Screwups already, huh? Well, it's always something of a possibility, and in my less-than-gifted hands it's closer to a certainty. Basically there are two corrections to be made to last week's stats, and then we can move ahead with this week's. First, after discussion with Grant, I made a decision that will affect the ladies side of the stats more than the men's, and that is to condense all the different concentration levels of a fragrance into one entry, for example Chanel No. 5 EDT, EDP, and EDC. I realize that there can be stark differences, but inconsistent listing of the concentration creates a lot of problems, and the easiest fix is to omit that concentration altogether. Having gone back and retroactively applied that to last week's numbers, I found that the top fragrance overall wasn't L'Instant de Guerlain, or Guerlain Vetiver, but instead…Mitsouko! It jumped from 10 wears (2nd) to 12 wears, edging out the 11-wear leader, L'Instant. Chanel No. 5, our example, also joined the six-wear tie for 8th.
The other correction is less about ease of use than it is about boneheaded stupidity, which I am also guilty of from time to time. Remember this quote from last week's article?
In other areas, Basenotes March Madness is starting the second half of pre-game festivities, and with more of a whimper than a bang. Personally, I think you, dear reader, would have a lot of fun.
To the numbers, then. One improvement over last week was I did come up with some interesting new metrics, that will give a pretty complete picture with one table. Let's check that out now.
|Statistic||Last Week||This Week||Pct. Change|
|Total Fragrances Worn||653||693||6.1%|
|Total Houses Represented||245||243||-0.8%|
|Men's Houses Represented||201||200||-0.5%|
|Women's Houses Represented||119||118||-0.8%|
|Average Wears Per User||4.36||4.57||4.8%|
|Most Active User Count||14||18||28.6%|
If those percentage changes look a bit wonky, it's because they're in relation to the previous week and not the simple difference. Division instead of subtraction, in other words, which results in a more accurate picture in this case.
The first thing that jumps out at me with those numbers, is that we packed another 113 wears into a week, which resulted in 40 more fragrances, and did so representing two less houses. So we've been more diverse in the houses we have, and remember that this is now without having different concentrations also skewing those numbers.
One line that might have you scratching your head is the Gender-Biased houses. These are the houses that recorded wears by only one gender. So my alleged 46 wasn't even close to the 170 that there really were last week! So nearly 70% of the perfume houses, over the course of the past two weeks, have been represented by one sex and not the other. What does this mean? It's open to interpretation, of course, but I think it hints at the fact that the sentiment that masculine and feminine fragrances are the product of marketing, and we're somehow above that, is not quite so widely held in our heart-of-hearts. Furthermore, I hypothesize that as the amount of data collected goes up, that percentage will go down, as we'll have more of an opportunity as a community to try men's and women's offerings from more houses. A very compelling statistic, though, and one I'll be watching with interest.
The other thing I find interesting is that once the Statistically Speaking column went up last week, we saw a spike in participation, and it's been holding steady with bigger numbers ever since. So here's a thank you to all of you new and returning posters, your data helps give us a more complete picture of who we are.
Getting into wears now, the combination of increased women's participation and the merger of concentrations has resulted in a triad of Guerlain feminines taking the top three spots. L'Heure Bleue and Shalimar tied for the most wears this week with 11 each, and it's looking like if you can get 10 wears or more in a week you're a serious contender for Scent of The Week. Mitsouko, last week's hidden champion, is in 3rd this week with 10 wears, followed by a three-way tie for 4th; Guerlain Habit Rouge, Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur, and Christian Dior Homme all had 9 wears. Musc Ravageur appeared to be on the minds of many of our ladies, especially as we got closer to Valentine's Day. (Isn't that interesting?) Five fragrances tied for the final four spots of seven through ten, and they were Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, Guerlain Vetiver, Yves Saint Laurent Opium Pour Homme, Burberry London For Men, and Alexander McQueen's Kingdom, the latter being in response to his unexpected death.
So, as a whole, it appears that as more people post SotDs, the barrier to making the top 10 gets a bit higher, it took eight wears this week, up from seven last week. Eight was good enough for 4th last week.
