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    Default Top 10 strongest/most powerful perfumes ever?

    I have read quite a bit lately about lasting power, sillage, application, skin chemistry and perfume styles by time period. I am just wondering, in the end...if you were to make a classification of the 10 strongest perfumes you have ever encountered, what would those be? Unfortunately, I found that "strong" does not always equal "best smelling" and that often times, "divine smelling" perfumes are not necessarily the most prominent or long lasting; but for those with skin chemistry problems, the right strong perfume can be a blessing.

    With my limited expertise and wardrobe, these are the fragrance I found to be the strongest (strong meaning a good mixture of lasting power, sillage, projection, strength, etc). They are not in order of strength. What has been your experience?

    1. Opium
    2. Anglomania - Vivienne Westood (goodness, what a monster).
    3. Aromatic Elixir
    4. Obsession
    5. Ysatis (even the EDT seems quite potent)
    6. Femme Rochas (but I am not sure)
    7. Shalimar EDP (one of the very few gorgeous AND strong)
    8. Angel (???) (people say so, and I thought so too, but after a while, it stopped being a laster on me - husband could confirm, it was not just olfactory fatigue).
    9. Giorgio (one of those horribly smelling scrubbers)
    10. Samasara EDP or Poison Dior...(not sure which)

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    1. coco (i own the edt and it lasts forever on me)
    2. shalimar
    3. salvador dali
    4. n 5
    5. dior homme
    6. fleur du male
    7. samsara
    8. fleur du male
    9. opium
    10. ysatis
    c*

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    1. youth dew
    2. ysatis
    3. coco
    4. opium
    5. wrappings
    6. knowing
    7. CINNABAR!
    8. Angel
    9. Saks Fifth Ave. for her
    10.ciara

    And BTW ~ I love, or have loved, most of these!!!

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    Great question, syracusa! I will be interested to see if any of my favorites are mentioned (none, so far). I often say I prefer scents that are subtle and close-to-the-skin -- but I have wondered if any of them are loud to the people around me.
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    Just thought of one... Gaultier2 seems to tick most of those criteria for me.
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    Tenacious with a capital T:

    Annick Goutal Sables
    Lolita Lempicka
    Musc Ravageur
    Ambre Sultan
    Pink Sugar
    Aimez-Moi
    Sicily
    Bal a Versailles
    Femme
    Nirmala

    Thank heavens I adore them all!
    "I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." - Jacques Guerlain

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    Poison by Christian Dior
    Incense by Norma Kamali
    Youth Dew by Estee Lauder
    Black Orchid by Tom Ford
    Fracas by Piguet

    Sorry...I can't think of more.
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    Giorgio (yuck!)
    Tabu (great but most people wear too much!)
    Wrappings (had it, loved it but got rid of it because it didn't come in a less intense form)
    Canoe (men)
    Paris
    Coriandre


    Can't think of any others just now...

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    Black Aoud belongs up there with the big ones.

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    If we are talking about strong, in a good sense, as staying power, these are the ones I wear that I think meet the bill:

    Shalimar
    Samsara
    Lolita Lempicka
    Obsession

    Worn by others:

    Angel
    Opium
    Ysatis
    Youth Dew
    Fracas

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    Sublime EDP by Jean Patou
    Hani Mori for Men EDP
    Tabac Blond extrait by Caron
    Parfum des Merveilles (extrait) by Hermes

    Teddius

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    Giorgio Beverly Hills
    Poison
    Exclamation
    Il Bacio (!!!)
    Gio
    Amarige
    Fendi
    Chanel No.5
    Xia Xiang
    Gucci Rush

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    White Diamonds! Any list of top ten strong, tenacious, sillage-monsters must include this
    I've trademarked the color bleu

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    Poison
    Giorgio BH
    Ciara
    Aromatics
    Youth Dew
    Tabac Blonde
    Isadora
    Chantilly
    Lou Lou
    SL Ambre Sultan (and Arabie)
    Quand on boit l'eau, il faut penser à sa source

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    Strongest scents that I can think of just now:
    Poison
    Dior Addict
    Giorgio
    Aromatics Elixir
    Angel
    Youth Dew
    Obsession
    Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant
    Opium
    Versace Blonde

    Honourable mentions to : Amarige, Oscar, Blue Grass, Montana Parfum de Peau and Hypnotic Poison.
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    Fendi
    Michael Storer Winter Star
    Giorgio
    Bijan
    Poison
    Opium
    Monyette Coquette Tropique
    Youth Dew
    Paloma
    Sunflowers

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    Kingdom

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    I can't believe nobody has mentioned the gawd aweful white diamonds. Seriously, is it that strong or do old ladies dump the whole bottle on?

