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    Question Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    It seems that performance has nothing to do with price these days (eg., my $14 bottle of Bijan for Men outlasts stuff ten times its price), why would anybody bother to buy anything other than cheap stuff? More "naturals?" "Higher quality" synthetic ingredients? Does it matter?

    Basically, it would seem, nothing really lasts or projects anymore. My girlfriend's fancy new Tiffany perfume is a skin-scent after 30 minutes.

    I remember back in the day you could buy Jordache and Designer Imposter "body sprays" that smelled exactly like the real thing only they died off really fast. Now everything dies off real fast.

    What's the point in spending much money on perfumery these days?

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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Whaaaaat??
    There are plenty of good performers out there. If it's not performing well, get rid of it and find something that will last all day. And no, it doesn't have to be a cheapie.
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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shlorpy View Post
    What's the point in spending much money on perfumery these days?
    Depends who you ask, and what is important to you. People spend much more on wine that lasts even less.

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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Your point is somewhat valid. This can be the case for cheapies and expensive fragrances.
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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shlorpy View Post
    Basically, it would seem, nothing really lasts or projects anymore.
    Guess I am lucky then as I have no performance issues with what I purchase whether they are considered pricey or not.
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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    That's wonderful, though I hope when people say they get "great longevity," they're not pressing their noses against their flesh to judge.

    If you can't smell it from arm's length away, what's the point?

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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    I say if you are moving around and/or turning and you can catch a whiff of it from time to time, and that continues all day, then you have great longevity. As I am experiencing today with my YVES St. Laurent L'Homme L'Intense, yesterday with Fahrenheit, and the day prior with Polo, with Michael, etc....
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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shlorpy View Post
    If you can't smell it from arm's length away, what's the point?
    I see what you are saying but... just re-apply. or maybe you are going nose blind. You cant force people to smell or notice your fragrance generally, without going overboard and wearing so much its rude to other people. Just because nobody says anything doesn't mean the scent isnt there.
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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Several cheapies, especially the ones by houses like Jacques Bogart or Lapidus also happen to be performing anywhere from quite well to downright beast mode-therefore luckily good to excellent performance is already available at inexpensive prices.

    Therefore whoever seeks performance (apart from personal tastes, preferences but also allergies etc. alone) can find this quite easily affordable, readily available and not necessarily requiring huge expenses.

    The additional premium often, if not even in most cases, might be conditioned by and originating from details, aspects, subtleties frequently independent from, unrelated to and little to not conditioned by the actual, discernible performance of the respective fragrance (s).

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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Just do some searches on YouTube for "beast mode fragrances", then try them out yourself and see what sticks. Of course, if you are newer to fragrances like me, cheap fragrances are a great place to start since many cheapies are great, and some are better than most of the expensive fragrances. My 3 best performing frags are all cheap, and here they are: 3. Azzaro Wanted, 2. Armaf Club de Nuit Intense Man, and 3. Bentley For Men Intense.

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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shlorpy View Post
    What's the point in spending much money on perfumery these days?
    Quality, unique scents

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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Not everything. Mine works well as certain women could attest to...
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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    I would rather wear no fragrance at all, than to wear cheapies.

    That's exactly what they are, and smell like - cheap.

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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Quote Originally Posted by MELVCMS01 View Post
    I would rather wear no fragrance at all, than to wear cheapies.

    That's exactly what they are, and smell like - cheap.
    Many on here will disagree, but I often (not always) feel the same way.

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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    Many on here will disagree, but I often (not always) feel the same way.

    To each their own

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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Because in the same way that EVERYTHING has bad performance these day, ALL cheapies smell bad
    1. No, never blind buy (I do, but do as I say, not as I do. I'm taking no responsibility for your fragrance gambling).
    2. Get them both. You're a Basenoter and you know you're going to end up purchasing them both eventually.
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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    For me itís a hobby I enjoy so cost isnít a issue for me, Iíve been doing this for about a good 3-4years now. Try spraying your clothing it helps if your fragrance doesnít work well with your skin. Also it comes down to ingredients and the quality of the ingredients, the longer you are apart of this hobby and smell more fragrances you will see that there is no replacing or substituting certain fragrances and thatís all the reason I need.

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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    When I avoid fragrance for a week or two (like I've had to during this recent rash of respitory issues leading up to asthma diagnosis), I notice when I come back, everything smells hella stronger. I notice lingering notes of my shampoo even! So I think part of it - cheap or expensive - is overexposure and tolerance. These days I spray just to the back of the neck and maybe once over my head to catch some on my hair and I notice it all day even on the weakest fragrances. Before all this started, I was 5 or 6 sprays on shirt, neck, chest, and all that, but still complaining some scents disappeared.

    There are some things that are more powerful than others for sure, but building up anosmia by accident is a thing.
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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shlorpy View Post
    If you can't smell it from arm's length away, what's the point?
    It sounds like you want others to smell you. To get compliments, maybe?
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    Default Re: Since everything has "performance issues" these days, why not stick with cheapies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    When I avoid fragrance for a week or two (like I've had to during this recent rash of respitory issues leading up to asthma diagnosis), I notice when I come back, everything smells hella stronger.
    A fragrance tolerance break!
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