Debenhams Reveals Men Smell More Fragrant As They Age
Released on: November 11, 2011, 5:03 pm
Debenhams has revealed the results of new research* which show
that a man's choice of fragrance alters dramatically with advancing
years, resulting in men in their sixties and above selecting and piling
on the strongest of scents.
The sense of smell weakens in people who are their sixties hence why older
generations prefer impactful, longer lasting perfumes, often opting for classic,
masculine pongs from the likes of Aramis and Davidoff.
Unlike today's man who on average begins to use cologne from the age of 14 years
old, sexagenarians and their older brothers didn't grow up wearing fragrance and
most men in this age group (77 per cent) claimed to only start wearing aftershave at the age of 30 years old.
Now that wearing scent is an acceptable part of everyday male grooming, it seems
those born in 1951 and earlier are making up for lost time and 'splashing it on all
over' with 56 per cent saying they respray three times a day, more than any other
Ruth Attridge, spokesperson for Debenhams said: "No longer the fusty Steptoe or the
less-than-fragrant Compo, the older generation has embraced the fragrance hall and
is creating a buzz in the beauty industry.
"Choosing a signature scent can be a challenge whatever your age however, before
reaching for another spritz, we'd always advise remembering that a 'man doesn’t
have to try too hard'."
The older generation still has a little way to go to match up to their sons in their
late twenties and thirties. Research has shown that 63 per cent of men in this age
group have a 'fragrance wardrobe' of five or more scents, with men citing "mood", "occasion" and "trend" for why they experiment.
They were also the age bracket most likely to be influenced by the women in their
life with 71 per cent of men claiming their wife or girlfriend has a say in their
Despite their bad rap for piling on the pong, it is fresh, often unisex fragrances
that are bought most frequently by men in their teens and early twenties. Bottle
design and association with celebrities and sports proved major motivations for
purchases in this age group.
As men reach their forties and fifties, sex sells resulting in a sales boom for the
spicy and musky fragrance sector. The baby boomers have ascertained what fragrance
they like and therefore spend more but buy less, investing in premium, designer
brands such as Chanel, Tom Ford and Bvlgari.
Attridge added: "This research is massively important as we enter the Christmas
"Fragrance is one of our most popular gifts for men and we can now provide further
training for our fragrance consultants to help busy shoppers pick the right perfume,
whether it's for your Great Uncle Bob or your image-conscious teenage son.
"We will be managing our stock levels accordingly to make sure that no one ends up
with a dusty bottle of Old Spice left on the shelf year after year."
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Notes to Editors:
*1,000 men interviewed on their fragrance buying habits between October and November
Debenhams is the second largest department store chain in the UK with a strong
presence in key product categories including men and women's clothing,
childrenswear, furniture and health and beauty, including fragrance gift sets. Debenhams operates 167
stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Debenhams also has 61 international
franchise stores in 24 countries and six Magasin stores in Denmark.
Designers at Debenhams include Preen, Dune, Jonathan Saunders, Jonathan Kelsey,
Roksanda Ilincic, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, Erickson Beamon,
FrostFrench, Henry Holland, Betty Jackson, Ben de Lisi, Julien Macdonald, Melissa
Odabash, Jane Packer, Pearce Fionda, Janet Reger, John Rocha, Lisa Stickley, Eric
Van Peterson and Matthew Williamson.
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