by, 7th April 2014 at 03:13 AM (1843 Views)
This may be in a post similar to one buried deep within the site, but I feel like posting it anyway.
I have worked fragrance nearly 4 years, and had an interest in it going on 10. I have noticed a trend in the way people discuss fragrance. I also notice a lot of posts in the forum such as "I think x smells like y." A lot of times, there is little to no similarity. So thinking on it, I will try to articulate maybe a why.
When showing fragrance, i always ask what they do or don't like in a certain scent. I will get "It's too strong," or "It's too sweet," when too my nose, is not at all the case. I know everyone's nose perceives things differently, and I am sensitive to listening to such things, but the way they describe something is completely off. Seeing this many times, it lead me to a conclusion. On Basenotes, we have a language, and are more articulate when we describe notes and what we do or don't like. An average shopper uses words like "too strong," in an attempt to address a problem they do not have the verbage to describe. It could mean "too spicy" or "too much sillage." Strong is just the only word they have to hit the problem. It isn't really a problem I guess, but it is an odd occurrence.
On another note, I see much more on this site. I bring this up from a recent forum post. It was something to the effect of "Polo Green smells like Aventus." Now, that person may actually smell something similar, but I think most responders did not agree. It happens a lot at my job as well, A customer will compare 2 fragrances that are nowhere near the same olfactory family and share no notes, and say they smell alike. Again, it must come down to lack of experience and scent memory.
For example, if you have only worn 2 fragrances your whole life, say Polo Green, and Polo Blue. Then, you find yourself smelling that Aventus. Since you have nothing else to draw from, you are going to compare it to the only 2 you do know. If those are your only options, of course you are going to choose one that is smells more akin too. I remember when I very first got into fragrance, I used to think most colognes smelled alike. Now, roughly 10 years in, I rarely say that anymore. There are, of course, a lot of fragrances out there with similar notes. A lot of clones and flankers and imitations. It is really unusual to find ones that are exactly the same. Now that said, there are a lot that are too close to bother with discerning, and many scents that don't do anything for me for being kind of run of the mill, but they still have their personalities.
I think I had to make this rant to forgive a lot of these posts as see. I am too quick to look at them as being completely wrong or in some cases trolling, when really it is just a lack of experience.
Then again, I am just guessing at all this,
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