Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
Yeah, now I remember having read that. I just sprayed a little from my bottle onto my arm. I think I can smell what people are calling aquatic, but I don't pick up any cucumber or melon at all. My guess is that it's a very dense fragrance, and different noses just pick out different elements of that.
I know it's happened in the past that I'd always smelled a fragrance one way, and then all of a sudden I have a Gestalt shift and it seems completely different. Le Feu d'Issey is probably my clearest example of that. I pick up a note that had been way in the background, and everything is different.
I guess it is also useful to mention that my bottle was from the very early batch when it first came out . Sadly, they screw with the juice all the time and cut corners to save costs, especially if a particular note or essence was hard to come by (whether synthetically or naturally). So, it's entirely possible that what L'inc and I missed at the time may just have been a different batch of the juice.
The thing about developing your "nose" is that it's a double edged sword; like wine people who can taste the difference in the same grape from a different zipcode... we can start to sniff differences in batches.
In college I survived writing papers on Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew and toward the end I got to where I could "date" a bottle's 'best drank by' date within a week of accuracy. Some people drink a Margaux... this Kentuckian drank Pepsi. I also once won a Japanese Sake tasting competition (matching blind labels to a company's various brands) based purely on the differences in smell.
It's a scary habit to sniff perfumes, and unfortunately you can't go back once you start.