I think about this transformative power of perfume almost every morning. Women wear perfume because it enchants. Because great perfume has the power to tell a story with no words, to evoke a feeling or a memory, to create a familiar comfort zone, to make a compelling statement, to complete the outfit that once has chosen.
I often wear the fragrance Vol de Nuit, the masterful Guerlain perfume ,when I volunteer at Dress For Success. because it reminds me of the brave women I have been fortunate enough to meet through Dress For Success. Vol de Nuit is described as "a tribute to women who like to take risks," a scent I find applicable to the women who work so hard to make Dress For Success such a truly life changing experience for the women they assist. The fragrance reminds me of their strength and it is my small tribute to the women of this organization at a time in the world when many of us must take risks and change our expectations. I instinctively surround myself with invisible beauty as I witness the beauty in the life changing power of collective efforts of all those involved with this inspiring organization. As these days become economically challenging and the world seems daily, more unforgiving I wear this scent to comfort, to reassure and to remind myself of the strength of others and the power of people united to help others succeed.
The dictates of the economy may mean that I will not have all of my heart’s desires but perfume is something I have that reminds me there is splendor in the world and I can indeed own a part of it. And I understand the desire of the women, who, newly suited; instinctively ask for that one accessory that makes their outfit sing…the perfect scent. The ability to remind us all that there is beauty to be found, there is a sense of risk taken on confidently as the doors of Dress for Success open to empower women and through them….the world.
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About the author
Michelle Smith is a complete fragrance addict and has been collecting perfume longer than she would care to admit. She is a former English teacher,web content writer and ghost writer for several blogs as well as an author of poetry, magazine articles and many product use and study guides. Her own blog perfumeandink.com combines her love of perfume with her love of literature