Originally Posted by Ruggles
I'm curious as to what fragrances you've had the experience of a good first hour or so, and then it tranforming into an insipid mess?
For me, Capucci Pour Homme and Givenchy Gentleman, after opening brilliantly, devolve into something unrecognizable and unremarkable.
Any other candidates out there?
The original Gentleman's one of the finest, most long lasting creations out there. Has beautiful evolution all the way through. Far from an insipid mess. You must have gotten the new stuff which has been attenuated and lacks the animalic base.
As Luca Turin said, "There are now many fragrances in which the company has spent all the money on the top notes. Almost every modern fragrance. They have 85 dollars for the formula and they spend 83-and-a-half on the first five minutes. So the beginning is like a rollercoaster and then it just dies".
Ironically, the Japanese dislike top notes. Every fragrance tester is paired with a single, well-used test strip labeled with its name and impregnated with the scent. No clean strips are provided. So by sampling perfumes this way you eliminate the top notes.