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    Default How much before olfactory fatigue??

    How much can a nose take before it gets olfactory fatigue?

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    Default Re: How much before olfactory fatigue??

    Depends on the nose, really. If you're thinking something along the lines of "x amount of decibels will make your ears ring" I am not aware of a similar standard for the nose.

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    I blow away the top notes as much as possible and have found that this technique really helps. Also, I became chemically sensitized and my sense of smell became much greater for a couple of months, which was terrible, because many notes made me nauseous, especially lavender and anise/licorice.

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    Default Re: How much before olfactory fatigue??

    I get olfactory fatigue pretty much at the same time as I ran out of skin to spray -- so I guess around 6-8 scents.
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    Default Re: How much before olfactory fatigue??

    Quote Originally Posted by kess View Post
    I get olfactory fatigue pretty much at the same time as I ran out of skin to spray -- so I guess around 6-8 scents.
    6-8 scents.... hmmm.

    Thanks!

    I knwo it depends on the nose -_- but I'm just curious what the average is.

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    In addition to olfactory fatigue, you could also make yourself ill.
    I recently went "sniffing" for the first time, after months of basenoting and blind buying. I overdid it. My nose started to burn and I got a headache. I may or may not have become nauseous- I can't remember. LOL. The sales agent can let you sniff coffee beans in between frags. (I smelled 20some which was too many!)

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    Usually 2 sprays and up will make me almost completely anosmic (from olfactory fatigue) to a fragrance. One spray spread out on wrists and neck will make me get occasional whiffs throughout the day, and if I only dab a fragrance on my wrists, I can smell it constantly all day (thus it's the best way to sample stuff).

    It's ironic how the people who say they spray like 10 times a day are the ones who say fragrances don't last on them... not to say that some people's skin doesn't actually suck up everything within an hour...
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    Default Re: How much before olfactory fatigue??

    I personally feel that increased app. leads more to better sillage than longevity

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    for me it depends on the type of the scent and the environment I'm in, which again is highly subjective and giving any type of tangible average would be inaccurate anyways...

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    It depends on so many factors. For one, the chemicals involved. Too much iris - especially the real high quality orris butter - quickly leads to anosmia for me, although I've not had that problem so much with iris based scents.

    Also, your nose will get "stronger" the more you use it, if you are sniffing and thinking and critically analyzing what you are smelling. That's like the equivalent of weightlifting for your nose, and its "muscles" will grow. After spending a lot of time critically analyzing natural essential oils and absolutes, I find that I can evaluate many more scents in a row at a store or when testing at home than I used to be able to. It's kind of like learning a language, in some sense.. when you barely know a language it is overwhelming to sit and try and decipher a news cast in the language or whatever - but once you know the language well you could read Shakespeare translated into it without being phased.
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    Default Re: How much before olfactory fatigue??

    Even 20, but only if I'm in my favorite perfumery in the whole wide world, a firm which carries mainly niche, because, without wanting to sound snobbish, I seem to never get tired of niche.

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    Default Re: How much before olfactory fatigue??

    Some people think fatigue is becoming nauseous. It's not.
    Fatigue is when you can't differenciate the different smells or are even aware of them, like your own body odour - are you aware of that now?

    I have Ferrari red and it irritates my nose but in a good way. I could smell it for quite a long time. Polo black because to me it smells like talcy vomit makes me want to do just that, that's not fatigue but nausia.

    Avon have some real fatigue inducers, they seem to firework out all kinds of strange notes, they are difficult to pin down. I think soft and round perfumes are the least likely to induce fatigue. Acqua di parma Colonia! I want to eat it! I want to bathe in a bathfull of it. Ice cream soda anyone?

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    Default Re: How much before olfactory fatigue??

    Quote Originally Posted by joekingbn View Post
    Some people think fatigue is becoming nauseous. It's not.
    Fatigue is when you can't differenciate the different smells or are even aware of them, like your own body odour - are you aware of that now?
    I think most know that its desensitizing or numbness. Nauseating situations are usually quite immediate whiffs i reckon and usually happen when someone is just unable to take in a scent without feeling a tad sick. I agree somehow about the natural body scent being only obvious to an intimate partner and vice versa, and we just dont notice it on ourselves.
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    Default Olfactory Fatigue

    I've noticed for a while that, with only a few exceptions (Kouros, Polo and Arpege PH), if I wear a fragrance for more than two days consecutively, I cannot smell it on myself for more than an hour after application. It's frustrating. Do any of you out there experience this too? My wife can go on and wear a perfume for like 30 or 40 days in a row and still be able to smell it on herself all day (or so she tells me!).

