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  1. The Fougère Project, part 2

    (Feb 11, 2014) Christos MemoryOfScent said:

    Perfume taxonomy has always baffled me. It's my fault but I just don't get it. I have a very selective way of smelling and what I smell is not always the entire spectrum of the composition. Lavender for instance tends to pass by my nose unnoticed. It is not that I do not smell it, I just can't focus on it. Some people's minds are hard-wired like Micheal Edwards. Mine is works a bit more like the mind of late Alec Lawless. He had devised ...
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  2. The Fougère Project, part 1

    (This article was originally posted in February and March 2014. Comments by Christos of Memory of Scent and Bryan Ross of From Pyrgos have been added to this reposting so that the sequence of writing and commentary is maintained.)

    2/11/14 At the Center of the Web, The Fougère

    Michael Edwards substantially revised his Perfume Wheel in 2011, and the genre whose placement in the Wheel changed the most was the fougère. As perfumery changes over time, and especially ...
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  3. Tom Ford and the Pre-fab Line

    I don't know Tom Ford from Adam, but I've had his image shoved down my throat by sheer demography for years. I have no interest in fashion, but I'm queer and live in an urban setting. In my world, Tom Ford: the Brand is on par with McDonald's in terms of ubiquity. Also, brands that express boredom with the lifestyle they espouse make me crazy. High-fashion world-weariness is ugly. I've been saturated with images of TF surrounded by stylish, hyper-contemporary extravagance as he manages to maintain ...
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  4. Perfume and Price, or the Yatagan Conundrum

    I’ve been thinking about the wonderful yet inexpensive perfumes out there. There are many well considered, beautifully made perfumes that you can buy for a song. Cheap or pricy, though, the best perfumes must stand up to the same criteria. Is it coherent and balanced? Does it hold up over time? Does it captivate you, that is, would you wear it as your only perfume? Crucial: does it smell good? Is it ‘you’? Does it remain engaging throughout the entire day? Will it last that long? Would ...
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  5. Against Opinion

    Actually, I have nothing against opinion per se. The question is how do we come by it and what do we do with it?

    I am all for knowing yourself and trusting your gut, but the opinion-judgment two-step doesn't aid the discussion of perfume. "I love this! (therefore) It's the greatest perfume ever!" and, "I hate this! (therefore) It's terrible!" are equally unhelpful starting points for a meaningful exchange. Granted, 140 characters or the choice either to "like" ...

    Updated 19th May 2015 at 11:19 AM by jtd

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