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    I have several fragrances I love that don't have a big transition - not that they are linear, but the drydown doesn't bring a big change in the scent of the fragrance. However there are some that just change radically and end in the basenotes with that: aahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... feeling!

    For me some of the best are:
    1. D&G pour homme - I don't particularly like the topnotes... too many people spray too much and it overwhelms. However, on my skin (and sprayed in appropriate quantities!), the drydown is sublime!

    2. Bvlgari Aqva - a great change from a salty aquatic to something much more deep... but it could be deep aqua if you wish!

    3. Montale's Black Aoud (Lime too!) - it takes a while on my skin, but a few hours after first spray, it becomes so deep and rich.

    4. Carthusia Uomo. - Just a beautiful basenote... I could sniff my arm all evening!

    These are just a few that come to mind... what are your favorites?

    (edit - sorry originally wrote Black Orchid and meant to say Black Aoud! Thanks TwoRoads!)
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    Default Re: great transition through a wonderful drydown

    For me.. Habit Rouge (The top notes are sickening, the drydown is so much different)
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    Kouros YSL
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    I hear what you are saying. Wonderful drydowns are a non-negotiable for me on fragrances that stay in my wardrobe. I must have it. That being said, there are some that rock me to the core; that wonderful whiff you get as you walk outside to go home after work (8 -10 hours after application) and say to yourself: Wow that is amazing. Here are 10 that spring forward immediately in my mind.

    Terre d’Hermes
    Fou d’Absinthe
    Heritage
    Santal Noble
    Arome 3 Tradition
    Cuir Amethyste
    Absinth - Nasomatto
    Tiffany for Men
    Chevalier d'Orsay
    Domenico Caraceni
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    the best drydown for me is Chanel Antaeus. I have to wait for it couple of hours when the top and middle notes fade

    I like to take a shower and smell the warmth of steam and warmth of Antaeus on my skin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schachman View Post
    3. Montale's Black Orchid

    Did you mean Black Aoud???


    There are many scents I know with astonishingly good drydown, but perhaps the one I should mention before anything else is Ungaro`s II.
    The drydown of this fragrance is simply put breathtaking : I`m not that crazy about the juice from the begining, but after couple of hours this shows the quality of real artful development which is a real treat, real treasure and exceptional in every way. Rich, DEEP and complex.
    By the late hours, it just keeps getting better and better.

    Yatagan is also one of those art of perfumery scents which, you know, by the time keeps just getting better and better.

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    jock_with_scents mentioned one of the scents that, IMO, fully exemplifies this in a fragrance: Heritage by Guerlain. The Heritage drydown, as I call it, is something to marvel at.

    Another equally fascinating (although not quite as formal/classy): Sandalwood by Geo F. Trumpers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PigeonMurderer View Post
    Did you mean Black Aoud???
    Yes, Sorry! I fixed it above. TwoRoads already PM'd me about! That's what I get for writing while I'm at work!
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    I like:

    Chanel Egoiste - good transition, amazing drydown
    Dior Homme - great transition, great drydown
    Guerlain Heritage - great transition, amazing drydown
    M7 - amazing transition, great drydown

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    Now it's Creed Neroli Sauvage for me.

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    I agree with PigeonMurderer on Ungaro II. An interesting and surprising drydown is a huge plus for me. Some others that have impressed me are Havana, Patou pour Homme, Rebellius, Fou d'Absinthe, Idole, Knize Ten, Jubilation XXV, Mandarine-Mandarin, Nuit Noire, Santal Noble, Acier Aluminium, L'Homme Sage, New York, and Cuir Mauresque.
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    I've always enjoyed Creed Tabarome Millesime.

    Just when I think the opening ginger note is becoming a little too overbearing, it mellows out and what's left is incredibly well balanced, suitably complex and has depth galore!

    Others I enjoy;

    Ungaro III
    Jacques Fath Yang
    TdH
    Heritage

    The scent grows richer, he knows he must be near
    He finds a long passageway lit by chandelier
    Each step he takes, the perfumes change
    From familiar fragrance to flavours strange
    A magnificent chamber meets his eye

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    The Chanel power-hitters have fantastic drydowns - Antaeus, PM, and Egoiste. Kouros has already been mentioned - YUM! And Heritage - DOUBLE YUM!

    Great drydowns are the province of oriental and woody fragrances. Most have it in spades, IMO.
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    For me, the most incredible dry down is with Parfum D'Habit. Starts off brash and pungent, then slowly mutates into a wonderful scent, a little agressive and untamed, but in a good way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greendragon View Post
    For me, the most incredible dry down is with Parfum D'Habit. Starts off brash and pungent, then slowly mutates into a wonderful scent, a little agressive and untamed, but in a good way.
    Good thought. Parfum d'Habit does evolve nicely, but without ever losing its special, somewhat wild, "edge."

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    Fou d’Absinthe.... wonderful transition through a great drydown
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    Quote Originally Posted by achanna View Post
    Fou d’Absinthe.... wonderful transition through a great drydown
    Ditto. What I love about Fou d'Absinthe is that it's engaging from the git-go, and just keeps getting better from there. Following the initial blast of artemesia (which lasts only too briefly IMO) it's barbershop drydown done right, giving Habit Rouge a run for its money, albeit a bit more muted than the latter.
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    Hugh Parson's Traditional Blue has a great drydown. If it didn't it wouldn't be a great fragrance, but it does, so it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snafoo View Post
    Ditto. What I love about Fou d'Absinthe is that it's engaging from the git-go, and just keeps getting better from there. Following the initial blast of artemesia (which lasts only too briefly IMO) it's barbershop drydown done right, giving Habit Rouge a run for its money, albeit a bit more muted than the latter.
    Come to think of it, Olivia Giacobetti really knows how to structure a drydown. Just look at Dzing!, Fou d'Absinthe, and Idole.

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    L'Artisan Eau du Navigateur. Those top notes are really smokey, but it dries down to a heavenly tobacco, coffee, leather accord.

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