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    Gents,

    Hopeful some of you can share your personal experiences and shed some light on methods of enhancing projection [if any].

    I understand the quality and composition of the fragrance itself will be the primary factor in projection

    I know over spraying can accomplish that to some degree but then for me my nose shuts down and says "Enough of that" seems like all I accomplished was a sensory shut down and possibly irritate those in my vicinity.

    I have heard and read various suggestions such as, apply body lotion first, spray right after the shower before drying off completely, spray your hair....... on and on.

    The objective is to maximize my ability to enjoy the scent of the fragrance as long as possible not waiting for just a whiff.

    Am I searching for the Holy Grail..........
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    I generally spray on my undershirt on my sternum area and I get good projection to my nose, meaning I can smell it, throughout the day. Of course some fragrances are stronger than others. I find this works best with a long sleeve shirt buttoned all the way up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hound View Post
    I generally spray on my undershirt on my sternum area and I get good projection to my nose, meaning I can smell it, throughout the day. Of course some fragrances are stronger than others. I find this works best with a long sleeve shirt buttoned all the way up.
    And my thoughts are that a clothing application will be the only truly conistent method to use, skin chemistry being as different as it is. The downside is you don't get skin development (obviously), but for citrus heavy or eau de cologne style fragrances it a can be a life saver.

    My skin is the opposite to many peoples' - if I moisturise after a morning shower then apply a fragrance, my projection tends to be dulled. If I moisturise the night before (and remember to be consistent), I tend to have great projection.

    Water is also hit and miss. There are some scents I find that water really "activates" (there's nothing like walking into a morning drizzle and getting that awesome uplifting scent cloud).... but others it diffuses and kind of chokes off, so I think you'd really need to experiement with wet skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newatthis66 View Post
    I have heard and read various suggestions such as, apply body lotion first
    This is what I do and it works like a charm.
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    I use a "variable height" strategy, depending on the fragrance and what I want to use it for. For example, I often wear Encre Noire on my lower chest/abdomen and I use it as a "deodorant+". I then layer a compatible fragrance at my neck-line. Fragrances that are projection monsters (e.g. TF Ombre Leather) I wear below my collar-line. Fragrances that have lower projection (e.g. John Varvatos, D&G The One for Men), I wear above the collar-line, unless I'm going to be in close proximity in a work environment, in which case, I still wear them below the collar-line (for safety, some people are extremely allergic).

    Higher for more projection (though often lower longevity), lower for less projection and more longevity. Some fragrances (on me) seem to "like" being worn low, that is, they still project all right and get good longevity. Others seem to like to be worn high.

    I always apply after putting on an undershirt. This "traps" the cloud and keeps you from wasting juice. When applying low, I tend to go "under the shirt" and I spray wide enough to let a little of the spray get onto my undershirt. I feel this gets "the best of both worlds" in terms of skin versus fabric. When applying high, (I always have my dress shirt on when going high), I pull my collar open and spray onto the collar-bone or neck. When I want to be "over-projecting" (say, when going to the club), I will spray the side of the neck (hitting the pulse-points) and I'll let some of the spray hit the collar itself, which makes the fragrance opening really loud. Dab a bit on the back of the ears for a little extra zing. This method of application is not recommended for "beast-mode" fragrances like OL.

    Some fragrances seem to create "nose-blindness" just due to the way they interact with one's chemistry. I've noticed that some fragrances will even affect taste. I've noticed that I can sometimes "taste" a perfume due to absorption in the skin, not from the "spray cloud." I have a feeling this is due to the synthetic materials used in some perfumes. Anyway, you just have to get used to each perfume and how it interacts with your body. When you find a perfume that agrees with you, you can absolutely enjoy it in the "holy grail" sense you're looking for. For me, this definitely includes John Varvatos and flankers (although they are not the most performant fragrances), among others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eponymous View Post
    I use a "variable height" strategy, depending on the fragrance and what I want to use it for. For example, I often wear Encre Noire on my lower chest/abdomen and I use it as a "deodorant+". I then layer a compatible fragrance at my neck-line. Fragrances that are projection monsters (e.g. TF Ombre Leather) I wear below my collar-line. Fragrances that have lower projection (e.g. John Varvatos, D&G The One for Men), I wear above the collar-line, unless I'm going to be in close proximity in a work environment, in which case, I still wear them below the collar-line (for safety, some people are extremely allergic).

