We got a really interesting comment by a reader named Nlb/Angela on a post published in May 2006, so I decided to reproduce it in the section The Readers Talk Back.
The two posts that preceded that comment are:
On Comparing Perfumes
On Comparing Perfumes II
Since a blog is also a diary, I am keeping those posts as reflective of a state of mind and reflection early on in my journey as a perfume blogger, but it is manifest to me that I have evolved on a number of the points evoked then. I am grateful though that the blog medium allows you to keep that quality of the daily life and the ephemeral that are so important to me.
From reader Nlb/Angela:
This post fascinated me enough that I'm compelled to comment years after you've posted it. It reminded me of what some art critics say of what's patronizingly considered "decorative art" and "illustration" rather than "Fine Art"; there's always this distinct hierarchy of importance, where some art is deemed significant and provocative, while others just "pretty...only pleasant to look at". While "Guernica" by Picasso might be important for what it tells us about humanity, how does "Daybreak" by Maxfield Parrish tell us any less about ourselves?...
"Both remind us of our place against a vast, powerful world in an even vaster universe---a condition that can inspire us, embolden us or terrify us. The major difference between the two works, is that "Guernica" is violent and dissonant; "Daybreak" is subtle, languid and reflective...quiet. Both are beautiful; only one is enjoyable and doesn't conjure up a sense of anxiety (well, speaking for most, I'm sure).
I was thinking while wearing "La Myrrhe" by Serge Lutens that "it's interesting...but it also smells like a soggy crypt; albeit, an ancient one where rot doesn't linger in the air." I'll always appreciate it, but I'm not sure if I'll ever fully enjoy it on my skin. It's the same story with "La Haie Fleurie du Hameau" by L'Artisan Parfumeur [Editor's note: created by Jean-Claude Ellena] ---it's exquisite but philosophical and gets me brain-crunching about death and final transitions. I'll always find it beautiful, fascinating...and awful--the olfactive equivalent of a tragic ghost story or mystery."
You can also read a review by Dusan of La Myrrhe