- Aug 21, 2005
Thanks for the link. Interesting read.
While Pendock did raise some interesting points for us to consider, I think he missed the big picture and took Luca Turin's book way too seriously... It's just one man's opinion in the form of a loosely coined 'guide', for God's sake, NOT a scientific paper. Perhaps that's why his review of Perfume: The Guide never see the light of the day.
Likewise, looking at the color of the juice, preconceived beliefs about the perfumer or design house, our individual tactile response to holding the bottle, etc, are all valid components of perfume experience as much as actually smelling it.
Well this is, I suppose, a personal call. What I mean is, I *don't* think that, for myself, the colour of the juice, the bottle etc. are valid when it comes to forming an opinion on a fragrance (or a wine). Now, I get great enjoyment out of having a pretty perfume bottle on my dresser, and I 100% admit that there's a little frisson when it's a status house rather than a drugstore special, but when it comes down to it, the only thing that matters is how it smells. I think the idea of brown-bag-reviewing is a valid one. Most people (maybe all) are definitely going to be influenced to some degree by brand names, historical perception of the brand, packaging, advertising etc....
This hobby is fun, and writers who marshal skepticism and knowledge to delight and inform just make it even more so.