Originally Posted by Scentronic
Excellent comment! However, I think the future will be about choice, and personal expression.
I picture concoctions of other-worldly synthetics, neurally active and potentially psycho-stimulating stuff so out of this earth the FDA would be taking a look at it. Alcohol as the delivery agent will be left behind, replaced by the natural smoothness of water, and eventually, perhaps the oils themselves will come pressurized, and deliver in a fantastic, unadulterated mist? New molecules so deliciously different and indescribable that we would be inexplicably drawn to them as something impossible in nature, much like insects (and bears) are drawn to perfume as scents impossible in the animal kingdom. New flowers, new woods, new metaphorical accords so vibrant that the only disappointment would be that a real, tangible analogue did not exist (and botanists would strive to create the new flowers these scents would represent). Unisex scents that reacted differently with the skin chemistry of a man and a woman, superbly evolving, multi-linear fragrances that depart from the skin bearing little resemblance to what they were when their first moist mist settled. And why stop there? Our creative youth, frustrated with the state of the economy and the job market, armed with organic chemisty and pharmaceutical skills, will be dissolving new drugs inside of these fragrant sprays, and when you board the train for your morning commute, groggy from lack of sleep and coffee that has yet to kick in, you'll feel a sudden blast of euphoria, and in your confusion, you can thank the dazed-looking twenty-something to your left, oblivious to you and the world around him, lost in the rapture that is the psychoactive drug in his cologne. And he smells good, too. People wont just smell fresh or clean or spicy or sweet or sexy, they will smell fast and strong, alert and curious.
Just as trance music encompasses so many sounds impossible in the natural world, so will these new fragrances encompass olfactory inputs far beyond what sits on the now mute and pale palette of the traditional perfumer. And as we go to sleep, wrapped in whatever cocooning comfort scent we have chosen for our nocturnal journey, will we dream of electric sheep?
So it will all smell like techno.