I try very hard to avoid "classic" snobbery. I sample as many new releases as local sales associates will allow ( without becoming a nuisance of course) and I am left bewildered at the one-size-fits-all mentality of most fragrances.
Is there a conspiracy between houses that they all use a common accord that permeates everything I smell nowadays? It's slightly beyond the aquatic commonality, but it seems prevalent in most scents I've sampled after the heartnotes kick in. They may have different openings, but after 5 minutes I'm left wondering if they're all siblings. Yes....maybe a conspiracy is in the making and they are all in bed together laughing enroute to the bank.
I, for one, am not amused or happy at the current state of fragrance affairs. The new regs aren't helping matters either. Coming home to don my classic masculines after sampling new fragrances is a bittersweet experience. It's tangible evidence of lackluster and unimaginative creations blanketing the mall counters. I am happy to have what I have, yet the comparisons leave me sad. Yes......sad is just what the new juice is.