That was a hell of a thoughtful article, and it made me think of perfume in a new way. †I relish the image of soldiers returning foreign lands, bringing home perfume for the women they would marry. This is a poignant part of human history. †
The behavior of that grand, WWII generation (of which my parents were a part) operated under the radar for me because I was born after the end of the war as part of the Baby Boom generation. †
What I recall of war and perfume is the inseparable connection between the anti-establishment youth culture, the Vietnam War, and the scent of patchouli, musk, and incense. †Those connotations still persist for me. †To this day, anything with those notes says "freedom," "peace," "love," and "do your own thing."
In regard to the effect of war on perfume manufacturing, the only anecdote I can share with you is how Fracas was perportedly formulated with so much tuberose because that material happened to be easily obtainable at the time. (I cannot find the source of that story now, although I read it on the Internet years ago.)
Edited by purplebird7 - 5/30/13 at 9:31am