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  1. #1

    Default Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Be sure to give examples. I'm really enjoying Bois d'Argent, but find it incredibly linear, so much so that it may get irritating after a while. That's really the only thing holding me back from getting it at this point.
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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Absolutely not. I love Gatsby, Original Aoud, and Alamo - all linear.

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    I'm okay with linear only on two counts:

    If the fragrance creates a really stunning, naturalistic accord. En Passant does this, transporting me to lilacs at dawn just perfectly.

    If it's complex and multi-faceted in itself. Vintage Poison is much like that.

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    I have the impression that "linear" usually refers to lack of development in time. But to me it seems that there exists also a property of "stationary linearity" that a fragrance can have, which causes you to always perceive the odor in the same way ("oh yes, that's exactly what Hugo Boss Control Freak smells like").

    Fragrances without the "stationary linearity" property can show you different facets from moment to moment: first leathery, then mossy, then spicy, etc. and back to leathery just depending on how the scent hits your nose and in what concentration. Is there a standard term for this?

    I don't mind a lack of development in time, but it seems like it's always to a fragrance's advantage to have that certain shimmer or sparkle in the moment.
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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    It all depends on the fragrance.

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    No not at all. For instance if I want to wear a sandalwood fragrance that is not cluttered with notes that interfere with the sandalwood note I will wear Sandalo by Etro which to my nose is a linear sandalwood fragrance. Vetiver same thing something like SMN's offering. Lavender I will wear Lavanda Tonica, by AdP, and on, and on.
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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Nope. Consider the Paris Cigar series. Linear for the most part and still a good wear
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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Terre d'Hermes - dry mediterranean soil and oranges. Linear, but just love it. Can't wait to own it.

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Not at all.
    Eau Noire does not shift so much on me, and I enjoy a handful of others are great linear scents.

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    Not at all.
    Eau Noire does not shift so much on me, and I enjoy a handful of others are great linear scents.
    Of all four of the Dior Colognes, I actually find Eau Noire to be the most complex. It starts out as an all-out spice and lavender fest, but it shades layer after layer ending in that wonderfully sweet base.
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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    To use the Tom Ford line for example:
    If it is completely linear and heavy, like say Tobacco Vanille, it can get very tedious for me. On the other hand, something refreshing like Neroli Portofino, which is also quite linear, becomes a constant source of refreshment for me.
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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    If it is completely linear and heavy, like say Tobacco Vanille, it can get very tedious for me. On the other hand, something refreshing like Neroli Portofino, which is also quite linear, becomes a constant source of refreshment for me.
    Good point, and I agree. Guess I'm not the only one who finds TF TV linear...and a little tedious.

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Totally depends on the scent.

    A number of vanilla-centric scents are linear to "my nose" and that is exactly why I enjoy them. Vanilia, Spiritueuse Double Vanille, Un Bois Vanille are a some that I use quite regularly and find to be linear, personally. I'd rather be getting whiffs of their presentation of vanilla, than have them fade or evolve into something else (of mediocrity).

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    Bois de Cedrat is completely linear and I don't care, great citrus.
    Nearly all Bay Rum scents sin on the linear side.
    As do many leathers,
    Allright, Kolnisch Juchten is not quite as linear as BdC but it's still a great leather.

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    It definitely depends on the fragrance or even the single note (like in an essential oil). Some fragrances, by their very nature, are trite and boring (or maybe even cloying) compared to others which can be utterly stunning. I've recently taken an interest in essential oils like oud, sandalwood, jasmine sambac, tuberose, and rose otto. It all comes down to the quality and concentration of the original ingredients used in the fragrance.
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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    I like linear fragrances as long as they are good linear fragrances. Its always better to smell something that smells good from start to end, than something that starts bad and develops into good drydown or vice versa.

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    No. If the frag has all i am looking for in it, then i actually prefer linear. Thats one reason i love Tom Ford Private Blend frags.
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    Many Montale scents are linear. And I love Montale. But, it is quite funny when people wear linear scents. They smell all the same :P

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    Not at all - in fact if a perfume smells great in the first minute, I wish they could make it so that minute lasts for the next 10 hours!

