I have been working on getting something new online so I haven't been posting much here lately, and now I feel that I must take the next two months off as far as posting on this site goes (pretty much) to concentrate on getting the new project off the ground, in the limited free time that I have. I plan to come back after the New Year, after I have got a lot more done to get things more firmly established.
My new project is related to pets and animals (I know many perfumistas are devoted animal lovers, which really heartens me -- see this link to the comments on a recent Perfume Posse posting on Things I Love Right Now -- many cite their pets). The relationships people have with their pets interests me very much. It makes sense that many of us who are very conscious of our sense of smell do also seem to have special inter-species affinities...maybe it's the whole heightened sensory awareness thing we share, who knows? I will put up a link to this new thing of mine as soon as it is ready for general consumption.
I may get a chance to do a little posting from time to time, so if you are interested in receiving anything new that may come from me before I really start up again, I suggest subscribing by email.
In the meantime, I will take whatever chance I get to enjoy other people's perfume sites. It seems to me, especially lately, so many have done posts that are wonderfully entertaining, surprising and creative. Quite the rapid and intense bursts of inspiration, all around (I am thinking especially of things I've read lately onNow Smell This and Perfume Posse. There are so many other great sites, as well! I could spend hours on them all... )
Lastly I wanted to share some rather odd things I have run across in the news of late, in case you may have missed them -- that article in the NYT about the deodorization culture we live in (see link here) also gave the flip side of thinking of perhaps skipping the zealous use of antiperspirant from time to time to let the mild skin smell through -- especially in winter, when you are not exerting yourself much. It seems pretty opposite advice to everything we are bombarded with commercially, but considering the reality of how frequently Americans bathe and wash their clothes, there could be no harm in trying it out sometimes, right? I have noticed while on the train especially that some people smell much better than others, and it's not about perfume. My favorites are people who are obviously from India. It must be the vegetarian diets, and the strong aura of all those red and yellow Indian spices. Much less appealing is sitting beside someone who has been drinking alcohol or coffee, and smoking. Too bad, since I like the smell of tobacco, in and of itself, and coffee, and smoke too, for that matter. Just something about the combination doesn't work.
Another combination of things that doesn't really work for me right now (and many many many would disagree) is the marriage of celebrities and perfume (Unforgivable is the best seller in this country at the moment, so it goes to show what I know). Here is a link to a string of videos of celebrities promoting fragrances that I ran across on MSN. Somehow the buzz and tension surrounding the famous works against my enjoyment, and distracts from the qualities of indefinable grace and complexity and mystery that are important components of perfume beauty for me. Maybe in the future I will change my mind, and love them all. Sometimes it takes a little distance and time to be able to appreciate what's there that is good, and just ignore the baggage...think of all those vintage ads and posters that look so charming to us now...
Above vintage snapshot from my collection of a woman with her what looks to be an Italian Greyhound (my breed!) from the early twenties, I believe.