It's probably worth recalling what Chandler Burr's personal fragrance preferences have been in 2005-2006. They are marked by a 'hatred' of woody and citrussy 'hairy-chested' masculines and a tendency for brighter feminines. At that time this has been discussed in various threads, and I was worried how a man with such personal limitations could possibly be 'the' perfume critic for a huge American market. Four years later he is still there, and so are his limitations. Quite a number of Basenoters have grown from novice to almost experts during shorter time spans. Burr mainly added artsy embroidery and vague analogies to commercial products. What smells like Warhol and Roth, or of ashtray and fecal to Burr, is often just another fragrant product on the market, forgotten tomorrow. What else is there? Scented Dinners!
1. - Angel by Thierry Mugler
2. & 3. - Bigarade created by the perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena
and En Passant (Malle)
4. - Vera Wang by Vera Wang
5. - Quartz by Molyneux
6. - Hanae Mori for Men
7. - Paris by Yves Saint Laurent
8. - The Dreamer by Versace
9. - Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel
10. - Happy for Men by Clinique
11. - Chanel No 5 by Chanel (I will admit that I don't wear it; it's the only feminine fragrance I don't wear, and only because it is just too well known. But sometimes I sneak some on a forearm. C.B. )
If you care to read the details, probably written in 2006
Burr is a master in describing people, atmosphere and situations, as in the Nile Article on Hermes and Ellena, and again in the 'Perfect Scent' or the The Emperor of Scent. Another Biography, like Armani's or Tom Ford' s could even be a financial success, and I might enjoy reading those myself, if he could keep a distance to the persons portrayed.