Originally Posted by hlatif33
I know this is an extreme comment, but I somehow feel that the lack of taste and interest in the general public in fragrance is a manifestation of our shallowness as a culture.
Take Frankincense for instance, in the ancient world it was highly prized. Oman's economy (I believe) was heavily sustained by the amazing substance, but normal people in this day and age probably think it smells kind of bad.
I don't disagree about our culture being shallow. What can you do? Fortunately, this website, and others like it, exist in order to further our education, in part. As I wrote previously, most people are simply curious about other things. Occasionally we have serendipitous moments and find something new and wonderful like perfumery. Have you checked out the thread about single notes? In it you will find robust commentary on all kinds of aroma chemicals. Look at Fragrantica, too. It contains lots of information about different fragrances and perfume components.