Originally Posted by Windblownhair
Mine is supposed to be delivered tomorrow. What are your impressions so far?
I got a lot farther than I expected. I've decided to save a lot of what I want to say for later. But I'm also hoping that my mistakes may be avoided, so I'm going to talk at some length about my experiences now.
First of all, the technical details. I like it. I spent a good 8 hours sniffing it - almost blew my sinuses in the process. I really followed the scent. I wasn't really connecting it to Burr's description - mostly because I was trying to identify trees, instead of looking for the outline of the forest. No matter what I did, I just couldn't make it jibe with what Burr had said. It seemed SO wrong.
I was not getting green. I was not getting futuristic eau fraiche. I was not getting space, or glowing lights, or ANYTHING Burr was talking about. What I was getting was soft white musks in the base - a pleasant soapiness that is present throughout, a bit of spice, and a burst of nondescript citrus. I'll be honest. I was looking for notes, and *could not* change focus.
It was VERY disappointing. Not the scent - I liked it. But I was very disappointed that I couldn't see what Burr was seeing. (I did figure out later where I went wrong....)
Anyway - I decided to screw the art momentarily, and just go back to trying to figure out what it was. And no hold barred, this time.
I had no idea at first. It's similar to something I own, and I almost immediately jumped to the conclusion that it was just a maceration/age difference, like S01E01 had been. Looking back, I understand the similarity of the scents. But I wasted a LOT of time comparing it. When it became obvious it wasn't what I thought it was, I decided to check all reasonably similar works by the same author. ANOTHER huge waste of time. I sniffed a good half-dozen more scents, including some brought out of my vintage fridge. I was left looking at three scents that seemed reasonable. One was in my collection, but no - not it. Of the two left, the most reasonable one wasn't even by the same artist! At that point I figured it was time to assume it could be anybody, and go back to wildcatting. I went to bed.
The next day, I got back into some sniffs, and re-read Burr's description. I got a couple more ideas, and added them to the two scents I was going to check out. And then I headed out for a lovely day of sniffing.
Anyway, I have a GREAT story on what happened next, but it has to wait until after the reveal. Bottom line - I am almost positive that I know what it is. If I'm right, it was something already on my FBW list that I had *almost* bought in the past, but got sidetracked. But not this time! I got lucky, actually, and found and bought a bottle, because I do like it.
Going back with what I think
it is, Burr's description makes loads of sense. If so, then he is not
overreaching on his assessment, either. I have to say, he has made some highly pertinent points, and I agree. Yes, yes, Yes and YES! Even though I didn't see this thing correctly at first - well, that's what curators and museum volunteers and art critics are for.
The thing that's funny, however, is that now I have more respect for everything that has been said in the process, since I know (or think I know) what it is. And THAT brings me to the conclusion that the REVEAL is the learning point. That's the teaching moment. We need to be spending more time deconstructing the reveal, so that we can THEN go back and see what we should have been noticing about the scent. We have to see where we went wrong - we have to learn by our errors.
When the reveal comes, I'll explain how I screwed up - but how in some ways I can blame it on my nose. In my opinion, this is not
like a normal visit to a visual arts gallery, where we can all walk right up to the painting and see the individual hairs in the brushstrokes. For me, it's like looking from the Gallery Exit Shop, as I consider buying a replacement Bleu de Chanel lava lamp, to see what all the fuss is about, 100 feet away in the Astronomy-Influenced Modern Art Room. I can't see things clearly. I almost NEED somebody to say "Oh! They're all looking at Satellite Vine .42 by XXXXXXX. You know - it's that installation pictured on the front of today's program. The famous one that you have surely seen..............." And then I say "Oh yeah - I remember now. GOTCHA. Wow! I didn't even know that XXXXXX did stuff like that!"
So - my advice - DO NOT even try to perceive notes. Don't analyze. Experience the scent based on the short blurb in the program that Burr gave you. Try to feel the scent. Try to feel the stuff he talks about. That will take you straight to the stuff that really matters in this scent - the most important aspects of its construction - not some distortion based on identifiable notes. I really feel that his description is very fitting with my initial impressions of the scent years ago, when I knew what it was - BUT - that there are certain aspects seen more clearly now after hearing what Burr had to say.
And one more thing in that respect. There is an important aspect of this scent which is NOT normally discussed or appreciated, IMO. Burr saw it. It's a bit of a face-palm moment for everybody, when I think about it. And I think it would be great to talk about it after the reveal.