Originally Posted by SaikhaNBayar Thanks for that. To be honest, i'm really after longevity. Good post!
My best measure for longevity is how long it takes a scent to clear out of my jacket or jumper (since they don't go into the shower with me).
If it's longevity that you're after, the longest lasting scent by far is Joop Homme EDT, followed somewhat behind it by Annik Goutal's Sables. These can last 5 days in my jumpers.
Aramis doesn't quite last as long a long time, but pumps out lots more scent over three or four days.
Other good extra long lasting ones on me include L'Eau D'Issey, Eternity, Chrome, Lagerfeld Photo, Diesel Zero Plus, Boss 6, Opium EDP.
Before buying a scent I usually spray some on the back of my hand. If it's still there with some strength three hours later, it usually will last a full working day (about 8 hours or more) when sprayed under clothes.
Most of the purer citrus scents don't last a working day on me - I'm lucky to get 2 or 3 hours out of Eau Sauvage or YSL Pour Homme, 5 hours from Eau de Rochas. With the exception of D&G Masculine and Aqua di Portofino, I need woody-citrus scents to get lasting power with citrus (Chrome, Versace Green Jeans).
I also don't get much lasting power out of scents classified as woody-spicy at the PerfumeWorld site, they usually conk out after 5 or 6 hours.
But our skins are all a bit different, and there are people who will swear black and blue that the scents I claim are short lasting, they get a full day's wear out of.
Also beware niche scents. With the exception of MPG, Serge Lutens, a couple of Creeds, most of them are somewhat weak in the longevity department - the typical non citrus, non woody-spicy designer scent easily outlasts most of them.