So. When did it happen? When did the art and beauty of natural and botanical perfumery become just an industry?
Well, let's see. I've seen this happen before -- in soap making. Give a girl (or guy) a book, and suddenly they're a flippin' expert!
It's paint-by-numbers natural and botanical perfumery these days, with the payoff some pie-in-the-sky idea that these perfumes will grace the counters of Neiman Marcus, as the bestest, most wonderfulest, most fabtacular natural and botanical perfume the world has ever seen! *gag*
Even the movers and shakers, those self-appointed top of the heap folks, are having a difficult time getting and keeping their wares in the high dollah windows. Get an account, inflate the head, burn the bridge.
Where's the humility? Where's the love of the craft? Where's the freakin' talent?
Open your eyes. The best is yet to come, and you'll probably find it at a swap meet.