This comment is not a description of a fragrance. Very good preparatory work has already been done in this respect. Anyone who reads through the comments and statements already written should get a pretty accurate picture of what to expect olfactorically with Sécrétion's Magnifiques. I can't add anything to that anymore.
But what quickly becomes apparent when reading is that the scores are unusually far apart. Most of you seem to agree with me - it doesn't smell good. I really don't. This perception is reflected in many devastating contributions. But if you scroll further, you will notice that very high scores were awarded. Some have dared to reach the upper end of the point scale.
I can understand the negative reviews as I said. But what I find more interesting is how a perfume that obviously doesn't smell good can get such high ratings. For me, the aim of this hobby has always been to find fragrances that I like, that I like to smell of myself and that I want to be associated with from my surroundings. Fragrances that fit me like a fist on the eye. And scents that make me feel good when I wear them. Always and everywhere. Admittedly, you don't find perfumes that meet all the criteria mentioned every day. But perhaps, quite perhaps, at some point you will find the perfect fragrance that unites all of this. At least that would be my ideal of a signature scent. Maybe a utopia, but one that I like and that drives me. Even if the way here is probably really the goal and I wouldn't admit it to myself, I should ever get this perfect scent under my nose. Because that would be my original goal and I would have no reason to continue my fragrance expedition. And who really wants that? ;-)
My point is: Sécrétions Magnifiques is pretty much the opposite of what I am looking for.
Experimental, individual and with corners and edges - no problem at all. On the contrary, more desirable than boring creations. But what I'm definitely not looking for is a fragrance that simply smells unpleasant to me. And that's the one I had in front of me. And in my arrogance, I have assumed that everyone here applies the same evaluation standards as I do. So where do the high ratings come from? My first thought was: "They are only interested in representing a contrary opinion, the main thing is to polarize. That must be the reason because no one can find it really good."
Then I remembered a story that kept me from capturing the aforementioned thought in the form of a statement. A short excursion into the world of art. In 2007, a painting by the artist Cy Twombly was exhibited in Avignon, France, with an estimated value of approximately 2.8 million dollars. It was an immaculate white canvas. A visitor to the museum, as she later told us, was so overwhelmed by the sight of the work that she could not resist the temptation to give it a big kiss. Thereupon the canvas was not quite as immaculately white as before, in the middle there was an unmistakable, deep red kissing mouth. The owner obviously didn't like this very much, because he sued the culprit for damages. This should amount to the estimated value of the image plus the restoration costs incurred to date. In her defense, the lady in court stated that it was a spontaneous act of love, an expression of her inspiration. She had assumed that the artist had deliberately left the canvas white and understood its action. Ultimately, the court ruled that she must pay 1500 euros to the owner of the painting, 500 euros to the gallery owner and one symbolic euro to the artist.
Why am I telling you this story? Well, for one thing, I think she's funny. On the other hand, it shows that not everyone defines art in the same way. For me, the idea that a pure white canvas is called a work of art is absurd and worth millions of dollars. Art connoisseurs would probably label me a philistine because of that. But that's the point. Many people don't understand my fascination for perfumes and when I tell them enthusiastically about Oud, Amber, and Zibet, I just get a head shake without understanding. I am often accused of investing far too much time and money in this 'nonsense'. Sometimes I wish there was a little more acceptance from friends and family, if it's not enough to understand. Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean it's bullshit.
But it is precisely this acceptance that I should demand of myself. For some it is not absurd that a white canvas is so valuable. Just because I can't understand that, I shouldn't judge those who do. Admittedly, the painting was an extreme example. But in a way, Sécrétion's Magnifique is also abstract art. And if that is recognized and appreciated by one or the other, I should respect that.
Besides, you've read what can happen when you walk the world as an art buffoon. Zack, you got a $2.8 million lawsuit on your hands. :-D