I've been hit hard by the summer lazies this past week or so, and haven't managed to finish a perfume review since last Tuesday's Mediterranean Fig. I started a draft of Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Route du Vetiver weeks ago and meant to finish it today, but it is just too hot and humid to risk such an assertive fragrance this morning, so I reached for their Bahiana instead, and then I started thinking about how rarely I hear about Bahiana, and that brought to mind Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme, another great Maître Parfumeur et Gantier fragrance that I almost never hear mentioned.
And so, in lieu of a review which I'm obviously not going to do today, a poll:
What brand would you nominate for "most underrated"?
Maître Parfumeur et Gantier probably doesn't get enouch love, but still, they don't get my vote. There are a few I like very much, but the vast majority of the line doesn't agree with me. I'll go with Parfums de Nicolaï.
What brand NEEDS to reissue their classics?
I've been thinking a lot about this subject lately. Guerlain and Lancôme have both been busy on this front, and while I've enjoyed smelling the results, I don't think that the effort has resulted in a major rethinking of either brands' place in the history of perfumery. Givenchy is preparing to release a whole slew of scents from their back catalog this fall, and perhaps that will produce a masterpiece or two, who knows? But the brand that to my mind is missing the boat is Christian Dior. Much of their back catalog is still in production but in very limited distribution. My (unlikely) dream: a boxed set of all the scents from 1980 and before, in SMALL bottles, please: Miss Dior, Diorama, Eau Fraiche, Diorissimo, Diorling, Eau Sauvage, Dioressence, Diorella, Dior Dior, and Jules.
See also: Angela's article on Underappreciated Perfumes.
Note: image via Parfum de Pub.