Sunday, April 27, 2008
Too much perfume, not enough money
"Kate Greene, the vice president for marketing fine fragrances in North America at Givaudan, said that 800 new fragrances are expected to make their appearance in 2007."
I wanted to find out how many perfumes were on the market. I couldn't find the answer on the web, but the above quote (from the New York Times) gives one a general idea of the absurdity of how many scents are out there.
The absurdity, I suppose, is really this: Most of these scents stink. Sorry about the pun, but it works. There are thousands of perfumes on the market, especially if one figures in all the niche fragrances, and very few of them are any good.
I have about three dozen fragrance samples in my possession and only three of them are noteworthy. Oh, I like many of them, but they are nothing to jump up and down about. Nor are they anything I'd pay over 100 bucks for (if I could afford it). I swap fragrances for the price of postage with other people via the web. It's a cheap hobby. There's something rather funny about it. We all swap things we don't like to find things we do like. I don't know how many of my fellow swappers are poor, like I am, but there's some irony in our swapping little vials (mostly 1ml) of stuff marketed to the richest people on the planet. I have a sample of Chanel eau de Cologne that can be attained for $350 if one can even find it. It's marvelous stuff, but unless I win the lottery, I'll have to enjoy the scent a half a dozen times and be satisfied. I read about Creed fragrances and hope to sample a few some day, but I'll not be wearing any of these any time soon. Creed is the stuff of royalty. Ari Onassis wore Creed's Cypres Musc (8.4 ounces at $315).
Right now I'm wearing Serge Luten's Chypre Rouge (1.69oz $140). It's nice. That's all. So I don't have to feel bad about not having the bucks to buy it.
Painting note: I enjoyed the title of the webpage where I got Sargent's" Lady Agnew of Lochnaw": John Singer Sargent: Portrait Paintings of the Wealthy