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  1. Reventon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader
    I'm sure they're seeing the writing on the wall but they have to take a margin cut and increase R&D budget to even have the level of creativity they used to before.
    So true - until they feel the financial backlash, they will keep the shareholders happy and their bonuses fat.

    I hold out hope for the simple reason that information is becoming more freely available than ever... but I'm not holding my breath, either
  2. Reventon's Avatar
    This is some really thoughtful, anxiety reducing advice for someone trying to get their head around the basics I really love the vinyl analogy too, very deftly written. Wouldn’t shock me to find out you’ve got a collection of those too
  3. Reventon's Avatar
    Damn fine article your level of knowledge and ability to entertain is phenomenal.

    I also really enjoyed how you came back to question rather than conclude... and I seriously had no freaking idea that Dylan Blue had been labelled a fougere.

    I mean... I guess if shaving cream with kitchen herbs is fern-like, why not shower gel and incense? Both are a grooming item paired up with a plant product, so... hooray?
  4. Matka satta's Avatar
    Just Fantastic post boss.
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  5. Andrewthecologneguy's Avatar
    lol!
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  7. Zealot Crusader's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller
    "people confuse cost with intent"

    Absolutely. Also, with ability/artistry. With the right talent and skill, one can make something transcendent out of virtually whatever materials one has at hand. Arguably, an artist's intent can be crass, and yet their effort can still result in a masterful product. Inarguably, an inapt practitioner with the best of intensions and materials will produce nothing of note, save by accident.

    Accident, alas, is only slightly less predictable than talent. And so it suits the convenience and conceits of both marketers and consumers to quantify quality. We want to know we're going to get something good. What's more, we want other people to know we've gotten it. So, quality comes to be perceived as the product of its signifiers, rather than the other way around.

    Yes, the true aficionado spends the time and effort to develop genuine discernment; as fine a pastime as any. But, while that discernment itself is laudable, the time and effort to develop it are, for many, luxuries they cannot afford. Even then, as with the making of a scent, resources mean nothing without ability—you may be able to afford a Baccarat crystal flacon of rare deer musk attar, but you can't buy better olfactory receptors…or better judgment.

    Those who look down their exalted noses at people clamoring for mass-market frags should remember that it's the hoi-polloi who keep the industry in the black, and that pleasing a large number of people is not an inherently bad thing, any more than pleasing the privileged few is an inherently good one. Fragrance is both a business and an art. Only the former is a contest.
    That was very well-written. I applaud you while I eat my mass-produced Nestle Crunch bar but drink from a growler of local hand-crafted beer. Yes I know, beer and chocolate are a weird combo. There's something about it though....
  8. PStoller's Avatar
    "people confuse cost with intent"

    Absolutely. Also, with ability/artistry. With the right talent and skill, one can make something transcendent out of virtually whatever materials one has at hand. Arguably, an artist's intent can be crass, and yet their effort can still result in a masterful product. Inarguably, an inapt practitioner with the best of intensions and materials will produce nothing of note, save by accident.

    Accident, alas, is only slightly less predictable than talent. And so it suits the convenience and conceits of both marketers and consumers to quantify quality. We want to know we're going to get something good. What's more, we want other people to know we've gotten it. So, quality comes to be perceived as the product of its signifiers, rather than the other way around.

    Yes, the true aficionado spends the time and effort to develop genuine discernment; as fine a pastime as any. But, while that discernment itself is laudable, the time and effort to develop it are, for many, luxuries they cannot afford. Even then, as with the making of a scent, resources mean nothing without ability—you may be able to afford a Baccarat crystal flacon of rare deer musk attar, but you can't buy better olfactory receptors…or better judgment.

    Those who look down their exalted noses at people clamoring for mass-market frags should remember that it's the hoi-polloi who keep the industry in the black, and that pleasing a large number of people is not an inherently bad thing, any more than pleasing the privileged few is an inherently good one. Fragrance is both a business and an art. Only the former is a contest.
  9. Zealot Crusader's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkAlice
    Thank you for this great and informative series. The question "what exactly is a fougere?" has been bothering me for months, and now, while still a little bit confused, I feel like I made several more steps into the light - thanks to you.
    I do enjoy reading your insightful and informative comments, reviews, articles and blog posts a lot, I hope you have as much or even more joy writing them.
    Thank you! I do enjoy them, but also at the same time they can consume me so I take periodic steps back.
  10. ClockworkAlice's Avatar
    Thank you for this great and informative series. The question "what exactly is a fougere?" has been bothering me for months, and now, while still a little bit confused, I feel like I made several more steps into the light - thanks to you.
    I do enjoy reading your insightful and informative comments, reviews, articles and blog posts a lot, I hope you have as much or even more joy writing them.
  11. Zealot Crusader's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mistersurgery
    I'm not being hyperbolic when I say that you should write a book. Your historical knowledge of fragrances is quite astounding and your articles and reviews are very well-written. Great job on this two-parter!
    Thank you! There is another part coming but I space them out so I don't spam anyone paying attention!
  12. mistersurgery's Avatar
    I'm not being hyperbolic when I say that you should write a book. Your historical knowledge of fragrances is quite astounding and your articles and reviews are very well-written. Great job on this two-parter!
  13. Zealot Crusader's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion
    I still bet someone with experience in fragrances could pick which one costs $400 and which on $10 by smell. Maybe not all the time, but maybe bat over .500 I do agree that price does not matter necessarily though.
    I actually have a scent from 1991 (discontinued) with an opening identical to Aventus, made by a mid-tier designer. The dry down is pretty close until you reach a mossier base (because 1991), with some clove (and no ambergris).

    I could place these in a blind sample test and at least half of experienced colognoisseurs would get it wrong. I'm leaving the vintage unnamed because I'm not done backing it up and don't want scalpers who use the boards here to see what I'm onto.
  14. Zealot Crusader's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion
    Maybe some company will hear the whistle in the wind and give the designers the diversity they need to help sustain their domain.
    I'm sure they're seeing the writing on the wall but they have to take a margin cut and increase R&D budget to even have the level of creativity they used to before.
  15. notspendingamillion's Avatar
    I still bet someone with experience in fragrances could pick which one costs $400 and which on $10 by smell. Maybe not all the time, but maybe bat over .500 I do agree that price does not matter necessarily though.
  16. notspendingamillion's Avatar
    Maybe some company will hear the whistle in the wind and give the designers the diversity they need to help sustain their domain.
  17. amarius's Avatar
    Thank you for your article! Lots of info!
  18. DeidraRendon's Avatar
    Cool post as for me
  19. Zealot Crusader's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkAlice
    Wow, I accidentally stumbled upon your blog entries and I was impressed how interesting and informative they are. I know nearly nothing about scents and perfumes (yet), and reading your insights is helping tremendously. Thank you and keep up the good work!
    I greatly appreciate the comment! <3
    Doing my best (worst)!
  20. ClockworkAlice's Avatar
    Wow, I accidentally stumbled upon your blog entries and I was impressed how interesting and informative they are. I know nearly nothing about scents and perfumes (yet), and reading your insights is helping tremendously. Thank you and keep up the good work!
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