The over used "Old Lady Perfume" label:
|Picture by Sandy Powers|
Lets admit it, we all have mentioned the phase or though about it in our heads . . . . Before I got into this hobby I was going around calling certain scents an old lady / old man scent as well. It took a long time for me to really appreciate all type of scents, the contributing materials and their histories.
Nowadays, in a world where the perfume industry operates under strict regulations and 90% of popular best selling fragrances are either sugary, fruity, or aquatic, we are bound to be overwhelmed when sniffing the more classical scents. Perfumery used to have a lot more depth and individuality before the current restrictions on raw materials kicked in.
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It seems to be all about what's in style at the moment, for example the aldehydes from the 1920's (i.e - Chanel No.5 and Guerlain Shalimar), the powerhouse male and female scents from the 1980's (i.e - Hermes Bel Ami, Guerlain Derby, and Chanel Antaeus).
Present day, people are so used to smelling fragrances like Viva La Juicy, Acqua Di Gio, and Britney Spears Fantasy, that we just lost our appreciation for fragrances from the past, which is now out of the norm.
|Viva La Juicy, A top Seller|
|Lanvin - Arpege (1927)|
Like it or not, style and class has no age, while beauty fades . . .I believe classical fragrances with depth, uniqueness, and quality will still continue to persist well into the future while sugary celebrity scents are already being sold discounted for $20 at the chemists. Just look at No.5 and Shalimar for example, both fragrances from the 1920's, yet still one of the best sellers, costs quite a lot, and rarely ever sold discounted.
|Celebrity Perfumes - already being sold discounted|
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