The Girl and I are going on a little road trip to Parts Unknown (okay WE KNOW – but we ain’t tellin’) – and I am not sure I will be back by the time my post is due…so! I’mo tell you a quick little story about How Folks Get Around to Perfume and the supreme joy it gives me to hold the door open so they can walk through our fragrant portal.
There is this amazing bead shop in Peoria – Pumpkin Glass (and boy, is THIS the perfect time to be there! The owner, Teresa, creates the most charming little pumpkin beads and ornaments – perfect for the Autumn Season.
You can check out a lot of her stuff at www.pumpkinglass.com) – anyway, I go there a lot for jewelry design and she has been amazing about taking unwieldy things and making them beautiful – and wearable.
I was in there this afternoon and we got to talking about perfume via that circuitous route known as TwoWomenTalking and one thing led to another, we started chatting about the Posse, talked about Zoologist Bat and variations on Grapefruit (she loves Hermes l’Orange Vert, and I told her about Pamplemousse Rose) …and then we got onto Strange Smells That People Love. There is something wonderful that happens when people loosen their preconceived notions about what’s appropriate to love (fwiw, Teresa didn’t have any deep dark smell secrets – at least none that I plumbed – but it was fun to introduce her to the idea of folks’ liking odd and unusual smells (she was surprised to find out that my Bat description of ‘dust, dirt and sweat-dried skin’ was a compliment!)
Which led me to my post of a bazillion years ago Secret Smells. (and within that post is a link to Angela’s similar post on NST). I don’t know how many of you were here for that post (waves to Queen Cupcake!) but it – and the comments – covered a VAST spectrum of odd-smell loves (including the craving of one pregnant woman for the smell of SKUNK! That story is hysterical (and is in the comments).
Anyhoo – it was fun to leave that post up for Teresa to peruse and I’m thrilled that I may have inadvertently perfumista-ed her! I’m going to make up a little sample bag for her to try (Mitsouko and Coty for the Chypre – she was surprised to find out that for nearly a century Coty had a much-vaunted reputation – she only knew them from the Drugstore Days. I am going to make up a little vial of vintage l’Origan and vintage l’Aimant (two different vials, of course – I’m crazy but not CRAZY! y’know?)
What else would you suggest? I figure to start with ‘accessible’ scents then, maybe, move her into weirder ones. So. No Secretions Mag just yet. I don’t want her running for the door!
Tell me what you think – I’d love your recommendations!