by, 27th July 2011 at 05:09 PM (1446 Views)
After a bit of a hiatus which I had to take to recover from minor surgery, I have started going back to the stores to look for stuff to sniff. Unfortunately, I haven't found much lately that truly inspires me.
I have bought some pretty innocuous things, even thought they didn't really impress or satisfy me, and I wonder now if this business of searching for new scents and picking up a bottle here and there isn't just an exercise based on force of habit.
Among some of the things that I've thought about as possible purchases is the upcoming release of Creed Royal Oud. It's not all that, and I do find Creeds less satisfying now than I did when I first enthused over things like Bois du Portugal, but this one does seem a little better than some other recent Creed offerings. Still, I don't know if I can justify $300 for 75 ml of juice that is just "better than the usual offering." We'll see. I suppose I can ask to have a bottle reserved and then renege before actually pulling the trigger.
I suspect that part of the reason for this reluctance to buy, or at least to buy in the high-end perfume market, is a recent major purchase that drained my savings a bit: not long ago, I bought a new computer, and now I have also bought a new desk to accommodate it. I wanted to get a system that would be a good investment for the next few years, so I popped for additional memory, an SSD hard drive to take advantage of Thunderbolt technology, more graphics power, and so on. I certainly hope that this souped-up new machine will serve me well for a few years into the future.
Anyway, the new computer may be what's got me away from the scent market; or it may be that my enthusiasm for it has just shifted my enthusiasm focus away from my older interests. Even so, I think what's got me off my feed may be the industry's glut of crappy offerings coming onto the market and the abysmal lack of imagination, creativity, and risk-taking among the brief-writers. If I could somehow manage to break the stranglehold of the marketing industry around the scent enterprise, I think a lot of perfume fanciers (and maybe even a lot of noses) would thank me.
I wonder if my disillusionment with scent will last, or if I will once again become focused on the juice trade as a place to squander my hard-earned cash. In any case, rebuilding the savings account balance will be a priority for the near future.
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