    I'm always impressed everytime I smell L'instant Magic when I first spray it - it's not my #1 perfume, but even of all my 5 favorites, L'instant Magic is the only perfume I wish could be linear all the way.
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    I must add Pi as well, linear warm scent. Woody benzoin giving this strong, warm vanilla aura that you just have to love.

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    I DO mind a perfume being too linear - it can be like listening to a great pop song that you grow tired of after twenty repetitions. I like perfumes with a very long, slow and adventurous evaporation curve, provided that each phase is equally magnificent. My personal textbook example is Guerlain's Chamade. Its evaporation curve is extraordinary long and slow and I have never been able to determine what smells the best, the crispy-green top or the suave gourmand base. Or the middle, for that matter, where the two endpoints meet in a yellow charmer. That sort of perfume can keep me engaged for years and years, like listening to one of those great classical records where you just can't get tired of waiting for the part where the piano comes in after a fifteen minutes orchestra intro.

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Nope! Take Dune pour Homme,
    that dosn't change much, still
    it's a good frag ... love it!

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Absolutely not. As long as it's gorgeous.

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    Not at all. I just have to like the fragrance notes.

    Tom Ford does a lot of fragrances that are quite linear.
    Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather- I love them

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Nope. Not on principal at least.

    Égoïste for example does not change much on my skin, but then, it is so gorgeous that I would not want it to.

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    Some notes are so stunning by themselves, that they don't need much evolution on my skin- I can only think of some wonderfully puristic old-school citrus frags right now.
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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Depends

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    First ones that came to mind were TFTV and Pi, which you guys have mentioned already!
    My short answer is no, but sometimes depends. I'm ok with these two and appreciate their linearity, I don't have to overthink them when I wear them.
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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    Generally - yes, I mind. Especially not a fan of many modern fragrances that are one-note, chemical-blast fresh. I voted "depends," though, because several of my favorites are one-note, but it's a mighty fine note. Citrus fragrances have a tendency to be in this category. One-note yes: Creed Citrus Bigarrade. It's all about the very fine, initial citrus blast; negligible middle and drydown. One-note no: Calvin Klein Truth. Astringent chemical train wreck from start to finish.

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    I voted "No"...though I am specious about it...If it's a line of a preferred choice...Say, Demeter's range. Then I'm all for it...It depends what I'm fond Of...Ie; I love Patchoulli, Therefor I look for a well made patchoulli fragrance. All about the selection man...the selection!! :P

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    I feel that many Citrus Scents are Linear.....And I am fine with this.....Gary

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    A great linear and a great evolving frag are both great - just in different ways.
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    Hah -- I want to pose a very basic question. It seems to me that "linear" SHOULD MEAN a scent reveals a + b + c ... and so forth. That is a linear development.
    But it seems that "linear" is usually used as an equivalent to what is a solifore scent, a one-note exposition.
    Or else it refers to a scent which displays all its cards simultaneously, like a firework exploding in the night sky. BOOM.
    A scent could be any of these things, and be enjoyable.

    To me, a non-linear scent is one in which the elements have interplay, are in dialogue with each other and the transitions are complex, not straight-forward. There could be back-and-forth. Early elements could reappear later, enhanced by others. Obviously that would be a complex and intriguing sort of scent.

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    No, I don't like linear scents. They're usual unimaginative and boring. However--having said this; I do so adore EN PASSANT.

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    Default Re: Do you mind if a scent is linear?

    In actuality, I wish more scents that I adore were linear, although I appreciate the artistry involved in an evolving perfume.

    A handful of basenotes favorites from the Profumum line (Thundra, Fumidus) are amazing to my nose for about 5 minutes, and then they develop into far more pedestrian middle and final stages. I'd EASILY splash out for either if that first impression were to last for more than 30 minutes, tops, on me.

    I suppose that what gets me hooked usually is that first impression of a scent, and more often than not, it keeps me coming back until I need to own it, and after that, where I need to open my perfume cabinet to "get a fix"

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