So what about layering, you Basenoters? Do you, don't you, why, why not?
We are an adventurous, experimental group and few of us are lemmings. Although that stuff about lemmings running en masse off cliffs is apparently not true. Where is the Jeffersonian spirit? Who among us will invent the dumbwaiter of frags? And would you call it Dumbwaiter?
Is it that we are interested in fragrances as they were designed to smell, rather than only in smelling good? Like many of you I have a box of samples that I've never given a full wearing, and any number of frags I don't know well, still change my mind about, etc. I like to spend time with perfumes in part as a way of learning the history of perfumery, and layering louses up that process. And yet...there is something lost.
I loved the story in Burr's The Perfect Scent about Sarah Jessica Parker's fragrance of choice, a layering of an Egytian oil blend, cheap musk and Avignon. I think it was. And I like that spirit of independence and experimentation.
Speak to me of layering or the evils of layering. And thanks to Bigsly for a cool and thoughtful thread, may it escape oblivion.