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    Default Are We Spraying Enough???

    I used to be a 4 shot kinda of guy. Like most here, I have had longevity, projection, and sillage issues with the vast majority of todays fragrances. Back in the Big 80s and Big 90s it was never an issue. With reformulations and an emphasis on subtlety by the manufacturers, do we need to address our shot count?

    Last nite I broke out a sample of La Nuit (a great scent, but a poor performer for me) for the girl that I have been seeing. I went Wyatt Earp on the trigger and altered my targets a little. 2 to the wrist, 2 to the inner elbow, 2 to the carotid artery (instead of the sides of neck), and 2 kill shots to the clavicle and the back of the neck right on my clothes (never been done before).

    I could feel the stuff flying off me for hours. A solid 4 hours of arm length projection, and another 4-6 hours of solid 1-3 feet projection. I was kinda of worried that I over did it and I would be Cologne Guy. Anyway, instead of looking for great "performers", do we simply need to up the shot count on great scents?

    Discuss...
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    I know I am...
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    Default Re: Are We Spraying Enough???

    I think it all depends on the actual fragrance.

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    It depends on both the juice and the sprayer it comes out of, IMO.

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    Yes, on the actual fragrance and the place/occasion. As well on skin type, a very dry skin usually "eats" the fragrance.
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    There are so many different variables that can affect this type of thing. Firstly, the person: I had la nuit briefly (before I decided that it was just too cloying and obnoxious for me.) I had great performance for a few hours. I did about 4 sprays.

    But on you, performance is obviously better with more. So by all means go for it. If you're offending, you'll find out sooner or later lol

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    I am actually trying to reduce my usage - Striving for subtle class, rather than "cologne guy"
    Current Summer Favorites:

    1. Creed - Original Cologne
    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    10. Kenneth Cole - Black

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    Quote Originally Posted by caferacer View Post
    It depends on both the juice and the sprayer it comes out of, IMO.
    +1.
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    I go by the wake of dead bodies I leave behind. If less than 3 then I increase my sprays.
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    Creed Spice and Wood
    Creed Pure White Cologne
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    Armani Prive Oud Royal
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    With a certain olfactory fatigue lately sensed increasingly often, my nose seems to (indirectly) tell me to spray more...
    Currently wearing: Citrus & Wood by Yardley

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    I spray my whole body down when using most modern fragrances especially the creeds and chanels. Alot of people will make fun of me saying your that cologne guy but the truth is with these weak projecting and short lived colognes of today, that's what I have to do in order for them to be even worth wearing. And I am never that cologne guy, I am that guy who smells nice. If I put a couple of spritzes on the wrist and one on the neck, I'd be that guy that smells like nothing. Why waste the money to smell like nothing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jridgen View Post
    +1.
    Yes agreed +2 but will also agree with original post as well to a degree.
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    Default Re: Are We Spraying Enough???

    So far have been content with three solid sprays with anything I have applied to my skin.
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    On me that would be Mr. A cologne guy but perhaps not for you?? I live in a world of 1-3 sprays.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Current Summer Favorites:

    1. Creed - Original Cologne
    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    10. Kenneth Cole - Black

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    LOL

    Was that taxi driver Chinese?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    LOL

    Was that taxi driver Chinese?
    ROFL! Ah, I miss him and his stories. Hope he returns soon with some new ones.
    Current Summer Favorites:

    1. Creed - Original Cologne
    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    10. Kenneth Cole - Black

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    Default Re: Are We Spraying Enough???

    Quote Originally Posted by caferacer View Post
    It depends on both the juice and the sprayer it comes out of, IMO.
    100% right on. I usually use 3 sprays of most scents and I'm good...and then throughout the day/evening will add a few more sprays when needed. For me this seems to be the preferred method instead of gassing everyone around me for the 1st few hours with 6 sprays Although I will say I quickly found out that my usual 3 sprays from a Chanel and Creed bottle, is honestly too much....those atomizers REALLY put out a ton.
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    I do 6-8 most of the time... Compliments happen to me weekly... The sprayer and the juice do matter of course... I've said all along that many don't spray enough!!!

