I have been wearing Montale’s Chypre Fruite a lot lately, and enjoying it. I upsized my 1 ml sample to a 5 ml decant and I reckon I will run low on that soon too. (Chypre Fruite is not one of the Montales that gets much attention, so if you know it, do comment!)
Anyway, one night I was sitting on the couch watching TV with my daughter. She had just had her shower, and after a little while I realised that the scent of the shampoo she had used (Pantene Curls) reminded me of nothing so much as – Montale’s Chypre Fruite! Oh no!
Pantene Curls has a lovely scent. But it is a shampoo.
We know now that a lot of fragrance supply companies produce not just fine fragrances but fragrances for functional products such as soaps and shampoos and laundry detergents and so on. So after a while I decided that it is not so much that fine fragrances are necessarily getting poorer (or at least not for this reason), but that the scent of shampoo is getting much better. We seem to be nearly at the point where they can be almost the same.
It suits the ‘I hate perfume’ mob, because they can feel scented without having to buy and wear perfume. But I don’t belong to that mob.
I still like Chypre Fruite. It does show much more development and complexity than shampoo, and it is chic and smart and lovely. But the resemblance to shampoo is (to me) inescapable.
What do you think? Is the scent of shampoo a deal breaker for you?
Coming up soon: the CURRY question.