The Problem with Parfum Prices

Recently, I’ve become rather perplexed at how the various concentrations of a perfume are priced. For many, the extrait (also known as parfum) concentrations of perfumes are often deemed to be the best of all concentrations, because they are plusher, richer and fuller etc. etc. Obviously, this varies depending on one’s personal preferences. But I’m not so much interested in discussing anyone’s preferences regarding concentrations as I am with the pricing strategies of companies with regard to the various perfume concentrations. Continue reading

Luca Turin’s Message in a Bottle Column

Message in a BottleI have been following Luca Turin’s perfume review columns in Style Arabia with much interest. You can find them here:

Column I

Column II

Column III

Personally, I find Turin’s style of writing very refreshing. Where we bloggers sometimes spiral into descriptions reminiscent of a list of Fragrantica notes, e.g. “The perfume opens with refreshing notes of bergamot, followed by heart notes of rose and jasmine, and finally dries down to vanilla” (I’m guilty of that sometimes!), Turin’s reviews tend to be punchy and to the point, remaining utterly entertaining throughout. He’s got quirky tastes, that’s for sure, having given the infamous Sécrétions Magnifique 5 stars out of 5, but at least I know that the perfumes he recommends would usually be interesting, even if I disagree wholly with his assessment. For example, his review of Giorgio Armani’s Sì makes me want to give it a sniff, although based on the notes I would have given it a miss. Have fun reading!

~ The Smelly Vagabond