I do think that scents, well, European ones, are closely linked to our mixed weather and clearly felt seasonal changes. I always hear that Arabic and eastern scent cultures are very different, and that Japanese fragrances are best not noticed by others, etc. Your example AdG - I share your doubts, and believe it is a very fine cologne, made for Italians and northern Europe primarily. The whole Milano fashion line seems to go along better with European than, say, east coast US preferences.Originally Posted by Eluard
But you crack me up with your ideas about Guerlain's Vetiver. Vetiver is a sun loving grass, the sparkling bottle, to my eyes is clear as daylight. Death and corruption? I find it just a bit cool in the original sense. Unless it's warm weather, I do not like to wear it. I now put it to hibernation, and it goes down to a dark cellar room. On this one you outdo 'The Perfume' fantasies of Süskind, my friend! (No pun intended, just a different view)
No pun intended, but European Urinal cakes do not reek of Kouros, and campus dude jokes about Kouros simply do not exist in Europe. The average European guy also does not care about scent ratings or trends. Europe is the opposite of a streamlined cultural universe. That is completely different in North America, where only a few languages are alive, and education systems vary half as much. It's almost been a shock to see a French Perfumer using English perfume names, like 'Rose Petals' and 'Black' Aoud. His Arabian connections may be at the root of this.