me happy, and it's unique enough to stand out a bit from the crowd, that's all that matters to me.
I smell AdG every once in a while when I'm out in a crowd. I still think it smells good, and still have some although I don't wear it often, mostly because I'm enjoying trying other frags. As for you question of whether you should try to sell some here on BST, I'd say yes. If they are priced right, someone will want them. I picked up my bottle of AdG here on BST a couple of years ago. I agree, there have been a lot of aquatic clones, which makes sense that many perfume makers would want to "cash in" on the popularity of that type scent. Preferences in scents is like preferences in food. I enjoy fine dining, but I also love chili dogs! The most important thing is whether you like it or not. One difference, though, is those you are around will be aware of it, too, so you might need to give them (especially SWMBO or whoever you want to get close to) some consideration. Enjoy!
I don't care what others smells like or what others like to smell. (For the most part... I always care what my lady likes to smell on me.) So i wear the aquatics I like and don't wear the ones I don't like, regardless of what the masses around me have bathed in on any given morning, and regardless of the tendency here for us wetshavers to lean toward the classics, the vintage, etc.... which is something that really confounds me... wardrodes with exclusively Trumpers or Penhaligons, or guys who staunchly champion stuff like Guerlain Vetiver, Habit Rouge, Rive Gauche, etc. seemingly just because they are classics and in the same breath poo-poo aquatics in a blanket manner seemingly just because they are contemporary and popular. I'm no mind reader, and I know some people actually like those oldies, but it is glaringly obvious that some do prop up the Mouchior de Monsieurs of the fragrance world mostly because they have a certain respect and fascination with tradition... and I get that, I really do, it's part of what attracted me to wet shaving to begin with. But it also makes me shake my head.
Interesting responses. Cool Water and Chrome aren't really aquatics to my nose.
In summer, I do like aquatics like Halston Unbound, Paris Hilton Just Me, Jill Sander Pure Man, L'Eau par Kenzo and the Eternity Summer flankers - though I've never lked Aqua di Gio or Bvlgari Aqua much .
I also like marine scents like Del Mar, Nautica Voyage, Creed Erolfa, Nautilus Aqua and Kenzo Homme.
I don't like any of them much unless the weather is warm.
For really hot weather, when doing the tourist thing, Azzaro Chrome is like having a permanent shower. Dozens of other scents have conked out on me or washed off me from perspiration, but Chrome has never let me down.
I enjoy the older type scents, esp Aramis, as well as the more modern stuff like Armani Code, Perry Ellis, even some of the Adidas scents, wearing Ice Dive today.
My frangrance collection consists of Armani Code, 3 different Perry Ellis scents, 3 Curve scents, Azzaro Chrome, CO Bigelow Black, Tommy, Stetson, and Pierre Cardon.
Weird that I guess I assumed "younger" was "aquatic" since my knowledge of fragrances is very limited, and I figured that when people spoke about the 2 together that they were one and the same. Guess stuff like Armani Code is not aquatic, yet I think it's marketed more to mid-20 year olds.
Although it's always a YMMV thing with scents.
What makes a scent "young" or "old"?
I think it's easy to see there are scents marketed to older folks and there are scents marketed to the younger crowd...
Simply do a search on youtube for commercials and compare what you find when you use "Axe" as a keyword and when you use any of the classic scents.
Clearly many of the "younger" scents are marketed toward the adolescent.
Still, I'll maintain that there is no such thing as an "old" or "young" scent. Though there are always exceptions, generally people associate the "old" smell with a scent that was worn by someone that person knew who wore the scent (or something similar) who was older (dad, grandpa, uncle, teacher etc)
If you brought a cologne or after shave that many teenagers in the western world would consider an "old" scent to a foreign country where no one had ever smelled it before, no one can convince me that the people who were smelling it for the first time would consider it an "old" smell.
Just an opinion though.
My dear friend,
Wy do you refer to "younger scents"?
I am 60, and love the aquatics immensely.
My summer/spring/fall and winter colognes are AQUA Velva.
I may change it some just for the heck of it, and use OLD SPICE!!
I wear what I like to wear.
FYI Cool Water and Acqua Di Gio can not be considered younger scents, since I was in my late teens and 20's when I started using them in the early 90's.
I still enjoy Chrome, Cool Water, ADG and L'eau d'Issey but since I have 300+ frags to choose from in my collection I rotate between a new scent almost on a daily basis.
I prefer the lighter aquatc/fougere fragrance in the spring and summer and the more heavy oirental and spicy fragrances in the fall and winter.
Of course once in a while I'll wear a heavy leather-tobacco scent in the summer heat, but feel more comfortable with ligher scent in the warmer weather.
Lighter scents in the winter tend to vanish faster in the colder climate.....but still use a fougere type frag in the colder part of the year anyway.
Real aquatics for me are watery based scents that have a melon, cucumber & other water based type of scent. I only own a few real aquatics and my favorites are:
Bvlgari Aqva, Bvlgari Aqva Marine, Versace Man Eau Fraiche, Nautica Vouage & Azzaro Chrome Legend.
The other type of frags in this genre I would not categorize as actual aquatics per se, but more fougere type aquatics, like Azzaro Chrome, Cool Water, Acqua Di Gio, L'Eau D'Issey, Polo Blue, GIT, Silver Mountain Water, Himalaya, Platinum Egoiste, Burberry For Men, Moschino ?UOMO, Chez Bond, MI etc.
I still own, use and like Cool Water today in my late 30's - while it's not one of my favorite frags, I still like it highly and use it 8-10 times a year, since I own 300+ frags I like, wearing Cool Water 8-10 times a year makes it one of my more appreciated fragrances in my collection, although far from Top 50 potential ;)