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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.

  9. #39

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

  10. #40

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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 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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