Fragrance has always been a part of my life, something I've always appreciated and would always go out of my way to experience. In addition to the magnolias, gardenias, jasmine, honeysuckle and sweet-olives already growing almost wild everywhere around here, my mother was/is also a gardener and grower of beautifully perfumed roses, peonies, lilacs and lilies. And she's also quite a perfumista herself (so were my grandmothers, especially my paternal grandmother) so I always had someone to nurture and cultivate my fragrant interests. But it wasn't just beautiful perfumes that fascinated me, but food and furniture, and animals, and lakes and swamps and oceans, books and new ballet shoes and art supplies and cigars and the whole outdoors just before and after a cooling rain on a sweltering day. Restaurants, candy shops, bakeries, department stores and hair salons. Makeup. Old buildings and new cars and plastic beach toys and new tennis balls. Easter baskets, church. My grandmother's pantry and my grandfather's art studio. I found something interesting to sniff and make note of everywhere we went ...still do.
Pardon my laziness, but I thought I'd share a bit from my BN profile since I discuss this very thing there -
"I've loved perfume all of my life, literally as far back as I can remember; one of my first memories is of my mother kissing me goodnight before my parents went out for the evening ...a Chanel No5
-scented memory. I started my own collection when I was about three years old with Tinkerbell sets and the Avon novelty perfumes for little girls, but I was always aware of "proper" perfumes and I'd get into whatever my perfumista mother had on her vanity, as well as my grandmothers', aunts', family friends' ...all vanities were fair game!
Before too long I wanted and was requesting "real" perfume - I adored minis and especially those varied mini collections that my parents would bring home for me when they traveled. My first "grown-up" perfume I recall loving was Chamade
. I was six yrs. old then, and my passion just blossomed from there. I had quite a collection by the time I hit my teens, and it's been growing and evolving ever since."
Thanks for posting this thread, southerngardens
- I'm really enjoying reading all the responses.