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Where do I buy weird scents like cut grass or burning rubber?

I want to make weird perfumes for fun. Like those Comme des Garçons colognes that smell like a gas station, or a dive bar, or whatever. Where would I find those types of scents (mown grass, burnt rubber, urine, rotten eggs, cigarette smoke etc)? Unsurprisingly, the essential oil suppliers don't stock them. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jan 10, 2017 - 13 answers

Classical CD stores in Cologne/Bonn and Helsinki

Shops with a reasonable stock of classical music CDs in Cologne/Bonn and Helsinki? [more inside]
posted by Logophiliac on Jun 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Can a cologne possibly smell different when applied in another state?

Just before a trip to Seattle, my girlfriend went online and bought me a new bottle of the cologne I use. When I sprayed it on in Seattle, it smelled really different than it normally does and didn't seem to last long at all. But now that we're back in Denver, it smells fine, just like it always has. It it possible the elevation or some other factor made that much of a difference in how the stuff smells? [more inside]
posted by Clustercuss on May 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Does this fragrance exist in anything other than the actual plant?

Caffre (Kaffir)-lime blossoms smell like sunshine. Please help me find it in a bottle. [more inside]
posted by ohcanireally on May 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Grandpa's Old Spice and grandson's Ax Body Spray

I distinctly remember Drakkar Noir as being the cologne of choice in my high school years, and suspected that it was a kind of rite of passage to manhood. I don't think that many of my male classmates actually had to shave often enough to justify the purchase of other fragranced items, but they definitely sprayed Cool Water and Drakkar Noir when going to dances or on dates. Is this something that young guys still do and why did everyone in my age group (mid-30s) stop wearing cologne? Is there a U curve to men's fragrance usage over time? Are guys in their late teens and retirees over 70 years of age the most likely fragrance wearers or is that just a sampling error in my universe? What are the social norms for using cologne? How have those norms changed over the last 50 years?
posted by spamandkimchi on Oct 21, 2014 - 31 answers

So I'm pretty much not looking for a suit on craigslist anymore, right?

I have a very very niche job. I've been doing it for over ten years now and have made about $28,000 per year. Because of my experience, I was called in for a meet and greet. It was going to lead nowhere. So, I pretty much blew it off, and blew the next one off, and showed up to the third because it was on my way home. They hired me and gave me a job that pays about $786,000 per year. I was told that they had reservations about me and told me they were bothered by the fact that I wore "denim with unpatched holes" at the interview. I didn't even think I was being considered. This is very unreal. And now I will have a job that pays me more in my bimonthly check than my last year's entire gross. I will be working with a different clientele, and my position will have more prestige than previously. So how do I dress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2014 - 58 answers

How can I turn a bar of soap into cologne?

I received a nice bar of soap as a holiday gift and I really like the particular cedar wood smell. So much so that I want to convert it, one way or another, into a wearable fragrance. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Mr Yak on May 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Scent wearers and the scent sensitive: what's the balance?

Last night at a social event, a person seated at my table had to leave because my scent was bothering her. Her eyes were tearing and she was obviously uncomfortable. Am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
posted by summer sock on Jan 16, 2014 - 59 answers

Looking for a new cologne

I’ve worn the same cologne off and on for about 20 years, and I think it’s time for a change. I’m looking for scents for everyday wear with woody notes (or citrus/fresh notes, like what I wear now). Nothing musky or spicy! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 31, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me understand fragrance: Hermes edition.

Do you use Hermes perfumes? Do you like them? Can you explain them to me? I'm not a typical perfume wearer. I recently tried the Hermes fragrance Un Jardin Sur Le Toit at a friend's house and I really liked it. Then I started googling and found myself in a world of top notes, drydowns, accords, and other things where I don't even know what the words mean, much less how to understand them. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Dec 24, 2013 - 13 answers

MacBook Pour Homme (looking for a men's fragrance I remember)

~10 years ago, I used to wear a cologne that came in a smooth, rounded rectangular grey aluminum bottle with a white front. Very Apple-esque. I can't remember what kind it was now. Any help?
posted by ferdinandcc on Nov 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me identify a cologne!

