I recently ran into a friend at Min New York while he was in the process of contemplating his next fragrance purchase. This gent has discerning taste, so I was eager to see how this would play out. He talked about not really having a fragrance palette and that once he buys a fragrance and it’s done, he won’t purchase it again. (oooookay) That was the first time I ever heard that one and it left me intrigued. As we continued talking, he said something that made me think that sometimes only experience can produce that kind of aha moment.
During his last trip to Min, he sampled a scent and he loved it. Seven hours later, when he got home, he felt completely different and the fragrance lost his interest. That right there is the reason sampling a fragrance before you purchase it is important. In this instance, there could be any numbers of reasons why this happened, e.g., his sweat could’ve mixed with the scent and changed it, washing his hands may have diluted the scent, emotionally he could’ve been in a different place after a long day, etc., etc.
A fragrance’s top notes are what draw you in. Like a fine wine or a great cigar, they will dissipate and another level will be revealed. By the time you get to the base notes, you may not even remember those opening notes. If you’re happy, you’ve got a winner. If you’re like my friend, you’re thanking God you sampled it and you didn’t make that purchase.
If you’re putting in the time before your gadget purchases to get the most for your money, the same logic applies here.
By the way, my friend left Min a happy customer. He purchased a bottle of Agarwood Extrait De Parfum by Heeley. He said he’ll save it for when the weather cools a bit, maybe a nice brisk evening. Who said men don’t know what they like?