Why are there no great men’s fragrances any more?

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I’m always having little moans about the state of the fragrance industry but yesterday Telegraph Men published a slightly bigger one. Given the feedback I’ve had and the fact it ended up as their most shared story of the day it appears to have stuck a cord with people. In truth, there was so much more to say on what’s a complex subject (for one thing, the consumer, seemingly obsessed by newness,  is party to blame for the blandness of many men’s fragrances today) but space simply didn’t allow. Anyway, if you want to read the piece just click on the image below. And let me know if you agree or disagree!


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2 thoughts on “Why are there no great men’s fragrances any more?

  1. Chris

    Sadly, very true. Even worse is that you could write an analogous article almost solely by replacing “fragrance” with almost any other consumer product of your choice.

  2. Dearest Guru
    Great piece. Whilst I can’t find it in my heart to like Chanel’s Bleu – surely it is the blandest of the bland – pretty much everything else here I agree with.
    One thing to add of course is that the palette of ingredients available to the parfumeur and some of the great natural ingredients – oakmoss and civet, castoreum and abmbergis spring instantly to mind are either scarce or more or less illegal!
    Oh, and just one more final, final thing, quite a swathe of this generation, those a little more interested in how they smell may well remember their youth smelling of oud (or things called oud), the aroma of the teens as truly as patchouli was to the sixties.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

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