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    Default Re: Why do they spray that much???

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    I disagree for the most part, although there is some truth to that.. it's not a fact; but that's another topic all togehter.
    About which part? Other than the sweeping generalization that anyone that comes on here as a newbie is going to incorrectly assume that olfactory fatigue means the fragrance has poor longevity, I don't see anything that's debatable there. Yes, there are fragrances that inherintly last longer than others, but if a fragrance is closer to your nose, it's safe to assume you will be smelling said fragrance more, correct? If a fragrance is on my neck, it's going to be reaching my nose more often than if it on my chest. Now quoting from Wikipedia:

    Olfactory fatigue or adaptation is the temporary, normal inability to distinguish a particular odor after a prolonged exposure to that airborne compound[1]. For example, when entering a restaurant initially the odor of food is often perceived as being very strong, but after time the awareness of the odor normally fades to the point where the smell is not perceptible or is much weaker.
    So if we A) assume that a fragrance sprayed on your neck reaches your nose more often than one on your chest and B) that olfactory fatigue, is indeed, a scientific phenomena, then we can come the safe conclusion that spraying on your chest as opposed to on your neck will increase the perceived longevity of a fragrance. Try it out, you'll be surprised. And yes, I feel comfortable in the assumption that most people that experience "poor longevity" are in fact perceiving olfactory fatigue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    About which part? Other than the sweeping generalization that anyone that comes on here as a newbie is going to incorrectly assume that olfactory fatigue means the fragrance has poor longevity, I don't see anything that's debatable there. Yes, there are fragrances that inherintly last longer than others, but if a fragrance is closer to your nose, it's safe to assume you will be smelling said fragrance more, correct? If a fragrance is on my neck, it's going to be reaching my nose more often than if it on my chest. Now quoting from Wikipedia:



    So if we A) assume that a fragrance sprayed on your neck reaches your nose more often than one on your chest and B) that olfactory fatigue, is indeed, a scientific phenomena, then we can come the safe conclusion that spraying on your chest as opposed to on your neck will increase the perceived longevity of a fragrance. Try it out, you'll be surprised. And yes, I feel comfortable in the assumption that most people that experience "poor longevity" are in fact perceiving olfactory fatigue.
    Quoting Wikipedia.. enough said.

    edit- I know what "factory fatigue" means, but I don't entirely agree that spraying something further from your nose is beneficial. Many spray their wrists and then smell their wrists constantly.. the scent remains there and the longevity and sillage of it vary depending upon the fragrance.

    Here's a good example: You spray your wrists with 2 sprays of CK Be. You smell it once in an hour, you then smell it in the following hour and it's pretty much gone. vs. You light a glade scented candle in your room.. you smell it strongly for the first few minutes.. then it begins to subside (factory fatigue) You step out of the room for 10 minutes and walk back in and the smell is there and as strong as ever.

    Fatigue of the nose is 100% true, but blaming longevity and sillage problems on "factory fatigue" is pretty lame. Quite common on basenotes as well. As I said.. true to an extent.. but not the root of sillage and longevity issues.
    Rather than blame our noses, blame the fragrance.
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    ^^^^ Using the CK Be example..... just because you aren't consciously aware of a scent doesn't mean that it isn't in your nasal passages. This is a very very big misconception that many before you have fallen for, myself included. Simply smelling your wrist isn't good enough. Wave your wrist about 8 inches from your face, I guarantee you will smell it.
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    Default Re: Why do they spray that much???

    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    ^^^^ Using the CK Be example..... just because you aren't consciously aware of a scent doesn't mean that it isn't in your nasal passages. This is a very very big misconception that many before you have fallen for, myself included. Simply smelling your wrist isn't good enough. Wave your wrist about 8 inches from your faces, I guarantee you will smell it.
    I'll try this soon.

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    I like the spraying under your shirt method. Often times it works perfectly. I continuously get the smell for a few hours longer. I easily suffer from nose fatigue, though.
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    See I don't feel that I suffer from this. While on some fragrances yes, but the majority no. I feel they are flaws in the fragrances.. and I live with enough people who always compliment me when they smell my fragrances, and more times than none (depending on what I'm wearing) I only get these compliments when a fragrance is in its top notes stage. I'm not at all complaining, I'm quite used to this, and I've come to the understanding that this is just how most fragrances are made. We can say factory fatigue this and that, but for the most part.. it isn't your nose, it's the fragrance, or the way the fragrance reacts with your skin.

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