10 Fragrances That Last Long – Smell Good All Day

fragrances that last long

These 10 best fragrances that last long are correct choices f you don’t want to waste money on perfume. Some of them last all day while others can even last 48 hours.

While there are many other long-lasting fragrances that you can consider for daily use, these are already tried and tested. Cologne doesn’t necessarily last long but you have to know which to choose as a bang for the buck.

What makes fragrances last long? It’s the concentration of the notes in each formulation that gives longevity to our beloved scents. Make sure you read the article until the end to find out more about formulations that last and how they come to life.

Fragrances that last long (a day or more)

Some fragrances houses such as Amouage or Parfums de Marly are known for their selection of fragrances that last long. Among them, the following seem to always attract a lot of attention.

1.     Amouage Reflection Man

Launched in 2017, Amouage Reflection Man shook the fragrance community with an original scent. It was a few months back that I overhead a conversation about men’s fragrances really worth buying and it was the one mentioned the most in the group.

Reflection Man is also one of the longest-lasting fragrances which make you smell good all day. It’s not just about the performance but the smell of the formulation as well.

Rosemary, petitgrain, and pink pepper are its top notes.

Orris root, neroli, jasmine, and ylang ylang are its mid accords.

Cedar, vetiver, sandalwood, and patchouli are its base accords.

While it starts strong with pepper and rosemary, the fragrance is floral. It’s dominated by the combination of jasmine and neroli.

Type of fragrance Dominant note It lasts for Best for
Floral Jasmine 8 hours Any season
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2.     Parfums de Marly Layton

Parfums de Marly from Layton is another artistic and long-lasting fragrance. It lasts at least a full day when applied to your skin. I still remember smelling it the second day after application when I first tried it out.

The combination of notes here is certainly unisex with a slight balance towards the masculine side. But I know both men and women wearing it.

Launched in 2016, the fragrance smells like apple. It has a cozy vibe that reminds me of childhood memories that I thought I forgot. But I heard others say this about the fragrance as well.

It starts with bergamot, lavender, apple, and mandarin.

Geranium, jasimine, and violet are its mid notes.

Guaiac wood, cardamom, sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla, and pepper are its base notes.

With a crowd-pleasing smell, Layton is the fragrance that certainly has something royal in it. If you plan to wear it at work, you need to know that it lasts just a bit over 8 hours when sprayed on the skin and around 24 hours on clothes. Projection is low to mild.

Type of fragrance Dominant note It lasts for Best for
Floral/spice Apple 8 hours Fall, winter, spring
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3.     Mancera Cedrat Boise

People generally compare Mancera Cedrat Boise with Creed Aventus. But I think it holds its ground well with plenty of originality. Its fragrance longevity is 10 out of 10 as well.

Bergamot, Sicilian lemon, black currant, and pepper are its top notes.

Fruits, water jasmine, and patchouli are its mid notes.

Cedar, sandalwood, moss, leather, white musk, and vanilla are its base notes.

The long-wearing perfume opens up with strong citruses that never truly evaporate. It has some sweet notes in the drydown that are also there but not as intense. Leather, vanilla, and sandalwood are also intense in the drydown. The leather note makes this fragrance creamy and it completely separates it from other citrus perfumes. There’s a bit of smokiness to this leather as well.

As one of the longest-lasting fragrances (and one of the best-selling men’s colognes), Cedrat Boise is with you for at least 12 hours per day. You can easily smell it after 72 hours if you apply it on a T-shirt.

Type of fragrance Dominant note It lasts for Best for
Citrusy Bergamot 12 hours Spring, summer, fall
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4.     Chanel Platinum Egoiste

Not many would see the Platinum Egoiste among the fragrances that last long before seeing it as a classic perfume with timeless attractiveness. Launched in 1993, this perfume is still popular and its almost impossible not to find it as a sample in any fragrance shop you walk into.

Lavender, petitgrain, rosemary, and neroli are its opening notes.

Platinum Egoiste smells like galbanum, geranium, clary sage, and jasmine in the drydown.

Cedar, amber, sandalwood, oakmoss, and vetiver are its base notes.

This manly fragrance is excellent for going out, special occasions or simple casual wear. You can expect this fragrance to last around 12 hours which means you’ll get a lot of value for the money. If you aren’t sure what to expect, you can imagine Burberry Man after about an hour as it dries down with extra geranium.

Type of fragrance Dominant note It lasts for Best for Where to buy
Floral Geranium, lavender 12 hours Spring, summer, fall Get it here on Amazon
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5.     Aqua Di Parma Oud

The animalistic Aqua di Parma Oud is one of the long-lasting fragrances that is probably better than you expect. The masculine scent is also purchased by women as it has an impressive oud interpretation. Often compared to the smell of an animal, it is the type scent that is never out of your collection once you have it.

Bergamot and orange are its opening notes.

Agarwood, coriander, and Amyris are its midnotes.

Sandalwood, leather, cedar, musk, and patchouli are its base notes.

I know that oud is one of those notes that is hard to understand as a newbie in the fragrance world. But most people love its interpretation here. When I ask them to describe the oud in Aqua di Parma’s perfume I get rose cited a lot, so it might be a type of agarwood with a floral interpretation that draws people in.

Type of fragrance Dominant note It lasts for Best for Where to buy
Oriental Oud, rose 12+ hours Spring, summer, fall, winter Get it here on Amazon
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6.     Dolce Gabbana Pour Homme

The Dolce Gabbana Pour Homme fragrance is one that already made history in the fragrance world. There’s a new reformulated version out (no bottle sticker) which is still going strong. Buying a few of these at the same time is not unheard of given its crowd-pleasing profile.

