Have you ever read a review so tantalizing, so tangible that it seemed like you could smell the fragrance wafting off your screen as you read? Talented writers in the blogosphere have caused more than their fare share of both joy and sorrow. Remember last year’s Havana Vanille* “Debacle”? A few well-penned reviews came out early from admiring perfumista’s (here and here), which lead un-told numbers of fragophiles to pre-order bottles of the stuff… and then came the backlash. Many who bought HV un-sniffed were… less than happy with it.
I’m feeling more than a little satisfied with myself, since, not being a vanilla lover, I bought a sample of HV first. Which I quickly drained, then bought a 100mL bottle (only 85mL left! AGh!).
However, a mere click on my “Things I Hate” category will demonstrate that I too fell into the Beyond Paradise “Trap” so cunningly crafted by Monsieur Turin in his Perfumes, THE GUIDE. Luckily, this only set me back about $25 (that’s 1/5 of a L’Artisan!).
I digress. Let’s get back to luck.
If you’re going to buy un-sniffed (admit it, you know you will at some point, if you haven’t already), what you need to do is find two people. Your Scent-Twin, and your Evil-Scent-Twin**. Strong contenders for these categories will:
a. (Scent-Twin) have a strong affinity for things you like, and dislike many of the same things that you dislike
b. (Evil-Scent-Twin) reliably like things that you dislike, and vice-versa.
These people are the bloggers, the contributors, the commenters that we know and love. Their names are as familiar as your cat’s, and you can probably name several fragrances they like or dislike without a moments thought. They are your pre-screeners. They are The Force. Use The Force, and the perfume gods may smile upon your ever-shrinking wallet.
I’d love to know, who constitutes your Force????
*This scenario has been selected as an example since it’s one of the few times I showed any restraint.
**As their titles imply.