[DS & Durga's David] Moltz believes that one of the biggest mistakes customers can make is choosing a perfume that everyone else is wearing and thinking it’s cool. Instead he advises wearing a sample for ten minutes in the store and listening to your gut before making a purchase.
— Ten minutes, really? Read more at Musician-turned-perfumer David Seth Moltz recommends wearing a fragrance for 10 mins before buying it at The Economic Times.
Ten minutes?!? Totally inadequate. Of course they want you to buy fast before you get to the wimpy meh drydown.
Which is funny sorta because DS & Durga is not generally guilty of wimpy meh dry down.
Four hours *minimum*, so you at least get a glimpse of the base. All day is better: overnight is better still.
I was going to say 3 wearings on 3 different days.
Then again, I admit I have bought in less than 10 minutes. It just isn’t wise.
It took me 4 years to make up my mind that I needed Mohur extrait in my life. Mind you, it took me all of 5 minutes to buy my first (!) bottle of Vamp à New York.
No regrets in either case, but I agree with all of you, 10 minutes is not enough to get an idea of what a fragrance is really like, let alone to decide whether it gives you pleasure or not.
I need to spend a couple days with a sample of any perfume before I can make the judgment of full bottle worthy. If you got boatloads of money, you can do that.