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  • I look at quality more than Longeivty!

    42 35.00%
  • Atleast 6+ hours

    40 33.33%
  • More than 6 hours

    38 31.67%
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    Default How important is longevity?

    How important is Perfume Longevity?
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    a lot. that's why i dont spend $100+ on creed. great colognes smell great, and last long. doesnt need to be all day, but longer than 4 hours. i prefer 6-8 hr range.

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    Default Re: How important is longevity?

    Don't "at least 6+ hours" and "more than 6 hours" mean essentially the same thing?

    My answer would be that less than 4 hours is a problem. I do value more time beyond that, but it's not a huge issue.

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    Default Re: How important is longevity?

    I like strong, long-lasting fragrances. Twelve hours is ideal, I'd say, but six hours is just fine. Three hours or less and I'm left feeling ripped-off of a drydown.

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    Longevity is very important to me but scents lasts very poorly on my skin.

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    For me, longevity was mostly a newbie issue. Once I was able to avoid top note problems, I could always smell the frag for at least 5 hours with all the EdTs I tried, probably more like 7. And 7 is more than enough for me, because I never use more than 2 sprays with an EdT. If I want it stronger, and perhaps a bit longer lasting, I would just spray 4 or 5 times instead.

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    I think i voted wrong!(#1) logivity is important. but i use to use Perfume Oil. I wear it under my coat's collar. usually 4-5 drop i wear. Sometimes i have it for 1 or even 2 months !! it depends to perfume. but in average longevity is about a week.
    Last edited by DeepSilence; 11th May 2010 at 06:45 AM.

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    To me longevity is pretty much a do or don't thing for me. I don't care if the smell is heaven but if the longevity is poor then I'm screaming next.

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    Default Re: How important is longevity?

    It's hard to lay down a hard rule on this one for me. Longevity is very important, but isn't everything. When a scent has longevity I boast about that element of it and make as if that makes the scent all the more worthy for thread readers to consider, but if a scent doesn't have longevity, like the R&G Extra Vieille I've been wearing every day for a week, I wear it out of love for an importance smell wise that trumps my wishes for longevity.

    Hard to make a declaration about longevity itself. I'm more likely to make declarations about individual scents rather than a quality that is outside of but also a part of wearing the scent. The smell can trump worries about longevity.

    As a result I haven't chosen an option in the poll.
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    Default Re: How important is longevity?

    Ideally, I would like the longevity from most fragrances to last me from morning till evening.
    However, I have learnt after all these years at basenotes, that a lot of terrific fragrances may not meet my longevity benchmark and as a result I am flexible now.
    Case in point is that of Creed Millesime Imperial. I despise it because of its pathetic longevity. However as a fragrance I quite admire it.

    Other noteworthy exceptions are :
    Hermes Eau D'orange Verte
    Creed Erolfa
    Creed Selection Verte
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver

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    Longevity and also sillage are a must be!
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    i dont really get the difference between the second and the third options .... anyway, longivity is so important to me .....

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    Its make or break as far as Im concerned

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    Hugely important. I tend to favor stronger, more lasting scents. There are a few exceptions of beautifully made scents that are very light and/or fleeting at the same time, that I thoroughly enjoy, but they are a minority. Eg of a rather short-lasting one that I consider HG material - Felanilla.
    Last edited by MFJ; 11th May 2010 at 07:55 AM.

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    I appreciate and like several fragrances which have poor longevity - Guerlain Eau du Coq, R&G Extra Vieille and Eau Sauvage to name a few - however, I tend to favour longer lasting fragrances as it can be irritating and disappointing when a great scent disappears in a couple of hours. I leave the house on a morning at around 7:30am so if something lasts 5 hours it has pretty much gone by lunchtime!

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    Its very important to me. I dont buy $60+ stuff to get 2-3 hours of it. Thats longetivity I am willing to accept from deodorant or cheap $10 cologne but not from expensive EDT.

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    Default Re: How important is longevity?