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    Vallee des Rois by Mira Takla -
    will stay with you for days! I love this one, but use it only for special times!
    Bonnie

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    I'd say...
    Angel
    Opium
    Samsara
    Amarige
    Youth Dew
    Obsession
    Kenzo Jungle Elephant

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    SL Miel de Bois - this stuff stays and stays and stays, even on me.
    Angel lasts only a few hours on me, which is a shame as I like this.

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    Youth Dew
    Aromatics Elixer
    Obsession
    Georgio and Georgio Red
    Poison
    Amarige
    Samsara
    Cinnabar
    Coco
    White Shoulders

    I actually own several of these but a little goes a verrrrrrry long way.

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    I own most of these, or have at least tried them:

    1. Red - Georgio Beverly Hills
    2. Deep Red - Hugo Boss
    3. Violette Angel
    4. Pink Sugar
    5. Gucci Rush
    6. Youth Dew
    7. Angel
    8. Red Door (YUCK!)
    9. Chanel no.5
    10. Dior Addict

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    1. Poison (ick!)
    2. Opium
    3. Obsession
    4. Youth Dew
    5. Shalimar
    6. Mitsouko (hurrah!)
    7. Body shop White musk
    8. Jovan musk
    9. Flowerbomb
    10.Black Orchid

    Just an opinion, don't hate me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddius View Post
    Sublime EDP by Jean Patou
    Teddius
    I am quite surprised to see Sublime mentioned here.
    It is one of my favorite fragrances, absolutely gorgeous, but on the downside, on me it is not at all strong or long lasting. I now have both some EDP and EDT and both concentrations have the same effect on me - gorgeous but they tend to disappear quickly or at least I stop being able to smell them very soon after application. And I DO apply!

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    Burberry Brit Gold
    Youth Dew
    Chloe (vintage)
    Escada Collection
    Balenciaga's Rumba
    Escada Margaretha Ley

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    OK...today I am wearing my mom's Madame Rochas EDT and boy, it is strong or what!!
    Trouble is it smells very synthetic/hair spray-ish on me. I almost wish it would go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    I can't believe nobody has mentioned the gawd aweful white diamonds. Seriously, is it that strong or do old ladies dump the whole bottle on?
    Totally forgot that one. I worked with a woman who wore this exclusively for years. You could smell her at least 10 feet away and around a few corners before she entered the room.

    My mom wore Il Bacio when I was a kid. She also had the body lotion, shower gel and the small bottle of pure perfume. She would wear it to church on Sundays.... and we would STILL smell it lingering around the entire house by Thursday. And I'm not even exaggerating! Seriously POWERFUL stuff!!
    I LOVED it though. It's such an intoxicating fragrance.

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    Ohh yeah baby, some of those already mentioned
    could make me weep , so I just have to reiterate them:

    Obsession, Amarige, Samsara
    Coco, Youth Dew, Aromatics Elixer
    Angel, Gucci Rush, Chanel no.5
    Poison, Black Orchid, Brit Gold
    Rumba, White Diamonds, Ysatis
    Fracas, Blonde, Tabu, Beautiful
    Rapture, Youth Dew Amber Nude
    Carolina Herrera, Chance, Organza
    Coco Mademoiselle, Nahema, Allure
    Allure Sensuelle, all Montales
    Carnal Flower, A La Nuit, Jil Sander No. 4
    Dolce & Gabbana for Women


    Some of these could last for days!!!!
    Autumn treasures: Magnetism, Midnight Orchid, Tea for Two,
    Aimez-Moi, Chinatown, Dzongkha, Five O'Clock Au Gingembre,
    Cittá di Kyoto, Jasmin de Nuit, Jasmin Full, Kelly Calèche, Venezia,
    Douce Amère, Eau de Charlotte, Falling In Love, Chergui, Prada,
    Rose Alexandrie, Hypnôse, Omnia, Flowerbomb, Poivre Piquant,
    Cuir Beluga, 7:15am in Bali, Lolita Lempicka, Fumerie Turque,
    Datura Noir, Songes, Gaultier², L'Ombre Fauve, Kors, My Couture,
    Ligea "La Sirena", Red Aoud, Rose Absolu, Cèdre, Milk, No. 23

