It’s a girl… with a wicked bad cold, feverish, sniffling hacking, drooling. Yup, that’s me. Shortly after our return from New York, I sneezed twice, and then my head blew up and went off the cliff with one of the worst colds I’ve had in
Suffering a loss of smell and fever delusions, y’all will just have to put up with my 103-degree mental meanderings, but I promise they will be brief and *giggling* probably incomprehensible. This is as close to posting under the influence as I’m likely to get.
Do I still enjoy perfume as much now? I think so, but then I smell some disappointments or stuff that is the same as the last three releases at 3x the price and get pessimistic. After much reflection recently, I find deep at my core, I still adore perfume and the whole olfactory marketing mess — the good, the bad, the ugly. Even when they churn out crap that’s only worth poking fun at, or we are bombarded by 7,46,023 new releases a month, or the price goes north of $200 a bottle, or they produce something that you can only buy if you secure passage to Mars, or the marketing material reads like Lady Chatterly’s Lover rewritten by a lovesick 13-year-old. Love it. Love the process, adore the perfumers who make that magic happen, even when given impossible budgets and sketches to work from. They make memories, old and new, appear out of molecules and imagination.
For those of you new to the perfume journey, don’t let us that have (*sung to Bon Jovi’s “Dead or Alive“) sniffed them all throw you off. For those of you new to perfume, what is your favorite/least favorite thing so far you have discovered about perfume. For you old hands, same thing – what do you hate the most about perfume and love the most. On the line as a prize… hmmm, what have I got around here? How about a sample from my cute little red girl of – wheee!!! – Isabela Capeto and a sample of the new Le Labo Vanille 44 thingie from Paris when I get some next week. Just drop a comment, and you’ll be treated to my whacked out on aspirin reply. You lucky, lkcy, lukcyw people.