Though lots of people say we live in a post-modern era, common sense ideas about what’s “merely in our heads” versus what’s “actually out there” in the world haven’t really changed much. We know, of course, that when we’re in love, our “rose colored glasses” make the “external” world shimmer with magic. And we know […]Read More Lessons from a tempestuous romance with Coromandel
I’m curious: What perfumes do you wear that other people think are weird? Are there any that even you think are weird but love anyway? Are there any you love BECAUSE they are such weirdos? What makes something “weird” anyway? For me, Bulgari Black still feels unpleasantly weird, no matter how hard I try to […]Read More QUICK SNIFF: Weird? According to whom?
To those who are disgusted by so-called “dirty,” “skanky,” or “animalic” perfumes — and many mainstream folks may never actually have smelled one — it can be utterly baffling that anyone would find them appealing. And this may be more than a trivial difference about individuals’ attraction to particular notes, of the “I like lavender […]Read More Skanky perfumes in the Age of Febreze
I’m curious: Are there times when any perfume feels to you like too much? I’m wondering especially about days when, for the sake of simplicity or just to take a break, you choose to go without. Do you have commitments to simplicity or minimalism that ever conflict with your love of perfume? Do you ever […]Read More QUICK SNIFF: The perfume of no perfume at all
We know better than to copy the work of others, don’t we? We learn early not just to avoid sidelong glances at a classmate’s quiz, but to avoid even thinking of sneaking a peek. In many societies, though certainly not all, the premium placed on so-called “individual originality” — be it in the arena of […]Read More Perfume clones: The ethics of fragrance copycats
I’m curious: Are there perfumes that you suspect are not especially well crafted but that carry memories for you that make you love them anyway? How much do you think you’re impacted by factors like the context in which you first sniffed a perfume when it comes to how you end up feeling about it? […]Read More QUICK SNIFF: Memories that make perfume magical
You know someone, don’t you, who can be counted on to go “blech!” when they try to eat anything new to them. Whether it’s kohlrabi or Brazil nuts or hummus, the “ick!” is out of their mouth almost before the food has gone in. It’s the sort of reaction we might expect from children, but […]Read More When perfume becomes a doorway into mindfulness