One thing I've noticed is how much my sense of fragrance has changed since I was a kid. *I remember perfumes as frequently smelling harsh--as I noted in a topic, some actually scared me. *Cristalle and Dune were perhaps the worst offenders, but others just seemed so intense, even on my mother (and she's not scary or a douser). *Now, going back and smelling them, I smell the same scents, minus the stark, intense harshness. *So I think somehow my olfactory sense has matured or mellowed. *It would be interesting to think about that. I assume it corresponds with how adults tend to like a wider variety of and more intense flavors than children.
As for my own fragrance evolution, I always had a taste for the somewhat offbeat, but I used to wear the sweet, floral-fruity fragrances popular with school-age girls (Sunflowers and then Curve). *I never really loved them; they just "smelled good." *(I've also dug up some other oldies that I used to wear and stuck them in the "used to own" section of my wardrobe.) *Now I'm mainly into orientals, amber, spicy, greens, chypres, and I do like leathers and smokies (Tabac Blond...closest to my HG), but it's only been a few months of perfume exploration and it's been cold...so that may be my bias. *I wonder if I'll move into the white florals someday. *I like them, but don't have them figured out! *(Lilacs, on the other hand, as well as carnations, make me very, very happy.)
Interesting, thought-provoking topic!