Though Fancy Nights is a darling of the fragcom, I don’t just dislike it, I find it deeply distasteful. Since there’s nothing in particular about the relationship of notes that should make me react so negatively, it has occurred to me that part of my negativity may be rooted in snobbish bias. I mean, not only is Fancy Nights dirt cheap, it comes in a bottle that (I think) advertises its low birth. Even though there are some perfumes that I suspect I actually like MORE because they’re cheap — so satisfying to find a bargain — for example, 4711, it just ain’t happening for me with this Jessica Simpson release.
I’m curious: How much does a perfume’s provenance impact your assessment of how good it is? Do you ever find your ability to really enjoy a fragrance shaped by factors like price and availability? Are there some that you love not just in spite of their cheapness, but because of it? How much of our reaction to perfumes is shaped by unconscious snobbism (and reverse snobbism!)? Please comment below if you’re so inclined.