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All mouth, no taste,
This review is from: Perfumes: The A-Z Guide (Paperback)
Browsing this at the moment.
I was sceptical about it anyway as it's so hugely hyped (quite often a bad sign).
Hasn't taken long reading this book to feel that my scepticism was justified.
They gave Thierry Mugler Angel and Lolita Lempicka 5 STARS for God's sake!!! That's one more star for them than for Lancome's Magie Noire! 'WTH'?!
D&G Light Blue, a perfectly skilled, complex and pleasing composition, gets 1?
Clumsy brews like Calyx (Timotei and peaches clashing up against each other endlessly) are lauded and chemical screamers are eulogised. Caron Nocturnes (which I personally can't wear as it turns to carnation), whispers class and elegance but these two 'experts' slate it.
That's just for starters.
I think these two are so busy trying to prove they're not smell 'snobs' that they make themselves look silly for that alone.
And where are all the standout missing frags? Blue Grass? (again, not quite my taste but a pretty major perfume of decades!). Further, at least one perfume that is listed in the back by brand isn't actually in the book! Whoops!
Trust your nose people, don't fall for this stuff. I can appreciate some of it for the witticisms and as pieces of writing, but I really don't think these two say as much about smells as they think they do.