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  1. Le_Coeur_Gothique's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Le vagabond
    A highly amusing read. There is some fabulous bullshitting going on in the niche world. It would be great to invent a mock niche concept.
    As middle eastern style scents are popular nowadays, how about finding the fake original formula of Lawrence of Arabia's perfume. Capturing the calm of the English countryside and the mystery of the Arabian desert...

    I know there's at least one scent out there that has some great blathering about J.F.Kennedy.
    You mean like this?



    I'm in. Hit me!
    Thanks for the idea!
  2. Le_Coeur_Gothique's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Le vagabond
    Great piece again, that list is hilarious. I particularly liked 'Hand crafted'?!

    When I first heard of niche perfumery I laughed at the silly idea. What ever happened to normally perfumery? Normal perfumery has produced some very stylised scents over the last 100 years, many only appealing to kinky weirdos or strange uncles. I jest.
    What I'm saying is niche already existed. Kouros, which I never enjoyed personally, is far weirder, or niche, than most of the niche scents I have sniffed.
    I decided to sample as much of this fabulous niche stuff as I could, expecting to come across weird sensations and emotions, to be confused and excited by amazing contrasts and textures.
    Hundreds of bottles later I was left confused: this stuff isn't unusual at all? Some of it is okay, but niche? What niche would that be? It's expensive perfume in varying styles.

    Don't you just love the designer brand exclusive lines with their ridiculous prices? They have duped people into paying much more for the same quality. They've created their own niche within their brands.
    Please Le vagabond, stop insulting us, niche perfumers. I'm one of them myself! My entry is just a machination for eliminating every other niche perfumery except mine, and thus be the emperor of niche. Oh, and filthy rich too. Although I'll have to sell a couple of gazillion of bottles to achieve such status, since I sell my perfumes for a song. Ok, I jest too...95% at least...
    'Fad" is the answer to your question about what has happened to normal perfumery. Ten years ago the most desired property of a cell phone was being as small as possible, so it could fit in your pocket. Today I can see that the time when cell phones will be carried like a WWII backpack radio may come sooner than we think. For those who can read between the lines, there is a certain analogy to perfumes.
    I was around when Kouros hit the ground, and I can assure you that I was rather surprised that the United Nations didn't include it in its chemical warfare restrictions. None of the niche perfumes I've tested this far could boast about getting anywhere near.
    Aye, I've sampled my fair share of, let's say, Armani Prive line, and I can categorically state they can't hold a candle either to Armani or Armani Eau pour Homme from 1982 and 1984 respectively, despite having threefold their price.
    Lots of thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!
  3. Le_Coeur_Gothique's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Le vagabond
    A love your blog entries. The most stylish people I've met were old. Shame they're slowly leaving us, we could do with some style right now.
    I love perfumes which conjure up images of olden days in my mind. Modern perfumes often leave me mood-less.
    I wouldn't say that the most stylish people I've met were old, for I've met many younger people featuring an exceptional taste or style too. The difference is that none of them has ever displayed an arrogant attitude towards older people's choices. Of course it always depends on one's personal, thus subjective, beliefs of what is style, but it can't be just a coincidence.
    You must be a seer of sorts, cause conjuring images and being nonchalant to modern perfumes is exactly what I'm dealing with in my next entry. Thanks loads for reading!
  4. Le vagabond's Avatar
    A highly amusing read. There is some fabulous bullshitting going on in the niche world. It would be great to invent a mock niche concept.
    As middle eastern style scents are popular nowadays, how about finding the fake original formula of Lawrence of Arabia's perfume. Capturing the calm of the English countryside and the mystery of the Arabian desert...

    I know there's at least one scent out there that has some great blathering about J.F.Kennedy.
    Updated 23rd July 2015 at 07:53 AM by Le vagabond
  5. Le vagabond's Avatar
    Great piece again, that list is hilarious. I particularly liked 'Hand crafted'?!

    When I first heard of niche perfumery I laughed at the silly idea. What ever happened to normally perfumery? Normal perfumery has produced some very stylised scents over the last 100 years, many only appealing to kinky weirdos or strange uncles. I jest.
    What I'm saying is niche already existed. Kouros, which I never enjoyed personally, is far weirder, or niche, than most of the niche scents I have sniffed.
    I decided to sample as much of this fabulous niche stuff as I could, expecting to come across weird sensations and emotions, to be confused and excited by amazing contrasts and textures.
    Hundreds of bottles later I was left confused: this stuff isn't unusual at all? Some of it is okay, but niche? What niche would that be? It's expensive perfume in varying styles.

    Don't you just love the designer brand exclusive lines with their ridiculous prices? They have duped people into paying much more for the same quality. They've created their own niche within their brands.
    Updated 22nd July 2015 at 10:27 PM by Le vagabond
  6. Le vagabond's Avatar
    A love your blog entries. The most stylish people I've met were old. Shame they're slowly leaving us, we could do with some style right now.
    I love perfumes which conjure up images of olden days in my mind. Modern perfumes often leave me mood-less.
  7. rainforest2000's Avatar
    Way off Scenter, thank you for all of your great reviews. They have helped me in so many ways, and your writing raises the bar significantly. Thanks again.
  8. Le_Coeur_Gothique's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Le vagabond
    Great article, Le coeur Gothique! Love your photos, too.

