One might easily speak of French perfumery as teetering on the edge of decline as an art form. I believe that the balance between art and profit is out of synchronization. It is a curious thing about revolutions; they start with ideas. No matter how hard the empire resists, the Niche industry is already arising out of the accumulating ashes of the great fire that now consumes what once was the great French perfumery empire. As goes Oakmoss and other baned fragrance substances so goes the advantage to Niche perfumers who IMO see the bans as an advantage to gain market share by delivering higher quality perfumes in the old tradition. It is sad indeed to see the great houses gobbled up by corporations who care greatly about profit but, about art, IMO, not so much. Are we who love the perfumery art the vanishing Druids of the old magic; doomed to oblivion? What think you in this matter?
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5/21/10 at 9:05pm