Hello everyone, it's been a long time!
My "sabbatical" turned out to be a lot longer than I'd expected. I really needed a long break from all this perfume stuff. Essentially, I'd lost the urge to read or write any more about perfume. With the sheer number of niche fragrance releases, as well as reading too much of the "vintage vs. reformulation" debates on the perfume websites, I simply got burned out. I'm not someone who seeks out niche fragrances, and, as you all know, I don't give a damn if what I'm smelling is a reformulation or an old version of a perfume, so I got sick of reading about perfumes.
Well, I'm getting the urge to write again, finally. While I've been away, I've been wearing the same kinds of colognes I've always worn, Quorum's still my favorite fragrance, and I've discovered some scents that, though they've been in the marketplace for awhile, are new and exciting to me. I want to write about them and share my enthusiasm for them. My wife has been encouraging me for the past few years to start up the blog again, and I think I'm finally ready to give it a go.
If any of you read the reviews on Fragrantica.com, you may have noticed that I've already written a whole bunch of reviews there over the past week or two. If you want to check them out, look for "shamus1" and click on my icon, then click "My Reviews". Unfortunately I'm not enjoying reading the reviews there all that much - the reviews have become nothing more than a forum for whining about how this fragrance has been ruined by reformulation, and childish one-upsmanship about "I have the vintage version, and you guys don't!", raining on everyone else's parade. I was hoping things had changed since 2013, but they haven't, at least on Fragrantica.
I'm hoping my blog will serve as an alternative - like before, I plan to continue reviewing mainly current formulations of the fragrances out there. If I review an older version of a scent, it's probably because it happens to be the one I have on hand. I do not collect "vintage" fragrances. Most of the fragrances I own were not "vintage" when I first bought them, but they may be now, simply because I've held onto them for so long. Hell, I've had three or four bottles of Ho Hang lying around the house since the mid-1990s!
Anyway, it's nice to be back.