    Higher for more projection (though often lower longevity), lower for less projection and more longevity. Some fragrances (on me) seem to "like" being worn low, that is, they still project all right and get good longevity. Others seem to like to be worn high.

    I always apply after putting on an undershirt. This "traps" the cloud and keeps you from wasting juice. When applying low, I tend to go "under the shirt" and I spray wide enough to let a little of the spray get onto my undershirt. I feel this gets "the best of both worlds" in terms of skin versus fabric. When applying high, (I always have my dress shirt on when going high), I pull my collar open and spray onto the collar-bone or neck. When I want to be "over-projecting" (say, when going to the club), I will spray the side of the neck (hitting the pulse-points) and I'll let some of the spray hit the collar itself, which makes the fragrance opening really loud. Dab a bit on the back of the ears for a little extra zing. This method of application is not recommended for "beast-mode" fragrances like OL.

    Some fragrances seem to create "nose-blindness" just due to the way they interact with one's chemistry. I've noticed that some fragrances will even affect taste. I've noticed that I can sometimes "taste" a perfume due to absorption in the skin, not from the "spray cloud." I have a feeling this is due to the synthetic materials used in some perfumes. Anyway, you just have to get used to each perfume and how it interacts with your body. When you find a perfume that agrees with you, you can absolutely enjoy it in the "holy grail" sense you're looking for. For me, this definitely includes John Varvatos and flankers (although they are not the most performant fragrances), among others.
    Wow thanks for your comments and suggestions, seems like you have a combination of trial and error mixed with a little bit of science to enhance your fragrance performance,
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    Default Re: Enhancing projection...... myths

    Clothing works well, only fragrance I have not seen it help so far is Bvlgari Black that one requires skin heat (chemistry) it’s a light scent as is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eponymous View Post
    I use a "variable height" strategy, depending on the fragrance and what I want to use it for. For example, I often wear Encre Noire on my lower chest/abdomen and I use it as a "deodorant+". I then layer a compatible fragrance at my neck-line. Fragrances that are projection monsters (e.g. TF Ombre Leather) I wear below my collar-line. Fragrances that have lower projection (e.g. John Varvatos, D&G The One for Men), I wear above the collar-line, unless I'm going to be in close proximity in a work environment, in which case, I still wear them below the collar-line (for safety, some people are extremely allergic).

    Higher for more projection (though often lower longevity), lower for less projection and more longevity. Some fragrances (on me) seem to "like" being worn low, that is, they still project all right and get good longevity. Others seem to like to be worn high.

    I always apply after putting on an undershirt. This "traps" the cloud and keeps you from wasting juice. When applying low, I tend to go "under the shirt" and I spray wide enough to let a little of the spray get onto my undershirt. I feel this gets "the best of both worlds" in terms of skin versus fabric. When applying high, (I always have my dress shirt on when going high), I pull my collar open and spray onto the collar-bone or neck. When I want to be "over-projecting" (say, when going to the club), I will spray the side of the neck (hitting the pulse-points) and I'll let some of the spray hit the collar itself, which makes the fragrance opening really loud. Dab a bit on the back of the ears for a little extra zing. This method of application is not recommended for "beast-mode" fragrances like OL.

    Some fragrances seem to create "nose-blindness" just due to the way they interact with one's chemistry. I've noticed that some fragrances will even affect taste. I've noticed that I can sometimes "taste" a perfume due to absorption in the skin, not from the "spray cloud." I have a feeling this is due to the synthetic materials used in some perfumes. Anyway, you just have to get used to each perfume and how it interacts with your body. When you find a perfume that agrees with you, you can absolutely enjoy it in the "holy grail" sense you're looking for. For me, this definitely includes John Varvatos and flankers (although they are not the most performant fragrances), among others.
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    NOTHING works. I’m being completely honest here. At least nowhere as well as we think. I have tried them all. The brain is just too adept at tuning out existing stimuli as it scans for new ones. One a positive note however this same ability allows us to sample more than one fragrance at a single sitting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eponymous View Post
    I always apply after putting on an undershirt. This "traps" the cloud and keeps you from wasting juice. When applying low, I tend to go "under the shirt" and I spray wide enough to let a little of the spray get onto my undershirt. I feel this gets "the best of both worlds" in terms of skin versus fabric.
    +1 this definitely works better than spraying on chest/shirt separately.

