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  • 6th March 2010, 01:24 PM
    London, New York, Frankfurt, Milano - there are the same scenes to be found in any modern city, the homogenation of the New World everywhere! Perfume is a way to treat oneself to a 'luxury' but it is also a way to be an individual in our crowded noisy environments, to reinforce 'self' to oneself -

    The fragrance conglomerates are the normal business pattern in many industries now. A 'group' owns and manages many smaller older companies which are just 'assets' to the board of directors - it had better sell or poof! It's gone.

    I am forntunate to find luxury in small things - fresh flowers, a fine piece of cheese, a new perfume, a fresh new journal of unused pages -

    A beautiful article - and a sad one.

  • 5th March 2010, 08:15 AM
    Awesome read! It was very informative and comprehensible to someone new to learning about the different aspects of perfume and the perfume industry. Very well written.
  • 4th March 2010, 04:58 PM
    Great article. Echoes many of my sentiments.
    Thanks Walker!
  • 4th March 2010, 09:27 AM
    Walker Minton makes a great point. The so called "luxury" in our era of consumerism and flux doesn't mean anything more than profit. Quality may be more of a forgotten concept, especially when many so called upscale brands produce their goods anywhere else but the brand's place of origin... and the worst: they make no mention of this fact only silently do business as usual.

    Luxury I would argue nowadays may be more about slow pace ... taking your time, develop-rethink-develop further-re-evaluate-improve-sell to people.
    Luxury is also about applying craftsmanship ethically, using natural material in a sustainable way, and about telling consumer the story behind the product.

    I appreciated expensive handcrafted shoes when years ago I saw a video at the museum of fashion in Paris. I realised the toil and time necessary and I realised that a good pair of shoes made ethically and not in sweat shops is a work of love for craft, and it is of high quality... in other words a luxury.

    Perfumery is very much the same and basenotes has helped me realise that.
  • 4th March 2010, 01:58 AM
    You said, in so many words, what I've been thinking for quite some time now. Thanks. :wink:
  • 4th March 2010, 01:06 AM
    Walker: Thank you for taking me back to "the Smoke"... I was introduced to another, similar "Smoke" ... Stoke-on-Trent... its collieries, its "my pink half of the drainpipe" ... and the little luxuries that one can rely upon to brighten the ordinary, the workday, subdue the smells of diesel fuel and soot.
  • 3rd March 2010, 08:50 PM
    Mimi Gardenia
    Thanks for a thought provoking article. Indeed what is luxury anymore ? You are right that the term 'quality' is a better one . Luxury these days does not mean quality is guaranteed.
  • 3rd March 2010, 06:11 PM

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