Should one wear cologne or not on a date?

  • Noeton

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    Nov 05, 2015 12:36 AM GMT
    And, if so, which one? And why that one, in your opinion? Thanks for your responses.
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    Nov 05, 2015 12:41 AM GMT
    If you wear Dolce and Gabana Light Blue (note you wear it, it doesn't wear you), I just might rip your clothes off before the night is through.

    I like it when I just get a subtle whiff of a man's cologne every now and then. If it hits me in the face like a brick wall and I can't get away from it, that's a turn off.
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    Nov 05, 2015 12:46 AM GMT
    You know, I've got a dozen or so very good ones that I keep in a dark place (out of the light). I got out of the habit of wearing them because certain clients or others began bad mouthing any and all colognes. But - after reading the comments of UndercoverMan - above me here - I think I'll go back to (lightly) wearing them again, at least some times.
  • spirou

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    Nov 05, 2015 12:54 AM GMT
    i have old spice i use from time to time .

    but carefull not to use to much , you don't need poeple 5 feet away from you smelling it . just a little bit so that poeple in the 1 feet next to you smell it .
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    Nov 05, 2015 1:00 AM GMT
    I never wore any cologne on any date. In fact, I used unscented deodorant, soap and shampoo, and likewise used unscented detergent and fabric softener in the washer for my clothes. I HATE using scents, and smelling like something I'm not. Other than clean.

    And guess what? I had a number of guys comment favorably about my "fresh" smell. In fact, one LTR guy absolutely adored my "fresh washed smell", as he called it. He marveled that I never smelled bad, any time of the day or night.

    Well, to each his own. Which is why this question is so difficult to answer. Depends on the guy you're dating. He might be like me, and dislike scents. A safe approach could be to wear nothing but fresh-washed, and see what he's wearing himself. And go from there. After all, fresh & natural is also a scent.
  • tj85016

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    Nov 05, 2015 1:10 AM GMT
    man I hate cologne. I had a summer job at Avon's Process Development/R&D for 3 years during college. I must have made 1200 gallons of that crap - I smelled like 12 frat boys in a whore house some days

    why ANY cologne costs more than $9 is beyond me (other than you're getting hosed)
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    Nov 05, 2015 1:26 AM GMT
    It really depends on the guy and the cologne. If it smells terrible then obviously not, but wearing a good quality one will help a lot. I wore Aqua Di Gio and hugged the guy after the date was over. He then texted me afterwards saying that I smelled great and would love to have a second date.

    A scent will help guys remember you better. And it's always nice to have a "signature" scent attached to you with. It makes you memorable.


    The one's I like are the subtle but not so subtle scents, easy on the nose and matches my personality. I prefer to wear

    "Aqua de Gio" for a classy night out and "Very sexy" (for men) for a clean casual smell.

    All the guys I've been with, say that they remember me when they smell either one of those two scents.

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    Nov 05, 2015 1:53 AM GMT
    Cologne is for girls.
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    Nov 05, 2015 2:47 AM GMT
    Just use a natural deodorant and zero cologne. Maybe a light mist of a favorite herbal sent.

    Most men smell cheap with cologne on. Maybe that's because they have that cheap crap on!!
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    Nov 05, 2015 4:59 AM GMT
    Depends on the season. These days, I usually go with a whiff of pine tar and just a soup├žon of diesel oil. Because I can't wash it all off without a wire brush. icon_neutral.gif

    By next month, I'll be smelling like cherrywood sap, which confuses people because they can't figure out what it is.
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    Nov 05, 2015 5:13 AM GMT
    One shouldn't wear cologne --- period.
  • bro4bro

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    Nov 05, 2015 5:20 AM GMT
    I strongly prefer guys who don't wear cologne. I'm not into funky body smells but I'd rather smell a guy's clean natural scent than perfume any day of the week.

    It's a big enough preference that I've considered letting guys know in advance before a first date... but I usually forget... and I'm usually disappointed.
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    Nov 05, 2015 5:41 AM GMT
    Cologne is Ostentatious. It serves no purpose other than to assault someone else's sense of smell to draw attention to you. It's a very inconsiderate thing to wear. It's the equivalent of carrying a boombox on your shoulder all the time except it's assaulting the people's noses instead of their ears.

    Not to mention, being forced to breathe in others' fragrance choices is a lot like being forced to breathe in secondhand smoke. It's a loss of control over your personal environment, and for some people (like me) it can have serious personal health consequences.....uncontrollable sneezing, runny nose, itchy/teary eyes, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and hives. And you never know who is going to react to your cologne so why risk it?

