I just returned from my holiday travels to find Neil's kind sample. Again, I've tried not to read people's impressions, so I hope you all will be OK with this being a naive response.
This is my second wearing, and after 5 spritzes on the back of my hand (3 did not last long enough when I tried it yesterday), my first response was......yet another Chandler frag. Slim, elegant, refined, and nothing particularly exciting or challenging about it. I can see both men and women wearing it, but it's another one of those things a person might wear if they weren't interested in leaving any particular kind of an impression.
Not to say that it's not relaxing, because I do think it is. And from the emotional impression standpoint, I do get a mental picture of languid mid-morning on a warm spring day. Which is a nice enough picture I'll admit.
But if I am going to wear something for myself, rather than to make an impression on others, I suspect that even on such a morning I'd want something that's a little more foreword and with some ongoing projection. Something that brings me back to smelling my wrist as time passes, rather than something so non-intrusive that I'd find myself quickly forgetting that I was even wearing it. Which I'll shamefully admit was what happened when I wore it yesterday.
I know Chandler said this one was "rich", and perhaps it does have a little more breadth to it than some of the previous ones, but it's still got a very long way to go before it approaches the richness of the things that I tend to apply that label to.
Call my nose coarse and crude, and you may be right, but it really does surprise me that after six of these editions, we still seem to be stuck in the same esthetic chapter.
I don't mean to be getting down on this fragrance, because it is pleasant in a....pleasant sort of way, and I do believe I would be giving it a lot more chances, if only my first impression had not been "Oh, another one of those."- - - Updated - - -
OK, after reading some of the comments, I'm back.
Originally Posted by PerfumePorMoi
I'm not concerned about what it is, either, because it smells to my nose like so much of what is currently being produced. .... Its not offensive, and in fact it seems over all rather well made, but it's just not all that interesting.
What IS interesting to me, however, is what it says about Burr's particular taste....
Exactly. And after the second or third of these things, Mark asked Chandler my question at the reveal : I asked if these sorts of things were a reflection of where Chandler felt the future of perfumery was headed.
In response to which, if I remember correctly, he got kind of defensive and said "No no no !".
But if that's *not* what he is trying to tell us......what exactly is
he trying to tell us ?
I keep hoping the message will be something wider in scope than "I'm Chandler, and this is the particular style of things that I personally like."