It's all Cool Water's fault!
So I (foolishly) thought $10 for Porsche Essence might be a steal.
The top gives you cut green grass, a floral, I get lily, and something calone-esque...Basically if you want to smell across between a shiny metal fender and Liquid Plumbr toiletbowl cleaner, this is your scent! That is to say, it smells like Chrome, another hideous synthetic mess. These aquatic metallic are properly vile and really have you wondering what memories these things invoke to account for their popularity: "Golly this reminds me of when the toilet used to overflow and mommy had to whip out the liquid plumber to get all that overflowing urine and feces down." Not to descend to base humor, but this trend for these synthetics that smell of industrial chemicals are truly sickening. I was worried that whatever gave me a serious allergy attack in Axe Cool Metal was in this too...Basically this genre says "forget even being reminiscent of something natural, we're going for full on carcinogenic eau de Dow Chemical Plant Runoff. Porsche Design Essence, like Chrome a nihilistic, post apocalyptic fragrance for a generation raised to believe that "style" is a substitute for "beauty" and that smelling like plastics and metal is actually a good thing.
I get the younger crowd is buying this kind of scent by the truckload because it's of the moment, but it's worrisome because this kind of fragrance is the absence of anything pleasant, sexy, endearing or happy, it's a shiny metal wasteland filled with lakes of radioactive heavywater, welcome to the Matrix indeed...
It's all Cool Water's fault!
So i guess I shouldnt buy this at TJ Maxx?
I tried some Joop fragrance at TJ Maxx once and it smelled exactly like the air that blows out of my AC. Well, that's better than the original Joop, I guess, but still... why?
Apparently there is a market for these types of scents.
I never understood the appeal of these metallic notes in fresh/aquatic scents either.
Chandler Burr who wrote in his 'Men Smelling Badly' article (when he was doing columns for the NYT 'T' Magazine) said this about Chrome (which he gave 0 stars):
To smell Azzaro’s Chrome is to feel metal running through your veins instead of warm blood. An industry figure once told me that Chrome “is nothing but CK One superconcentrated with a bit of synthetic marine note.” The perfumer Gérard Haury has engineered a clone warrior breathing nitrous oxide. Chrome smells like a sheet of aluminum on a frozen beach, a scent to be bought by a certain type of man for whom beauty and subtlety are Orwellian opposites. It is also a commercial smash. What does that say?
"One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple"
-- Jack Kerouac
I have not yet had the misfortune to smell Porsche essence, but I know the loathsome genre - marine + sharp chemicals, be it metal or what else (Light blue anyone?). Penetrating niche as well: Tirrenico or M/Mink, with their metal + marine + swamp.
Yep, Porche the Essence is one of the worst fragrances from the past decade - and maybe of all time.
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Set against the given background peoples choices could make sense! Perfume is neglecting the cacophony of functional aromas. In Europe the trend is going to balsamic fruity / food-y.
I never get tired of these breathless "civilization is ending because someone makes a fragrance I don't like" posts. TJ Maxx should install fainting couches for people who suffer from the vapors when they smell cheap, mass market fragrances.
Tappio, I object to your mischaracterization of my argument, I never suggested "civilization is ending" I suggested "the world is ending", civilized and uncivilized peoples alike. The toxic stew embodied in these odours of the damned are a sure sign that the end of the world may be nigh!
The older version of Platinum Egoiste (yellow juice) was like that.
I DO like the idea to have a decidedly nondescript - which is no way a synonym to vile - perfume against a soft full bodied perfume in shower gel shampoo fabric softener toothpaste deodorant room scenting candles.