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  1. Perfumes, Persons, and Poems. A Triangular Investigation.

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    [INDENT][B](1) [/B]While reflecting upon reformulation and my futile attempts to come to terms with some recent disappointments, I eventually wound up concluding that, although some of our favorite perfumes will continue to disappear due to forces entirely beyond our control, we can rest assured that new ones will be born. In reasoning thus, I appear to have been trying (vainly) to derive solace from the oft-invoked refrain of folk wisdom according to which sometimes ...
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  2. The Four Worst Factors in Fragrance Today, Part I

    In thinking about what is having the worst effect of the fragrance industry today, I was hard pressed to find a single factor that explains all the problems surrounding quality, reformulation, and customer satisfaction. I think that to discuss matters fully, we need to look at four separate, but interrelated issues.

    1. Sourcing and cost of raw materials

    Over-harvesting of many perfume materials has provoked a situation in which many are at a point of near-extinction. In
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    Updated 1st October 2011 at 12:49 AM by JaimeB

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    The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections
  3. The Four Worst Factors in Fragrance Today, Part II

    Continued from Part I:

    4. Advertising and marketing budgets

    Advertising and marketing costs represent a rapidly increasing proportion of all costs for perfume companies. Hereís a quote from a previous blog post of mine dealing with this phenomenon. The source cited was published in 2005, so we are more than six years on from these figures. Imagine what they might be today, with inflation and competition for markets!
    Advertising budgets have seen a considerable
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    Updated 12th December 2014 at 04:30 PM by JaimeB

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    The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections
  4. $300 million wasted every year

    $300 million dollars is wasted every year by perfume spillages when travelling. The $30 billion dollar global perfume industry has consumers finding their fragrances leaking into their luggage when travelling on aeroplanes; where losing just 1% to spillage ends up costing consumers over $300 million dollars a year.

    As fragrances have evolved into essential personal care items with 72% of people using their perfumes daily, and carrying them when travelling; the availability of air ...
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  5. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 10: Ugliness

    This is going to be a really long post, but I really truly believe that any informed discussion of masculine scents has to acknowledge this really important truism, yet itís very rarely discussed openly. Weíre pretty deep into this crazy experiment, and I think itís time to get a bit of cultural background out of the way. Iím fully aware that Basenotes isnít the correct forum for politics, so Iíll try to keep this historical as opposed to political, but I swear this really is going to tie back ...
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