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Month: December 2016

How to make your scent last longer

Especially in warmer months, you tend to perspire more and as a result there is potentially less longevity in your fragrance, which is especially annoying for fume heads. In a previous post I offered some tips for applying fragrance. Below are a few more.

1) Maximize the surface area of your application.

Spraying on your wrist is not necessarily the way to go with perfume application. However, what this does is make the scent evaporate faster because the blood flow there is close to the surface. In warmer months especially, try spraying to your forearms, where for most of us there is more hair, and the fragrance will have more surface area to which the scent molecules can attach.

2) Spray clothing.

If you perspire a lot, scent will evaporate quicker, so a way to deal with this – again especially in warmer weather, is to spray your clothing. Fewer chemicals directly on your person also makes for fewer chemicals in your body, if this concerns you. Some in fact suggest that perfume is best not applied to the skin at all – aroma chemicals are chemicals after all. Just be sure that if you are wearing light clothing that you fragrance is clear, lest you stain your garments.

3) Reapply wisely.

Apply in the morning and reapply early evening. Or try morning, afternoon, and evening for scents with poor longevity. This is much more effective than spraying a whole lot at one time.

4) Use an off-season fragrance.

Summer scent compositions tend to be light and fresh, and especially citrus notes will fade faster. Add to this you elevated perspiration, and it’s not wonder that especially in warmer seasons you might perceive that your fragrance is not lasting long enough. Another idea to deal is to use a woodsier fragrance, the notes of which tend to perform better.

5) Layer a musk scent or use a fragrance containing musk.

Musk melds well with each individual’s body chemistry, and accentuate the fragrance. I’ve been layering a simple musk scent with my summer fragrances for years, as it help make scent last longer. Oud and similar base notes such as sandalwood work in a similar fashion, drawing other scents from a perfume composition into it, and expanding its longevity.

Bvlgari Black by Bvlgari

Get a whiff of this:

You are at a party in a tire warehouse. It looks to be a bit naughty due to staff wearing skin-tight latex bearing whips as appendages. But there is nothing dirty going on at this affair. There’s not even alcohol – only a nice spicy black tea served mostly by friendly, upbeat girls next door – their demeanor anything but dominatrix. There is no hint at the whips being wielded anytime soon. A Hell’s Angels contingency is out in back of the shop enjoying a smoky little campfire, with back-slapping and cheerful laughter easing back into the shop along with the sweet smoke. You almost expect children to be on the premises, and your eyebrows raise as you eventually do see them, clustered on the floor silently devouring a succulent vanilla cake. You stand in awe, and silently receive a slice of the vanilla delight with a cup of tea spritzed with a hint of lemon from a Steve McQueen lookalike in a sterile, squeaky clean F1 leather jacket, and then you sit yourself down on a freshly-made Michelin truck tire, eagerly awaiting what you anticipate to be an interesting myriad of conversations as the party progresses.

I’ve read Bvulgari Black has been described on a forum (or was it Youtube?) as “the Michelin man driving a good year blimp into a vat of vanilla extract,” and although the scent is far too soft and demure for than analogy, it is not unfitting either. This somewhat linear fragrance’s opening note is a split-second citrus, followed quickly by smoky, warm rubber, but it isn’t burnt – it’s sweet, refined, and raw rubber, more like eraser debris. The rubber note is actually a result of a smoky tea called lapsang souchong, simulating rubber, car tires, automobiles, asphalt, and engine noise, but the amber, vanilla, and woody notes negate the idea of fast cars and fast women with their nuance of romance and tenderness. It’s powdery, leathery, smoky, and strangely light and fresh at once. Oakmoss is listed as an ingredient in Black, but I don’t get it, and seeing as the IFRA has that ingredient on its banned list, I’m not surprised if newer batches don’t or won’t include it. The longevity is pretty good, but it fades very close to the skin, with the rubber fumes exhausting out after an hour or two, muffling into aspartame sweetened vanillic, woodsy, and amber tones built for close quarters. But wait, is that the rubber coming back? You can also hear echos of muted, far-away florals. This vanilla-flavoured plastic, sexy gourmand is perfect for dudes who secretly dream of either being Hank Moody or traveling to outer space.

Black is marketed for men “living a metropolitan life,” but it is actually highly unisex, and brings to my mind a colour lighter than black. It is more masculine than feminine at the start, but more feminine than masculine in the drydown. Although urban and edgy, it is also versatile in that it can be worn night and day, although better in cooler evenings, and is unoffensive, comforting and pleasing. Yet at the same time, this is one weird concoction.

The trademark for Bulgari is usually written BVLGARI in the classical Latin alphabet (where V = English U), and is derived from the surname of the company’s Greek founder, Sotirios Voulgaris. Bvglari commissioned perfumer Annick Menardo, a prolific nose with an amazing portfolio of artworks, including Bois D’argent and Hypnotic Poison by Dior, Body Kouros by YSL, and the main Lolita Lempicka perfumes, to create this wonderous, vanilla rubber delight housed in a black, matte plastic hockey puck. While the bottle does not quite convey the luxury of this high-end jewelry maker, it is far from inappropriate with its rubber fetishness and off-on gadget for spraying.

Bvlgari Black has fast become classic that is future-proof. Annick Menardo, in her genius, has managed to satisfy her artistic needs in creating something abstract, unique, and incredibly interesting, yet she’s also met consumer demand for something that is safe, balanced, and highly wearable. If you’re a quiet, confident bad ass who thinks or knows you’d enjoy hanging out in the interior of a new luxury car sitting on hot pavement, this 5-star scent is for you. My only personal lament with this fragrance is that it doesn’t have a louder engine. BB hums just a wee bit too gently for my personality, but I did finish off a bottle in my collection. The good news is that the fragrance can now be had at a very decent price and is not hard to find.

From Fragrantica:

  • OLFACTORY GROUP: oriental woody
  • MAIN ACCORDS: vanilla, animalic, woody, green, powdery
  • TOP NOTES: green tea, bergamot, rose
  • MIDDLE NOTES:  sandalwood, cedar wood,  jasmine
  • BASE NOTES: leather, amber, musk, vanilla, oakmoss

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