My experience with scent is that it is SUCH a personal, esoteric sense that you can never truly "appreciate" something if you don't "like" it. For example, I can appreciate a novel that I really don't like... if it is extremely well written or constructed. Same with a movie; I may not "like" it, but I can appreciate its artistry. I can even do it with painting or art, somewhat. I can conceptually appreciate what a scent wants to do, in some ways, but really that never follows through either to wearing it, purchasing it, or doing more than talking about it as an "idea" to other fragrance fans. You just can't "conceptualize" your sense of smell, I think. It is such a combination of personal, unconscious, unreflected, sometimes downright selfish motivations, coupled with a brute animal sense. We like "good" smells, but are attracted sometimes to "bad" smells. We like a smell because it triggers a memory for us of something, or we hate an otherwise good scent because of some sort of bad memory. "Habit Rouge," a wonderful scent, unfortunately has memories for me of a person in college who was the most reprehensible human being I've ever met, who also had terrible hygiene, but wore HR with about 12 sprays every time he left his dorm. In short, I applaud the effort of a fragrance reviewer or wearer of all scents, but really I think they are trying the impossible and sort of making things up as they go. You either like a scent or hate it, period. All the rest is just chatter.