How important is a perfume’s name to you?
Are you easily put off or interested in a perfume based on it’s name?
Which perfumes do you think are horribly misnamed?
Which names are brilliant, in your opinon?
Initially I do take note of the name of a perfume. If it is a great one, my interest goes up and if it is a ridiculous one, I might be deterred from trying the scent, since I have so many already, I won’t go out of my way to try something I perceive as silly or provocative, plain stupid or offensive.
I tried and fell for perfumes, the names of which I didn’t like, I’m looking at you Oesel! And I have been disappointed by great names behind which a nice, but in the end not very exiting perfume hides (Love’s True Bluish Light). And then there are those with an awful name and an awful perfume – and that award goes to Xerjoff again – Shingl (review coning soon) takes the cake here.
In general I don’t like names that are only numbers, like a year, because I remember words better than numbers, but Frapin 1697 proves that the right number can make that problem vanish. I am not fond of Le Labo’s naming as well, since the expectations are slated in a direction that is no necessarily the right one.
The names of Etat Libre d’Orange (the company’s name is great, btw) perfumes make me uneasy. They are either totally over the top, outright offensive or faintly amusing. And I don’t like the fact that EldO does so much to distract their customers from the actual juice. But that is just my point of view.
Some great perfumes have truly great names, my favorites in this category are: Teo Cabanel Alahine – so evocative, it just rolls off the tongue, or Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist – that says it all, I think;
What do you say? What’s in a name?
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