Fleeting fragrance: Scents you love that don’t last

fleetingAh, Jour d’ Hermes Gardenia. Patty loved this and raved about it recently, saying, “It’s that sophisticated, elegant floral that is perfect when you want a plush gardenia floral instead of something more earthy.” So after that, and with gardenia in the name, how could I resist? The first dab inspired an “Ooh – lovely!!” But 15 or so minutes later, a pleasant but soft echo of that great opening was all that remained. OK, says I, let’s spritz this baby. Two shots to the wrist and of course, a nicer, bigger blast of lovely opening resulted. Only this time, it took about 45 minutes to ease down to a shadow of its former self. Oh, nothing like a fleeting fragrance that you love and wish would go on forever!

Of course, this is perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena’s work, so it’s pretty much a given that it won’t overpower you. For what it’s worth, I found the original Jour d’Hermes and the Jour d’Hermes Absolu to last significantly longer on my skin than this one though.

Another recent beauty that I absolutely adore is Annick Goutal’s L’lle au Thé (waves to March who reviewed it for us!). But it, too, showed a fleeting nature on my skin. A bit longer than an hour after two spritzes and I find myself ready to re-spray up a storm. I realize it’s made to be a light, clean scent, but I did hope to enjoy it a bit longer.

So it seems I’m going through my little decants at an alarming rate. I found myself wishing for thick, richly scented body creams in both of these scents to help boost them along. And knowing Hermes, there’s a good chance of that, or at least a body lotion, especially if their Gardenia takes off and sells well.

I guess some scents are just going to work out that way on your skin. But why, oh why, do the ones you dislike always seem to stick around forever?

Anyhoo, guess I’ll I just plan on keeping the decants with me and re-spritz as needed. And if they are that light and fleeting, then they’re unlikely to offend anyone. Of course, in my scent-free office, I can’t take that chance, but in my free time, I can spray to my heart’s content.

What fragrances do you love but are fleeting on your skin? Do you just re-spray often or have you found layering with body products (or some other way) helps keep the love going?

Photo borrowed from Fragrantica

32 Comments
nicole August 20, 2015

AG Eau d'Hadrien-no sillage whatsoever & Amazing Grace

March August 19, 2015

Many of my summer favorites, to be honest! And that's why they're summer favorites.... pretty much anything tea. But then we get to put it on over and over!

Heidi August 18, 2015

I love Serge's A La Nuit -- that jasmine note singing through the woods -- but the whole lovely experience goes *poof* on my skin within 20 minutes.

Darryl August 18, 2015

In the case of eau de colognes like Bulgari Thé Vert, I'm okay with minimal longevity - it's a function of the form. I don't mind re-applying those, because I'm in the mood for something fresh, fleeting and minimal when I wear them in the first place. But proper EdTs or EdPs, yeah, I expect those to stick around. My nose gets fatigued rather easily, so I rarely apply more than one spray of anything these days, but I don't generally have major longevity issues. My skin is pretty scent-gluey.

Jennifer Counts August 17, 2015

I tend to be on the scent glue side of things, so I don't really get disappointed by longevity too often. One recently, though, was Si Lolita. I can sometimes get the workday out of it, but that time about halfway through the day I couldn't smell it anymore.

Neva August 17, 2015

Ok, I don't know if my nose is getting older, but most of the new scents don't last long. I miss the good old vintage stuff from the eighties! I sprayed in the morning (maybe twice) and reapplied around noon and that was enough for the day. I'm so disappointed in the Heeleys. He has beautiful summer scents which absolutely don't last. Even the black line, the more intense ones are oh so fleeting...

Ann August 17, 2015

Hi, Annie! Oooh, I have yet to try Rien, but have been meaning to, so thanks for the reminder. Guess we'll have to do a post on the scents that stay on for ages.

AnnieA August 17, 2015

Alas for scent-eating skin. Easier for me to mention what actually does last on me eg Rien.

Kandice August 17, 2015

This is also a deal breaker for me. There are many scents that I've loved, but if they don't last long I can't justify spending the money on them. I just don't have it to throw away. My biggest disappointment lately was AG's Un Matin D'Orage. Such a pretty scent but gone in no time.

Suzanne August 17, 2015

Hi Ann - Chanel Bel Respiro is the one that immediately springs to mind for me. I should retry it again, though, as I'd like to think I'm wrong about it and should buy a bottle immediately. :D L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons is another, but one sort of expects a perfume of that name to be fleeting.

Mariann August 17, 2015

The Bulgari Thes, Epice Marine and Wood Sage and Sea Salt are all lovely but need a respray after a while.

Portia August 17, 2015

Heya Ann, Now that i'm trying to think of them I can't even bring one to mind. A few of the L'Artisan and modern Dune but the rest have left my mind. Portia xx

eldarwen22 August 17, 2015

Summer is a time where most perfumes don't last all that long on me. I was so close to ordering Cristalle Eau Verte but it only lasted an hour and a half on me. I was so disapointed because I actually liked the citrus note and the hyacinth was fabulous. It really annoys me when things get labeled an EDT Intense or Concentrate. It's either EDT or EDP in my books.

rosarita313 August 17, 2015

Hi Ann! I have been out of pocket for awhile this summer so it's nice to see you. Fleeting perfumes are a deal breaker for me anymore. It's just too frustrating to enjoy the first whiff, then an hour later I not only can't smell it but can't remember what I put on. I'm all about the basenotes most of the time anyway. Sounds like a lovely scent, though!

Kate C August 16, 2015

I just finally got around to trying Bronze Goddess and like it so much. Unfortunately it only lasts about a second on me. Same with Asphalt Rainbow which I was planning to buy a FB of.