Originally Posted by timmy-j
Never heard or read anyone saying if you take away 2 notes and add 2 others you would wind up with the exact same fragrance. If someone were to say that, i would think they were really reaching for the comparison.
It actually happens... i've read quite a few reviews like that. Maybe it's 3 notes instead of 4... but you get the drift.
Originally Posted by deadidol
I think it's quite a bit more than that, even!
Completely agreed. There are a lot of possible notes one can use...
However, the perfumer might not be interested in those notes... or maybe they wouldn't smell good in a fragrance... so they always come back to the "few" smells they like and want to work with, no point in using notes you don't like just for the sake of originality... for example, a perfumer might want to do a vetiver fragrance... then think that a lime smell goes well with it, and maybe some light smell rose... Maybe another perfumer thought so too.
Now... the fragrance is not going might not come out exactly the same as another fragrance... but it will be similar in many ways since many of the same notes have been used.
And maybe you're going to prefer perfumer A's take on it, and somebody else is going to prefer perfumer B's take on it. Maybe perfumer A used a soap note and you dislike soap smell, while somebody else might prefer that.
It's just that often the word clone is used as the word "rip-off", which is negative and may not be true.