Long Lasting Male Colognes With The Best Longevity
Howdy Folks. A lot of you are curious to know about long lasting male colognes with the best longevity. While I’ll be very honest and tell you that most colognes with this much longevity (long lasting scents tend to be strong although this isn’t the always the case) aren’t really all that pleasant to wear as they tend to be unrefined, in your face, overpowering, nauseating and at times headache inducing, the truth is that everyone wants to buy a cologne that lasts very very long.
We tend to be under the impression that if a cologne lasts very long, it will stay noticeable for longer which for men means more compliments and more female attention! (it doesn’t really work that way unless the woman is extremely bold and is already interested in you because of something else i.e. your looks, confidence or wallet… in this rare instance she will use your cologne as an ice breaker). Most beginners/novices over-emphasize the importance of longevity with little appreciation for refinement, balance, harmony of notes and class.
Note#1: Longevity and strength CAN be mutually exclusive although longevity is sometimes used as a measure of a fragrance’s overall strength.
What they don’t realize is that the strongest male colognes are in fact way above the necessary strength for them to be noticeable enough to make a favorable impression. Usually, they make a negative impression because they are so strong. But it’s not something that can be taught. You’ll know what I mean when you’ve sprayed more than 5 sprays of Joop! and the lady seated next to you fall unconscious! My point is…
FRAGRANCES NEED NOT HAVE RADIOACTIVE STRENGTH AND CENTURION LONGEVITY FOR THEM TO BE NOTICED AND BE REGARDED AS GOOD QUALITY.
Also, another thing to note is that long lasting scents do not always have good sillage or projection (read more about sillage here). Usually, longer lasting scents are of a much stronger concentration (usually Eau De Parfum or Pure Parfum) and therefore contain less alcohol. Alcohol evaporates quickly and disperses a scent around the wearer. the less alcohol in the mix, the less dispersion of scent (less sillage for you). However, because of the denser concentration of fragrance oil and less evaporation, the oil sits on the skin for longer!
Note#2: There are many factors affecting the longevity and sillage of a scent.
a, Concentration of the ingredients used – The higher concentration tends (not always the case) to be in the base where the notes are denser. These notes are usually not as volatile, therefore do not produce as much sillage as the notes in the top. With that said, these dense notes do tend to last longer. Also, if the fragrance is alcohol based, as most are, this factor then plays an even more significant part because when the alcohol evaporates, it disperses the scent as it does so. It may be assumed that the more alcohol there is present within the mix, the more sillage you get and possibly, the less longevity. However, longevity is also affected by the type of notes used.
b, Nature of the fragrance notes – Not all notes are created equally. Hesperidic notes (citrus) are very short lived and tend to last around 45 minutes before they are gone but they do have a lot of sillage since they are so volatile. Keep this in mind next time you peel an olange. Floral notes last longer and find themselves in the heart. Woody, gourmand and animal notes are usually in the base as they last much longer. Some notes are already very powerful in their natural form. For example, animal notes have a LOT of sillage AND also stick around for a long time. Ofcourse, within this factor come sub-factors. The type of wood or the type of vanilla, the concentration and how it interacts with the other notes. This all affects how it projects and how long it lasts.
c, Alcohol – Top notes of fragrances are usually short lived and volatile so they pump out a lot of their fragrance in relatively large quantities in a short period of time. Coupled with the evaporation of the alcohol, this creates an intense opening which is usually why a scent fills up the room upon spraying it especially if the ingredients of the scent happen to be particularly powerful. However, what this post seeks to establish are the rare, well balanced fragrances which retain more strength throughout the entire duration of the scent life than average.
That means, if you think a longer lasting scent will get noticed more because it sticks on the skin longer, think again. That is not necessarily the case. If you want to get noticed, you need a scent that projects far enough to get noticed. You need a scent with good sillage. However, there ARE scents which are the exception to the rule. They possess BOTH good/decent sillage and great longevity. This is an ideal but rare combination.
