What’s with perfumes these days

I-filed 23 September 2007 26

I’ve been shopping for scent over the last week and am really disappointed. Tried all the classics – Arpege, Air du Temps, Tresor, Cristalle, Joy, L’Interdit, Chanel, Diorella, Ma Griffe, Celine. All in eau de parfum and they’re all AWFUL. Ridiculously headachey strong, all sickly, all synthetic, powdery and sweet. The only decent scents I sniffed were concentrates (very rare in Canberra), and barely any perfume counters now stock concentrate.

Here’s my take – anyone agree or disagree? – the perfume houses have decided eau de parfum is for bogans, particularly at this end of the world, and simply don’t bother to put the real ingredients in. The sales women have assured me that the ingredients in the eau de toilette and eau de parfum are identical to the concentrate, just less of it. But I bought an eau de parfum (l’Air du temps) on the basis of the tester, and when I put it on at home it was totally different. I hate cheap scent, and forked out $300 bucks for the Air and an Issye Miyake – equally disappointing. And yes I was testing over several days and only one scent on an arm at a time. Anyone buying concentrate and can report on any difference? OH, and please don’t direct me to Maison de Parfum in Manuka – their testers are out of date and some were rancid … Do I have to go to Elizabeth Street to get a good perfume?

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26 Responses to What’s with perfumes these days
Maelinar Maelinar 4:24 pm 24 Sep 07

With the Obesity Scourge gripping the nation, Maelinar has come up with the solution: Fat Chick Ambergris.

And you thought those ‘tourists’ with an insane amount of photographic equipment were all taking photos of landmarks. They’re just looking for a pod of whales.

Pandy Pandy 3:50 pm 24 Sep 07

Japan hunts all types of whale.

Ralph Ralph 12:14 pm 24 Sep 07
Thumper Thumper 12:04 pm 24 Sep 07

And garlic on a string around your neck on All Hallows night…

Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 12:00 pm 24 Sep 07

I do believe that “Old Spice” has remained consistent over the years..


Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:39 am 24 Sep 07

Deep Heat works for me: hides the smell of sweat, and keeps people out of my office. 🙂

Danman Danman 10:00 am 24 Sep 07

[insert sarcasm here] I love getting into the elevator with females who smell like they have been bathing in an ashtray full of fag ends and grandma perfume – makes them seem so much more bonkable……not…..

xman xman 9:45 am 24 Sep 07

Brut 33 still has the same effect…

tickboom tickboom 9:08 am 24 Sep 07

There have been some pointless stories on Riot Act in recent times, but this one takes the cake.

Thumper Thumper 8:54 am 24 Sep 07

I tend to use Eu de Roman legionaire, 1200.

made from the sweat of centurians whilst keeping the picts out of England…

bonfire bonfire 8:46 am 24 Sep 07

of course back in my day we wore strings of onions round our necks, cos that was the style of the day….

Maelinar Maelinar 8:34 am 24 Sep 07

Cerutti 1880 .Fullstop.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 8:28 am 24 Sep 07

I’ve noticed that the Chanel products seem to have much better persistence, without the overpowering wafting, although lately I’ve been using one of the less common Givenchy scents. I think I’ll probably switch back to Chanel next time.

utah utah 11:15 pm 23 Sep 07

What’s wrong with good old Dettol?

I-filed I-filed 11:01 pm 23 Sep 07

Good luck finding ambergris in a minke whale Pandy.

Pandy Pandy 10:54 pm 23 Sep 07

At least they smell better than skanky snake.

ant ant 10:01 pm 23 Sep 07

Getting in the lift in the morning is hell, everyone, boys and girls, has WAY too much perfume on, and some of it you really have to wonder why they chose it. Some of them smell exactly like toilets.

Sammy Sammy 7:51 pm 23 Sep 07

And for the record, those that wear perfume should be dealt with harshly.

I’m all for schemes like this one.

Sammy Sammy 7:49 pm 23 Sep 07

This article is just another reason why my finger itches closer every day to the ‘delete’ button next to RiotACT in my RSS reader.

Pandy Pandy 6:31 pm 23 Sep 07

Well the OP did say where they could get a decent perfume somewhere besides Canberra. Japan has no problems sourcing whale products.

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