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    Default Does everyone want monster sillage and longevity?

    I was just curious out of the members at BN are the majority of members after fragrance that has to have amazing longevity and amazing sillage?

    There always seems to be threads about what lasts longest, what projects the most, what gets most attention.

    I personally have gone off "longevity" scents, anything that lasts more than about 6-7 hours on me starts to make me feel bored and in some cases, unwell.

    Is it down to personal tastes?, Climate?

    I really like wearing close/skin scents.

    Anyone else out there not really into the "longevity and power" thing?
    For good, anatomic reasons, scent fosters memory more readily than any other sense.

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    I'm really not, although sadly my skin seems to make everything last. I easily get 8+ hours out of AdP Colonia, for instance. A lot of my favorites last longer than I'd like... 12+ hours is just too much. I'd like to apply something new without the basenotes of the old scent clobbering the new scent.

    Also, I've noticed that when I have any residue of a scent left on my skin, and apply something over it, that the longevity of the new scent is greatly diminished. I think people who use scented bath products, and especially those who use a lot of extremely powerful scents that last through a shower or two (I'm looking at you, Montale!) are actually decreasing the longevity of their other scents in their wardrobe by doing so. I've never, ever, not once, had a frag honestly disappear in 30 minutes or an hour, and I just can't take any review seriously that claims a frag has done so.

    Sillage, too, is overrated, imo. Quite frankly, I think a lot of lesser scents are lauded here (Terre D'Hermes, for instance) in no small part because of their longevity and projection.
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    Default Re: Does everyone want monster sillage and longevity?

    It depends on situation for me.

    For class/school, I'd prefer light scent, low sillage but good staying power.
    For date, party, I go for scents that speak louder, but not necessarily stay long.
    etc....

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    Default Re: Does everyone want monster sillage and longevity?

    I used to only like scents with longevity and silage. I felt that for the high price i'm paying for the frag i do expect superb longevity and silage. But as i live in a country with high humidity and temperature (average 32 Celsius) all yr long, not all frags are suitable. My preference was always orientals but after experiencing 32 celsius heat in the middle of the afternoon with opium ph on, my preferences were starting to change. I now prefer fresh, woody aquatic frags.

    What i look for now in fresh frags are decent longevity (5-6 hrs) and not too strong silage. I just had my first trial run of Clinique Happy Men. After a long day at work, happy still lasted but projection was still alright. But i do reach for my opium/m7 when i'm in the mood.

    So bottom line...monster sillage - No
    ...monster longevity - Yes

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    I guess I'm the same. When I purchase a fragrance, I expect it to last. However, I would like a fragrance to announce my presence in a room to a close group of people around me. I don't want it to scream and shriek.
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    I just remembered an experience i had with monster sillage..I had just bought Sean John's Unforgivable...i wore the next day to work...i thought it was a weak frag so i sprayed my skin n shirt collar generously...when i got to the office everyone started looking at me and one of my colleagues started asking "whats that smell?" and came over to me. I proudly said "its the new perfume from Sean John". Next he told me this "If u ever use this cologne again pls let me know so that i can take the day off...it smells weird and bad" and walked off. The whole office started laughing after that (even me). A few girls came over to sympathize with me by saying "the perfume is alright". Needless to say it was the first and last time i ever used Unforgivable for the office.

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    You should have saved up and bought Creed MI instead never fails to make people smile, not laugh.

    Quote Originally Posted by JoNnY 4 View Post
    I just remembered an experience i had with monster sillage..I had just bought Sean John's Unforgivable...i wore the next day to work...i thought it was a weak frag so i sprayed my skin n shirt collar generously...when i got to the office everyone started looking at me and one of my colleagues started asking "whats that smell?" and came over to me. I proudly said "its the new perfume from Sean John". Next he told me this "If u ever use this cologne again pls let me know so that i can take the day off...it smells weird and bad" and walked off. The whole office started laughing after that (even me). A few girls came over to sympathize with me by saying "the perfume is alright". Needless to say it was the first and last time i ever used Unforgivable for the office.
    For good, anatomic reasons, scent fosters memory more readily than any other sense.

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    For me some scents that I don't want to last do and the ones you wish would hang around a little longer don't.

    Some on the board here cry for long lasting power sillage fragrances - yet they complain that they HATE Joop Homme! - Go Figure

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    Yup.
    I wish all my favs had joop tenacity
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    Part of my morning routine is to fill a sample vial with my SOTD - so I typically "refresh" at lunchtime or late afternoon. But not everyone is a nut like me. Lack of sillage or / and longevity has never prevented me from making a purchase as long as I loved the scent from opening through basenotes.

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    Yup!

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    Default Re: Does everyone want monster sillage and longevity?

    Not really. I get paranoid if I'm offending people when I'm wearing something that is too strong.

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    Not me.
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    I'm right with you Andy.
    I think that very few frags disappear quickly but they all behave differently as time goes on- some have a very gentle drydown and some project lots. The trick is to know which to use when, and how to use them. For example the Eaux de Cologne and citrus splashes work well when applied heavilly - they are loud for a few minutes and then settle into a lovely fresh aura which lasts for hours. Generally, quality of smell is my first criterion. I do enjoy some big sillage but only very occasionally - in most situations it is just not appropriate.

    I think of the times when I have found a person impressive - sometimes that has been accented (acscented?) by a perfume. This has always been when the perfume was subtle, never when it was loud. Too much sillage makes me notice the sillage not the person.
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    Default Re: Does everyone want monster sillage and longevity?

    No, not everyone wants monster sillage and longevity.
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    Default Re: Does everyone want monster sillage and longevity?

    Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, though generally I find myself enjoying stronger fragrances. Longevity isn't that much of an issue as long as it's more than a couple hours. Once can always reapply.

    There are those fragrances obviously intended to project and others that are intended as skin scents. Just because something is a skin scent doesn't mean I won't like a fragrance or that a fragrance isn't good... some truly remarkable fragrances are so good precisely because they are subtle.

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    I go more for the actual scent than sillage or longevity.

    But if the sillage or longevity is lacking, I just spray more, if it's too much (depending on the situation), then I spray less or I don't wear the scent for that situation (ie work, hospital, gym)

    It's really a situational factor, when deciding I want sillage and longevity...

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    Default Re: Does everyone want monster sillage and longevity?

    I don't want monster sillage. I'd really prefer minimal sillage, actually. I don't need a trail, although I do like some projection ( so I guess I may be contradicting myself).

    I do find that most fragrances have poor longevity and only last 4-5 hours or so. I want and need more ! I try to look for fragrances that have 8 hours longevity without bathing in the scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funraiser18 View Post
    Part of my morning routine is to fill a sample vial with my SOTD - so I typically "refresh" at lunchtime or late afternoon. But not everyone is a nut like me. Lack of sillage or / and longevity has never prevented me from making a purchase as long as I loved the scent from opening through basenotes.
    That's what I do and it works for me.

    I actually hate excessive sillage. I don't want/need people smelling me from more than two feet away. Also, most of the time, I dislike smelling another person's fragrance unless I'm a few feet from them and engaged with that person in some way. Longevity, I like-- but if longevity is the issue, then it can be remedied by doing the above. It cracks me up when people think the best way to compensate for (perceived) lack of longevity is by going crazy with the trigger. You don't prepare to leave for a camping trip by drinking five gallons of water... you pack a canteen.


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    Default Re: Does everyone want monster sillage and longevity?

    I too, like bbBD, sometimes do want monster sillage and longevity and other times I don't.

    I enjoy having the wardrobe (and the knowledge I gained here on BN) to choose either one, depending on my mood.

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    Default Re: Does everyone want monster sillage and longevity?

    Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

    If I am testing a fragrance I hate... defintitely no! hahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I too, like bbBD, sometimes do want monster sillage and longevity and other times I don't.

    I enjoy having the wardrobe (and the knowledge I gained here on BN) to choose either one, depending on my mood.
    This is the perfect reply for me, too.

    However, I've tried Divatologist's application method (as described in her blog) and I'm getting amazing results. The sillage is great, but since it mixes with your own scent more, it's a lot more comfortable. And the longevity is just unparalleled. I can't believe I ever complained about YSL L'Homme's longevity - I could smell it in full force the next morning, a feat I thought only happened to the likes of Antaeus or Heritage.

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    I'm kinda too lazy to reapply so longevity is very important to me, sillage however I refer 2 steps away only. I used to be called "the perfume house" when I worked at the airport wearing CK Truth (I was not wearing much though, 1 one chest and 1 one back only). So I don't want to be "that guy".

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    Default Re: Does everyone want monster sillage and longevity?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I too, like bbBD, sometimes do want monster sillage and longevity and other times I don't.

    I enjoy having the wardrobe (and the knowledge I gained here on BN) to choose either one, depending on my mood.
    Says it all. I have always thought every scent had its purpose and character: for us to know and apply accordingly. By default, though, i am a sillage-freak
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    I always want great longevity, with medium sillage.
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    I prefer short longevity in the summer to allow for generous application and space for other fragrances during summer nights. In the winter, longevity and sillage are generally greater

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    For me, it's entirely situational. Being in high school, I want something strong enough to be noticed by, say, the person sitting next to me. I don't want it to be obvious, but I want people to be able to smell it without hugging me. I also want it to last the whole day, which is 8 hours from the time I apply it. I am afraid to put a bottle of cologne anywhere in my backpack to reapply later, because if it broke, it would be a disaster. I can just imagine the entire room smelling like citrus and all of my stuff getting soaked in it.

    Anyway, if I had a girlfriend and was going on a date, I would want something that stays close to the skin. That way she would notice it, but not until she got very close to me. Longevity would be a moot point, as long as it lasted a couple hours.

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    Had a fragrance greater or lesser sillage or longevity, would it be the same fragrance? (Hence the beauty of a decant, if need be.)

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    Looking at my own wardrobe, I go for medium longevity frags - but for projection power, I have perfumes that go from quiet (Prada IdI), medium (Dior Homme), to powerful (Coco or Shalimar).

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    Default Re: Does everyone want monster sillage and longevity?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoNnY 4 View Post
    I just remembered an experience i had with monster sillage..I had just bought Sean John's Unforgivable...i wore the next day to work...i thought it was a weak frag so i sprayed my skin n shirt collar generously...when i got to the office everyone started looking at me and one of my colleagues started asking "whats that smell?" and came over to me. I proudly said "its the new perfume from Sean John". Next he told me this "If u ever use this cologne again pls let me know so that i can take the day off...it smells weird and bad" and walked off. The whole office started laughing after that (even me). A few girls came over to sympathize with me by saying "the perfume is alright". Needless to say it was the first and last time i ever used Unforgivable for the office.
    I don't think your colleague was genuinely offended by your frag. He may not have like the fact that you actually smelt more pleasant than he did so he decided to shoot you down quick. I find Unforgivable very ordinary and just 'nice'; obscure so to speak and you'd have to use at least half a bottle for you to get on someones nerves (hyperbole but you get my drift). Therefore in my humble opinion, he was just being the proverbial a**
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