Today’s Saturday Question is brought to you by the letters h, a, j, u, s, u, u, r and i, and the number 8. (Undina)
Saturday Question #30:
Does Longevity Matter?
When I use “longevity” as it relates to perfume, I am referring to how long the perfume lasts on your skin with normal wear. To be more specific, if you typically wear 2 or 4 or X sprays, when do you stop being able to smell it without pressing your nose to wherever you applied it? Good luck if you only applied behind your ears. Does longevity matter when you’re considering a perfume purchase?
Unlike Undina who takes her time to test and notate her sampling experiences, I am not that disciplined. Wait, “not that disciplined” gives me too much credit! I am NOT disciplined at all. As a result, most of the time, not being inclined to diligently test perfumes, I end up reading reviews and making a decision based on the reviews. Most of the reviews cover what a perfume smells like, how the perfume makes the reviewer feel and which other perfumes it is similar to. Occasionally, the review also includes longevity; however, I don’t pay attention to this knowing that it all depends on how many sprays you use, where you apply, your skin’s moisture levels, the temperature where you live/work and whether or not perfume got on your clothes. Therefore, as long as the notes and scent descriptions sound good, I end up buying it.
What if I actually tested a perfume and found its longevity to be lacking? Would I still buy it? Yes, because it is how it smells that matters more than how long it lasts. The best example of this is COMME des GARCONS Series 2: Red Carnation. I first tried this at Barneys (R.I.P.), one of a few times that I actually sprayed it on skin versus just smelling it on a tester strip while perfume shopping. After a few minutes, I couldn’t smell it anymore; I sprayed more, and the same thing happened – POOF! I left the store without buying it. Over the following weeks, I kept thinking back to how much I really enjoyed the perfume, so I went back and bought a bottle! If you really must know how long Red Carnation lasts on me – 4 sprays last 20 minutes, with detectable minute traces for up to an hour.
How about you?