- Feb 15, 2011
After a long bout of anosmia (thank you, covid) I am slowly returning to this hobby. I thought I'd start with some samples again, and House of Sillage has been on my "to try" list for a while (despite the garish bottle designs).
I ran a search to get a feel for the general view of their frags and to help select my samples, only to discover that there is a lot of controversy around the founder. This is certainly not a company people are happy to work for, wth many calling it a toxic environment.* I also recall the same was said about working for Bond No. 9.* No doubt in a competitive space, business is cut-throat and pressures are high, but I feel iffy now about supporting the company with my hard-earned money if the employees are being ill-treated.
*These are glassdoor reviews from employees that came up in a regular search and I have no idea if they're accurate; however there are a lot of them so it seems true.
It got me thinking- are you bothered by the in-house drama and controversy behind the juice, or are you able to separate the problematic owners from the scent?
Also, if anyone has sampled their frags, please let me know your thoughts on them. I found very few reviews!
Some of the best creative types are also hard for many people to work with. That said, if people are downright abused or the guy is just a clown I won't buy. One example of that is Tesla cars.