Originally Posted by Master-Classter
an explanation... I work in the biz. Our TF counter has 250ml flacons which we use to display for sale and also to make samples from. But how do you refill a 250ml flacon? with gallon jugs of course! so our stock room has tens of gallon jugs of all the juice including all the discontinued ones like Gardenia, which will just sit there until they toss them out. Not worth it to send back to the manufacturer I figure.
Fascinating! Just goes to show the reality vs. fantasy of parfumery. All that talk of "sacred essential essences" and "premium quality ingredients" is countered by the fact that perfume costs, literally, pennies to produce in the huge (mostly synthetic) sums in which the big houses produce it. Whether Creed, TF, Guerlain, or anybody else... the best way to make easy $$$ is through perfume. Maybe at some point distillation of essential essences was very costly, but with a big operation, it costs them next to nothing these days (except for the cost of the bottle and the packaging.)
I'd love to know the REAL cost of that $260 bottle of Creed. Yes, they use a nice bottle and a lovely spray mechanism... but beyond that, I'd say the juice costs the same as Estee lauder or Avon.
Rambo, haven't tried that Bond, but I had that reaction to many. Riverside Drive I love, and a few others are quite unique (West Broadway a lovely sweet/sugary blend, Nuits de Noho, and Fire Island just for fun)... but many others were just, meh.
Did you try Acqua Fiorentina, by the way?