So, over at Basenotes, the perfume forum I am a member of, today’s synch is about ”Your first ”investment perfume”…”
Hum, I don’t ”invest” in perfumes, I use them!
But I did ”invest” in a few extra bottle of Balmain de Balmain (by… guess who? Pierre Balmain) when I learned that this gorgeous perfume is going to be discontinued. I found a seller on Ebay with a very good deal too.
It’s sad though. All good perfumes are discontinued by now, and that’s because the ingredient which makes all my favorite scents, ”Oakmoss” has been banned ostensibly because somewhere, somebody, sometime, had a slight tiny bot of irritation when exposed to a dollop of the stuff. I think in reality it is because it’s an expensive ingredient and they want to move on to more synthetics. I base this opinion on the fact that alcohol, is far more irritating to a colossal larger amount of people, (I am one of them) and they’re not banning alcohol. The upshot is that all perfumes which used it have been reformulated by now and don’t smell as good.
Balmain used to make some of the best perfumes in history, My first perfume and enduring love, ”Miss Balmain”. the unique ”Jolie Madame”, the super green ”Vent Vert”, ”Ivoire”, and the quite late addition ”Balmain de Balmain”. One wonders how it is possible that Balmain formulated such a good intelligent perfume, (for intelligent strong women with taste) in an era when all new perfumes are pink, sugary, fruity/flowery, sickly sweet children’s candy scents. And of course it is discontinued now. One of the few scents I actually get compliments for!