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What are your loathed fragrance buzzwords

What are your loathed fragrance buzzwords 9 months ago 2

If you watch any fragrance youtubers, you might come across buzzwords being used that give you a certain reaction. 

This is in good fun so don't go after anyone.

This particular word I find particularly sexist and I doubt this happens to anyone, but 'panty dropper' just sounds so wrong and the fact people believe a fragrance will make people do that is pretty hilarious.

9 months ago 5

Ugh, "panty dropper" is just vile! I remember someone using the term "ladykiller fragrances" a few years ago in a list video, which didn't seem anywhere as repulsive. Anyway, can't stand "beast mode" or "nuclear" and the endless nonsense about "performance". Don't get me wrong, if it's someone with a long work day who just wants decent performance that's perfectly understandable, but when it's clearly just an attention-seeking thing it's a bit pathetic, isn't it? 

9 months ago 5

well yes, any variation on the term "panty dropper"...ridiculous

also: "beastmode" (what does that even mean)

And: "must-have"... really?

not to forget: "compliment magnet"...

I am much more inclined to check out a perfume based on its description, on the notes...what it smells like basically, than on somebody telling me it is a loindrenching scent.

9 months ago 2
Nicolas78

Ugh, "panty dropper" is just vile! I remember someone using the term "ladykiller fragrances" a few years ago in a list video, which didn't seem anywhere as repulsive. Anyway, can't stand "beast mode" or "nuclear" and the endless nonsense about "performance". Don't get me wrong, if it's someone with a long work day who just wants decent performance that's perfectly understandable, but when it's clearly just an attention-seeking thing it's a bit pathetic, isn't it?

I despise the term 'ladykiller' like really, a woman's just gonna go straight up to a guy just because he's wearing a popular fragrance? And he's got zero charisma? We have preferences and I can tell you I am pretty sick of men smelling of Sauvage (Eau de Toilette)Sauvage Eau de Toilette is it a 'ladykiller' not to me and I could list other fragrances that have the opposite effect on me. It's blatant sexism.

9 months ago 3

personally, 'juice' 

9 months ago 6

"Panty dropper," "Lady killer," "Chick or man magnet," "Man tamer."

Anything that gives men the idea that  women will just swoon into their arms or gives women the idea men will find them irresistible because of a fragrance.   Just no.

Also "grandma" "old lady" "old man" etc. used as perfume descriptors.

9 months ago 3

How about 'Crowd pleaser' 😆? And, like KathrynA66, I hate the 'old lady' and 'grandma/grandpa' comments. Although the more 'old ladies' I see coming by in reviews, the more I get interested because I love vintages 😀. But I'd suggest to change 'old lady or old man' in 'old soul', a much better and more friendly description of vintage smelling perfumes, I think 🙂. 

9 months ago 2

I agree with your remarks about sexists terms. I didn't know about the "man tamer" 🙂.

"Must-have" I didn't think about this one, but yes it is also stupid.

Yes "crowd pleaser" or "mass appealing" is a bit elitarian ...

And @Ringtale : old man/lady, grand pa and so on. In fact I love old perfumes and it has also the reverse effect of getting me interested in.

(I was in a store a few days ago, just musing around while waiting for my train. I got caught by shop assistant: "What are you looking for? Which perfume do you like?

- [I couldn't answer : "well , I am just waiting for my train and enjoying testing perfumes meanwhile", so I played it safe:] Old ones.

- Like what?

- Well, old Guerlain's?

- Mmh which one?

- Habit Rouge (Eau de Toilette)Habit Rouge Eau de Toilette (which just caught my eye on the shelf)

- Oh that old ☹️"

Which might mean that I appear to young to love them 😉.)

9 months ago 2

All of the above, really. Plus this one: 'frag'

Reading these words in written reviews is one, but hearing them in actual conversations really makes me cringe

9 months ago 3

i really dislike the more vulgar terms i hear on tiktok which is kind of funny since i'm not prudish or modest in my day to day. just seems so obnoxious to describe it that way even as hyperbole. things like "this perfume will get your back cracked" and describing scents as "lickable" etc.

and I find the term "grandma" to be kind of annoying but also funny since it's so dependent on what region/age the speaker is. like i'm sure two generations from now a grandma smell will be a gourmand and not a powdery floral

9 months ago 1

"Compliment Puller/Compliment Magnet", or "Crowd pleaser" -- they replaced "Panty Dropper" as sales tactics.  As other people said, they are useless buzzwords.

"Bubble gum scent" -- not every sweet scent is reminiscent of bubble gum.  

8 months ago 2

💪BEAST MODE💪 
I despise that phrase with all my heart. Really. It's one of those words that you can smell and it's smells like gym locker room.

Pantry dropper comes as second, very close. It's more descriptive. Perfumes also tend to overlap and intertwine with our sexuality and yeah, maybe it's a little bit vulgar but it manages to convey the message nonetheless. It's a very soft pass for me when it comes to others using it and I would probably never use myself.

And for my polish users: perfuma/perfum when used as singular noun. People take the gentive/possesive form and use it as a first person nominative. In polish perfumy is always plural following the french per fumee. It's some kind of eastern dialect leftover word that engrained itself in colloqiual speech and I die a little every time someone uses it 😥

8 months ago 1

Describing a scent like something that has been “drizzled”. It activates my fight or flight instinct. 

8 months ago

This might be a weird one, but I don't like it when perfumes are described as "can only wear during x season" or that sort of thing. I get it when people say a certain fragrance performs better at certain temperatures, but the experience of spring or winter is frankly pretty subjective depending on your part of the world. Also, I'm sick of anything with cinnamon or strong pine notes being automatically considered a winter fragrance because people think it smells like Christmas. 

13 days ago

All of these buzzwords are just a sign of uneducated noses.  When people can't recognized Aldehydes, Lavender, Chypre, Iris or Heliotrope etc,  they use "Grandma scent" instead.

13 days ago

“Old lady/man” it’s very ageist and a complete shame. Some perfumes have a more vintage vibe which isn’t a bad thing at all. I can’t stand “beast mode” either. I’m embarrassed if I’ve accidentally oversprayed, I don’t care for “beast mode” or sillage. 

2 days ago

Lately, “DNA”.

I guess I know how the people feel who go irate at the mention of “skin chemistry” now. 

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