As I was poking through some sample lots the other day, I spotted a vial of indie perfumer En Voyage’s Zelda. I knew I had tried it before and enjoyed it very much, but with the chaos of life, unfortunately it slipped off my radar. So I applied it again and swooned. It has a lush, thick, green, almost Deep-South-in-August vibe to it; its creamy, smoky currents swirl around a mysterious magnolia. Just lovely and unlike anything else I’ve smelled. But on my skin as it dries down, I get something akin to coconut, but deeper, richer and more complex. And that something, whatever it is, just keeps going and going like it’s running a marathon — the Energizer Bunny of notes, if you will!
I applied this scent on a Thursday morning and it’s Friday evening and I swear I’m still getting a hint of it. And with one dab from the sample vial, no less –- now that’s saying something! I can’t even imagine what a spray or two would do.
Anyway, it got me thinking about what scents really have super-staying power. Guerlain’s Mitsouko, Amouage Memoir Woman and Bond No. 9’s New Haarlem are a few that really seem to go the distance on my skin. This is quite a nice problem to have if you love the scent. But of course, the flip side of that for me is that the ones I strongly dislike, with cumin, oud or something dark and metallic (looking at you Byredo M/Mink) refuse to let go and hang on and on for what seems like a never-ending marathon. Does that seem to happen with you?
Now if you are one of those people with “scent glue” skin, then everything lasts a while on you, I envy you, but it can be a mixed blessing sometimes, I imagine.
And what surprised me is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be extrait / pure parfum that lasts. Some of those wear surprisingly close to the skin and fade softly, and it’s the EDP that keeps on giving.
What fragrances are known for their lasting power? And what scents do you wear that make like long-distance marathon runners and just won’t quit?