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So, in continuation from yesterday, if perfume can be art, what exactly makes a perfume art? For sure, it has to have had a lot of work put into its creation, with a keen attention to detail. I think it should be trying to make a point or paint a picture that’s larger than simply smelling nice. And, in a way, I think it should be non-mainstream, in that a perfume that’s trying to smell like everything else in order to be easy to sell can’t really be art in my opinion.
I think it’s officially time for another especially long-winded post. Basically:
What Is Art?
Philosophically speaking, this has been argued for centuries by much greater minds than mine, so I’m certainly not going to make any great proclamations, but simply offer a few anecdotes and examples.
I’ve spent quite a few years in the gourmet food business, and I’ve found that the idea that food can be art is quite important to the tone
I suppose it’s almost a cliché at this point to recommend that someone sample the entire Comme Des Garçons incense collection as an introduction (or a useful refresher course) to incense perfumes. It happens all the time on Basenotes, and the inspiration for this blog already did it, too. But sometimes things like this happen because they’re true, and I don’t think I could come up with a more well-considered, diverse, and influential group. Sure, other incense scents will make their
So what’s the big deal about Diptyque? The most honest answer to that question would be their amazing candles, of course, but their collection of perfumes has some truly outstanding scents, as well as quite a few “difficult” pieces designed to appeal to connoisseurs, as opposed to the general public. As such, they’re a great example of a true “niche” company, more concerned with artistry and distinctive flavor than with living down to common expectations.
For today’s rather late installment, I give you my salute to another of the most important lines in perfumery today, Serge Lutens. Though best known for perfumes that masterfully balance sticky sweetness with spicy undertones over woody and resinous basenotes in tribute to the bazaars of the middle east, Serge also deserves kudos for his simpler florals and, on a deeper level, for his self-referential style, going back through the years to quote his older perfumes in clever ways that reward his
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