1. Joop! Homme – This has got to be one of the longest lasting EDT concentration designer male fragrances around. Joop! Homme has an exclamation in its name because of it’s LOUD opening. So loud, it never fails to make me sneeze. Because of its higher alcohol concentration (it’s an EDT), Joop has impressive sillage. It does calm down very quickly (still very strong, but a LOT less than the opening) within the first hour but it sticks to the skin for a very long while afterwards. Joop! Homme has 24 hour longevity in cooler weather. It outstays its welcome and because it’s so common and over-used, I rarely wear it. Use it at your own risk. The sillage for most of it’s life cycle is pretty darn good too!
2. Thierry Mugler Angel Men/A*MEN – A*MEN is what I would describe as an intense scent. the first spray quickly invades every corner of the room is a freakishly strong and extremely sweet sillage cloud! Of course, like Joop!, it’s an EDT which has ample longevity thanks to it’s EDT cocnentration and it’s easily detectable throughout the day (and night). I use Angel MEN a few times a year and I enjoy it a lot! This one lasts 24 hours aswell!
3. Tom Ford Black Orchid – Some of you guys are laughing at me! What? A women’s fragrance?! Well, in some stores in France, Black Orchid is marketed as a Unisex and sometimes a male fragrance. Why? Because it does not at all smell feminine. I have worn Black Orchid for the last two years. Black Orchid can easily make the top 10 list of the strongest AND longest lasting fragrances of all time. To illustrate it’s strength, I sprayed once on my neck and while putting my seatbelt on, it rubbed some of the Black Orchid off. That scent stayed on there for over 6 months and I could easily smell it for around 6 weeks. After that I had to bring the seatbelt to my nose to perceive it. Impressive nonetheless. It’s also in EDP concentration but it behaves more like an EDT with its ample sillage.
4. Annick Goutal Sables – This one contains a flower note called Immortelle. That’s a very obvious hint because immortelle is one of the most tenacious, long lasting notes in the world of perfumery. Granted, Sables is a strange scent which behaves strangely (I’m still not sure whether it actually smells good or not), the fact is this stuff lasts a very long time. The notes in Sables are very dense so despite it being an EDT, it doesn’t have great sillage. It’s fairly quiet but it just sticks for dear life. A very long life. It has a syrupy spicy scent. Opinions are divided on whether it smells sweet or not. Some say it smells very intensely sweet while others say there s not sweetness at all. Do you now see what I mean when I say it behaves very strangely? All the drama aside, Sables lasts well over 36 hours and nobody is quite sure how much longer it could go on for. I’m not kidding. It actually ruins my scent on the next day because it doesn’t wash off easily.
5. Guerlain L’Instant Pour Homme Eau Extreme – A luxurious gourmand (smells like food) that is both classy and well executed, Guarlain’s L’Instant Pour Homme Eau Extreme is unlike most EDP gourmands. For instance, the sillage is rather quiet. And while it IS sweet, it certainly isn’t sickly or cloying but rather, it’s inviting, seductive and at times elusive. You find yourself twirling your head in order to get that lovely whiff of oven baked cookies. This is a scent you want to be wearing if you are going to be in close quarters with a special someone. It WILL leave them spellbound. L’Instant will easily last over 24 hours because of that EDP concentration however, the sillage is very resrained and it tends to ever so gently radiate the area around you so that people within your immediate area only get very brief, fleeting but pleasant hints of the scent. This is a true ghostly scent that will have many noses curious to find out where that gorgeous smell is coming from.
6. Paul Smith London – Where longevity is concerned, Paul Smith London is very tenacious on one condition; some of it has to rub off on your clothes. The longevity on skin is pretty impressive but not ground breaking. It’ll push 12 hours with 3 sprays. But if it rubs onto fabric or leather, it becomes a totally different animal. I believe clothes slow down the progression of the scent somewhat and my testing confirms that this theory holds true for many scents. However, the effect this has on Paul Smith London is astonishing. A few sprays on my blazer have lasted well over 3 months (and counting) and completely taken over my entire wardrobe. Here is the kicker; Paul Smith London is very sweet, very intense, very thick (thanks to the booze and leather note) and the sillage is MONSTROUS. This makes it overpowering and cloying at times. Users must take care when applying it as it can cause olfactory fatigue which leads to generous applications of an extremely radiant scent. Not good.
