One of the comments on my last post got me thinking about my perfume prejudices. I’m pretty sure we all have them, so let’s get them on the table! All in good fun, of course, let’s share our founded and unfounded perfume prejudices.
Here are some of mine, in no particular order.
1. Perfumes that are hard to visually distinguish from one another on the shelf. If a perfume brand has a lot of perfumes, and all the bottles are the same, they are automatically less enticing to me. If those bottles don’t have visible labels, or there is a bunch of superfluous junk on the labels, it’s even worse. Bond No. 9, Creed, Agonist, and M. Micallef come to mind.
2. Perfumes sold solely on Etsy. I have had some good experiences (as with the possibly-now-defunct Plume Perfumes), but mostly I have been disappointed. As such, I’m pretty prejudiced against Etsy sellers, even when another blogger posts a positive review.
3. Perfume companies that group a lot of their perfumes into “collections,” in the manner of Tom Ford or Comme des Garcons. I feel like it is a weak sales tactic rather than something that makes sense conceptually, because usually the theme that ties these collections together is tenuous at best. Exceptions like the Hermessences are good because they are cohesive. Most collections are not.
4. Perfume lines that are entirely historic. For example, Rance perfumes. I believe they make about 10 perfumes, and in my mind they are all something about Napoleon’s mistress. Or his wife. Or maybe they are about him? I’m not even sure. Then there is that one perfume company (or are there more?) that is supposedly resurrecting its entire archive from the late 19th and early 20th Century. I am so bored by the idea that I can’t even remember the name(s) of the company(ies). Yawn.
5. Plastic perfume bottle caps. Why, why, why?
That’s my whinge. Your turn! What are your perfume prejudices?