    Right now, one way I've been dealing with this problem is by wearing a fragrance every other day, so that I'm not smelling it for days and days consecutively. It works pretty good, but not great. Any thoughts?

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    Well, I can't remember the last time I wore the same frag two days in a row, so that should speak volumes. When I first tried Michael for Men, I remember liking it for half an hour or so, but then not being able to smell it. Now I can smell it for more than 8 hours, and that's just with one spray. Perhaps this is a "stage" you have to go through. What I did figure out is that I need to blow on the area sprayed and try not to breathe in the top notes, or at least that's how I broke out of this problem. I don't know if that's still the case now, but I fear that if I try to breathe in the top notes that I may not be able to appreciate the subtleties of the frag, so I won't deviate from my technique. If you find you can't smell it, after spraying it on your chest, try waving your hand to waft the frag up to your nose every once in a while. That seems to help with the weaker frags.

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    It happens. I only wore AdG daily for almost a year and a half before BN. I always assumed that even though i couldn't really smell it other people can.

    Nowadays i try not to wear the same fragrance more than once a week. So far it works for me.

    Some BNers were suggesting to spray further from the neck to prevent olfactory fatigue. I spray chest and neck but i never experienced OF so far.

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    Default Re: Olfactory Fatigue

    Based on other threads, I recall a handful who've had the same experience as you do... Personally I've worn a certain fragrance for a week straight and did not experience anything different in the way I picked up the scent.

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    I only spray fragrances on the chest, because my nose is very prone to fatigue. If I spray anywhere nearer to the nose, I can't smell the perfume anymore.

    Maybe if you sprayed only on the chest you would still smell the perfume after repeated wearings.....

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    If your nose is being bombarded by the same chemicals constantly, its logical that the receptors for those chemicals would be down regulated since the chemicals are in abundance. This is the fatigue one experiences. Take those chemicals away, the receptors will up regulate thus becoming sensitive once again.
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    Default Re: Olfactory Fatigue

    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    If your nose is being bombarded by the same chemicals constantly, its logical that the receptors for those chemicals would be down regulated since the chemicals are in abundance. This is the fatigue one experiences. Take those chemicals away, the receptors will up regulate thus becoming sensitive once again.
    Makes perfect sense

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    Default Re: Olfactory Fatigue

    I don't have this problem. But I guess I don't wear the same fragrance every day either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    If your nose is being bombarded by the same chemicals constantly, its logical that the receptors for those chemicals would be down regulated since the chemicals are in abundance. This is the fatigue one experiences. Take those chemicals away, the receptors will up regulate thus becoming sensitive once again.
    So do u mean not wearing the same frag daily or wearing the frag further away from the nose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsugarman View Post
    I don't have this problem. But I guess I don't wear the same fragrance every day either.
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    Default Olfactory Fatigue - At First I Was Somewhat Skeptical

    ...until I went on a 3 week hiatus from my beloved Rose 31. Today I gave it my standard 4 sprays and went out for a bit. I was overwhelmed by the strength and sillage. I rapidly pulled at my shirt to try and get it to dry out a bit. I've put on as many as 8 spritzes in the past, completely unaware that I was probably sickening anyone in a 15 foot radius. I was oblivious!
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    Default Re: Olfactory Fatigue - At First I Was Somewhat Skeptical

    Olfactory fatigue is very real. I was using Vol de Nuit parfum for several days in a row, and on the third or fourth day I simply tuned it out.

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    Hmm.. Intresting. Some days ago, I sprayed on some Acier Aluminium. I wonder if I had sprayed on enough, because I couldn`t hardly smell it myselves. When I had been on my work-place couple of hours, a women came in the door and immediately said: "Mmmmm.. What IS that lovely smell" The shop is about 30 square metre big... I guess I had olfactory fatigue!

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    Happened to me with ... Kouros. Five sprays.

    Someone commented from 8 foot away from me when I went past them in the gym. The sweat could have intensified the smell, but 8 foot away, and all they could have got was a whiff of the scent for a second...

    Olfactory fatigue is so real. I make sure that I properly learn how to calibrate each scent as I purchase, and apply only those number of sprays.

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    Default Re: Olfactory Fatigue - At First I Was Somewhat Skeptical

    Count me in as one of those who learnt about how real and extensive Olfactory Fatigue is, a little late.

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    Bottom line: in terms of polite, civilized behavior, I find overspraying A MUCH bigger problem than being too discreet.

    I speak as someone who loves fragrances, but also respects people.

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    Default Re: Olfactory Fatigue - At First I Was Somewhat Skeptical

    One thing you can do is to walk in a big circle (assuming there is no wind), so that when you come around again you can tell if the sillage is strong. I discovered this at a supermarket, when I had to go back and get something I forgot.

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