Helg of the Perfume Shrine had a really good post yesterday on Perfume appreciation and objective beauty (mostly concerning perfume). It is really interesting and quite educating but most importantly it discusses if and how to objectively assess perfumes, i.e. their beauty using several criteria. I think she has some valid points but that is not what is on my mind now.
For a while now I’ve been thinking that not only am I a lousy critic, I don’t really think I could every successfully be one. Everything criticism can be applied to is a work of effort on someone’s part. How could I ever be able to say that it isn’t just good enough, beautifil enough or anything of the sort when I keep thinking in the back of my mind – I would never be able to create something of the sort, he/she really did his/her best and gave it wholehearted effort?
I know that even when people do their best and pour their souls into their work, the result might not really be good, or even remotely good. But still I cannot find it in me to criticize and say, OK, you should have done this in such a manner and if you did it like this, it would have turned out better. Maybe I’m missing the whole criticism point (wouldn’t ne the first time I’m in the dark regarding a topic).
Anyway, Helg’s post came at exactly the right time because yesterday morning I tested Bond No. 9 Madison Soiree. What I got from it straight away was it was exactly the perfume someone who wants to look chic, expensive and unattainable would want to smell like. By that I mean a woman. After a while, she would also remain fresh/clean smelling while still being all those initial things. Anyway, I think that the perfume is really a great creation, and I also think that it is made exactly for the right type of target audience:
“A direct hit of authentic ladies-who-lunch fragrance. Ultra-feminine elegance and unmistakable posh meet unabashed sultriness in this day-into-late-night-blooming floral bouquet.”
By Bond no. 9 site.
Notes are: gardenia, jasmine, oakmoss.
I won’t go into the 3 notes I didn’t distinguish. 🙂 From the beginning it was obvious this wasn’t the perfume for me, in the way it is publicised, in the way it smells and in the end, obviously not meant to be taken apart by me. I still think it is beautifully done though. Just not my kind of beautiful.
Picture by: http://www.bondno9.com/