MEN don’t use perfume often, but when we do, it’s a means to attract women — well, that’s what we think anyway. For us, what works the first time round will continue to be used. We don’t like testing new smells.
I choose my perfume based on reviews and whether it works for my skin. I also try not to upstage the girls by overspraying and I keep in mind that I will also be around the boys.
But what do women expect their men to smell like?
MUSKY OR FRESH
General manager Lam Swee Kim prefers men to smell musky, but “not too strong as it will give her a migraine”.
“A perfume shouldn’t introduce a man first, or trail him as he walks away,” explains Lam, who prefers to be perfume-less. But she admits that because of her sharp sense of smell, she likes things to be neutral.
It’s a different case for corporate finance head Tengku Adrinna Shahaz as she likes fresh smell on men.
“Putting on perfume is a conscious effort that shows you take care of yourself and that you consider what people think of you. Modern, crisp and masculine is the way to go. A strong presence requires different senses to be ignited and smelling good simply adds to your charisma,” she says.
Senior executive Sharifah Nur Adibah Syed Tahir thinks a light, fresh smell is what men should go for.
“As with fashion, I think it should be a natural progression for perfumes to shift from the traditional smell to a cleaner version.”