...Newbie: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).
...Sleuth:Can anyone tell me what the dry down of "Horizon" by Guy Laroche is like?Should I expect a somewhat synthetic oakmoss + some sharp patchouli?What kind of moss and what kind of patchouli should I expect? How much of each?Let me know :)I like the late stages of Horizon's dry-down quite a bit. It definitely has an 80s type, dark dry-down that is decisively masculine. Horizon is a 80s-to-90s transition fragrance, and I would argue that one aspect of it that is more 80s than 90s is its late dry-down. (By contrast, I find the opening more 90s with the mint and the sea breeze note.) The opening, and in fact the first half of the overall life-cycle, seems to be challenging to some. People variably define it as "medicinal", "synthetic", "confused", "eclectic", "trying to do too many things at once", etc. There are amounts of truth to possibly all of those arguments, but none too grave as to write Horizon off, I think. And none of these points, in my opinion, apply as readily to the second half of the life-cycle as they do to the first.For one things, I do not get anything strikingly synthetic in the late dry-down. Yes, there is moss and patchouli, and some sandalwood for good measure; you know, the usual good stuff that makes up a textbook old-school masculine dry-down. But your questions along the lines of "how much", "what kind" are a bit hard to answer, at least for me. My "too little" may be your "too much" or vice versa. All I can say is, for me there is not much, if anything that is synthetic in the dry down, and neither of moss and patchouli smell either too over the top or too weak. I find it to be a good, solid dry-down. In fact, now that I think more about it, I would say I wear Horizon for the late dry-down, rather than any other phase.