Do Fragrances change from wearing to wearing?

    Do Fragrances change from wearing to wearing?

    post #1 of 22
    Thread Starter 

    One aspect of this new hobby that I really enjoy is, even as I think I am starting to get a fix on a fragrance, the next time I wear it, I might detect a new note or trait I had not noted (and I do take notes) the last time I wore it. As an example only, I've worn one particular fragrance 4 times. Here is my verdict after each wearing:

    1-nice; try again

    2-ugh, what is that note, and why did I think I liked this?

    3-nice again

    4-Flat out gorgeous. Buy a bottle

     

    Now, that is the most extreme case of fluctuation I have experienced. But with many others, I am routinely experiencing differences between wearings.

     

    Do fragrances change from wearing to wearing? If so, what causes that? Or is this just a newb experience? As you get more experienced with fragrances generally or with a specific fragrance, do they (your fragrances) become more fixed, immutable for you?

     

    Hope you are enjoying a beautiful end of summer/early autumn weekend.

    j

    post #2 of 22
    I think its probably more a case of your nose and brain interpreting it differently, rather than the fragrance itself changing. Its all a good sign though, it means your senses are evolving! I have learned in my journey to never have immovable ideas about a scent. So many times I have declared love or hate for a scent and then have to eat my words when I feel differently, for no particular reason at all.
    post #3 of 22
    It's you smile.gif
    Consider how it is hearing a piece of music for the first time, then how your experience of it changes with repeated listenings.
    That dynamism is what keeps things intersting.
    post #4 of 22
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'eaulita View Post

    I think its probably more a case of your nose and brain interpreting it differently, rather than the fragrance itself changing..
    I think that's true also.
    post #5 of 22

    It has happened to me, and sometimes I have drastically changed my opinion on a fragrance. The most costly mistake was with Spiritueuse Double Vanille, which I thought of as the perfect vanilla fragrance. But then I started picking up a briny olive note in it and could not un-sniff it. I broke the bottle into lots of 5 ml decants and swapped the whole thing away. 

    post #6 of 22

    I think your senses change more so often than the actual fragrance

    post #7 of 22
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by furrypine View Post

    It has happened to me, and sometimes I have drastically changed my opinion on a fragrance. The most costly mistake was with Spiritueuse Double Vanille, which I thought of as the perfect vanilla fragrance. But then I started picking up a briny olive note in it and could not un-sniff it. I broke the bottle into lots of 5 ml decants and swapped the whole thing away. 
    Wow! I wouldn't have thought that could happen with that scent. Interesting.
    post #8 of 22
    It's a combination of things.

    Maybe on the less pleasurable days, you were simply not in the mood for that genre. I know aldehydes can really bug me on days I'm not in the mood for it.
    post #9 of 22
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'eaulita View Post

    I think its probably more a case of your nose and brain interpreting it differently, rather than the fragrance itself changing. Its all a good sign though, it means your senses are evolving! I have learned in my journey to never have immovable ideas about a scent. So many times I have declared love or hate for a scent and then have to eat my words when I feel differently, for no particular reason at all.

     

     

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post

    It's you smile.gif
    Consider how it is hearing a piece of music for the first time, then how your experience of it changes with repeated listenings.
    That dynamism is what keeps things intersting.

     

     

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hednic View Post


    I think that's true also.

     

    Thought so. Too bad, in a way, because I am rather enjoying the apparently dynamic character of some of these scents. Oh well

    post #10 of 22
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by james1051 View Post





    Thought so. Too bad, in a way, because I am rather enjoying the apparently dynamic character of some of these scents. Oh well

    Don't feel bad.
    As Heraclitus said 'you cannot step into the same river twice'.
    post #11 of 22
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post

    Don't feel bad.
    As Heraclitus said 'you cannot step into the same river twice'.

    I thought we'd moved past Heraclitus.
    post #12 of 22
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    Originally Posted by treeman5823 View Post
     
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post

    Don't feel bad.
    As Heraclitus said 'you cannot step into the same river twice'.

    I thought we'd moved past Heraclitus.

     

    LOL!

     

    This is Basenotes.  No classic left behind!  :evil:

    post #13 of 22
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post

    LOL!

    No classic left behind!  evil.gif

    That' s a failed system : O
    post #14 of 22
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'eaulita View Post

    I think its probably more a case of your nose and brain interpreting it differently, rather than the fragrance itself changing. Its all a good sign though, it means your senses are evolving! I have learned in my journey to never have immovable ideas about a scent. So many times I have declared love or hate for a scent and then have to eat my words when I feel differently, for no particular reason at all.

     

    Couldn't have pointed it better.

    post #15 of 22
    Could be the lotions and soaps you use also.
    post #16 of 22

    To me, only the personal sensations about a fragrance changed and if I ever had the feeling that longevity, sillage etc. changed significantly, it's probably the usual variables (olfactory fatigue, diet, season etc.). 

    post #17 of 22
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post

    It's you smile.gif
    Consider how it is hearing a piece of music for the first time, then how your experience of it changes with repeated listenings.
    That dynamism is what keeps things intersting.

    this is a good comparison, this makes sense to me. i am also wondering if your nose gets used to things, i purchased Aventus recently, and it seems less prominent as days go by. maybe i should mix it up a bit?

