I don't get this watered down EDP.
Have you ever tried Hermes' Eau des Merveilles, and if so, what kind of longevity do you get from it? The same synthetic is featured prominently in both, so my guess is that if you've tried it you find EdM fleeting, too, and that it's an anosmia issue.
If you get monstrous longevity, I'm happy for you. Because I don't, doesn't mean something is wrong with me.
So strange, I also get 10+ hrs from memoir. There are many that are supposed to have great longevity which simply do not last on me.
Though the picture I get from MM is entirely different. It's not dark at all. To me it smells like a small wooden church (think Eastern Europe) on a hot summer day. With white linen cloth on the altar and field flowers in small vases. Very quiet and peaceful.
Memoir Woman on the other hand is an entirely different beast. Continuing with church related associations this would be a Gothic cathedral - dark, cold, uninviting, but stunningly beautiful.
I had Memoir Man. It is really good. I liked the dark woody scent from Memoir Man.
I have never tested XXV, but Memoir is the best Amouage line by far I have ever tested (I haven´t tested attar lines).
Unfortunately, I got bored of it after four months, so that I sold it.
But I do admit, that it smells luxurious with its complexity.
I think I might just splurge and get myself a bottle of Gucci PH thanks to this thread. I love Memoir, it has become my #1 (or maybe it was since I first met it, but I was just unable to accept the idea and the dethroning of my previous favorite at the time), and it will be nice to have something suitably similar but different.
TheBeck: do you get bad longevity with any of the scents that are known to have high amounts of iso e super:
(Also, I remember reading in an interview somewhere that Fahrenheit was one of or maybe actually the first to overdose ies, and had it at like 25% of the composition).
I'm wondering if it's the IES causing olfactory fatigue, because I do suspect that Memoir is about 25% ies.
Memoir has a pretty large dose and it sticks out prominently in the drydown, which pretty makes short longevity with this frag an impossibility. But I could definitely see it seeming to fade away after an hour or two if you're anosmic to IES.
Also, GpH 1 is gross, a total IES bomb combined with other mostly synthetic ingredients, including the same smoky incense note used in CDG 2Man. I sold mine pretty quick.
So, I went shopping today and wanted to test GPH. 'Not available anymore' - was the official answer in two shops that I visited. *snif* It must have been a good frag. They always discontinue the good ones.
I wonder if the IES is blurring the differences for you. I know I've had that kind of thing happen, and still do, when certain chemical sensitivities of mine flare up. I can often pick out the same use of a particular synthetic in frags that nobody thinks are similar, such as for instance, the same amber aromachemical/accord is used in Saks Fifth Ave for Men by Bond, and Fahrenheit 32, although other than that the frags smell nothing alike. Another one is the use of a particular ambergris/labdanum synthetic used by PR Ultraviolet Man and Tauer's LddM, although in this case, I maintain that the frags do share some similarities.
Woman's better; and that's coming from a bloke.