05-30-2012, 09:08 AM
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I was not sure what constituted the drydown phase of an aftershave or eau de toilette, so I looked online and found this brief description from bellasugar, for those who are interested or didn't know:

This term from the world of perfumery describes the last stage in the evolution of a fragrance. After the top notes have faded (usually 30 minutes to an hour after application), the middle and base notes remain to mingle, forming the body of the scent. After that, it's the drydown, or the endnotes of the fragrance, that stick around on your skin.

Drydown is unique to every individual and every perfume, since the fixatives and oils in the perfume interact with each person's body chemistry differently. This means that although the drydown on a perfume may have some general qualities (musky, sweet, smoky, etc.) the heart of the scent unfolds in a singular way on you.

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 05-30-2012, 12:40 PM
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  • freddy
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Thanks, John. This isn't quite what I thought drydown was so I learned something new. Thumbsup

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 05-30-2012, 02:43 PM
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I knew this in general terms but this helps a lot to understand the evolution of fragrances. Thanks, John.

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 05-30-2012, 03:22 PM
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That's good information to know. The biggest example I can think of is Floid Suave. At application it is a very intense sweet musky smell with a hint of baby powder but within about a half hour it's a wonderful baby powder smell without the other over powering scents.

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 05-30-2012, 03:37 PM
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Most interesting! Thanks!!

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 05-30-2012, 04:00 PM
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  • slantman
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Thank you John. I certainly have learned something.

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 05-30-2012, 04:36 PM
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(05-30-2012, 09:08 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: This means that although the drydown on a perfume may have some general qualities (musky, sweet, smoky, etc.) the heart of the scent unfolds in a singular way on you.

So very true this is.

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 05-30-2012, 04:52 PM
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This is why those little business card sized pieces of paper aren't all that useful if you're serious about a fragrance. You've got to give it some skin time. Thanks for the thorough definition!

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 06-03-2012, 08:35 PM
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Thanks for the info, John!

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 06-05-2012, 05:00 AM
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(05-30-2012, 04:52 PM)TYdeFan05 Wrote: This is why those little business card sized pieces of paper aren't all that useful if you're serious about a fragrance. You've got to give it some skin time. Thanks for the thorough definition!

Maybe not, but they at least let you smell it without quite so much of the alcohol scent you get by smelling the bottle. If I had to go by just picking up the bottles I would probably just wear Windex. Wink

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