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One Grail is another's torment
As I am currently in an olfactory acquisition phase, I have been tempted to blindly buy this low-end fragrance, which an enthusiast in an Anglophone fragrance forum raved about as a clone of Guerlain's L'Instant Extrême. This only shows again how difficult it is for our culture, which is not deeply connected to the smell, to put scents intersubjectively into words - for the people of the Ongee, whose sensory regime and cosmology is dominated by olfactory, this would be much easier. I smell here neither a secret, nor a seduction, but a conventional, almost modular arrangement of cheap aroma chemicals in a low-cost bun dosage - which, however, benefits the fragrance, because this is how what would otherwise be an olfactory C-weapon attack works, tolerably thin - but unfortunately not really good. The perfume software (don't imagine, such formulas are still designed by humans, which Mark Buxton, among others, already talked about some years ago on the Einstein forum about smell from the sewing box) has here among other things sweet Maltol notes, Ambrox and diffusion effects, so that there is by no means even a hint of classic Guerlain to be felt, but rather the olfactory average of the male proportion of a public transport journey in rush hour. The fragrance pyramid is almost touching. The consolation remains that there are also much more expensive fragrances that do not smell any more sophisticated or precious and sometimes fall behind the temporary secretion even from the construction. Here at least the coherence of price (approx. € 20), quality (drugstore middle class) and requirement (use smell without luxury or individuality) is reasonably preserved. But latürnich needs no one who really loves perfume, something like that.