Originally Posted by Ruggles
Your observations on the "synthetic, chemical garbage" quality of most designer fragrances has really struck a chord with me. I've begun to rid my collection of them. If I can't detect any individual notes going on or any note evolution, I feel as if I'm wearing the equivalent of noise.
I hear you brother Ruggles!
It's not so much about the lack of evolution though, but more about "devolution" - if they just smelled the same from start to finish that wouldn't bother me too much - it's just as they start to fade away, they also start to get gross and "decompose" and get plain ugly.
Andd it isn't that I don't like the basenotes. For example, a lot of niche fragrances have cedar in the base, and I only really like cedar when it's buried under something else - Serge Lutens Cedre is a good example, it's main notes are Tuberose and Cedar, and when the tuberose is gone, and other elements you're left with cedar. I'm not a big fan of the solo cedar leftovers, but although I don't like it, it still smells like quality - it doesn't smell like gross cheap synthetic decomposing garbage the way so many designer fragrances do - from Opium EDT, to Body Kouros to Kouros, to Cool Water Deep and so on and so on.
Xeryus rouge starts out *amazing* and then it transforms into something more cedary, but equally amazing, and then after several hours it just turns to rubbish.
I'm also finding myself liquidating most of my designers, even the ones I like. Now that I have several quality niches or higher quality designer fragrances liek Hermes and Bvlgari, I can't tolerate how they decompose anymore.