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Cologne spiking

Even if we usually think about NPA as a useful component for mixes, its “original” purpose was the one carved in its name: an additive for your cologne (or aftershave as well). Used this way, you basically end up with your base fragrance (slightly modified by NPA’s scent) carrying the -none in NPA.

However, before you take the bottle of your favourite cologne to add the NPA, there are a few requirements that the cologne has to adhere to:

  • As stated before, the scent of your cologne is going to be modified because of NPA mixing: so the scent must stay nice, and it must not be affected by -none stink problems.
  • Cologne has to mix well with NPA; no “cloudy” mixtures or anything that shows an incomplete blend.
  • Colognes usually walk through such a life: when you have just applied a spray it has a very intense scent, then 30 seconds later it fades to the first long-term scent. Then, after a variable amount of time, it fades again and becomes less noticeable. My point is that the “variable amount of time” is affected by NPA. I’ve tried it with some other colognes, and found out that mixing NPA with the cologne decreases the lifespan of the scent. So the ideal cologne would not be affected (or very little) by NPA’s presence.

If your favorite cologne doesn’t meet these requirements, you might have troubles by spiking it, but as always it’s your choice. Two working ratios for the spiking process are Cologne + NPA @ 4:1 and Cologne + NPA @ 5:1. I use the latter one.

Should you have troubles with the cologne you’re using now, and should you decide to try another one for the spiking procedure, you might find the following tips useful.

As a general advice, don’t use those paper blotters to test a cologne: the best way is to test on your skin (even if you’ll walk away from the store with 20 or more fragrances on your body… Cologne OD? 😀 ), since it will smell a little different, and that’s the way it will smell when you wear it later. Ask the store for test vials of the colognes you are interested in. They usually have lots of them that nobody ever asks for. When you get them, you can also make a test mix with NPA, and judge how the cologne reacts to spiking.

In closure, here are some colognes that can be used with NPA:

Heaven by Chopard (my favourite: meets completely the three requirements above, and has a nice scent too)
Aqua di Gio (this is a very nice one too, recommended)
Cool Water by Demidoff
Michael Jordan

If you notice that your favourite spike-able cologne is missing, just let me know!

– “Less is better” guideline

The famous quote by Bruce about -none was never been taken as much into account as in the “Less is better” (LIB) compliant mixes… What’s the story about this one? All has started from an oscar’s post, which made us think about that informative sheet that comes with NPA’s orders: it states that best ratios to mix NPA with your favourite cologne are 4:1 and 5:1.

Choosing the 5:1 ratio, the one which works better for most people, you put 16.6% of NPA in the solution. The famous 7:3 ratio features 30% of NPA, which results in almost twice the recommended amount. This suggests that the way to go is lowering NPA’s amount in mixes to make them work better.

As a result, it is possible to apply a bigger quantity of the compliant mix, letting the user make the overall fragrance more noticeable (woman will be more inclined to notice the fragrance and to smell the mix), while keeping the overall -none quantity the same you applied in the more concentrated mix, where your fragrance was less noticeable!

The first LIB compliant mix is “DD Lite”, but a lot of attention is being put in new mix ideas that are coming out. In addiction, you can make the LIB version of the mix you are currently using (JB#1, JB#2, PAN, etc), to see if it works better for you that way. In any case, don’t forget to report your results in the forum.

– -nol to -none conversion

There have been a lot of discussions in the forum about this issue… The truth is that the conversion from -nol to -none does happen, but it won’t be a big issue for -nol products users. Androstenol (which is a secondary alcohol) differs from androstenone (which is a ketone) because of two hydrogen atoms that the latter lacks: these can be converted to water if an adequate catalyst is present. The chemical reaction would be as follows:

C19H30O (androstenol) + (oxygen) = C19H28O (androstenone) + H2O

Luckily, in the usual wearing conditions, there isn’t a catalyst strong enough to make this reaction happen fast, so the -nol will anyway convert to -none since it’s exposed to oxidation, but it’s going to happen very slowly. To get the idea SoE, which contains -nol, is reported to first show signs of -none alteration only after 8 hours from first application.

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If you are new to pheromones or are a first time user, please take a look at the Newbie FAQ and Product Guide first as these should answer most of your questions. If anything isn\'t answered properly here, or you want more information, visit Love Scent and browse the forum.

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