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    Default Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    Reason 1: To bring others joy.

    I was on the metro with a 40 miniature perfume package (thank you ebay.fr!) in my hands and this older woman asked me how much it would cost to something like that since she had a similar package to send. I said I didn't know; I was the receiving end of it and the cost wasn't marked. She said that the packaging is amazing (it was scotched-taped up like no other). After that, she totally shuts down - it was obvious that she was not having the best day of her life.

    I don't know why but I felt compelled to talk to her. I tried to make friendly conversation. I asked whether or not she likes perfume. She said "I like some and I hate the rest." I reached into my backpack for a sample of Shalimar by Guerlain and I said, "A gift for you." She took it without even saying thank you. She sprayed it on her hand and took a deep smell of it. Then the most magnificent thing happened: she smiled. Unfortunately, the smile only lasted a mere five seconds as she went back into her shell. During the entire metro ride, she held onto the sprayer tightly while her nose visited her hand every so often. As I got off, I smiled and said my good bye. She whispered, "Thank you. Good bye."

    It's that joy that I want to bring out of people.

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    And the loot: http://picasaweb.google.com/alexinfrance

    Oh, I need help identifying some scents please (http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=202146)
    Last edited by scentophile; 21st November 2007 at 05:58 PM.

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    Default Re: Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    Wow, that's really cool. Best story on here in a while.

    Random acts of kindness is what the world needs more of.

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    Default Re: Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    Very nice. Perhaps you could become some sort of perfume superhero; an aromatic vigilante bringing smiles and brightening days. Making the world a better place.

    Great story and best of luck. We certainly need more people like you in the world.
    Last edited by Nicolas V; 21st November 2007 at 06:01 PM.
    You are not your perfume.

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    Default Re: Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    You should be a counter SA armed with a sprayer........
    "I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best." - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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    Default Re: Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    If someone in the metro offered me a small Shalimar sample, I'd kiss this person!

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    Default Re: Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    Bravo! Wonderful and heartening story
    The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
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    Default Re: Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    *whipes a tear off my face*

    How Basenotes can make the world a better place...

    *hugs my perfume botles*

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    Default Re: Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    Wonderful story - yes, making the world a better place thru fragrances and smiles is important.
    "The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the "thinker." The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind.

    You begin to awaken"

    -- Eckhart Tolle

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    Default Re: Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    What a beautiful and lukewarm experience that must've been..


    Quote Originally Posted by Mattybumpkin
    You should be a counter SA armed with a sprayer........
    LOL
    In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds it's morning, and is refreshed. -Kahlil Gibran

    Current Favourites: Mandarine by Il Profvmo, Sculpture Homme by Nikos

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    Default Re: Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    What a kind thing to do!

    I love the idea of the perfume superhero!

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    Default Re: Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    That's a nice story - unfortunately, doing the same thing on the Metrorail here in Miami would probably get you insulted and accused of trying to poison the woman... Sad, but true...

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