Hi, I've only recently started applyimg eau de toilette and my problem is that I work a very long day. I've bought some Bulgari Man which is very nice but I find that in order to still smell the fragrance at the end of the day I have to apply between 15 and 20 sprays at the beginning. At this rate I will get through my supply very quickly and I may have to get something cheaper next time. I was thinking about Cerruti 1881 which someone recommended. Does anyone know whether I will have to apply as much of that scent to get me through the day? Also, I smoke heavily and I'm wondering whether this is stopping me smelling the scent, would this be right?
Not all cheap (affordable) fragrances need a lot of application, just as not all expensive fragrances perform well with little application. Some affordable fragrances that are good performers in my experience are:
- Most Jacques Bogart fragrances (both vintage/discontinued and current offerings); for example One Man Show Gold Edition is known to be an extremely good performer, to the point of being annoying to some, I understand.
- Most Ted Lapidus fragrances (both vintage/discontinued and current offerings); for example, Black Extreme. Spray it in this room and they will know in the next room; true story.
- Sung Homme (current version; I have not tried the vintage, but I cannot imagine it performing worse.)
- Some Cuba-Paris offerings; Gold, Prestige, and Royal, in particular. However, be careful with this house. Not all Cubas are known to be good performers; for example, the ones in the City Collection and Latin Collection. Also, I have seen remarks that recent batches of Gold, Prestige and Royal are less powerful. I am aware that the packaging has changed, which sometimes may signal reformulations.
- A range of others, such as Krizia Uomo (current is not as powerful as vintage, but still a good performer), Bijan Men (ditto), CK One Shock ("shockingly" powerful for a CK fragrance).