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View Poll Results: What is the Primary Factor That Makes you Love or Hate a Fragrance?

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  • The family or class the perfume belongs to, such as fougere, oriental etc

    1 2.56%
  • The combination of different notes/ingredients

    24 61.54%
  • The balancing or relative strength of the notes

    3 7.69%
  • The progression of the top, heart and base notes

    7 17.95%
  • The overall longevity of the fragrance

    2 5.13%
  • The Sillage of the Fragrance

    2 5.13%
  • The bottle

    0 0%
  • The brand

    0 0%
  • The author, or parfumeur

    0 0%
  • The history of the perfume

    0 0%
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  1. #1

    Default The Primary Factor

    What is the primary factor that makes you love or hate a perfume? What is it that most perfumes that you like have in common? Choose one of these factors:

    1) The family/class the perfume belongs to, such as fougere, oriental etc
    2) The combination of different notes/ingredients
    3) The balancing or relative strength of the notes
    4) The progression of the top, heart and base notes
    5)The overall longevity of the fragrance
    6) The bottle
    7) The brand
    8) The author, or parfumeur
    9) The history of the perfume
    10) The sillage

    Lucius

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    Last edited by LuciusVorenus; 27th March 2008 at 01:55 AM.

  2. #2

    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    The primary factor that causes me to love a perfume is the great smell, but that wasn't one of the choices in the poll, so I voted for "The combination of different notes/ingredients".

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    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    I chose "The combination of different notes/ingredients" because I equated that to "I like the way it smells".
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    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    Indeed, the main thing for me is how it smells. The sillage is of little importance to me, while longevity is more or less a bonus. I'd buy a scent that I liked the smell of even if it didn't last that long, just like I definitely wouldn't buy one that lasted a long time if I didn't like the smell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I chose "The combination of different notes/ingredients" because I equated that to "I like the way it smells".
    Ditto...

  6. #6

    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    Same here: The smell (I selected notes...)
    Sillage is not that important; longevity is but it's secondary--a bonus. Other important factors that affect my enjoyment are the bottle and the history but again only as added bonus. Take Pour un Homme or Geir. Simple packaging but great scents; versus A*Men which is eye candy but does not work for me.
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    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I chose "The combination of different notes/ingredients" because I equated that to "I like the way it smells".
    Roger that.


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  9. #9

    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    Because of the way it smells. I did not vote because I don't want to misrepresent and skew the data.

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    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    While 'combination of notes and ingredients' definitely is a huge factor, I find that what sets apart the good scents from the great scents is not only said combination, but primarily the evolution from top to heart to basenotes. It's why Antidote, an otherwise seemingly 'commonplace frag' sits in my #1 spot. It's light and it's inoffensive, which I've heard many people say in critiques of it, and yet, I don't feel those are qualities that detract from a fragrance. The same things could be said about AdP Colonia, and yet it is still very much loved around here (and rightly so! I love it, too.) The progression and evolution in Antidote is one of the finest and most perfectly orchestrated I've ever smelled, and easily outweigh any minor imperfections in the scent (same goes for AdP Colonia!)
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    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I chose "The combination of different notes/ingredients" because I equated that to "I like the way it smells".
    What petruccijc said.

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    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    Quote Originally Posted by LuciusVorenus View Post
    What is the primary factor that makes you love or hate a perfume? What is it that most perfumes that you like have in common? Choose one of these factors:

    1) The family/class the perfume belongs to, such as fougere, oriental etc
    2) The combination of different notes/ingredients
    3) The balancing or relative strength of the notes
    4) The progression of the top, heart and base notes
    5)The overall longevity of the fragrance
    6) The bottle
    7) The brand
    8) The author, or parfumeur
    9) The history of the perfume
    10) The sillage

    Lucius

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    I don't know until I smell it. And when I do, it's rather arbitrary - I just like it or I don't.

    If you were to decide whether you like a fragrance or not based simply on one of those categories, then you will know every time whether you'll like a fragrance or not just by looking at reviews. But it's never that way.

  13. #13

    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    It's an emotional decision where everything plays and the nose rules.
    'Il mondo dei profumi č un universo senza limiti: una fraganza puo rievocare sensazioni, luoghi, persone o ancora condurre in uno spazio di nuove dimensioni emozionali' L. V.

  14. #14

    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    I did not know which option refers to the way the scent smells, so I voted for sillage. I think choosing three factors would be better.
    I would still vote for sillage, notes and probably for longetivity.

  15. #15

    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    For me it's the smell. I'm not overly analytical about fragrances. I smell them and see how I feel about them. That's it.

  16. #16

    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    I've read somewhere in a review that 'Antidote is ridiculously good smelling'. Strange sentence, yet it tells a world about it's qualities. Surely my next purchase.

  17. #17

    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    I think the poll turned out as expected on a forum such as ours.

  18. #18

    Default Re: The Primary Factor

    I would expect the main result to be the same on any fragrance forum.
    Had there been an alternative : 'The predominant note is also your favorite note '
    bars might perhaps look a little different
    'Il mondo dei profumi č un universo senza limiti: una fraganza puo rievocare sensazioni, luoghi, persone o ancora condurre in uno spazio di nuove dimensioni emozionali' L. V.

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