    It's a deal breaker! Recently sampled Xerjoff Kobe and it only lasts 3-4 hours with a generous application using an atomizer with 5 sprays to the chest, and one spray to each wrist. Fragrances that expensive should last at least 5 hours. I'm more lenient with cheaper longevity issues.
    Last edited by teger; 12th May 2010 at 06:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB View Post
    It's hard to lay down a hard rule on this one for me. Longevity is very important, but isn't everything. When a scent has longevity I boast about that element of it and make as if that makes the scent all the more worthy for thread readers to consider, but if a scent doesn't have longevity, like the R&G Extra Vieille I've been wearing every day for a week, I wear it out of love for an importance smell wise that trumps my wishes for longevity.

    Hard to make a declaration about longevity itself. I'm more likely to make declarations about individual scents rather than a quality that is outside of but also a part of wearing the scent. The smell can trump worries about longevity.

    As a result I haven't chosen an option in the poll.
    Well said.
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    pretty tough question
    My answer is "I look at quality more than Longeivty!"
    I really enjoy some 3-4h lasting colognes, they are created to cheer me up!
    although work fragrances should hit 7-8 h mark
    every fragrance has its purpose, some are for quick walk some are for all night clubbing and I dont dislike fragrance just if it last only 3-4 hours like Mugler Colone or any Varvatos cologne
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    Default Re: How important is longevity?

    I think 'longevity' is a sort of a relative term and has to be seen in context of the style and concentration and even the intent of the perfume being rated. There is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to judging longevity IMO. With stuff I own I generally (and I use that word loosely) expect:

    EdC - a good couple of hours
    EdT - another couple of hours
    EdP - another couple of hours
    Extrait / Parfum / Attar - several hours

    Granted there are some scents that overstay their welcome and some that exit too early, but I don't think you can just lay down a blanket time frame and say "less than X hours = bad, more than X hours = good" when you have natural eau de colognes on the one hand, and heavy hitting gourmand / oriental EdPs on the other. I also don't think longevity means much at all if you have something that blows it's budget in the first five minutes and then relies on deftly applied chemical spill to ensure it lingers on . . . and on . . . and on, for as far as the eye can see.

    I voted for the 'quality' option.

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    Default Re: How important is longevity?

    No longevity = no purchase

    It has to have quality AND longevity for me.

    I have a pretty high-paced, busy job (12+ hour days). So I am not going to be switching fragrances during the day or have time to worry about reapplying a fragrance.
    Last edited by petruccijc; 11th May 2010 at 04:37 PM.
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    It's important enough that I'll never ever buy Gendarme again even though I like the scent immensely.

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    Quality/beauty of composition is the only thing that matters. Good longevity is just a bonus.

    If a fragrance isn't beautiful, it doesn't matter how long it lasts.
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    The ideal longevity should, in my opinion, equal or exceed 6 hours, since quality and elaborate notes alone are not enough without a certain amount of persistence and projection

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    No longevity = no purchase
    + 1

    I agree with petruccijc & with Ken_Russel
    Last edited by M.David; 11th May 2010 at 02:12 PM.

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    Default Re: How important is longevity?

    Not a dealbreaker for me as long as it lasts 4-6 hours on average, with the exception of EDCs which may last 2-3 hrs. I tend to reapply or change a scent by late afternoon anyway. If I want to wear something lasting, I'd just pick one of the longer wearing scents. That's why we have a wardrobe - for options.

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    I voted for quality. If longevity is an issue, you can also decant. Why put up with a turd that lasts 12+ hours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugandaraja View Post
    I like strong, long-lasting fragrances. Twelve hours is ideal, I'd say, but six hours is just fine. Three hours or less and I'm left feeling ripped-off of a drydown.
    He said it!!!

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    Default Re: How important is longevity?

    very important! im paying money, often a good amount, for this stuff. i want it to atleast last more than an hour, thats a joke. if its not 6+ hours, to me its a waste of money

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    I don't care much about sillage but longevity. Each of the colognes I have in the wardrobe last at least 12 hrs.

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