A guy sat next to me on the bus the other day and his cologne smelled like that of a sexy lumberjack: a really subtle mix of Christmas trees, sweet smoke, and dude sweat. I'd like to compile a list of piney-smokey-sweaty colognes to test out so that I can gift my own lumberjack with a similar scent! [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Jul 4, 2013 - 10 answers

What to do in Montreal?

I'll be in Montreal and Longueuil, Quebec, Canada for two weeks. What budget-friendly things should I do there? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Don't mind me, I'm just going to follow you around now.

I met a guy who was completely ordinary until I got close enough to smell him, at which point I went into overdrive. Has anyone else experienced this? What just happened here? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Mar 27, 2013 - 31 answers

I want to stink good

I am not normally a cologne person, but I found one that I love. Even my scent-averse lady likes it. Tell me how to wear it. Assume I am total idiot, does it go on the skin (or clothes)? Where? How much? Can I apply over a moisturizer? Need I reapply later in the day? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Mar 16, 2013 - 24 answers

Choose Your Own Smell-venture?

Need the archetypal examples of various fragrance families, as well as a place to sample 'em on the cheap. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Sep 13, 2012 - 19 answers

What font does the Tabac logo use?

What font does the Tabac logo use? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world.

Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Not fakin' the funk in the five boroughs

Can anyone recommend a good defensive cologne to use to ward off the nasty smells I encounter in the New York City subway system? It has to be cheap and come in a small package that I can throw in my bag to be used when necessary. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 18, 2011 - 26 answers

Cologne by night

I may purchase some train tickets that would have me staying at Cologne Hauptbahnhof from 0200-0600 early on a Saturday morning in August - is this a horrible idea, or might it actually be a positive experience as layovers go? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on May 27, 2011 - 15 answers

How to tell a date to tone down the cologne?

Help me find a nice/funny/not insane way to tell a guy I just started seeing that he's wearing too much cologne for me. Maybe I'm like this previous asker, but I find myself thinking things like, "ok, I'll sleep with him once and THEN tell him," which I know is kind of crazy. (Mostly because I'd rather not smell his cologne on my sheets for weeks after.) Is it ok to tell someone you just met that your lizard brain would like him a LOT better if he toned down the artificial scenting? I'm gay, if that matters, but any relevant experience or advice is welcome. Have you ever dealt with this situation successfully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2010 - 30 answers

Help; we can't breathe!

What are our legal options for relief from a neighbor's constant, extreme cologne when we have a severe, documented medical response? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 on Aug 19, 2010 - 32 answers

Help me smell like me, only better

FragrantButFrumpyFilter: Help a middle-aged family man select a fragrance that would put a smile on his wife's face. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on May 12, 2010 - 38 answers

Scent of a Man Filter

Please help me find the male fragrance that made me weak in the knees... [more inside]
posted by maelanchai on Jan 24, 2010 - 14 answers

How?!: Perfume Smell OUT of Laundry.

Is it possible to get cologne smell out of clothing? I kind of "inherited" a half-dozen nice sweaters that reek of perfume, and I'm allergic as well. I've tried mucho baking soda and soaking in the wash machine; haven't tried vinegar yet; past (somewhat related) threads suggest Ozium and Synthrapol, but they're really not for this purpose.
posted by Shane on Oct 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Off to Germany for two weeks...

Travel advice for Nordrhein-Westphalia, please! [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Oct 1, 2009 - 8 answers

What to do in Northern Europe?

TravelFilter: Amsterdam, Cologne, Copenhagen, Oslo. 2-3 days each. Mid-November. What to do? [more inside]
posted by wayofthedodo on Sep 15, 2009 - 10 answers


I want to sell a cologne. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Sep 5, 2009 - 8 answers

Cologne Nearby Countryside?

Colonge - need to get out to countryside and end up in a few days later in Munich. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 on Jul 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me smell just like a lady!

I'm trying to replicate a cologne out of a ingredients from a lotion my girlfriend bought several years ago at Bath and Body Works. [more inside]
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome on Jun 11, 2009 - 7 answers

How to dress (or not dress) on my visit to Cologne, Germany?