    I've recently become a convert to the pre-spritz lotion school of thought. In my experience it really does help - I'll put lotion on forearms + chest, wait for it to set in about 10 min, then apply fragrance over the top. Doesn't necessarily help with projection, but it boosts longevity pretty well IMO. I also always spray the back of my forearms - I get more wafts that way than under wrists, plus my arm hair helps "hold on to" the fragrance a bit longer.
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    I keep it simple and apply 7-8 sprays. Works 80% of the time.
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    Spraying on clothes is probably the easiest way to go but you risk getting stains and it lasting longer than anticipated.
    Lotion does work some. My preference would be to apply more on skin.
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    I usually use the unscented lotion application.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newatthis66 View Post
    I have heard and read various suggestions such as, apply body lotion first, spray right after the shower before drying off completely, spray your hair....... on and on.
    Moisturized skin will have a fragrance last longer.

    - right after shower: limited effect
    - body lotion: good effect (mositurizes skin + and makes a "layer" that avoids the skin to "drink" the frag)
    - hair: yes, frags last longer in hair (like on on fabric)

    My technique (it works GREAT): spray 2 layers. It means: spray - wait 3 min that it dries (and creates a "waterproof oily layer'") - respray exactly at the same point. If it's really a weak frag, I sometimes also use body lotion before that.

    Hope it helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy the frenchy View Post
    Moisturized skin will have a fragrance last longer.

    - right after shower: limited effect
    - body lotion: good effect (mositurizes skin + and makes a "layer" that avoids the skin to "drink" the frag)
    - hair: yes, frags last longer in hair (like on on fabric)

    My technique (it works GREAT): spray 2 layers. It means: spray - wait 3 min that it dries (and creates a "waterproof oily layer'") - respray exactly at the same point. If it's really a weak frag, I sometimes also use body lotion before that.

    Hope it helps!
    Thank you, will try your suggestion today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by newatthis66 View Post
    Gents,

    Hopeful some of you can share your personal experiences and shed some light on methods of enhancing projection [if any].

    I understand the quality and composition of the fragrance itself will be the primary factor in projection

    I know over spraying can accomplish that to some degree but then for me my nose shuts down and says "Enough of that" seems like all I accomplished was a sensory shut down and possibly irritate those in my vicinity.

    I have heard and read various suggestions such as, apply body lotion first, spray right after the shower before drying off completely, spray your hair....... on and on.

    The objective is to maximize my ability to enjoy the scent of the fragrance as long as possible not waiting for just a whiff.

    Am I searching for the Holy Grail..........
    You can enhance longevity but not so sure about projection?? Overspraying can help maybe for a short period of time but in my personal experience, if something doesn't project it doesn't project.
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    I already my wrists. As in terms of handshakes and hand gestures this can get the scent moving in someone's direction.

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    Apart from applying more and using a body lotion (preferably unscented or, of pricier is possible and/or cost is no object nor issue, from the same scented body care line as the respective fragrance worn) personally have had little to no experience with anything else helping to increase the longevity and projection of any fragrance worn so far
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    And sorry I meant 'I apply...' Doh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkie View Post
    And sorry I meant 'I apply...' Doh!
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    I'm a clothes sprayer, usually 3 to the chest and 2 to the neck. Some of my bottles have a really concentrated spray area which causes a "stain" for the day, washes out though.
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    In my experience there is really nothing you can do to enhance projection,except wear a cologne that projects well.As mentioned you could spray a lot more on,but with a cologne that already does not project well it won't make enough of a difference in most cases.That is why a good cologne should have some power or else you are basically getting a bottle of glorified aftershave,and a weak one at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkie View Post
    And sorry I meant 'I apply...' Doh!
    you know you can edit your post after you've posted it right
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    Lotion to keep your skin hydrated and prevent absorbing fragrance quickly
    Spray clothes and hair - they don't absorb fragrance (well, perhaps hair does)
    Stay hydrated through the day - will prevent your skin from absorbing fragrance quickly.
    I go to gym after work and many time I've experienced when I start working out my fragrance I couldn't smell any more for quite a while now is reactivated. I don't know if it's just increased temperature of my skin or skin releases absorbed fragrance with sweat, but it might be it's a combination of both




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