I have had a few PM's lately regarding fragrances that the writers want to try but, are put off by some of the professional fragrance critic's negative reviews. I would like to speak to this issue of, do I trust the critics? The answer is NO. I have found that critics are only human; who are predisposed to personal preferances and biases just like we mere mortals. There are two critics here on Base Notes that I find generally represent my likes and dislikes in fragrance and therefore, I give their recomendations some weight in making a decision to buy or not to buy a given fragrance; their names shall remain undisclosed. So, rather here on Base Notes or critics from the press I reserve the unltimate decision based on testing of a fragrance to me; this too should be your way. No matter how much a critic is held in esteem it is you that has to wear and enjoy the fragrance so, take responsibility, realize that we learn from our mistakes, and that the process is truly enjoyable. Of course for the real gambler there is the blind buy which, I find intensely enjoyable but, not always rewarding. What are your thoughts?
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5/9/10 at 1:56pm