The steady rise in popularity of high end niche fragrances over the last 20 years has sent the traditional designer brands scrambling to reclaim their market shares. The game plan (whether it works or not) is obvious: continue putting out their regular mass market releases; also offer a separate more expensive collection to the clientele who shop in their luxury boutiques around the world.
Hello all. I hope everyone is having a happy new year and working toward your goals for the year.
I have spent the past several years exploring the world of fragrance. One area that I have only in the past few months begin to delve into is the world of indie perfumery. To an outside layperson, calling fragrance houses like Serge Lutens, Le Labo, and Frederic Malle “big companies” must seem like a funny concept. However, once you have immersed yourself into this world, you realize that there are much smaller operations. Often times within the indie houses, the owner is the perfumer, mixer, bottler, and shipper. A one person operation.
After discovering that there are all of these independent perfumers, I certainly wanted to get my feet wet and try some of them. Around this time, I came across a post on Basenotes as well as a YouTube video discussing Slumberhouse. After visiting their website, I ended up ordering their sample pack. I have been trying them for the past two months, and am ready to give my impressions of them through a series of posts.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
It’s when you come across fragrances like this gem, that makes it worth smelling so many stinkers along the way.
Once you take an interest in the world of fragrance, it doesn’t take long before you are made aware of Guerlain. This is one of the oldest fragrances houses out there (founded 1828). Besides their longstanding classics such as Shalimar and Mitsouko, they also have some newer creations. One of them is Spiritueuse Double Vanille (2007).
I will admit I did not test SDV out extensively before making this recent purchase. I normally like to sample out a fragrance several times, as well as testing it out against its competitors. But I wanted to add a Guerlain to the fold and this was the one I went for.