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    Is the fragrance that suits you most (according to yourself or others' opinions) also the one that you cannot smell on yourself when you spray it on your skin?

    I would love to hear people's experience with this. I personally find that this unproven "fact" (frequently used as a sales tactic by SA's) kind of holds true.

    Edit: To clarify, I mean the type of fragrance you spray on paper or clothes and you can smell it, but then when you put it on your skin you become "anosmic" to it, while others still smell it and enjoy it, etc.
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    Not at all. I think the problem (if you have a large rotation, as I do) is that your "mind's nose" has a certain range, so if you come back to a frag after a certain period of time (like a month) you may find that it's either too strong or too weak, depending upon the other frags you've been wearing. So, for me at this point, I'm trying to get my rotation set so that I can appreciate all the frags. I don't know if this is possible, but it's certainly interesting to explore this situation.

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    Default Re: The fragrance that suits you most and anosmia

    very strange... I find myself sometimes so depressed that those around me cannot enjoy what I can definately smell myself, and at the opposite end of the spectrum sometimes the most compliments are given to a fragrance I can barely detect even immediately after spraying
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    I hardly smell anything from ck be.

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    Only with one frag, Chanel Gardenia. Somehow I can't smell it and others can. Hmmm...go figure
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    Default Re: The fragrance that suits you most and anosmia

    I wonder if I might step back and ask a different question: What does "suit" mean?

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    Default Re: The fragrance that suits you most and anosmia

    Is there a thing such as selective anosmia?
    The only fragrance I cannot ever smell on paper,or on air, or on myself,even after numerous samplings is Escada's Magnetism.Are those bottles filled with odourless fluid?
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    Default Re: The fragrance that suits you most and anosmia

    Quote Originally Posted by discovolante View Post
    Is there a thing such as selective anosmia?
    The only fragrance I cannot ever smell on paper,or on air, or on myself,even after numerous samplings is Escada's Magnetism.Are those bottles filled with odourless fluid?
    Oh, wow. That's odd. I get loads more compliments from it than from other frags. I smell it on me all day.

    I don't see any correlation between anosmia and favorite frags. Maybe nothing suits me...
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    Default Re: The fragrance that suits you most and anosmia

    In a word: no. I apply frags fairly conservatively and have never had trouble smelling any of them throughout the day (except those citrusy frags that last only a couple of hours).
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    Default Re: The fragrance that suits you most and anosmia

    Quote Originally Posted by L'aventurier View Post
    Is the fragrance that suits you most (according to yourself or others' opinions) also the one that you cannot smell on yourself during the day?

    I would love to hear people's experience with this. I personally find that this unproven "fact" (frequently used as a sales tactic by SA's) kind of holds true.
    Well, anosmia is different than olfactory fatigue. And no, your hypothesis does not hold for me. I think it is just a sad coincidence for you.
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    I definitely have that anosmic problem with just about all of my fragrances. I find that after wearing just about any fragrance after 3 or 4 days in a row, my nose and brain get so used to it that I can't smell it on myself after about 30 minutes. This is why I have to rotate fragrances every couple of days, just so I can smell them on myself. The only fragrances that I can continue to smell on me day after day are Arpege Pour Homme, Kouros and Green Irish Tweed.

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    Le no. 3/Caron suits me best, I think. And I can definitely smell it on myself, as can others.
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    Default Re: The fragrance that suits you most and anosmia

    Quote Originally Posted by irish View Post
    Well, anosmia is different than olfactory fatigue. And no, your hypothesis does not hold for me. I think it is just a sad coincidence for you.
    precisely.

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    Default Re: The fragrance that suits you most and anosmia

    Quote Originally Posted by irish View Post
    Well, anosmia is different than olfactory fatigue. And no, your hypothesis does not hold for me. I think it is just a sad coincidence for you.
    I appreciate the pointers, but by anosmia, I meant anosmia (perhaps to be more clear I should say "specific anosmia.") If I would have meant olfactory fatigue, I would have said "olfactory fatigue."

    What I am asking is whether fellow BN'ers are partially (ie. specifically) or fully anosmic to the fragrances that suit their personality, style, etc.

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    Default Re: The fragrance that suits you most and anosmia

    Quote Originally Posted by L'aventurier View Post
    I appreciate the pointers, but by anosmia, I meant anosmia (perhaps to be more clear I should say "specific anosmia.") If I would have meant olfactory fatigue, I would have said "olfactory fatigue."

    What I am asking is whether fellow BN'ers are partially (ie. specifically) or fully anosmic to the fragrances that suit their personality, style, etc.
    Well, I was not trying to correct you. It is just that it was not clear to me how can you be anosmic to something, and yet, be aware that it suits you. The only scenario I could think about was olfactory fatigue.
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    Default Re: The fragrance that suits you most and anosmia

    Quote Originally Posted by surreality View Post
    In a word: no. I apply frags fairly conservatively and have never had trouble smelling any of them throughout the day (except those citrusy frags that last only a couple of hours).
    Same here.


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