Originally Posted by CapriDog
My guess is there is a social status in everything and perfume is no exception.
Yep, and one of the big drivers behind the various 'niche' houses spinning off a million expensive smell-a-likes are the nouveaux-riche in emerging markets like China and Russia.
Are we trained to like perfumes? I mean like Pavlov's dogs?
Are we susceptible to anyone telling us stuff like "This is what you should like now. Everything else is either dated, old-lady, or hackneyed." or "If you wear this, girls will be at your feet, if you wear that, boys will love you. But only this and that, not these and those. These and those belong to the past and they'd better stay there."
According to this point of view, there must be something
(Feb 22, 2014) Christos MemoryOfScent said:
@jtd The ability of humans to identify smells is amazing but your example also shoes that this is a lot more efficient when the smell is related to danger (disease). This was the primary function of smell, the most primeval of senses and the only one we share with the most primitive organisms. Of course we have the ability to identify intricate perfume notes but this is a lot more difficult than identifying cobalt blue. The reason for this is that
2/18/14 The Fougère: Genre or Tease
I agree that the simplicity of the fougère accord is what makes it both so fascinating and ultimately difficult to categorize at the limits. The lavender/coumarin combination, as basic as it sounds, seems to create a synergy (call it fougère, call it happenstance) that is more complex than either lavender or coumarin. But that complexity is rife with all the possibilities that have made it such fertile ground for the past 125 years or so.
(Feb 17, 2014) Christos MemoryOfScent said:
Bryan I think we all perceive the same notes but focus on them differently. I have read your post on how Grey Flannel is a precursor to Cool Water and although I can see your point of view, I tend to associate Grey Flannel more with Narcisso Rodriguez for him. For my own personal reasons I seem to focus more on the wet cement note than on anything else.
I think we need jtd's intervention because we have hijacked this discussion completely
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