Moving over to the house standings, Guerlain continues to be the darling of Basenotes, recording a monster 123 wears. Chanel maintained it's spot in 2nd with 46 wears, and Serge Lutens edged out Creed for the 3rd spot with 36. Creed had the same number of wears as last week (35), but with 113 additional wears all total it seems that none of them were Creeds. Tied with Creed in 4th is Yves Saint Laurent with 35 wears. A new house appears in 6th, Amouage recorded an impressive 32 wears, edging out Christian Dior and Tom Ford, tied in 7th with 30 wears. Frederic Malle took 9th with 22 wears and Pierre Montale rounds out the field with 21. Several of the high-wear houses from last week are nowhere to be seen this week, as Caron, Hermes, and L'Artisan Parfumeur all missed the cut, coming in 12th, 13th, and 14th respectively.
In men's fragrance, we still have a Guerlain on top, but perhaps not the one you'd expect. Habit Rouge snagged nine wears last week, enough to put it alone in 1st place. Four fragrances were tied in 2nd with eight wears, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, YSL Opium Pour Homme, Guerlain Vetiver, and Burberry London For Men. Dior Homme and YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme tied for 6th with 7 wears, and Guerlain Heritage, Parfums de Nicolai's New York, and Creed Bois du Portugal take the final spots with 6 wears. Our conspicuous gender-bender last week, Mitsouko, is nowhere to be found this week, it and Shalimar had 4 wears by men, and L'Heure Bleue, 5 wears.
Moving over to men's houses, Guerlain's 123 wears this week was more of a joint effort than a gentlemen's club, with 75 wears coming from men. Here's an interesting stat for you! Creed and Yves Saint Laurent, both of whom had 35 wears total, had 34 wears by men! I'm less surprised by the former than I am the latter, but in this case the data doesn't lie. Below that tie is another tie, Chanel and Tom Ford tie for 4th with 26 wears, followed by Christian Dior with 22, Montale, Amouage, and Serge Lutens with 18 (SL also had 18 wears on the women's side), and Caron taking 10th with 16 wears.
Women's fragrance appears more of a mixed bag this week, but some things didn't change, either. We saw more of a consensus pick at the top this week, Frederic Malle's Musc Ravageur had 8 wears, and Guerlain Shalimar was alone at 2nd with 7. Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue, partners in crime as always, tie with Alexander McQueen's Kingdom with 6 wears, followed by a three-way tie of Robert Piguet's Bandit, Thierry Mugler Angel, and Terranova Gardenia, again showing the power of repeated wears in an experiment so rooted in diversity as it was only worn by one member. Four fragrances had four wears, which would've been good for 2nd last week but only barely good enough for 9th this week, and they are Chanel No. 22, Donna Karan Black Cashmere, Guerlain Jicky, and Frederic Malle L'Eau d'Hiver.
We have another highly diverse field in Women's houses, though the distance between 1st and 2nd widened considerably. Guerlain recorded 48 wears by our ladies this week, an increase of more than 50% over last week (30). Chanel fell slightly with 20 wears, Serge Lutens with 18, Frederic Malle with 17 and Amouage with 14. Down to single digits, we find Etat Libre d'Orange in 6th with 9 wears, Christian Dior with 8, and a three-way tie for the last three spots, Ava Luxe, Yves Rocher, and Robert Piguet all recorded 7 wears.
Our noses appeared to be more active as a whole, and the king and queen of sniffing this week are Lessa and mikeperez23, with 18 wears each over 7 days.
That about wraps it up for this week, some initial confusion but there's also been some good data discovered already. Science is repeatable, and the numbers for the most part stayed within a reasonable amount of variation, so we're off to a promising start. Be sure and check in next week, until then, post those SoTDs every day!
1142 wears recorded.
4 Fragrances tied with 4.
Men's + Womens:
- L'Heure Bleue 11
- Shalimar 11
- Mitsouko 10
- Habit Rouge 9
- Musc Ravageur 9
- Dior Homme 9
- Tobacco Vanille 8
- Guerlain Vetiver 8
- Opium PH 8
- London 8
- Kingdom 8
|Most Prolific Male Posters:
7 users tied with 9.
|Most Prolific Female Posters:
8 users tied with 8.