3-Stage Experience with Platinum Egoiste

    3-Stage Experience with Platinum Egoiste

    post #1 of 2
    Thread Starter 
    I love it.
    I love it not.
    I love it.

    Actually, that's not quite true. I loved Chanel Platinum Egoiste when I first sampled it. I loved it so much that I have a huge pile of sample vials and two full bottles of it. Then, I almost hated it. It lost its appeal to me, and I thought I'd made a huge mistake stocking up so much of something so disappointing. Now.... well, now I don't love PE, but I am enjoying it again.

    So really it should be:

    Oh my goodness, I love it!
    Oh my goodness, how could I once have loved this bland bore of a fragrance?
    Oh ... actually, it's quite nice.

    That's the real story, but it just doesn't have the same ring to it as I Love It, I Love It Not, I Love It.

    Back when I knew nothing about fragrances and didn't care to know anything about them, I would have thought that you either liked a scent or you didn't. How could it change? Why in the world would that change? Well, I can't write an airtight argument about how and why our likes and dislikes change over time, but they sure do.

    I remember when I first sampled PE, I loved how strong it was, how sharp it was, how vibrant, bold, and in-your-face it was. But I also remember how disappointed I was by the time I bought my full bottles and how flat, plain, and boring it was. It was the same scent. I thought perhaps I'd been duped with old bottles that had degraded, but when I tried spraying from my sample vials, that proved not to be the case.

    The difference was purely with me. For some reason, after a short while PE had completely lost its appeal to me - indeed, it had lost its power and vibrancy, the very reasons why I liked it so much in the first place. But I couldn't very well toss the PE into the garbage bin, so I kept using it every now and then.

    It has now been about 6 months since my disillusionment with PE, and something has changed once again. I'm using PE as I write this, and it is giving me a warm, quietly confident feel. The loud bravado is gone - the same notes are there, but it is neither loud nor bold to me anymore. In its place is a certain sparkle, something full of life but yet well-heeled, something that speaks of confidence without shouting.

    I honestly can't identify the notes as I can with some of my other fragrances - my nose and knowledge are not at that point yet - and that is why I talk in terms of the "feel" and impression that I get from PE.

    Whatever the notes are, I'm happy to have stuck with PE and to have worn it every now and then, even after my initial burst of enthusiasm for it waned and well nigh disappeared. I'm happy about it because I am once again able to enjoy it, albeit in a very different manner than in my first days with this increasingly intriguing fragrance.
    post #2 of 2
    My opinion of certain fragrances also go through cycles of up-and-down preferences. I guess it's just a function of getting to know new fragrances and the shifting order of perceptions about them. Some are more in my thoughts than others, and many of those are the ones that move up and down in my estimation as I get to know new things. They're the basic set that I compare the new ones to, I guess...
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    2/23/08 at 5:02pm

    echerub said:



    I love it.
    I love it not.
    I love it.

    Actually, that's not quite true. I loved Chanel Platinum Egoiste when I first sampled it. I loved it so much that I have a huge pile of sample vials and two full bottles of it. Then, I almost hated it. It lost its appeal to me, and I thought I'd made a huge mistake stocking up so much of something so disappointing. Now.... well, now I don't love PE, but I am enjoying it again.

    So really it should be:

    Oh my goodness, I love it!
    Oh my goodness, how could I once have loved this bland bore of a fragrance?
    Oh ... actually, it's quite nice.

    That's the real story, but it just doesn't have the same ring to it as I Love It, I Love It Not, I Love It.

    Back when I knew nothing about fragrances and didn't care to know anything about them, I would have thought that you either liked a scent or you didn't. How could it change? Why in the world would that change? Well, I can't write an airtight argument about how and why our likes and dislikes change over time, but they sure do.

    I remember when I first sampled PE, I loved how strong it was, how sharp it was, how vibrant, bold, and in-your-face it was. But I also remember how disappointed I was by the time I bought my full bottles and how flat, plain, and boring it was. It was the same scent. I thought perhaps I'd been duped with old bottles that had degraded, but when I tried spraying from my sample vials, that proved not to be the case.

    The difference was purely with me. For some reason, after a short while PE had completely lost its appeal to me - indeed, it had lost its power and vibrancy, the very reasons why I liked it so much in the first place. But I couldn't very well toss the PE into the garbage bin, so I kept using it every now and then.

    It has now been about 6 months since my disillusionment with PE, and something has changed once again. I'm using PE as I write this, and it is giving me a warm, quietly confident feel. The loud bravado is gone - the same notes are there, but it is neither loud nor bold to me anymore. In its place is a certain sparkle, something full of life but yet well-heeled, something that speaks of confidence without shouting.

    I honestly can't identify the notes as I can with some of my other fragrances - my nose and knowledge are not at that point yet - and that is why I talk in terms of the "feel" and impression that I get from PE.

    Whatever the notes are, I'm happy to have stuck with PE and to have worn it every now and then, even after my initial burst of enthusiasm for it waned and well nigh disappeared. I'm happy about it because I am once again able to enjoy it, albeit in a very different manner than in my first days with this increasingly intriguing fragrance.

    2/24/08 at 10:14pm

    JaimeB said:



    My opinion of certain fragrances also go through cycles of up-and-down preferences. I guess it's just a function of getting to know new fragrances and the shifting order of perceptions about them. Some are more in my thoughts than others, and many of those are the ones that move up and down in my estimation as I get to know new things. They're the basic set that I compare the new ones to, I guess...





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