Bad week for me. I thought I could manage to jet off a post today, but I’ve been doing training all week, having the flu on top of it, can’t slough this off since we flew these people in from all over to do this class, no one can fill in, and I’ve been trying to think what post I would write today, and all that goes through my mind is one Sunday I went to early morning mass, the 6:30a one, and the readings that day were pretty run-of-the-mill, just hard to come up with anything to say about them, and Father walked in, was putting on his garments, turned to the alter server, shrugged his arms and said, “I got nothing.” The homily that Sunday morning consisted of about two sentences.
That’s how I felt when I sat down to write this post.
So I’ve thought about how I got into perfume and gotten so nutty for them. I’ve always loved perfume since my high school days and my first bottle of Stephen B perfume (I *loved* that perfume and can’t find it anywhere). Couldn’t afford much fragrance in college at all, but once I was a working girl and near a decent-sized store, I found my first grown-up girl fragrances. I picked up Estee Lauder Private Collection because my most favorite aunt wore it. I still love that fragrance. Then I had a series of sometimes quick and sometimes short love affairs with K de Krizia, Cinnabar, Caleche, Calandre, Escada (no rockin’ rio, the classic bottle with the gold cap), but always pretty much one bottle at a time. Mostly because that’s all I could afford, but it just seemed too slutty to be wearing more than one fragrance.
Fast forward to somewhere in my mid to late 30s or so, and I stumbled onto a Usenet group called alt.fashion, and that was such a great group, though a bit cliquey, so I mostly read, and a whole world of makeup and perfume opened up to me. Then I was probably more interested in the makeup, but once you have one shade of gray-green eyeshadow (or four), you probably have enough. I still love makeup with a passion, but I really have stopped some of the more excessive duplicates of color, except for brown. I mean, is 32 shades of brown wrong somehow? They all do different things, honest! And I gave probably 15 of them or more away.
But the perfume nuts on that usenet group captured me. They all were so nice and happy, and they adored their perfumes and just went on and on about them. While I had always loved perfume, I then had the startling realization that I could have more than one perfume at a time. In a fairly short period, I went from one or two bottles to about 30. Lots of Creeds and Goutals and Hermes and CSPs, which I fooled myself into thinking I liked, but that I detested, but didn’t bad-mouth them so the cool kids would like me.
This was somewhere around the time MUA was formed, and I think back then it was called the Lipstick board or something? Maybe not. I just remember there seemed to be a snit a day on both the alt.fashion and the MUA board, which is entertaining for a little bit, and then just gets old, and I felt guilty about spending so much money on perfume and I got incredibly busy with work, and I just stopped dropping in, and my passion subsided, and I had 30 or so bottles to work with, so I was set for years.
Time passed with me buying new things here and there that I liked, mostly the designer stuff from the store because I had been disappointed by much of the niche stuff I had tried before, growing bored with the same crap that came out, with just a new one or two that was interesting, like Gucci in the brown big square bottle. I love that perfume, it was such a radical departure from anything that was being done right then, and I still think it is unique and special Then one day about a year or more ago I stoogled (cross between stumbled and googled) into MUA again, and reading there just fueled my old passion, and it’s all been downhill for my wallet since then, but just a slice of heaven for my nose.
This time it seems to have stuck for good. How did you get into perfumes? Was there one thing or a series of things? Has it been a long time or a short time that you’ve been obsessed?