Well, I love this thread idea, Tigrushka!
And it's nice to see you.
I am now curious to know what each basenoter has, in FACT, packed for his/her travels!!
When I went to London the first time last year, I wore only Jil Sander 4
and Niki de Saint Phalle
! And I was happy enough!
And the second time I visited, I took only Estee Lauder Beatiful
and Penhaligon's English Fern
I wonder, what were my motivations ion choosing THOSE scents to travel with?!
They were calculated -- and ultimately 'fulfilling' -choices, bu,t strangely, not
my usual fare.
There is a strange loveliness in having to not necessarily "attend" to one's perfume obsession. And to relate suddenly to the scent one "must" wear, as a less 'pliable" projection of the "self". I recall specifically thinking about the beautiful austerity of perhaps even having a "Signature Scent" (assuming it was a VERY GOOD one)-- that it could
, rather than bleak.
I have always been a firm believer, in more broad terms, that travel is the best cure for ailments of the 'stuck' or 'fixated' variety. Who, after all, has time to indulge every neurosis, when thrown into a novel, fascinating, and challenging environment?? It's enlivening.
And when the soul 'heats up', the 'original' self feels freer and empowered. And an easier attitude about life -- at least in my experience -- always emerges. No worries about the grind of one's day-to-day is also so relieving
! I find my capacity to be insouciant and good-humored, in other lands, finds me altogether 'looser' and less caught up, in terms of ALL my material fascinations (obsessions
I tend to be vehement about proclaiming my perfume interest healthy. But, in all honesty, having experienced myself as much less acquisitive and object-oriented -- DURING MY EXTENDED TRAVELS, in particular -- suggests my perfume indulgence just might be (in part
) a by-product of feeling bored or deeply unstimulated, in some sensual and adventurous part of my psyche.
It has also occurred to me that perfumes, often, represent travel
. Or at least, impart a sense of some foreign and charming place. I often imagine smelling them in their countries of origin. The whole sense of finding ones self 'drifting off' and traveling 'elsewhere' is part and parcel of the perfume experience. Little mini adventures in a bottle.
Sorry for the rant. Boy this thread got me thinking. Interesting.