    And as if you needed another reason.....colognes mask your natural pheromones.
    I've always found it ironic that people wear an artificial fragrance to attract others and ignore the fact that the body produces it's own superior fragrance.
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    Nov 05, 2015 5:59 AM GMT
    Sounds like a lot of you guys have only had experience with either cheap colognes and/or with dudes who don't know how to wear cologne (i.e., they load it on). Yeah, a man's natural smell is good, no question about that, just the same, a naked man is good; but as a properly clothed man is also good in a different way, so is a man good who's wearing the right cologne in the right strength (the right strength being SUBTLY). It's hard to advise others what to wear scent-wise because everyone's body chemistry is different, so a scent will project differently. Similarly, some people (like me) have skins which "eat up" the scent so that with some sorts it doesn't last long; others have skins which hold the scent all day/all night long. My own favorites are Kouros, Fleur du Male, Armani Code, Norwegian Wood, le Troisieme Homme, and Anucci. Buy a quality fragrance, not something cheap you see on the shelves at a drugstore. Any scent, if you wear it too strongly, you're a public menace who should be sent to a desert island until the fragrance wears off; but if you wear it right, you're a public benefactor: It's great to smell good. Don't you wish everybody did?
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    Nov 05, 2015 6:06 AM GMT
    THammer saidSounds like a lot of you guys have only had experience with either cheap colognes and/or with dudes who don't know how to wear cologne (i.e., they load it on).



    Yes, the more they wear the worse it is, but it doesn't matter how much you pay for the scent. If a person has a fragrance allergy the amount you spend makes no difference.
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    Nov 05, 2015 6:20 AM GMT
    Back in the day, this stuff was the shit...
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  • LJay

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    Nov 05, 2015 12:15 PM GMT
    I used to wear one that was wonderful, though it was strong. I put just a tad in the small of my back. WAY too expensive there days for the very little use it would get.

    4711 is nice. Very light and clean.
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    Nov 05, 2015 2:40 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidCologne is for girls.

    This. It's also a sign you are ashamed of who you really are, so you hide behind corporate scents. I never trust people who would rather smell like a French prostitute than like a man.
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    Nov 05, 2015 4:01 PM GMT
    I like the natural smell of a man and hate fake fragrances. I recently dated a guy for a few months who reeked of fake scents that he used to mask his natural male aroma. It was a complete turn-off.
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    Nov 05, 2015 4:06 PM GMT
    Buying cologne is like buying a fixed-back sfi racing seat. You can ask every person out there their opinion but in the end the only way to choose is to go to a shop and try each one out. What works fantastically for one person may leave leave another in agony after ten laps. Cologne is the same way, since it not only combines with your own body scent but also fades slowly, sometimes changing its scent.

    That being said: my rule is that less is more and my personal choice is Coach No. 3 (discontinued unfortunately)
  • Yatsufusa

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    Nov 05, 2015 4:36 PM GMT
    I don't really wear cologne, rarely, and mostly it's for myself because I LOVE the smell of most of them.

    If a guy is wearing cologne it's a big plus, it means he is making more effort, and like I said, I love the smell.
  • Noeton

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    Nov 05, 2015 4:47 PM GMT
    Thanks a lot, especially mesmer and THammer! In my opinion the ayes have it and make this sound fun, so I'll do some shopping and try out the suggested brands.

    Since I'm going to do this... any more brand suggestions? Scenario: since I'm really inexperienced with this, I'll try one sample and wear it on a date. Which one should it be in your opinion? Thanks.


    By the way, trolls, don't get shy now, feel free to continue commenting! Anything to keep you off the streets with normal people!
  • Destinharbor

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    Nov 05, 2015 6:10 PM GMT
    I like the smell of a freshly showered guy and even the temporary smells of some old-fashioned products like Old Spice deodorant. Clubman. But mostly I'm scent neutral. But, on a date, especially a dinner date, I really like a subtle cologne that you just pick up only when you can get very close. Like opening a door for him or waiting for a table or leaning over in a movie. It shows he wants you close. That it's a special occasion. And it draws me in. I only use it maybe once or twice a month, but I like Burberry London for Men. Woodsy, spicy. My guy likes Royale Musk. Citrusy.
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    Nov 05, 2015 6:14 PM GMT
    I wear cologne every day
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    Nov 05, 2015 8:55 PM GMT
    yes; wear it everyday.
    Whatever one you wear make sure the other body products; deodorant, hair products, body wash... are unscented.