Saturday 'Fume Musings
by, 10th October 2009 at 11:57 PM (1945 Views)
There's a thread on the Female Fragrance board on scents and personality that I began rambling on. I felt like it was becoming too introspective and long, so I cut it and pasted it here.
I noticed somewhere along the line what my favorites definitely aren't. I wear orientals well and am drawn more to exotic, darker scents. I'm really a happy, down-to-earth gal who dreams of adventure.
I think chemistry and id, if you will, determine scent insofar as we have no control over initial sensory reaction, nor do we have control over how something smells on us. After our choices are put through those filters, I suppose it is a combination of both, personality determining scent and vice versa.
There are two 'fumes that I say are me because they, to me, connect with different aspects of my personality in very different ways. They're nothing alike (and incidentaly, not orientals). One is an androgynous leather & tobacco, the other is a quirky gourmandy rose. Maybe personality determines what you will most deeply connect with. This may, consciously or subconsciously, have something to do with memory, as well (but it doesn't have to). Or it could just be how we perceive ourselves, which opens up another dialogue on what scents those closest to us connect with us, and why. In the eyes of our loved ones, do our choices fit us?
Then of course there is "When I wear this scent I feel like a...." which I think elaborates on a comment made about the sotd thread ("Today I was in the mood for...."). Maybe a certain 'fume isn't necessarily 'me,' but it does let me play dress-up for a spell.
This is why it's fun to have a little of everything. Because sometimes I just want to be able to have the aura of dark glamour that Bal a Versailles gives; sometimes I wish to be surrounded in the meditative state inducing incense of a Tibetan temple, a la Dzongkha; sometimes I want the lightheartedness of running barefoot through a field that Gap Heaven gives me. And sometimes I just want to feel like I have a big ol' tuberose tucked behind an ear.
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