Strangely a few fragrances out of the many that I've sampled/owned/used to own -- their sillage may start off strong, then subside to practically nothing, then come back in a big way. I understand weather and body temperature can be a factor but it isn't always. More specifically I noticed Lolita Lempicka and JPG to do this frequently. It's not at all a bad thing, it's just kind of surprising. Based on where I'm at and who I'm with, this may not always be pleasing. Anyone else notice this with any other frags?
Last edited by The_Cologneist; 4th April 2010 at 02:47 AM.
Same here with Vol de Nuit. I think it has disappeared, but later on I get a very delicate "aura".
Jicky parfum is the same. My skin seems to kill it. I thought at first it was olfactory fatigue, as the initial blast is very strong, but when it fades on my skin I can still smell the bottle. After several hours though, it comes back to remind me it's still there.
I find this to be the case in about half the fragrances I own. The top notes are crystal clear, then there is a very hushed/reserved phase going into the heart note. Right when I think there's nothing there, the heart notes will roar back and settle into the base. The new Balenciaga Paris does this on me.
There are also certain ingredients that introduce themselves, exit the stage, and then come back for the curtain call. I said this in an earlier thread about oakmoss and pre-IFRA fragrances that contain the real thing and plenty of it. In Chant d'Aromes, you can feel the oakmoss just out of range of the top notes almost immediately, then when it's time for the base to kick in, it's like a lens focusing very quickly and strongly. The original Rive Gauche (women) does this too.
I've experienced this the most with Penhaligon's LP No 9 for Men and l'Artisan's Havana Vanille. Granted, I don't have years of experience with tons and tons of frags, but of the ones I've experienced, these two come to mind.