Originally Posted by odysseusm
I like to think that the British houses (e.g., Penhaligons, Geo. F. Trumper) have a very stylish, manly "stiff-upper-lip" tone which combines a cool austerity with a warm suaveness.
And that Italian houses (Villoresi, Borsari, Armani) have a warm Mediterranean "la dolce vita" vibe.
Can't agree more! I think your observations are spot on!
About the French houses: they are so varied with multitudes of nuances but generally yes, it is florals -- lavender, lily of the valley, gardenia -- with some French stink going on -- naughty, deep, attractive.
American houses: up to the first half of the 90's it was all about big and loud compositions, from the second half of the 90's and on it is all about inoffensive crowd pleasers.
Japanese houses: timid, close to skin scents that do not allow the wearer to stick out from the crowd.
There are of course exceptions which make our lives interesting.