Thoughts on how I use perfumes, how I feel about them, or what I discover about myself through them.
From time to time people on Basenotes have posted threads asking if one should spray one's wrist. These threads usually discuss this issue as if the main reason for spraying the wrist were to be able to enjoy sniffing one's own scent during the day.
The discussion inevitably includes a few who feel that sniffing one's own wrist is somehow ludicrous; once I even read a post in which someone said it made one seem "perverted," as if there were something wrong with that!
Updated 5th March 2011 at 06:19 PM by JaimeB
Someone just posted about an ad that sells a scented product with some visuals suggesting "Even angels will fall."™ A few bodies fall from the sky, turning out to be haloed women with pouty lips and scanty clothing. They all make a bee-line for an atmospheric Italian square where a handsome boy with sultry looks is about to get on his bike. The angels reach up and grab their halos, then dash them to pieces on the cobblestones, no doubt indicating a willingness to cast heaven aside for
Updated 4th March 2011 at 07:09 AM by JaimeB
This may be a bit of a difficult topic, but it’s one I feel I’ve been wanting to address for a long time, and so I’m going to give it a try. As a preface, let me just recommend that if you’re feeling defensive about your own cultural perspective, perhaps you ought to leave this post for now and come back to it when you think you can take a more impartial view of it.
Well, a long time ago now, I started a thread in which I inquired how closely the whole project of fragrance-making was
Very interesting questions, ctran019! Thanks for asking.
I grew up in a household where people sometimes wore scent, so I could say that I was interested/curious about it from an early age. My real interest began sometime around age 30, and it took off pretty quickly after that. I'm not sure exactly what sparked it; maybe it was that I started finding more people who wore scent. At least, that's what I think it was.
Once I became interested, I began to read about it and
Updated 15th February 2011 at 11:50 PM by JaimeB
Recently, I have been re-smelling and thinking about a number of green scents that I've picked up along the way. I alway enjoyed green scents because they recalled the outdoors, springtime, freshness, and the bright color of foliage.
Of course, the bases of green scents are various herbal and grassy materials and quite often, galbanum, extracted from a plant resin derived from the stalks of plants native to the slopes of the mountains of northern Iran, Ferula gummosa, syn. galbaniflua
Updated 30th January 2011 at 12:12 AM by JaimeB