Originally Posted by Indie_Guy
Dittos on that. It took me a while to really appreciate my L'Instant PH EDP for what it is and how it wears. I'm not a person who likes "big sillage"; I like my fragrances to wear close to my body, but to get noticed at close range. A fragrance like L'Instant PH EDP (1-2 sprays under my shirt and/or maybe a slight dab on the neck or arms) seems to percolate on the warmth of skin and come wafting up, full of sensous depth and complexity. It's very satisfying and yet, when worn discretely, it doesn't take over the room. Yes, it's a strong fragrance-- I was wearing a pair of pants the other day that I'd previously left a small vial of the EDP in a pocket-- and I merely put my hand in my pocket and when I removed it, my hand smelled wonderful.
That's the thing about some of the perfume strength editions. They're more intense, yet not necessarily sillage beasts-- thus making the act of wearing them even more personal and satisfying. I don't want to fill up a room, but I do want to snap a neck or two at close range.
I can't wait to try the Terre D'Hermes Parfum.
Yes, Indie - this is EXACTLY why the stronger concentrations are so appealing to me, too. I wasn't able to really express the thing that I love about L'Instant PH EDP correctly, but you have. I'm rarely in the mood for big sillage, but more often than not, I want some real scent in my immediate vicinity. Something with depth - not just the tail end of a fleeting scent. Something that still has some kick left in it. And you're right - it can actually be MORE personal than a light but freely sillaging EDT.
There are times that I want those dry whiffs of LIPH EDT cascading about the room, but when I want to enjoy those juicy gourmand notes, like a piece of cake I'm not sharing, except maybe with the wife sitting at the table with me - then the EDP is king.
I hope TdH Parfum does the same thing on me. If it's as close-wearing as it was for SMM, I'll be a happy camper. And if the industry can keep to the "stronger but closer" model, I think they may be able to do nicely in the American men's market with higher concentrations. We don't need loud powerhouse. We need quiet kick-ass.