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Fragrance Fracas

Posted August 29, 2008

I remember the first time I dabbed on cologne. It was the seventh grade in Morganton. Tommy Williams had a dance party at his house. “Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares was playing on the turn table. Perfect for slow dancing. “Here, try some English Leather,” Tommy said. “The girls love it.” I walked into the bathroom and moistened my fingers with the sweet smelling potion and applied it to the back of my neck. During the next dance the girl I was trying to impress said: “Nice scent. But did you have to take a bath in it?”

Ever since then I’ve tried to be careful about cologne. I even consulted the Man’s Official Guide to Cologne which states: “When you apply cologne, do not apply more than one or two fingers' worth. This is the normal amount if you simply dab cologne on your body. Alternatively, you can even use a spray bottle to apply your cologne. In this case, a single squirt of the bottle is more than enough.”

Today I rarely use cologne out of respect for people with allergies. I’ve noticed that more and more Fragrant Free Zones are popping in places such as churches, restaurants and stores. Allergies aside, it can be quite irritating when you shake a hand and have to carry that person’s overpowering fragrance with you the rest of the day.

I am sure you could smell the following questions at least a mile way:

What is the perfect name for a North Carolina fragrance? Bodie Island, perhaps?

What are the best and worst smelling colognes of all-time?

What is your opinion of fragrance free zones?

If you don't like these questions please hold your nose and answer any way. Thank you.


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  • southernblazzze Aug 29, 2008

    Growing up in Durham, I loved the smell of the tobacco warehouses when you rode threw downtown. I still miss it to this day!!

  • tunstal Aug 29, 2008

    Great topic! I am 200% in favor of fragrance free zones. I have not seen any of them, but look forward to it. I have a sensitivity to strong perfumes/smells. I have found that usually the people who wear too much fragrance have been told by someone special in their life that they love it, so they pour it on. They don't realize that they're offending the rest of us. I cannot be in the same building with Ciara. I worked with someone who put it on until SHE could smell it. I could smell her coming down the hall. ALL of us went home with headaches. I worked with another lady who, once she found out I was sensitive to her perfume, got VERY offended, asked all her co-workers if it bothered them - they said no and so she went out of her way to wear it - to spite me. My dad used Old Spice after shaving and I still love it. Thank you for letting me sound off.

  • davidgnews Aug 29, 2008

    Fragrance-free is ok. If you get caught in a fragrance war-zone, your sinuses can be in trouble LOL.

    I still have the 45rpm of 'Johnny Angel,' along with many others.

  • lovetheheels Aug 29, 2008

    NC fragrance: Carolina Honeysuckle! My favorite is White Diamonds, the absolute worst thing I have ever smelled is Halston, but on men, Obsession wins hands down. But, most men wear too much of it and if you hug someone wearing it, you're wearing (and smelling) it the rest of the day.

  • christye Aug 29, 2008

    Ooh! English Lather! That brings back some long forgotten memories. Today I am all for fragrance free zones. I have had many a meal at a restaurant ruined by someone who decided to bathe in their favorite scent.

  • tennispro Aug 29, 2008

    We wore shalimar in high school I still have a bottle! Bright Crystal by Versace is nice too. Pretty pink bottle with crystal like top! also love Daisy by Marc Jacobs. people always ask em what I have on when I wear that one!! Envy me by gucci I think is a good one too. tall pink bottle. My sorority girls loved that one!

  • tennispro Aug 29, 2008

    I still have a bottle of Shalimar by Guerlain. we wore that in high school. I am wearing Daisy by Marc Jacobs now. Whenever I wear it men and women ask me what I have on. Bright Crystal by Versace is nice too. I only have a sample but would love to get some.Channel No 5 is the worst and Coco comes in for second worse by channel

  • MaplesMom Aug 29, 2008

    p.s. I have to add that I love it when my hubby wears his Drakkor Noir. The scent is maculine and heavenly. A scent that reminds me of my father is wood. Driving down 64 to Charlotte there is a wood mill. You can smell it coming and going. Blistful fragerance....

  • Wheelman Aug 29, 2008

    I think my favorite would be Eastern style BBQ sauce. Love that smell. A little behind each ear. Oops! Wrong blog subject. I have to say that I don't really know the names of any of them. I just know the people who wear them and which one's to avoid. I like whatever it is that my wife wears but I don't know it's name. One of my clients' wife works in the business and she smokes (which I consider her business). Between her perfume and the cigarette smoke smell, I feel like going home and taking a bath and burning my clothes after I work in her office. And I'm not sure which one is worse or if it just the sickly sweet combined with the stale smoke. I still shave with a regular razor and have used nothing but Old Spice After Shave (cologne's too strong) for almost 40 years. Soothes the skin but not too much fragance. Still get the ocassional "Umm, you smell nice!". My dad used Noxema Skin cream to shave with. Remember the smell when I was little and he would snuggle me up close.

  • 2thebeach Aug 29, 2008

    I think we should have two fragrances: Beach Sky and Mountain Sky. Beach Sky would be light and airy and a summer splash-on and Mountain Sky would be a heavier fragrance, with an underlying freshness. I like Old Spice and Polo (am I telling my age?) for men and I wear Amirage.




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