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    If someone walks by me and the fragrance cloud is so strong that I want to slit my wrists and pray for death, it's a sign that they've used too much.

    In the case of a cloud of Le Male or A*Men, I'm sure death would overtake me long before I could get the knife to my arteries.

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    I did 6 of Jo Malone Amber and Lavender from a sample today. Perfect.
    Currently wearing: Bleu de Chanel by Chanel

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    I am actually trying to reduce my usage - Striving for subtle class, rather than "cologne guy"
    Well said. I couldn't agree more.

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    Default Re: Are We Spraying Enough???

    I go for subtle. Usually one or two shots, and I'll max out at three.
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    Default Re: Are We Spraying Enough???

    Usually go between 1-3 sprays. Some scents may get 4. All applied to the chest, under clothing. If I can't smell something a little later in the day the longevity issue is usually solved by applying less (i.e. it's fatigue issue rather than a longevity or projection issue).

    What can I say? I prefer to be understated and actually feel embarrassed if lots of people notice my scent.
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    Default Re: Are We Spraying Enough???

    Quote Originally Posted by ShaverX View Post
    I spray my whole body down when using most modern fragrances especially the creeds and chanels. Alot of people will make fun of me saying your that cologne guy but the truth is with these weak projecting and short lived colognes of today, that's what I have to do in order for them to be even worth wearing. And I am never that cologne guy, I am that guy who smells nice. If I put a couple of spritzes on the wrist and one on the neck, I'd be that guy that smells like nothing. Why waste the money to smell like nothing?
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    Around 10 sprays of Penhaligons Elixir yesterday. I'm tempted to increase that number next time, but I've run out of places to spray!
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    Currently wearing: Millsime Imprial by Creed

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    I'm constantly baffled by the seeming need to have an 'ideal' number of sprays by so many people and how aggressively I have seen some defend this maxim.

    How can you possibly apply a '3 spray rule' (or 2 or 4 or whatever) to so many different styles of fragrance with vastly different concentrations?

    If you take some time to get to know the relative performance / strength of something then surely it's not too much of a leap to be able to adjust how much you use for the weather or circumstances you might find yourself in?
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    I don't care if work sent me home early, I got kicked off the bus, and my wife is sleeping on the couch- wearing as much cologne as I want is MY RIGHT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    I'm constantly baffled by the seeming need to have an 'ideal' number of sprays by so many people and how aggressively I have seen some defend this maxim.

    How can you possibly apply a '3 spray rule' (or 2 or 4 or whatever) to so many different styles of fragrance with vastly different concentrations?

    If you take some time to get to know the relative performance / strength of something then surely it's not too much of a leap to be able to adjust how much you use for the weather or circumstances you might find yourself in?
    No kidding. You'd think it was rocket science. Fragrance is about art and flow. Mechanics have nothing to do with it. If a guy can't figure out how to apply it then he probably shouldn't wear it at all. Hell, I've been wearing fragrance since I was fifteen and I never felt the need to ask someone how to apply it. Just put it on, baby. You'll probably figure it out. Or you might not. You might be one these guys stuck on "bloodless sports fragrances, gonna meet a generic girl and have generic offspring. Gonna wear that stuff that has nothing to do with any other pleasure other than merging with the crowd".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    I'm constantly baffled by the seeming need to have an 'ideal' number of sprays by so many people and how aggressively I have seen some defend this maxim.

    How can you possibly apply a '3 spray rule' (or 2 or 4 or whatever) to so many different styles of fragrance with vastly different concentrations?

    If you take some time to get to know the relative performance / strength of something then surely it's not too much of a leap to be able to adjust how much you use for the weather or circumstances you might find yourself in?
    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    ..... Just put it on, baby. ....
    Yessir!

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