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 OH, and please don’t direct me to Maison de Parfum in Manuka – their testers are out of date and some were rancid … Do I have to go to Elizabeth Street to get a good perfume?