Originally Posted by ijoshjosh
I'm starting to become paranoid of the fact that Basenotes might be affecting my analysis of perfumes. When I sampled Dior Homme Intense and Pure Malt, I immediately delighted in them, and I haughtily dismissed Gucci Guilty Black and Polo Black. This line of thinking seemed to fall in line with fellow basenoters, but when I wore them around friends, male and female, who didn't know/care about perfumes, they universally liked Polo Black, and other less praised stuff like AdG and Lacoste. Are Basenoters out of touch with what other people like? Is it like craft beer, where the enlightened beer drinkers enjoy Dogfish and Karbach, while the rest of the world prefers Bud Light? Or perhaps is my age different from most basenoters, and as such, my peers have different preferences (I'm 22.) Thanks!
Very much agreed.
It's good that you're asking people about fragrance. That's how to keep a foothold in the real world. I ask my wife's opinion all the time. She can call out fragrances for being either too weird or too ordinary. It helps me keep perspective, even if I disagree with her.
You do need to watch it that you don't get sucked into the BN herd, which has its own form of groupthink. Just be honest about what you like or don't like, and you'll be fine. You can be diplomatic about it, and you won't harm your friendships with people here.
OTOH, people here can help you see new forms of beauty in fragrance. That is why our small herd moves away from the big one.
I totally agree with your beer analogy - but it can be put differently. We definitely lose touch - but it's very intentional. People who come here are like those who pursue "adventurous" cuisine, or the nether regions of wine and beer.
Basenoters are exposed to fragrances other than the mass fashion of the moment, which is being sold in department stores. This includes the great fragrances of the past, the obscure fragrances of both past and present, and "artistic" fragrances which are either ahead of the curve, or will never be on it.
I think it's a privilege to be able to learn about classics and niche here. And while I love to dip into these great fragrances, I have also learned to appreciate the artistry, fashion, and design that goes into making the popular stuff. The same perfumers who do artsy stuff, also do the popular stuff as their day job.
I really think that's a lot like beer. I have two friends who are into beer. One is a guy who makes it in his basement, and has won blue ribbons in our city for some outstanding batches. It's pretty amazing stuff, and a rare treat. The other guy has a Ph.D. and retired from a big brewing company, making sure that their huge brand was always consistently good. If you're in the U.S., you drank stuff that he helped make - by the ton. You probably never noticed that is was always
tasting good, and never changing, and guys like him are why. It's kind of like A Lab on Fire Rose Rebelle
and Armani Code
. Two great fragrances! But the one I wear most often is Code
, because I'm basically a lover of mainstream fragrances.