    Shame their is a drought of great new fragrances and we have to resort to finding old gems at crazy prices. A have bought a few but a would prefer looking forward.

    Talking of rip-offs, Guerlain pulled a fast one when they ditched Coriolan and brought it back a few years later at triple the price.
    Huge thanks for reading and commenting Le vagabond! The only weapon to bludgeon these crazy prices to oblivion is not paying them. The only time I pondered over succumbing to a half-crazy price tag, was about an ancient bottle of Embrujo de Sevilla by Myrurgia from the mid '30s. But that was an exception, only because this perfume is the very epitome of what perfume means to me. And speaking of rip-offs what else can be said about Guerlain, other than it launched 60 fragrances in 140 years (1860-2000), and another 210 in only 15 (2001-2015)?
  9. Le_Coeur_Gothique's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Le vagabond
    Very nice and informative piece, thanks!
    Thanks a million for reading and you're welcome Le vagabond! Vagabond is exactly what my heart is along with gothic. Away from mainstream and with a mission from Bastet to spread the word for all her unbeknownst children. I'm very glad when attributing even an iota to the cause.
  10. Le vagabond's Avatar
    Great article, Le coeur Gothique! Love your photos, too.

    Shame their is a drought of great new fragrances and we have to resort to finding old gems at crazy prices. A have bought a few but a would prefer looking forward.

    Talking of rip-offs, Guerlain pulled a fast one when they ditched Coriolan and brought it back a few years later at triple the price.
  11. Le vagabond's Avatar
    Very nice and informative piece, thanks!
  12. Le_Coeur_Gothique's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SCENTTRUNK_JOLISA
    Loved the insights in the post! I inherited some in my last year of high school and I was tempted to sell them. I'm so glad I held onto them throughout college. I am slowly starting to add a few vintage bottles as I find them. Thanks for the read!
    Thanks a million for reading SCENTTRUNK_JOLISA! As I've written, I've never sold even a single bottle of my fragrances, but what I didn't mention is that I'd never sell any (mainly vintage), even if I hated it. It would feel like selling memories and a little piece of perfume history. For example, as I put it in my fortcoming entry, I never liked Ysatis, but I have some of my fondliest memories from a world reeking with it. So, despite disliking it I respect it, and I'd never sell something I respect. Thanks again.
  13. SCENTTRUNK_JOLISA's Avatar
    I do love a blind buy. There's something so exciting about researching and then waiting to see how you like the fragrance!
  14. SCENTTRUNK_JOLISA's Avatar
    Loved the insights in the post! I inherited some in my last year of high school and I was tempted to sell them. I'm so glad I held onto them throughout college. I am slowly starting to add a few vintage bottles as I find them. Thanks for the read!
  15. GVT's Avatar
    I joined Basenotes yesterday----This is the only forum I have ever joined--no Linkedin,(sp) Facebook, Twitter or anything else. And I decided to join it for one reason---because of you "Wayoff Scenter". Read one review and was instantaneously addicted---sat here reading them all- (many) didn't matter if I was familiar with the scent or not---just read and read and read for the pure joy of your thoughtful commentary, beautifully constructed sentences, sophisticated vocabulary, elegant turn of phrase. clever, original assessments.---As an ex-high school English teacher I know exquisite writing when I see it. Please stick around Mr. Way Off, Like all of the foregoing Basenoters, I'll run interference for you at the drop of a hat. No need to bother your sweet self. GVT
  16. kumquat's Avatar
    Thanks, Miracleborgtech and Jspo, for the kind and thoughtful comments. I'm really touched. Regarding the story and image of 'Lady Godiva', I especially liked the rebellious aspect of the story. But, as you point out, she appears submissive in the image. A sign of acquiescence and respect- also fitting for the scent.
  17. Smash747's Avatar
    I couldn't agree more. For the reasons you mention, and a few more: Once you've done your research and are reasonably sure what to expect, it's like Christmas morning when you finally get to open it and try it out. I just blind bought a bottle of Sung Homme for $9.99!!! Couldn't pass up that bargain. It was on the shelf calling my name, Great anticipation all the drive home, and voila......FANTASTIC. I did no research on this one, just bought it based on the house reputation and the ridiculous price. Even better, because I had no idea what to expect, I just knew that it should be pretty good based on the Alfred Sung reputation,
    I blind bought Tsar by VC&A, and Versace Dreamer and they are now two of my favorites. Conversely, I blind bought Both Ed Hardy Skulls and Roses and Hearts and Daggers, and wasn't impressed with either, Both were bargain priced, and the Skulls and Roses bottle looks good on my dresser. So, for that alone it was worth the price,

    So, while blind buying is a crap-shoot, its a lot of fun, and well worth taking the chance at bargain prices.

    Great thread, I'm looking forward what the others have to say.
  18. kumquat's Avatar
    Thanks for the interest. I really enjoy this painting. I don't know the artist. It's from the museum of Art in Princeton, NJ. It's depicting a historical "rape" scene conducted by Roman soldiers. This woman, however, appears fairly entranced by her captor. Interesting what the wealthy folks found entertaining in the days before movies.
  19. Timothée Kal's Avatar
    Blind buying can indeed be satisfying especially when you do ample research like you rightly put it and kind of have an idea what to expect.



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