Originally Posted by perfaddict
Hmmmm... i stand lectured. However, because i am neither a reviewer nor blogger, but only buy and use frags as part of my lifestyle, perhaps i do not measure fragrance quality using published emperical or financial indices, but base my opinion
on how the juice "feels" when i wear/smell it. I love Brut a lot but will not say it is quality juice.
Be that as it may, i still believe BdC is quality and, yes, masterful. Bottom line: I think it is great and i love wearing it.
As I've mentioned before, I was fortunate to meet a woman who worked in the fragrance industry back in the 80s (she sold me a rare test edition bottle of KL Homme), and this is one of the things she told me: “I worked in the fragrance department at Arden. I always loved this perfume [KL Homme]. This oil was very expensive for the company to buy. It was nearly $100/lb. Most of the fine fragrances today are very cheap, without the expensive natural raw materials, around $10/lb.”
For a couple years or so I couldn't tell the difference in ingredient quality at all. Rochas Lui seemed very similar to Dunhill Desire Man, for example. Now the ingredient quality is glaringly obvious to me, and the "synthetic/chemical" aspects of Desire are just too much. On the other hand, I have an old bottle of Claiborne Sport for Men, and while there is a synthetic "woody/amber" accord in the base, it seems like it's not enough to ruin it for me. From other posts on BN, it seems like many of us are quite sensitive to iso e super, calone, and perhaps other synthetics (hedione, by contrast, doesn't seem to bother me enough to destroy the experience, at least so far), while others are blissfully unaware of them. Because of this, it is quite difficult to assess these new scents in any kind of "objective" way, unlike many of the ones from the 80s or earlier. The thing that I do think is going on here, though, is that some people want to "fall in love with a Chanel" (or Creed, or Guerlain, etc.), so they lower their standards. Something on ebay that is being closed out and selling for $5, by contrast, would be ripped to shreds, regardless of how much better than BdC it was (at least in terms of quality ingredients). I noticed this in the cinematic world when the dreadful "Eyes Wide Shut" was released and only a few reviewers pointed out how it failed on so many levels. Apparently, most of them wanted to fall in love with "the last Kubrick."