It has been a long week, and whatever brain (and nose) power I have left, I am holding in reserve for a big day of perfume shopping tomorrow. So no review today — just a question: are you a niche snob?
I have been thinking about my own prejudices since reading Luca Turin's wonderful new blog, Perfume Notes, and especially his commentary on niche scents (link no longer working, sorry!), which he generally finds lacking in comparison to releases from the big houses. My own leanings are in the opposite direction. When I look at my own perfume collection, a huge proportion of the bottles are from the smaller niche houses, some of which, granted, he mentions as exceptions: Serge Lutens, Frederic Malle, and Parfums de Nicolaï.
Others I see well-represented in my perfume cabinet: Diptyque (which I think is generally underrated), L'Artisan (do they qualify as a niche house any more?), Maître Parfumeur et Gantier, Parfums de Rosine, Ormonde Jayne, Parfums Delrae, The Different Company. I have quite a few Italian niche scents (Lorenzo Villoresi, Carthusia, i Profumi di Firenze, Santa Maria Novella).
The only Chanels and Guerlains I own (with the exception of a few Aqua Allegorias) were created before 1980. The only recent Caron in my collection is Aimez Moi. I have a smattering of designer scents, no more. I love several Hèrmes fragrances, but I'm not even sure where they fit in here.