Thread: Snob?! What kind of snob?
1. Anything at entry level goes (zero snob points)
2. Starting to reject some entry-level; may get into Guerlain, Chanel, YSL (one snob point)
3. Discovering smaller and independent houses and starting to reject anything that's "common" ("Don't want to smell like everyone else", "I never wear drugstore perfume", "Niche is better quality") (two snob points)
4. Beginning to get obsessed about hard-to-find scents and/or anything you've not smelled before. Getting lots of samples. Forming own "rules" about what constitutes a good quality fragrance (three snob points).
5. Widening the net to include drugstore perfumes, obscure lines, own brand knock-offs and beginning to think of everyday toiletries and other products on "perfume" terms (either zero or four snob points; you decide!).
Perfumers need to think on level #5, mostly. If you work in a conventional setting, you'll end up designing scents for toilet rim blocks, sun products, soaps, shampoos, detergents... and if you're lucky, fine fragrance.
The above is obviously my crudely presented opinion - and there's an extra variable that one can't measure = personal taste and preference (which relates to culture, memories and associations and all sorts of stuff).
Oops, I geeked out.
(See? I'm definitely not cool! )
I am mostly interested in the best example, not arbitrarily partial to EDP's or extraits.
However, I do love the precious little splash bottles of parfum and extrait formulations. I feel more drawn to them for reasons of comfort rather than snobbery.
Some EDPs have taught me a lesson: they may last better but don't project like their EDT counterparts. These days I test first. There's another form of snobbery: people swearing high and low by 'vintage' formulations. These are almost without fail claimed to be superior to the more recent issues. I sometimes have my doubts, to be honest.