“When the petals of the heart unfold fragrance spreads across the valley.”
― Amit Ray
Heya there! Welcome. My name is Nathalie and I'm here on this cyber platform to share my thoughts on perfume and scent. Perfume is one of my huge passions in life and I have loved it since I was a mere child (I love smelling it, trying different scents, hoard bottles and just think about those scented delights) - back then I kind of used to "steal" perfume samples (vials) from the only beautyshop in my hometown. I grabbed a handfull of samples that were on display on the perfume counter in the shop and hoped no one would notice.
Designer Jean Paul Gaultier said that "Perfume is the most intense form of memory" and even if he wouldn't have said it, I believe it is true. I have vivid memories of different smells and I think most of us have, even though we not think of it on a daily basis perhaps. To me, the smell of barbeque in the summer, immediately makes me think of my childhood with the best barbeque master I've ever known - my dad. The smell of barbeque smoke got stuck in the jeans shirt that he used to wear, and blended with the scent of his aftershave. I love that smell and I will probably remember it forever. Another strong scent memory is the one I have of lilacs in bloom in early June (although when I think of it, lilacs use to bloom in May here in Sweden...) when school was out and the summer was waiting for us kids! What strong scent memories do you have?
My interest in perfume kind of exploded 2 years ago, when I joined a perfume group on that social community called Facebook. I also started to read a lot of perfume blogs at the time and I felt like swalloing every perfume I encountered (like a methaphor of course). I started to build up a small collection of fragrances, and most of all I started to explore, and to learn. 2 years later, I've learnt a lot about what I like and dislike in scents. But I'm always surprised. When thinking I didn't like oak moss and chypres, I immediately loved Mitsouko Eau de Parfum. I have learnt that expensive = not always means quality and cheap = isn't always bad. And more than that of course. I will share some thoughts with however wants to take part of them.
Do you have anything to add, anything to ask? Anything to share? Make your thoughts known and I hope you will like what you will find here. And just remember, I'm not an expert of any sort, just a simple human beeean who happened to be very into smelling otherworthly good :)
“When nothing else subsists from the past, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered...the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls...bearing resiliently, on tiny and almost impalpable drops of their essence, the immense edifice of memory”