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    Bending backwards is like falling in love, come bend with me

    The mind is like a drunken monkey, it constantly jumps here and there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Provocateur View Post
    Ohh yeah baby, some of those already mentioned
    could make me weep , so I just have to reiterate them:

    Obsession, Amarige, Samsara
    Coco, Youth Dew, Aromatics Elixer
    Angel, Gucci Rush, Chanel no.5
    Poison, Black Orchid, Brit Gold
    Rumba, White Diamonds, Ysatis
    Fracas, Blonde, Tabu, Beautiful
    Rapture, Youth Dew Amber Nude
    Carolina Herrera, Chance, Organza
    Coco Mademoiselle, Nahema, Allure
    Allure Sensuelle, all Montales
    Carnal Flower, A La Nuit, Jil Sander No. 4
    Dolce & Gabbana for Women


    Some of these could last for days!!!!
    NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING lasts more than 6-8 hours maximum on me. And I could apply a gallon.

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    In no paricular order:

    Mazzolari Lui
    Knize Ten
    Musc Ravageur
    Fracas
    Amouage Gold for Men
    Nuit Noire
    A*Men
    Miel de Bois
    Sa Majeste la Rose
    Kouros

    Runners up:

    Ambre Sultan
    Habanita
    "Vintage" Tabarome
    Tabac Blond
    Antaeus
    Charogne
    Mazzolari Patchouli
    Eau des Iles
    Arabie
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    I always smell Agent Provocateur
    on myself the next morning, in fact
    there are more than few fragrances
    that last quite long on me.
    I'll get back with a few more.
    Autumn treasures: Magnetism, Midnight Orchid, Tea for Two,
    Aimez-Moi, Chinatown, Dzongkha, Five O'Clock Au Gingembre,
    Cittá di Kyoto, Jasmin de Nuit, Jasmin Full, Kelly Calèche, Venezia,
    Douce Amère, Eau de Charlotte, Falling In Love, Chergui, Prada,
    Rose Alexandrie, Hypnôse, Omnia, Flowerbomb, Poivre Piquant,
    Cuir Beluga, 7:15am in Bali, Lolita Lempicka, Fumerie Turque,
    Datura Noir, Songes, Gaultier², L'Ombre Fauve, Kors, My Couture,
    Ligea "La Sirena", Red Aoud, Rose Absolu, Cèdre, Milk, No. 23

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Bending backwards is like falling in love, come bend with me

    The mind is like a drunken monkey, it constantly jumps here and there.

    Swami Niranjan-ananda

    "Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think."
    Dhammapada

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    In my experience:

    1. Amouage Gold
    2. Sisley Eau du Soir
    3. Chanel Coco
    4. Guerlain Samsara
    5. YSL Opium
    6. CK Obsession
    7. Dior Addict
    8. Dior Posion
    9. Tiffany by Tiffany
    10. JPG Le Male
    Last edited by aquilaclaudia; 29th February 2008 at 11:39 AM.
    Current favorites:

    Jicky, Mitsouko, Shiseido Susuro,Or et Noir

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    Not ever perhaps, but that I've experienced

    Poison (when I was in my teens the whole city reeked of this stuff)
    Mazzolari Lui
    Musc Ravageur
    Ambre Sultan
    Creed Ambre Cannelle
    Creed Royal Delight
    Boellis Panama 1924
    Gaultier Le Male etc....
    Shalimar Extrait
    My Wardrobe
    II est de forts parfums pour qui toute matière/Est poreuse. On dirait qu'ils pénètrent le verre.

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    I suppose today,
    Chergui has proved itself
    worthy of this thread .
    Autumn treasures: Magnetism, Midnight Orchid, Tea for Two,
    Aimez-Moi, Chinatown, Dzongkha, Five O'Clock Au Gingembre,
    Cittá di Kyoto, Jasmin de Nuit, Jasmin Full, Kelly Calèche, Venezia,
    Douce Amère, Eau de Charlotte, Falling In Love, Chergui, Prada,
    Rose Alexandrie, Hypnôse, Omnia, Flowerbomb, Poivre Piquant,
    Cuir Beluga, 7:15am in Bali, Lolita Lempicka, Fumerie Turque,
    Datura Noir, Songes, Gaultier², L'Ombre Fauve, Kors, My Couture,
    Ligea "La Sirena", Red Aoud, Rose Absolu, Cèdre, Milk, No. 23

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Bending backwards is like falling in love, come bend with me

    The mind is like a drunken monkey, it constantly jumps here and there.