    9/15/13 at 5:00am

    james1051 said:



    One aspect of this new hobby that I really enjoy is, even as I think I am starting to get a fix on a fragrance, the next time I wear it, I might detect a new note or trait I had not noted (and I do take notes) the last time I wore it. As an example only, I've worn one particular fragrance 4 times. Here is my verdict after each wearing:

    1-nice; try again

    2-ugh, what is that note, and why did I think I liked this?

    3-nice again

    4-Flat out gorgeous. Buy a bottle

     

    Now, that is the most extreme case of fluctuation I have experienced. But with many others, I am routinely experiencing differences between wearings.

     

    Do fragrances change from wearing to wearing? If so, what causes that? Or is this just a newb experience? As you get more experienced with fragrances generally or with a specific fragrance, do they (your fragrances) become more fixed, immutable for you?

     

    Hope you are enjoying a beautiful end of summer/early autumn weekend.

    j

    9/15/13 at 5:43am

    L'eaulita said:



    I think its probably more a case of your nose and brain interpreting it differently, rather than the fragrance itself changing. Its all a good sign though, it means your senses are evolving! I have learned in my journey to never have immovable ideas about a scent. So many times I have declared love or hate for a scent and then have to eat my words when I feel differently, for no particular reason at all.

    9/15/13 at 6:03am

    gandhajala said:



    It's you smile.gif
    Consider how it is hearing a piece of music for the first time, then how your experience of it changes with repeated listenings.
    That dynamism is what keeps things intersting.

    9/15/13 at 7:00am

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'eaulita View Post

    I think its probably more a case of your nose and brain interpreting it differently, rather than the fragrance itself changing..
    I think that's true also.

    9/15/13 at 7:03am

    furrypine said:



    It has happened to me, and sometimes I have drastically changed my opinion on a fragrance. The most costly mistake was with Spiritueuse Double Vanille, which I thought of as the perfect vanilla fragrance. But then I started picking up a briny olive note in it and could not un-sniff it. I broke the bottle into lots of 5 ml decants and swapped the whole thing away. 

    9/15/13 at 8:28am

    Tony T said:



    I think your senses change more so often than the actual fragrance

    9/15/13 at 8:30am

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by furrypine View Post

    It has happened to me, and sometimes I have drastically changed my opinion on a fragrance. The most costly mistake was with Spiritueuse Double Vanille, which I thought of as the perfect vanilla fragrance. But then I started picking up a briny olive note in it and could not un-sniff it. I broke the bottle into lots of 5 ml decants and swapped the whole thing away. 
    Wow! I wouldn't have thought that could happen with that scent. Interesting.

    9/15/13 at 10:36am

    hedonist222 said:



    It's a combination of things.

    Maybe on the less pleasurable days, you were simply not in the mood for that genre. I know aldehydes can really bug me on days I'm not in the mood for it.

    9/15/13 at 11:31am

    james1051 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'eaulita View Post

    I think its probably more a case of your nose and brain interpreting it differently, rather than the fragrance itself changing. Its all a good sign though, it means your senses are evolving! I have learned in my journey to never have immovable ideas about a scent. So many times I have declared love or hate for a scent and then have to eat my words when I feel differently, for no particular reason at all.

     

     

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post

    It's you smile.gif
    Consider how it is hearing a piece of music for the first time, then how your experience of it changes with repeated listenings.
    That dynamism is what keeps things intersting.

     

     

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hednic View Post


    I think that's true also.

     

    Thought so. Too bad, in a way, because I am rather enjoying the apparently dynamic character of some of these scents. Oh well

    9/15/13 at 11:52am

    gandhajala said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by james1051 View Post





    Thought so. Too bad, in a way, because I am rather enjoying the apparently dynamic character of some of these scents. Oh well

    Don't feel bad.
    As Heraclitus said 'you cannot step into the same river twice'.

    9/15/13 at 5:28pm

    treeman5823 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post

    Don't feel bad.
    As Heraclitus said 'you cannot step into the same river twice'.

    I thought we'd moved past Heraclitus.

    9/15/13 at 6:25pm

    Redneck Perfumisto said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by treeman5823 View Post
     
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post

    Don't feel bad.
    As Heraclitus said 'you cannot step into the same river twice'.

    I thought we'd moved past Heraclitus.

     

    LOL!

     

    This is Basenotes.  No classic left behind!  :evil:

    9/15/13 at 7:18pm

    CapriDog said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post

    LOL!

    No classic left behind!  evil.gif

    That' s a failed system : O

    9/15/13 at 10:46pm

    Pedro A said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'eaulita View Post

    I think its probably more a case of your nose and brain interpreting it differently, rather than the fragrance itself changing. Its all a good sign though, it means your senses are evolving! I have learned in my journey to never have immovable ideas about a scent. So many times I have declared love or hate for a scent and then have to eat my words when I feel differently, for no particular reason at all.

     

    Couldn't have pointed it better.

    9/16/13 at 8:37am

    sjg3839 said:



    Could be the lotions and soaps you use also.

    9/16/13 at 12:35pm

    Ken_Russell said:



    To me, only the personal sensations about a fragrance changed and if I ever had the feeling that longevity, sillage etc. changed significantly, it's probably the usual variables (olfactory fatigue, diet, season etc.). 

    9/16/13 at 2:56pm

    greddyboy said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post

    It's you smile.gif
    Consider how it is hearing a piece of music for the first time, then how your experience of it changes with repeated listenings.
    That dynamism is what keeps things intersting.

    this is a good comparison, this makes sense to me. i am also wondering if your nose gets used to things, i purchased Aventus recently, and it seems less prominent as days go by. maybe i should mix it up a bit?