For the longest time, I've been resistant to the idea of getting into a habit of reviewing discontinued fragrances. Besides my own personal feelings about showoffs who feel the need to constantly brag about all the "vintage" or discontinued fragrances they own, I've seen little point in reviewing something that no longer exists.
Having said that, I have to admit that I'm starting to have a slight change of attitude about reviewing discontinued perfumes. That's because there are a lot of discontinued frags that still do exist, whether it be on eBay or in the old inventory warehouses of online retailers. Though I don't often go shopping for old discontinued fragrances, I do buy them from time to time, and I'm sure many of you do too.
As I continue to build this blog, I've been inspired by a lot of your comments, particularly those of you who have told me that you find my reviews helpful. With that in mind, my ultimate vision is for Pour Monsieur, ideally, to become a sort of personal and virtual encyclopedia of men's fragrance reviews, as a source you can turn to for learning something about scents that few others write about.
This is where reviews on discontinued fragrances fit in. For example, one day you may find a fragrance for sale online that you've never heard of, not even realizing it's been discontinued because you can't find a review of it anywhere. My hope is that you'll be able to turn to Pour Monsieur and find a review of that fragrance, so that you can make an informed decision on whether or not you'd want to buy it. That's my dream for this blog.
I know this is an ambitious goal, and I know I'll never reach it, but so far it's what's kept me going at this. A lot will depend on my getting a steady flow of new samples, since there's no way I can afford to buy bottles of everything I review. I'm still going to focus primarily on designer and drugstore fragrances, since there are enough blogs already that cover niche fragrances; I'll still post niche reviews, but my general lack of enthusiasm for niche perfumes makes it hard for me to feel inspired to sample and crank out a lot of reviews on them.
One thing I will not change is my focus on reviewing current formulations of perfumes that are still in production. The only reason I'd post a review on a so-called vintage version of a perfume would if it's the only version I have available. I own plenty of bottles of old versions of fragrances, but who cares? What's the point of my reviewing those? So I can rain on your parade and ruin your enjoyment of the updated versions you've been wearing all this time? Lord knows there's enough of that horseshit on the perfume fan websites and blogs. You don't need more of it here.