For some, Natural Botanical Perfumes are an acquired taste. Like raw oysters or caviar or boiled beets. And some give it little credence at all -- there are still those out there belittling the art form and the artists who create Natural Botanical Perfume, calling them hacks and frauds and dreaded members of the growing tribe, The Wannabes. A lot of this belittling goes on within the community itself with industry leaders shamelessly disgracing peers. No wonder we're not being taken seriously.
There is a perception that a lack of experience runs rampant within the community. To some degree this is true. However, there are a few spectacular "new" NBP'ers, and more than a smattering of well-seasoned NBP'ers, creating some of the most daring and avant garde perfumes ever seen in the genre. Yet we still get no respect.
Are Natural Botanical Perfumes supposed to behave like a synthetic concoction? Are we supposed to create something with 48-hour endurance and sillage you can see with the naked eye? Do we need to create some natural concatenate of essences that mimic the scent of candy floss and ocean breezes and air and diamonds lying in ice? What do you think?
In the meantime, I have a fresh batch of desert air eau de parfum bottled up and ready to go in my newly invented non-alcoholic, non-oil-based medium -- more air. Hot off the desert. The bottles come with little silk balloons.