Originally Posted by Pigeon Murderer
In my experience Imperiale is the only one which doesn`t last; it`s completely gone in two hours. But, Eau de Guerlain for example has a great lasting power on me, not to mention some other ones.
You are lucky then. Eau de Guerlain and Eau Imperial are Guerlains versions of the CLASSICAL COLOGNE
, which were never meant to have a lasting scent !! (4711, Farina, Roger & Gallet Cologne would be others). They are from the days when real perfumes and scented oils were generally used for scenting purposes by a priviledged and rather limited section of the population. Those old colognes were applied as luxury waters. Colognes as 'power scents' came later and were originally derived from the respective perfumes, like Jicky, Mitsouko etc. Only male fragrances, I believe, started as colognes right away, like Knize Ten.
Longevity with Guerlains: for me Derby
lasts best. Habit Rouge is near the limit I can bear. I do not mind when it eventually goes. The rest is weaker on me. Vetiver may appear to be gone after two hours, but then in the afternoon I may get surprise waves of it again. All in all - if most Hermes scents had the same average strength as Guerlains', I would consider myself a happy man!