Help with a charity gift request.
December 11, 2006 7:25 AM   Subscribe

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 to Shopping (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
How about Sexual Pour Homme? I don't know what the men's version smells like, but I remember the women's scent as being musky and "sexy" for lack of a better word.
posted by phoenixc at 7:37 AM on December 11, 2006

Maybe Sexual or Sex Appeal. Of course, he is a 14 year old boy, and there is always Spiderman.

Two quick questions (the second one is just personal curiosity):

1) Are you sure that he was asking for a cologne, brand name "Sexy", and not just a cologne that was sexy?

2) What charity or service group is this for? Most charities normally want toys, clothes, food or video games (ChildsPlay)?
posted by JeremiahBritt at 7:38 AM on December 11, 2006

JeremishBritt, I've seen plenty of "angel tree" type charities where individuals specifically request cologne. I don't think that's odd.

When I was 14, Tommy was THE it fragrance for boys. I'm guessing Axe is the it thing now. You can probably find an Axe gift set at drugstores.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:40 AM on December 11, 2006 [1 favorite]

The exact holiday wish card states: "Cologne 'Sexy' for him" - which leads me to think it is a particular brand. Axe body spray is sounding better and better.

The charity is Olive Crest based in Southern California. My company participates in their Be The Miracle program every year.
posted by socrateaser at 7:51 AM on December 11, 2006

Why don't you think it's the Victoria's Secret one? It sounds pretty obviously like the same name, and it is intended for men...
posted by exceptinsects at 8:04 AM on December 11, 2006

Assuming Axe is the US name for Lynx (it is in Europe) then the Axe range has always been popular for boys, but it's hardly a sexy range - it's the sort of stuff boys drown themselves in after gym.

My money would say "'sexy' for him" is probably "sexual pour homme" as phoenixc suggested.
posted by twine42 at 8:05 AM on December 11, 2006

Ditto exceptinsects. Here's a link.
posted by peep at 9:02 AM on December 11, 2006

i thought of victoria's secret too, but i asked my 16 year old brother if he knew anything about any colognes called sexy and he's with me on that one.

neither of us have ever heard of sexual pour homme, so i'd probably go with the vickie's one.
posted by thisisnotkatrina at 9:21 AM on December 11, 2006

I asked some of my students (ages 18-20) and they seem to think that Victoria's Secret Very Sexy is the one.
posted by k8t at 9:26 AM on December 11, 2006

If you go with the Victoria's Secret cologne, get him the gift set that comes with a shaving bag. Every young man could use one of those.
posted by Sara Anne at 9:31 AM on December 11, 2006

As a side note, do the world a favor and don't buy *anyone* Axe body spray. I seriously thought a cat had gotten "territorial" the last time someone wore it around me. It's hideous.
posted by Gucky at 10:42 AM on December 11, 2006

I'm pretty sure that it is the Victoria's Secret VS for men. Lots of girls I know love that scent.
posted by mphuie at 11:00 AM on December 11, 2006

Speaking as a 22 year old college student, girls my age seem to love Axe or Tag... My favorites are #1 Axe "Clix" (had Nick Lachey in the commercial) and #2 Tag "Midnight".

Of course it isn't the same as getting a nice bottle of cologne, but then again I feel like you need to find a bottle of cologne you're in love with to fully appreciate it.
posted by mhuckaba at 11:33 AM on December 11, 2006

Axe must die. Please don't feed that machine. In fact, after reading this thread, I have become extremely thankful that I am not a hs/college student who will, after the holidays, be forced to sit in an overheated classroom full of newly Axed boys with no sense of restraint. I feel a headache coming on just thinking about it.
posted by sageleaf at 12:34 PM on December 11, 2006

You can have the same problem with cologne. I generally use the spray in place of solid deoderant, which itself causes me to sweat/smell, where as the spray does not and there is no bad smell. Since its under my arms its not too strong.
posted by mhuckaba at 12:38 PM on December 11, 2006

I'd really liken the Axes/Tag stuff to deodorant before I'd call them a cologne, personally. If the actual VS stuff is too pricey, there might be a sampler/gift pack that'd be even better.
posted by mikeh at 2:25 PM on December 11, 2006

Please please please don't buy Axe or Tag. That stuff is so gross.
posted by radioamy at 10:14 PM on December 11, 2006

My hubby uses Axe and Tag and I like them. Those are deodorants though - and need to be used in a much lighter dose than teens probably use them.

Go for the Victoria's Secret one.
posted by jesirose at 10:16 PM on December 11, 2006

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