How important is the "nose" to the quality of a fragrance? What I mean by this is the relative importance of design talent versus ingredient quality? At Basenotes, clearly both are revered. Some reviews refer to the genius of jean-Claude Ellena. Others stress the importance of High-quality, expensive ingredients.
How important is each? For instance, if you took Ellena and gave him the ingredient costs of a Yacht Man fragrance as a constraint, could he still produce a masterpiece?
Having read many reviews of older fragrances that have been reformulated, a common refrain one hears is that the vintage version was superior. A number of reasons are offered for this ranging from restrictions on ingredients to cost-saving measures on the part of the manufacturer. No doubt these are valid in some cases.
But I cannot help wondering whether there is not something else at work, particularly in side-by-side comparisons of new vs vintage--time. Even if stored under perfect