7. Michael For Men by Michael Kors – Michael for men is another scent in the fruity, boozy, leathery category. However, it smells nothing like Paul Smith London. Upon the first spray, Michael for men doesn’t even smell like a cologne. I distinctly remember recoiling in disgust at the boozy, decaying fruit aroma when I first tried it. However, I can’t deny the expert execution of the scent. Not only is it balanced, assertive, well blended and classy, it has this certain iciness/coolness about it; no warmth here whatsoever. Michael stands in a category all by itself because it is the single most persistent scent I own. By persistent I mean, it’s just as strong after 12 hours as it is after just 30 minutes of spraying it. It s extremely balanced and that big sillage seems to keep pumping for what seems like a decade. Again just like London, this stuff is sweet and intense so it CAN cloy and at times nauseate.
8. Jaipur Homme EDP – This stuff is so concentrated and intense, it irritates the skin when you spray it. Then theres the ever persistent sillage. Then there is the refinement, the balance, the harmony and pure class. Then of course comes the everlasting longevity. Jaipur is one of THE longest lasting male scents available. It easily pushes over 24 hours and it’s 24 hours of intricate harmony between the notes and expert refinement. You really have to like vanilla and spice because this oriental has them in abundance. A true beauty which deserves all the accolade it receives.
9. Yves Saint Laurent Opium Pour Homme EDP – Can I get a “Yikes!”? When I first sprayed this fragrance, the juice exploded with so much intensity, so much power that I cowered in a panic exclaiming, “what have I done?”. This is a scent so aggressive in strength, radiance, intensity and longevity that it wipes the floor with fragrances that contain much more potent notes like oudh and civet. It is so dense, so sweet, so spicy that it simply has the legs to outlast your patience. To be honest, I don’t know how long this stuff lasts. I haven’t had the patience to find out yet. I quit after a 36 hour assault. Only one spray will suffice. In moderation, Opium is an exercise of harmony with the sweet notes harnessed by the spice and the syrupy thickness radiating ethereally around the wearer. Rewarding when applied correctly, punishing when abused. Tread carefully.
10. Givenchy Pi EDP – Pi’s EdP brother is less pleasant. Not only does it do away with almost all that lovely citrus opening, it has distinctly more wood and benzoin making much heavier. Then of course is the stubborn stick-ability. Couple that with the thicker aroma, you get a fragrance that cloys very quickly. One of Pi EDT’s strongest points is that it manages to stay somewhat ‘light’ for a sweet scent and also manages to be sweet but not cloying thanks to that citrus note at the beginning. However, amplifying things further makes Pi a monster indeed, but one I find hard to love. Did I mention that it irritates the skin when sprayed? A sure sign that it’s sinking into your pores and intending to remain there forever!
11. Jean Paul Gaultier Gaultier2 – Gaultier2 is a hypnotizing scent. For us males, the first encounter is predictable as first of all, the scent tends to be hidden away in the female section. Then of course, we learn that it is actually a UNISEX fragrance. Then we try it. That aroma of caramel popcorn makes us think.. “no way”. Then we smell it on someone else and think.. “Wow, what IS that..? I KNOW that smell…” After hours of passive mental investigation, a light bulb goes off.. Ahh .. Gaultier2! Gaultier2 sure is weird. However, we’ll save the descriptives for a review. just know that this stuff, with its EDP concentration lasts and lasts and lasts. This is a scent I know will easily last 24 hours. The sillage is pretty good too. I highly recommend it. Though, if you are the burly, construction worker type, this might not work on you.
12. Yves Saint Laurent Kouros – Hate to admit it. But I’ve never worn Kouros in public. I’ve not quite acquired the sheer audacity to do that yet. Being 21, I do have a LOT of time left to attempt this feat. Why? Because Kouros likes to let other people know its being worn. The HUGE sillage is coupled by insane longevity. This stuff contaminates your skin for well over the 24 hour benchmark and boy does it pack a punch! The aroma of Kouros is another topic altogether. Some have likened it to urinal cakes, some compare it to unwashed armpits.. the association are many. But surprisingly, it IS a best-seller and has been since it’s release in 1981! Only the brave or the incredibly insane can wear Kouros in generous amounts. I’ll gladly pass for now.Google+