Taking Time To Rant, Whassup with New Perfumes?
by, 14th August 2009 at 05:18 AM (2756 Views)
It's now been over a year since I'v'e smelled anything I wanted to own (new perfumes, that is) in any of my local perfume shops here in Central Europe. A few have been wearable and inoffensive, most have been harsh and cheap. Yesterday I tried Escale Portofino and Escale Pondicherry. Yeesh! What's with these cheap laundry musks and super-harsh synthetic citrus chemicals? The Portofino smelled identical (but cheaper) to the lemon cologne used on Anatolian buses to help refresh the passengers. It's nice on the buses, and free, but come on, Dior, you bottled it, slapped a designer label on it, and charged $100 for it??? I was, shall we say, disappointed. The Pondicherry was basically the same formula with a fake "tea note" and a teensy smidge of cardamom added. Fortunately, both were gone from my skin in 15 minutes, so my suffering (and my family's) didn't last long.
The really sad thing is, 90% of the new perfumes I've smelled, including some from niche houses, have been practically identical to the two above. Or they've gone the cheap gourmand direction instead of the cheap citrus route. All have galaxolide-based drydowns, I can get that from fabric softener much more cheaply. Even the newer Kenzos have fallen down. I've bought 2 deodorants from Fa that smelled more sophisticated and interesting than any of the perfumes of the past year. They cost less than $5.
I sprayed myself with a tiny bit of my hoarded 1990s-era L'Heure Bleue last night and almost cried, it was so gorgeous, and so...gone.
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