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    Default Thinking about getting a John Vavartos fragrance sometime in the near future.

    I am looking for opinions from those well experienced with their fragrances.

    Historically, I have enjoyed most of their fragrances on paper. They are modern, masculine, and sexy and somewhat unique.

    However, I have heard in some cologne nerd circles their scents have poor sillage and longevity and are all around lower in quality. Can anyone validate/invalidate this?

    I have historically been plagued by longevity/sillage issues and have even had projection problems with Kouros, so I imagine if people are only getting 2-3 hours on JV on them I will pretty much get 30 minutes.

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    I personally love Artisan or Artisan black I prefer regular Artisan if I had to choose between the two and it lasts 3-4 hours on me but I don't mind reapplying the fragrance it smells that good

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    I own the original and get around 6 hours. I have oily skin which helps longevity, but that's not usually a factor because I tend to spray on my clothing. I can't say much about Vintage. I've only tried it on paper
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    Vintage and Original are my JV faves. Both are 4 hour on-skin fragrances for me which stretches a bit longer, say 6 hours or so, if I hit my shirt with it. The way I look at it is pretty simple: They lay down very well on skin and need reapplied at noon.

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    Varvatos Original is excellent, and I personnaly get reasonable longevity from it...5-6 hours.
    Vintage is also quite nice, but has somewhat shorter longevity. Of the 2, I'd definately go for original. I havent tried Artisan or Artisan Black.

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    I also have some longevity issues with this. It's kind of surprising because when you first put it on, you get the impression that this one is a powerhouse with the burst of dark cherry, leather, and a bit of leafy-woodyness, but after 4 hours or so this one sticks to the skin and is quite faint. However the drydown to a woody vanilla is really quite nice. If this thing projected just a bit more and lasted consistently in the 6-8 hour range without having to press your nose to your skin to get a whiff, it'd be a definite home run.

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    Default Re: Thinking about getting a John Vavartos fragrance sometime in the near future.

    Of the Varvatos lineup, I get the best longevity and projection from Vintage.

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    Thanks everyone for their input!

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    I've smelt all of them and owned the Original and Artisan.
    Artisan was love at first sniff, but the more I used it the more I realized that the drydown reminds me of cat urine.
    I eventually sold Artisan and would happily get rid of the Original.

    Imo, a very mediocre fragrance house.

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    Default Re: Thinking about getting a John Vavartos fragrance sometime in the near future.

    I'm gonna have to get some sample vials and test them before I buy anything.

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    Default Re: Thinking about getting a John Vavartos fragrance sometime in the near future.

    Quote Originally Posted by Celsius32 View Post
    I've smelt all of them and owned the Original and Artisan.
    Artisan was love at first sniff, but the more I used it the more I realized that the drydown reminds me of cat urine.
    I eventually sold Artisan and would happily get rid of the Original.

    Imo, a very mediocre fragrance house.
    I'm curious as to how you felt about the original and what you experience with the sillage/longevity on both was like.
    Last edited by Pappy; 22nd September 2010 at 05:17 PM.

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