Please permit me to pick your brains. I'm carrying out some research for an article that may or may not appear here on Basenotes, and I'd really appreciate your help.

My question is this: how important is 'the story' behind a perfume or a pefume house? Is your enjoyment of Chanel No 5 increased by the possibility that it may have been created by accident? Do you appreciate Andy Tauer's work more because you know it's all made by one self-taught individual weaving his magic in a house in Zurich? Are you intrigued by a firm like Grossmith because of the remarkable facts behind its recent revival? In other words, do these tales and near-myths matter to you? Do you think they affect the way you smell the perfumes to which they pertain?

Please leave your thoughts as a comments on my blog (click here to be taken to the relevant post), or email me at persolaise at gmail dot com if you prefer.

Thanks very much indeed!