Originally Posted by jakeNY
about the snobbery issue - I find what happens is that it is not snobbery per se. It's simply a refining or developing of taste. For instance when I first started go to the symphony I began to notice sound and spacial relationship. the nuance. So that when I would listen to music on my old headphones I couldn't get that sense of space or nuance. I became aware of boomy bass and muddled middle sounds.
It's not snobbery exactly but more like an education. It's an opening of the senses. And it can really be wondrous because it's an opening to possibilities of awareness and appreciation.
So it's the same with fragrance.
I enjoy reading the reviews and the forums because I see people who understand the very experiential nature of our senses.
Happy New Year
I just wanted to second this post, at the risk of reviving a long gone thread. There is a massive tedency today to shoot down just about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that is more complex, refined, higher quality, deeper, more nuanced, more virtuous, less superficial...you name it... with the tyranical weapon of massification. That applies to just about anything from products/goods, to literature, to philosophies, values, ways of life, people...and yes, to perfumes as well.
Quality and snobbery are not the same thing. Be careful when attempting to tell one from the other.
Cries of "elitism" or "snobbery" well cushioned under relativistic theories soooo popular today will never change the NATURAL fact that some things, ways and attributes ARE superior to others and that natural hierarchies exist. All things, all ways and all people WERE NOT created equal...no matter how much indoctrination in the opposite direction the past few generations have undergone.
This reality applies to perfumes as well...or to people interested in perfumes. As jakeNY noted, some people simply become very educated in a certain area (= non-superficiality) so their perceptions in that particular area of interest become sharpened.
Just because something is not easily accesible or understandable to the masses, does not make it null and with no merit whatsoever.
As a matter of fact, as history has proven, it is usually quite the contrary.
Massification is not a value. It is junk - it has always been.
PS: Just wanted to add that I do not consider myself a perfume expert (one of those people with "a nose") but I am quite convinced that there are people whose noses ... can teach me something in the fragrance area. I certainly don't feel the need to call them snobs. They just know their stuff.