It starts off with a lavender-citrus influence with a few supporting background accords. Tobacco is also present in the opening becoming more prominent in the drydown. It’s the type of notes combination that made classic men fragrances popular.

However, the top notes don’t last long and you’ll be left smelling masculine aromatic notes that separate themselves from the citrusy opening accords quickly.

Note breakdown includes lavender, bergamot, lemon, tarragon, clary sage, mandarin, neroli, and orange in the top notes.

Coriander, jasmine, violet, pepper, rose, and geranium is its mid accords.

Tonka, sandalwood, amber, musk, cedar, tobacco, iris, and coumarin are its base notes.

Type of fragrance Dominant note It lasts for Best for Where to buy
Herbal Tobacco 8 hours Spring, summer, fall, winter Get it here on Amazon
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7.     Rasasi Layuqawam

One of the most underrated and longest-lasting fragrances in the area where I live is Rasasi Layuqawam. Albeit it’s not something the younger crowd is interested in, this perfume is spectacular both in notes breakdown and in longevity. Like any fragrance, longevity is based on your type of skin. For most people, it’s a 12+ hours fragrance. But on my skin, it lasts 24 hours.

I also like that it’s a bit more affordable than other fragrances that last all day and from this perspective, it’s got a mark of 10 out of 10.

Raspberry, saffron, and thyme are its opening notes that are clearly distinguishable.

Artemisia, jasmine, and olibanum are its mid accords.

Burnt wood, amber, leather, suede are its base accords.

If you don’t like the smoky notes, you might want to reconsider this scent, however. The smoky wood note is dominant and it doesn’t fade away for the rest of the day. Otherwise, it can be a cozy winter fragrance to cut through the cold weather like a top scent.

Type of fragrance Dominant note It lasts for Best for Where to buy
Oriental Tobacco 24 hours Winter, spring Get it here on Amazon
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Women’s perfumes that last all day

When it comes to perfumes for women that last all day, the choices are obviously different, even if many of the scents listed above are unisex. This being said, the following perfumes are true performers that get plenty of attention.

8.     Lancome La Vie E Belle L’eclat

Julia Roberts is the face of this incredible flanker. La Vie E Belle L’eclat is the wearable version of the original perfume with the same attractive iris and floral notes that last. Launched in 2017, this perfume is easy to recognize with its elegant bottle.

Freesia, mandarin, and bergamot are its ingredients and top notes.

Orange blossom, white florals, iris, and jasmine sambac are its mid accords.

Sandalwood, vanilla, and patchouli are its base accords.

With a bit more vanilla and orange blossom than the original formula, La Vie E Belle L’eclat is still thick, not fresh but cozy made for women of all ages. It lasts all day as well.

Type of fragrance Dominant note It lasts for Best for Where to buy
White floral Vanilla, mandarin orange 7 hours Winter, spring, fall Get it here on Amazon
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9.     Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

Launched in 2015, this perfume is a work of art both lightweight and durable. It starts with jasmine and saffron. Ambergris, almond, and amberwood are its mid accords. Cedar and fir resin is its based accords.

The overall cozy formulation of this scent would be comparable to the smell of burnt cotton candy. Still, it manages to be an airy formulation and as a result, it leans towards the feminine.

There’s a bit of difference in the interpretation of the perfume as well. Baccarat Rouge 540 Extract De Parfum has a weird hospitalish-influence which is minimized in the Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum version.

Type of fragrance Dominant note It lasts for Best for Where to buy
Oriental Amber, wood, jasmine 12 hours Winter, spring, fall Get it here on Amazon
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10. Amouage Lyric Woman

The women’s version of the Amouage Lyric fragrance keeps the rose note and it adds a feminine spin to the formulation. Its long-lasting notes include bergamot, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.

Rose, geranium, ylang ylang, jasmine, angelica, and orris root are its mid accords.

Vetiver, vanilla, oakmoss, musk, cedar, patchouli, tonka, sandalwood, and incense are its base accords.

Delicate green citrus is the dominant note in the opening. Floral and powdery in the drydown, it resembles makeup smell but with a delicate profile. Everything is tied down with a note of incense that is also very subtle. While it’s not the longest-lasting perfume with strong projection, it also has that royal quality to it which comes with a bit of subtlety.

Type of fragrance Dominant note It lasts for Best for Where to buy
Oriental Amber, wood, jasmine 12 hours Winter, fall Get it here on Amazon
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Which fragrances lasts the longest?

Amouage Reflection Man is a fragrance that last at least 12 hours with a lasting projection.

How do you know which fragrance lasts the longest?

Extract de parfum and eau de parfum (as seen with the Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540) are fragrance formulations that influence perfume longevity. The concentration of individual notes is what makes them last a short or a long period. You can find out more about how perfume is made to learn the differences in composition which affect longevity.

Is it OK to wear cologne every day?

If you wear perfume every day you eventually become accustomed or immune to the scent as do those around you. But it is OK to wear cologne every day as long as you don’t have allergies or health problems such as asthma.

Final words

All of these fragrances last all day. Spending money on a perfume that lasts 12 hours seems to be easier to justify than with cologne that fades away in a couple of hours. Instead of an outro to this guide, I’d like to add a comparison chart so that you understand how long-wearing these truly are a bit easier. With the exception of Lancome La Vie E Belle L’eclat, all of these fragrances can be worn by both men and women.

Fragrance For Lasting power
Amouage Reflection Man Men 12 hours
Parfums de Marly Layton Men 8 hours
Mancera Cedrat Boise Men 12 hours
Aqua Di Parma Oud Men 12+ hours
Dolce Gabbana Pour Homme Men 8 hours
Rasasi Layuqawam Men 24 hours
Lancome La Vie E Belle L’eclat Women 7 hours
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Women 12 hours
Amouage Lyric Woman Women 12 hours