    Swami Niranjan-ananda

    "Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think."
    Dhammapada

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    In no particular order

    Gem - Van Cleef (an EDT!)
    Chloe Narcisse
    White Diamonds
    Youth Dew
    Aromatics Elixir
    Red Door (generally over applied)
    Amarige (same as Red Door)
    Wish - Chopard
    First - Van Cleef (yuck)
    Gucci (Brown bottle for girls)
    Ciara - Revlon
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    Aromatics Elixir
    White Linen
    Shocking
    Amarige
    Ysatis
    JPG Classique
    Ambre Sultan
    Miel de Bois
    Le Dix
    Tabac Blond
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    I can ditto Obsession and Ysatis. Amarige is a little less so imo, but I apply it cautiously. Funny thing-- I love Amarige and thought I'd feel the same about Red Door because they share many fragrance notes, but Red Door is a scrubber on me. And boy does it require a good scrubbing to get rid of! I think this is typical of the mid 80s/early 90s fragrances, many of which are named repeatedly in this thread. We did everything big back then-- hair, shoulder pads, Laura Biagiotti sunglasses to shield us from the bright colors of spandex, blue eyeshadow and pink lipstick. Our perfumes needed to keep up with all that.

    I also wanted to put in a mention for Paloma Picasso Mon Parfum. My bottle is more than ten years old, and due to its strong sillage I only wear it on very cold evenings. Between living in Florida and California, I haven't seen too many of these. I always have to put it on at least 30 minutes before leaving the house, not only because I don't want to frag-attack anyone I'm with, but also because I often get stomach cramps before it settles down. Still, the drydown makes me feel luxuriously enveloped so I endure it. To paraphrase Arnold Bennett: "It's magnificent. It's like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it."
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    Patsy: Oh, this? Chanel No. 5.
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    My wife & I share a bottle of Habanita de Molinard. Amazing stuff with powerful sillage & longevity. I sprayed some on a jacket (or, rather, wafted the jacket through a mist of the fragrance) and the scent is still there loud and clear--several days later!

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    Yep, Paloma Picasso for me too.

    Feminite du Bois lasts until the next day on me. Joy, if I'm lucky, gives me a little hug in the morning before vanishing.

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    Sisley - Eau du Soir. Beautiful stuff, but handle with kid gloves !
    Paloma Picasso.
    Montana, womens, ( not sure which one it was - Blue package / eau de peau ??? )
    Dior - Dolce Vita
    Lapidus pour Homme, ( One in the grey bottle - grey marbled packaging )
    Gucci pour Homme !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! Be careful - you can accidentally gas people with this stuff.
    Chanel - Coco
    Dior - Eau Noire............the most beautiful perfume ever created !
    Guerlain - L´Heure Bleue....esp. the edp or extrait.
    A-men - DISGUSTING !
    Angel - EQUALLY DISGUSTING !

    .......I´m very surprised to see no.5 appearing on lists......I find this soft and tranquil !

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    Ahhhhhh, some stuff on me, just last and last and lasts.


    I was wearing my clothes when I sprayed on some Blue Amber onto my wrists, 3 days later, I can still smell it off the clothes, and could smell it on my wrists for approx. 2 days Ah, and the fantastical Bois D'Argent, I put it on last night at 6pm, it's 8.47am, I could smell it uptill 20 minutes ago, then I had a shower :P! It's a long lasting cologne!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dewey eyed View Post
    Yep, Paloma Picasso for me too.

    Feminite du Bois lasts until the next day on me. Joy, if I'm lucky, gives me a little hug in the morning before vanishing.
    I really don't know what's with the lasting power of Patou fragrances. They are really beautiful and refined but honestly, they do not last at all and do not have that "in your face" strength; but then again, maybe they are purposely crafted to act that way.

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    I should add A La Nuit to my list. I sprayed a wee bit on this morning, and it's been going strong for 13 hours now. Fantastic.
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    musc ravageaur
    organza
    arabie
    le male JPG
    eau noire dior
    arrogance
    diesel plus plus ??? (the milky one)

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