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    Default An observation - different POV (point of view) can greatly effect how a fragrance smells.

    So, I also think skin chemistry has something to do with fragrances smelling different on different people, however a BIG thing I noticed is the perception of a scent depending on if it's first person (you wearing it) or someone else wearing (their projection/sillage).

    Over time I've maybe noticed the girlfriend's fragrances smell a bit different on myself and her, but these are a couple standouts that wow'd me.

    Chergui:
    On me, Chergui is great! I really enjoy it, and am very familiar with its smell. But she wore her Chergui yesterday and I caught an amazing smell in the air. I didn't totally recognize it, and thought it smelled more along the lines of Un Jardin sur le Nil; crazy, right?! Turns out it's Chergui. And it smells TOTALLY different in the air than up close!

    Bella Bellissima White Leather:
    I had a small decant of this and thought it smelled pretty good, but didn't totally win me over. Fast forward months later and she's wearing it and it smelled great in the air! Had no idea what it was. Then I bought a bottle because of that. Wore it again from the bottle... again, good, but not up to par with when she wears it. So I just gave her the bottle. Smells way better coming from her than myself.

    Aventus:
    One of the reasons I own Aventus is because she loves it on me. I've worn this quite a bit over the years. However, get this, she was wearing something one time and I could not recognize what it was. I even leaned in close and smelled, and still couldn't identify it. It was Aventus. I was shocked, lol. It smelled so different!!

    It makes me wonder how drastically different some of perfumes are perceived by other people we're around, compared to how we perceive them ourselves?
    It seems some need to 'spread their wings' and get some distance before fully blooming. That, or, it's simply a matter of heavy vs lighter molecules? As in, with Kouros I notice the sweet/urinous/animalic aspect when I wear it, but when my Dad wears Kouros, I pretty much get the old-school almost chalky like 'brighter' aspect of it; the cleaner side, I suppose.

    Ones I've noticed that my Dad owns/owned as well as myself that smell pretty much as expected when he wears them VS when I wear them are Eau Sauvage Parfum (2012), Kouros, 1 Million. Though the last time he wear ESP 2012 it smelled different.

    Just.. very interesting. Thoughts? Experiences?
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    Default Re: An observation - different POV (point of view) can greatly effect how a fragrance smells.

    Yeah things can smell different in the air. That's why the whole Sauvage thing is silly. Sauvage like it or not smells great in the air. Doesn't really matter what it smells like when you huff your arm, since that's not the sort of fragrance people see as "art" anyways.

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    Default Re: An observation - different POV (point of view) can greatly effect how a fragrance smells.

    Quote Originally Posted by ILikePeeps View Post
    So, I also think skin chemistry has something to do with fragrances smelling different on different people
    As do I.
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    Default Re: An observation - different POV (point of view) can greatly effect how a fragrance smells.

    I love smelling my fragrances on my wife. I pick up different nuances.

    Fragrances do smell different in the air than they do up close.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoldWineMemories View Post
    Sauvage like it or not smells great in the air.
    Not to me, it doesn't!

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    Default Re: An observation - different POV (point of view) can greatly effect how a fragrance smells.

    My partner has a very sensitive nose and her reaction to a scent on me will vacillate wildly depending on weather, time of day, and any number of other factors. It drives me crazy, because I think she loves something, based on how she's reacted in that past (sniffing me and swooning), and another time she basically wants me to scrub it off like it's the most offensive thing ever... so frustrating. So, yeah, POV is a tricky moving target for me.

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    Default Re: An observation - different POV (point of view) can greatly effect how a fragrance smells.

    I agree that there can be a difference. I think it also has to do with nose fatigue. After a while, our noses cancel out smells-but these are capture by people around us. And smelling from far away tones things down and perhaps certain notes are lost.

    It reminds me of a comment made by perfume critic Luca Turin, who said that certain old perfumes, like Shalimar or Bandit, were best when smelled across the table. Too heavy up close, nice but not as complex from far away, just perfect during a conversation across the table.

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    Default Re: An observation - different POV (point of view) can greatly effect how a fragrance smells.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Fragrances do smell different in the air than they do up close.
    This for sure. Case in point Shalimar. Up close it smells woody, smokey and far away it smells powdery vanilla, citrus, amber. It's amazing.
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    Default Re: An observation - different POV (point of view) can greatly effect how a fragrance smells.

    Can fully agree with this, especially regarding the fragrances in the thread starting post. Since all have a degree of complexity and of nuances likely to develop a bit different on both the skin but also the nose of individual wearers.

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    Default Re: An observation - different POV (point of view) can greatly effect how a fragrance smells.

    Once I was happily wearing L’Île au Thé enjoying its dry and smoky aroma. Later that day met a friend who said she didn’t like it because it was too sweet and fruity. ???
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    Default Re: An observation - different POV (point of view) can greatly effect how a fragrance smells.

    As you mentioned, skin chemistry plays a big role on how a fragrance can smell different according to the wearer.
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    Default Re: An observation - different POV (point of view) can greatly effect how a fragrance smells.

    "I even leaned in close and smelled, and still couldn't identify it."

    Then in this case it's surely skin chemistry, not a case of it smelling different in the air?


    However l do agree that what projects to others tends to be more the top & mid notes, whereas base notes are usually only detectable at very close range.
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