I'm going to be visiting Cologne, Germany on a research trip at the end of the month-- how should I dress? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant on Jun 10, 2009 - 4 answers

Good Cologne like Ferragmo's Subtil

Cologne Filter: I like Subtil by Ferragamo. Recommend me something new! [more inside]
posted by morallybass on Mar 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Tourist fun in northwestern Germany

Family members who will be visiting me in Amsterdam in April have requested that we spend a day in Germany. What cool stuff can we do in northwestern Germany, fairly close to the Dutch border? [more inside]
posted by transporter accident amy on Jan 26, 2009 - 15 answers

Other than hope

What does Barack Obama smell like? [more inside]
posted by boy detective on Oct 7, 2008 - 22 answers

He's the one they Dr. Smellgood

Help me find a replacement cologne! [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Aug 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Cologne Filter

I need ideas for natural body colognes. [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Jun 1, 2008 - 19 answers

looking for old cologne?

Can someone help me find the name for a specific cologne from about 8 years ago? [more inside]
posted by Obscurum on May 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Things to do in Essen and surroundings

Moved to Germany from the US. Need advice on rebuilding my life. [more inside]
posted by barrakuda on Mar 18, 2008 - 10 answers

how do you find the right cologne?

how do i find my scent - what deodorant to use? [more inside]
posted by edtut on Feb 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Petrichor/Bergamont perfume

Wikipedia says that petrichor is " the name of the yellow organic oil that causes the familiar scent of rain on dry earth". The article also mentions that perfumes have been produced from it. Which perfumes? Are there synthetic perfumes that come close? Failing that I'm looking for an interesting men's cologne with strong bergamont notes.
posted by rdr on Oct 26, 2007 - 10 answers

How to smell good without cologne?

As a guy, how do you smell really good without the use of cologne? Some people, I've noticed, have a great fresh smell to them, but I'm not sure how they get it. I try using scented soaps, but it doesn't give nearly as strong an effect. Is it lotion? Does skin type matter?
posted by Malad on Aug 29, 2007 - 24 answers

Cologne picking tips

Cologne picking advice: it can't be as simple as "just pick what your like" or "bring a girl with you and buy what she likes"... can it?
posted by joshuaconner on Aug 26, 2007 - 30 answers

How do I reverse engineer a smell?

How do I reverse engineer a scent? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii on Apr 13, 2007 - 7 answers

Watery Mud d'eBay...?

Why does a brand-new bottle of cologne smell very different (and not in a good way) from a small sample vial of the same? i just bought a bottle of Terre d'Hermes (which I think is wonderful, and great on me) based on how great the sample vial I got on eBay smelled. The "real thing" is a lot less sharp and the layers are a lot muddier. It actually smells like it could be a knockoff! WTF? (a little more inside) [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized on Jan 12, 2007 - 11 answers

Help with a charity gift request.

I need help locating a certain brand of cologne requested as a charity gift. The request is from a 14 year old male, and who wants "Sexy" cologne for men. On-line searches just seem to turn up "Very Sexy for Him" by Victoria's Secret. I'm not sure that is the right one. Any ideas, or thoughts on possibly substitutions? I know from my teacher friends that Axe body spray is all the rage with teen boys right now.
posted by socrateaser on Dec 11, 2006 - 18 answers

Avoiding cigarettes in Wien/Vienna and other smoker-friendly cities

Ideas for respectfully avoiding cigarette smoke when visiting a strong smoking culture (especially in Wien/Vienna, but advice for other cities is very welcome too). [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain on Oct 14, 2006 - 9 answers

Where can I find a good sage-scented cologne?

Anyone know of a good sage cologne? [more inside]
posted by kimota on Jan 22, 2006 - 5 answers

What to do in Germany next week?

Places to go and things to see (and photograph) in Berlin, Dusseldorf/Essen/Cologne and Vienna. [more inside]
posted by jedrek on Nov 3, 2005 - 16 answers

Too Many Perfume Choices: What Appeals to You, Guys?

I need to get opinions on perfume, specifically from men, but women's experiences will help as well. (MI) [more inside]
posted by Ugh on Dec 23, 2004 - 51 answers

Eau de toilette nomenclature

What is the difference between eau de toilette and cologne? More importantly, why is it called "toilet water"?
posted by borkingchikapa on Dec 9, 2004 - 13 answers

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