Hi everyone, I am wondering if anyone has experienced olfactory fatigue on an ongoing basis. The reason I ask is because I have tried a number of fragrances recently and found them to be weaker than I had imagined them to be, based on reviews and discussions here and in other forums. So is is possible to get so used to strong perfume smells that you become almost 'immune' to them? I recently go Teck by Mollinard and I can only smell it for a couple of hours, the same with Mr. Blass. A colleague uses Giorgio beverly Hills and it is really strong on him, but when i apply mine, it seems weaker. Since I gave him the Giorgio as a gift, I know it is just regular old Giorgio. Has anyone else experinced the same, or found a fragrance that just seems weak, when practically everyone else says it is strong?
Hi Scent - I think certain fragrances just have this effect. Not on everyone for sure but I have certain fragrances which I'm sure are pretty strong but just seem to disappear after a while. I recently purchased Mr Blass and Tabac EDT. Mr Blass seems to stop projecting fairly quickly but if I smell it up close, even after 4-5hrs, it still smells pretty strong. Tabac EDT does the same - I'm sure it's powerful stuff but i stop smelling it around me fairly quickly yet next morning the smell is there on my clothes - weird!
For some reason I've never experienced what is referred to as olfactory fatigue. Every time I wear Lapidus, for example, it's a powerhouse. If one wears the same fragrance every day, I could see getting used to it but I wear something different every day so I don't imagine I need to worry about it.
Besides the perception you might get when using your own fragrances (like you describe at your OP: others can smell it and you cannot, and you are able to smell the fragrance that other person is wearing faster/louder than your own), olfactory fatigue is a scientific fact and perfectly normal or expectable so to speak.
Keep in mind however, that doesn't imply you're anosmic (is a medical condition). The saturation on your sense of smell cellular receptors after a while (time factor), ammount of stimulation (your own umbral to "accept" certain ingredients or raw materials so to speak) and other factors like health, climate, emotions, etc, will lead you to experience or not olfactory fatigue to a certain note or more than one. While you are on such condition, the rest of your "sensors" (the cells at your nose epithelium that as receptors inform your brain and "translate" the information about the aroma/odor you're sensing) are not transitory fatigued, therefore you are capable to smell clearly those other smells. The last is easy to understand if you think just for a moment that in despite being not our best developed sense, the olfactory system is important for survival (in case of smoke aka danger, or for reproductive reasons, or to help with taste while you eat!)... so that "break" your nose takes from time to time is extremely important to became a better trained person in the need and art of smelling -just the opossite as becaming worse. Hope this contribution will clarify your doubts. I think is great you have asked this important questions.
This has happened to me with every cologne that I own with the exception of Kouros. I have a bottle of the older formulation and let me tell you; you don't wear Kouros, it wears you! That stuff will stick to you like white on rice, and it's so pungent and linear that even though I initially liked it, after nine hours of smelling it I got sick of it and won't wear it again for a while.
As the old adage goes, a skunk cannot smell his own scent.