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The fragrance of love: Men give views on five romantic perfumes

We tested five of our favorite romantic perfumes by asking 20 Oklahoma City area men their opinions.
by Heather Warlick Published: February 11, 2013

Surprisingly, 9 of the 20 men we surveyed chose the same fragrance as their favorite: Elie Saab Le Parfum.

The light fragrance has notes of white flowers, cedar woods and a drop of honey.

Overwhelmingly, the men we asked used the word “subtle” to explain why they preferred the fragrances they did.

“You should only be able to smell it when you're close,” said Adam Kemp, 25, a reporter at The Oklahoman. His favorite scent was Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia. “I don't like very strong perfume, so the soft floral scent is very nice.”

Four of the men liked best the bouquet of tuberose and creamy sandalwood of the Michael Kors Gold Rose Edition. Three preferred the warm vanilla and cedarwood notes of Kiehl's Aromatic Blends.

In addition to “subtle,” the men commonly used the words “fresh,” “light” and “clean” to describe the fragrances they found most romantic.

Women, beware of wearing too much of your favorite perfume. Experts say that when you've been wearing a fragrance for a while, your brain shuts off to the scent and you're more likely to spray on too much.

And to keep your fragrances smelling sweet, perfumers say to store them in the fridge.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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