It’s not like there are other fragrances houses to go to. Whether you’re working in mass or working in prestige, you still have to go to the same perfumers, and there’s only a handful of them. A perfumer that works on a high-level prestige fragrance can also work on a mass fragrance. It’s the same noses: you’re getting the same person and the same level of understanding of the world of fragrance.
— Elizabeth Musmanno of the Fragrance Foundation, from Trickle-Down Fragrances: Mass-Market Perfumes Developed by High-Priced Noses at The New York Times.