Just got back from a trip to the department store, which is always depressing in a Midwest town (consisting of mainstream and designer fragrances, no niche, no limited editions, and only best-sellers) but this time was even worse.
I tried a few testers of fragrances I have owned in the past. These were new, full, testers. They were weak. Not all of them, but some. Significantly weaker than the last bottles I owned. What were once powerhouse fragrances with ONE SPRITZ, I could barely smell on my arm.
What's going on? At first I thought it was my nose. I walked away from the fragrance department. I walked outside in the parking lot. Still, I could barely smell some of them. I kept thinking, it couldn't have been sense of smell because a few of them did still stand out.
Me: "I'm having a problem smelling this one."
SA: "I can't smell X on you, but I can smell Y."
Me: "Even from over there?"
I felt as though the last bottle I owned must have been the last good bottle in existence -- the one I had carelessly used up, thinking I could replace it. It made me feel crazy, as if someone had died.
Do you think, possibly, that fragrances are being diluted? Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to simply dilute a fragrance to meet the new restrictions rather than pay a professional to accomplish the difficult task of remaking it to smell the same?
Every concentration has a range: Parfum 15-30%, EDP 8-15%, EDT 4-8%. Essentially, some fragrances could start out at the upper range and be diluted to half their strength. Would this be enough to make them squeak by the restrictions? Lazy, but effective?
Am I being paranoid? I know that manufacturers would never tell us the truth if they were diluting. They already ref****late and say nothing, as if changing the bottle is a legitimate way to inform us that the product is no longer the same. (I call that practice bait-and-switch, which is supposed to be illegal, but it happens all the time in fragrance.)
Honestly, one of them smelled like hardly more than diluted alcohol in a bottle. How sad. It seems that the only ones I can trust are the new releases. Unfortunately, I haven't found any of those that are worth buying. Anything that isn't selling like crazy is at risk for losing support from the manufacturer. Looks like I'll be buying niche from now on.
Anyone else feel like I do?