Originally Posted by milamber
I have observed that we tend to give the more expensive fragrances, 6th, 7th, 8th chances to like them..... Is there a certain prejudice (too strong a word perhaps) or inclination in us that causes this particular behavior?.......
One thing i've learnt from writing reviews of scents is that you need to give every scent a full wearing for at least a week to discover its subtle nuances and even then, there are scents that mature well and tend to be very fickle at revealing their inner jewels too soon.
(1) I also give scents a second or third chance before I make up my mind. Had I not, I would have missed the best scents in my life. But there are exceptions: when something troubles me in a cologne, like Cool Water, for longer than five minutes, I get demotivated as a scent frag. That thing would just be bored in my bathroom because day after day I would reach for another bottle instead. I would do this in spite of knowing it is exceptionally nice after a few hours. Things would be different could I develop a more academic interest in colognes that I find boring or annoying. More than four chances? Never!
You are certainly correct - there is the common prejudice that something expensive might be better than products sold at modest prices. Prestige value, status etc. play a big part here. If not expensive, a cologne must be difficult to come by to gain in appreciation. After we went through some trouble to obtain it, we are more inclined to love than to criticize.
(2) Your balanced views on various colognes have impressed me, sometimes they also inspire me to go and (re)try them myself. I know, that reviews like you do them have hardly been written fast. But I am amazed that you need to give every scent a full wearing for at least a week. Chapeau!
During most of my days I cannot concentrate much on what I am wearing but I noticed that two Creeds, a Malle, Lutens etc. a n d a few others from Guerlain to Puig develop during the course of the day. Surprises are possible during the whole life of half a bottle (I never seem to finish one completely).
I wonder if there are more popular ones with similarly rich facets during the day. We must not forget, of course, that our body has a daily cycle of its own, and the varying scent messages may partly be caused by the body itself.