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Scent/Fragrance of the Day thread

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Dmax, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. b1os

    b1os Distinguished Member

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    This could be one of the reasons, yeah.
    I can't remember smelling anything other than aquatic "cologne" on male persons my age. But they don't apply lightly. At all. Which pretty much contradicts the old reasoning of wearing EdC.


    So, to my understanding, a higher concentration doesn't go hand in hand with more projection, because the evaporating alcohol supports the sillage. At least that's what I've read multiple times on BN. So to say, an EdC should have a rather big projection, but given its lighter nature of aromatics, it doesn't seem extreme. Likewise, an éxtrait de parfum doesn't project more than an EdP -- it probably actually stays closer to the skin --, but the smell is more rich and concentrated (obviously depends on the nature of the parfum).
    But then again, if I was to smear a little alcohol on my skin, it would evaporate (and support the release of "smell") in a manner of seconds -- it would hardly last minutes -- so I'm not sure whether it really affects the projection itself (other than the short timeframe after the initial spray) and therefore I have doubts that the former reasoning is correct. Another point: you sometimes smell the evaporating alcohol for a short time after you've applied EdC. Can anyone comment on this?
    Is it really as simple as: higher concentration of identical essential oils/synthetics/whatever = more projection, longevity?
     
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  2. Thomas

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    ^^ Well, I'm not 100% on this, but as I understand it the alcohol is for dilution purposes only. You could put straight lavender oil on your skin and you'd smell of lavender - but you'd need very little oil to get a reasonable effect, thus the dilution. To an extent, the dilution also makes it sprayable and therefore reliably consistent re: application dosage.

    As far as degrees of projection, et al - more oil on your skin generally means greater longevity as there's more oil to evaporate (and it only burns so quickly). You also get greater throw or projection because there's more to burn off (especially if you spread it out or apply to exposed skin). However, it doesn't automatically make for a richer scent - what also tends to happen is that the makers vary the formula between concentrations. The idea being that EdT have a nearly mass appeal (light, easy-wearing, etc), but generally only the aficionados will seek out the parfum concentrations and that's where all the perfumer's ideas are realized - but the appeal is generally less broad.
     


  3. b1os

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    Yeah, that's the logical explanation.. I was just wondering how some people came to the conclusion that the alcohol catalyzes the projection.
     
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    The alcohol is present for maybe ten seconds and is no longer a factor then in projection. Furthermore I think there are too many variables in all this.
     


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    Huffing too much Secretions Magnifiques.
     


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    Ewwww.


    Today: Portrait of a Lady - it should be warm and sunny but instead it's foggy and misty, so I thought an incense/rose with a brightness of red berries balanced by slight evergreenness would be appropriate.
     


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    Today, Poivre Piquante. Not sure what to wear for the evening yet.
     


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    TDC Bois d'Iris today.
     


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    I firmly believe that alcohol catalyzes the projection.


    I'm wearing Portrait of a Lady too.
     


  10. rach2jlc

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    Wow, great choices today. PP, BdI, and Portrait. How can I match that?

    Okay, breaking out the big guns, some No. 5 extrait. I wore this by mistake yesterday evening (I put my parfums into small spray bottles and thought I was getting chamade) and in the warm weather it did surprisingly well. The EdT/EdP in the heat just seems powdery and dry as a box of sand on me, but the extrait had a delightful, warm, soft feel in the heat. Really quite lovely. As well, the heat/humidity caused the aldehydes either to dissipate or simply not to project, so it was much less "grandma."
     
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    I chose Dark Rose for this evening. This has some synthetic vibe. And some dry sweaty rose (tea rose?) with a touch of sweetness. Overall, I like it. It's nothing for everyday, but sometimes it's nice.
     
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    Portrait of a Lady is POWERFUL stuff. I kind of wish it would spray on a little bit less.
     


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    Profumi del Forte Ambra Mediterranea. This is just a fantastic amber. FWIW, it's also one of the scents on deep discount at STC until Sept. 3.
     


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