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Nose-to-Nose - New endangered species (Wednesday, May 25th, 2011)

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Gwen: Did you see the article in the May 23rd MacLean's magazine about Vintage scents?

Kay: I sure did.

Gwen: What did you think about it?

Kay: I thought they made some very good points!. But how do you feel about vintage now? have your feelings changed since we last talked about vintage scents in Nose-to-Nose?

Gwen: I must confess that I did have a frisson of excitement when we visited Fritsch's Fragances in Kitchener a few months ago. I mean, seeing and smelling some of the greatest scents ever made was exciting.

Kay: And there is always the thrill of the chase....

Gwen: What won me over was that smelling some of those classics really triggered some memories for me. I wasn't prepared for that. I mean, the smell of my mother's perfume is a cliché, but it's a cliché for a reason - everybody relates to it. What I didn't expect were my own memories - dancing close to my first crush at a high school dance, a gift from a boyfriend's mother, the smell of a handsome man I sat beside on an overseas flight that fueled fantasies for months afterward.....

Kay: Yeah, perfume memories - aren't they the best?.But the scents are works of art in their own right.

Gwen: Absolutely, and they should be valued as such. But sadly, Kay, it seems that the European regulators have much different ideas about perfume as art - they're limiting some key ingredients which will force formulas of many classics to change - they'll never smell the same again! Their actions stem from consumer complaints of allergic reactions from wearing perfumes.

Let me read you this from the Mclean's article" "among the ingredients subject to limits are natural ones like rose, jasmine, citron and oakmoss—the latter a key ingredient in classic perfumes such as Mitsouko, Diorella and Rochas Femme. So far, no artificial substitute for oakmoss has been found, so fragrances based on it simply don’t smell like they used to."

Kay:  They'll destroy masterpieces! I don't know why warning labels on the bottles aren't acceptable: Warning: Contains "X" -  MAY cause allergic reactions in SOME people. Hell, labels are OK for things that can KILL - cigarettes are still a huge industry, lots of foods are made with peanuts. The cosmetics industry has used toxic materials forever - we all know that nail polish is toxic, and so are red dyes in lipstick, which we end up actually eating, not just smelling. Have you ever even seen a warning label on a lipstick?

Gwen: No I haven't.

Kay: Of course not!

Gwen:  The part I don't get is - if you have allergies - and you usually know when you do - then don't wear perfume!
Kay:  It seems to be a fait accompli........we'll have to be more vigilant and keep a look-out for these vintage perfume wonders.

Gwen: And be prepared to slap down the cash to buy them whenever we find them.
Kay:  I'm OK with that, because classic vintage scents are now an endangered species.....and they are so worth it!