Well, in the first edition there is a critique of frag bloggers:
"Now, I do appreciate freedom of speech. However, I’m rethinking this after reading comments that lead consumers down a false path of misinformation...
I’m just exhausted with the number of critiques and pontifications that mislead the consumer."http://theperfumemagazine.com/Fragra...Love-Them.html
Who is misleading consumers? How about those note pyramids that seem to reference non-existent notes? And how about those reformulations? And who is Raymond Matts that I should care what he thinks? How many frags has he sampled over the last few years? Does he think that he should dictate what smells good to me? What is he going to do when I vomit because I can no longer tolerate the frag he suggested I wear? LOL.
Then we have: "Personally, I think many [bloggers] need to learn how to smell correctly and to understand what they smell without looking at the wonderful fragrance pyramids, better known as quasi-contrived fragrance ingredient lists."
Grand generalizations seem to be your forte, yet you criticize bloggers for "pontificating?" Yes, we get it, you think you are a great artist being held back by the unwashed masses. Good luck in life with that attitude. But to be specific, who created those note pyramids and why aren't you criticizing them? You think note pyramids and bloggers are leading guys to wear Le Male and Aqua di Gio? If not, exactly what are you arguing? Note pyramids have helped me immensely, even if they are inaccurate! The reason is that they indicate what I should be smelling, which I can concentrate on trying to smell. At least some of the notes will be there, while I can't think of many times when I smelled a clear note that was not listed. IIRC, this always happened when there were two pyramids, and one was obviously wrong. In fact, just the other day I was trying to figure out what I didn't like about Ricci Club, and when I saw peach listed on the pyramid, it was then obvious to me that this is at least one note that doesn't work for me in this frag. In my experience, this is the best way to "wire your brain" to detect notes very well, so that you won't be mislead by anyone !