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    Great house. Have not explored it but really love and own Sartorial.
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    Racquets Formula and LP 9 For Men are great scents and offer great longevity for me... love Sartorial, Opus 1870, Endymion and Douro but they don't hang around half as long, unfortunately.

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    Opus 1870.

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    1870 is great but take the bottle with you as it fades so quickly!
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    I never understood the concept of liking a fragrance that didn't last. I apply them so that I can catch whiffs of them all day. I have seen several folks on Basenotes say they don't care about the longevity of a frag. but If you must carry it with you and reapply, or have it disappear before you reach work, what benefit is that? At $150/bottle, wouldn't you rather apply 3 spritzes in the morning, and still sniff it at bedtime? I saw a post above say "I apply 10-20 spritzes..." The bottle won't last very long at that rate!!!!
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    Ideally, I agree frags should last long. But they also have to smell good - and certain materials simply cannot last long. A case is citrus, for instance Castile. To me, it starts with a wonderful lemony burst. Then, instead of bowing out like all eau de cologne, it lingers with a synthetic unpleasant musk, becoming more and more obnoxious as it stays.

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    I've not familiarised myself with their whole range but I did buy a bottle of Quercus about 15yrs ago and, despite it having a note that gave me a bit of a headache, I managed to use the whole bottle. Very enjoyable (with a paracetamol.) As I remember, it did stay fairly close. I got better projection spraying it on my clothes.

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    As Cacio said. There are limitations inherent to working with materials made of small molecules. The only ways around this problem are to replace them with synthetics (ie. to not use them), or to try to have them stick to heavy bases. The latter option does not always work aesthetically; but sometimes it does. I tend to have good longevity with everything I use that is of EdT concentration or better. The only exception I can think of is Monsieur de Givenchy, from which I get a mere 4 or 5 hours; but I am still devoted to it. Lately, I have really been enjoying Blenheim Bouquet. It has excellent longevity, and a base dominated by a dry _pepper_ that I find unusual. Three or four spritzes suffices for the day. More than that, and I'd notice it too much.

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    Own and enjoy Hammam Bouquet. Wouldn't necessarily call it blind buy material though.

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    1. Opus 1870
    2. Douro eau de Portugal
    3. Elixir
    4. Castile
    5. Blenheim Bouquet

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    I've owned Endymion, Douro, Opus 1870, and LP no 9. The only one I currently own is Sartorial, it's wonderful.

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    I have a 2 ml sample of Sartorial. It's a nice scent. But as one reviewer described it..an expensive version of Brut!

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    I have a bottle of LP9 and 1870.
    Probably getting a bottle of Castile too.
    Would like to try Hammam Bouquet.

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    I bought Castile a few years ago and regret it.

    I remember English Fern used to smell much better than it does now, I am assuming IFRA intervention screwed that one up.

    I have tried Sartorial, Opus, Elixir (that was an 'almost', haven't completely ruled it out) the new Iris one - been thru samples of them, and generally worked my way thru the line over the last few years and I haven't found one I would want to buy yet - not for the lack of trying.

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    Elixir is one of my favorits. Will I like Hammam Bouquet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    Elixir is one of my favorits. Will I like Hammam Bouquet?
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    Got quite a few from Penhaligons but my favourite by a long way is English Fern which gets through a day pretty easily on my skin
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    1870, Lavandular, Endymion, LP no9, Sartorial - these guys stand out to me. I really like Penhaligons stuff
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    I share your concern about the longevity of most of the fragrances. Sartorial is by FAR the longest lasting fragrance in the men's range. It's the only one people can still smell on me hours after first application. Eau Sans Pareil and LP No. 9 also aren't bad in terms of longevity. My favourites are Elixir, Opus 1870 and Iris Prima, all of which score moderately in terms of longevity, apart from the latter. Elixir is one of my favourite scents of all time though.

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    Penhaligon's is almost ignored on this forum. Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    Penhaligon's is almost ignored on this forum. Why?
    Two reasons for lowish profile I think: 1) drop off in quality of scents under their last venture capitalist owners and 2) dated image (non-panty-droppers).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    Penhaligon's is almost ignored on this forum. Why?
    I think because they (Penhaligon's) were in thier prime up until the mid 2000s.
    Most talk about Penhaligons, if you search the forum for posts from are from a decade ago, are about the older (and good) perfumes.
    Other than Sartorial and Tralala, most everthing they've come up with has been high end designer.

    Same goes for Serge Lutens. Its been almost 3 years and no proper Serge discussion/admiration.

    I suspect the same trend for other brands. Its a cycle.

    Le Labo and Editions de Parfums just sold their businesses and in these cases, quality usually plummets - the new owners want to capitalize on the brand's loyalty by creating low cost perfumes whilst selling at previous high prices.
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    Just received a 50ml bottle of Blenheim Bouquet as a gift.

    First impression, I like the fresh citrus burst at the start. lets see how it develops through the afternoon.

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    the only one that has decent longevity is Sartorial.
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    Another plus for Sartorial. Smells great and seems to last all day, but not overpowering at all. And it does remind a little of Brut, yet only in a good way, excellent work-week fragrance.
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    Bought blind this year Endymion and the new release Halfeti...love both to the bits. Endymion has a nice gentleman-ish feeling (powdery lavender), even if the projection is very close to skin, but medium longevity and Halfeti is a big winner in every category, with a wonderful bitter-spicy overall aspect that reminds me of Amouage Epic.
    I also have samples of Sartorial and LP No.9 and will comit in 2016 to a FB of the former...great honey-ed woody scent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imba77 View Post
    the only one that has decent longevity is Sartorial.
    English Fern and Hammam Bouquet are decent too. A lot of the recent ones are weak.
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    In 2016 I will explore this house as I have followed the buzz about it quite intently over the past few months and the only 1 in my list right now is sartorial as others I have read are pretty weak....and I don't really dig scents which will vanish in 2 to 3 hrs...and I am aware that "earlier" this house used to have a range of scents which had average to good longivity but I can only buy the current formulations ....so apart from sartorial is there any I should include in my list of "must consider" which have a longivity in excess of 3 to 4 hrs....?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Himalayan odyssey View Post
    In 2016 I will explore this house as I have followed the buzz about it quite intently over the past few months and the only 1 in my list right now is sartorial as others I have read are pretty weak....and I don't really dig scents which will vanish in 2 to 3 hrs...and I am aware that "earlier" this house used to have a range of scents which had average to good longivity but I can only buy the current formulations ....so apart from sartorial is there any I should include in my list of "must consider" which have a longivity in excess of 3 to 4 hrs....?
    Sartorial is a good choice imo but some say this is also rater weak in projection and longevity so I think there must maybe be a reformulation done sometime as also others, on the other hand, say it is very strong?!
    Anyway, the 50ml I own (3-4 years old) is very strong, lasts 8+hrs and counting and has above average projection for at least 1.5 hrs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayerized View Post
    Sartorial is a good choice imo but some say this is also rater weak in projection and longevity so I think there must maybe be a reformulation done sometime as also others, on the other hand, say it is very strong?!
    Anyway, the 50ml I own (3-4 years old) is very strong, lasts 8+hrs and counting and has above average projection for at least 1.5 hrs.
    Ohh...if that's the truth then I will be very sad...and it will be another effort to find a old formulation sartorial.....and frankly it saps your energy to first search and then negotiate and then apprehensively wait for the frag to arrive with the hope that it's all the same as described by the seller !! I would rather conserve my energies to look for current lots which are strong in all aspects....is English fern a likely candidate....the current formulation ?
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