When you Love something, you can’t help but talk about it, even if you feel embarrassed or reluctant doing so. That thing just comes up, and what happens next is key: you’re met with interest or disdain, to varying degrees. How people respond to what we love influences the relationships we have with those people, and perfume is a good barometer for finding out how others perceive you.
That perception comes to the forefront when the topic of perfume comes up. Perfume is sometimes viewed, by those who don’t know our generous and fraternal community, as a vain, selfish, frivolous, indulgence. As pointless luxury. As stinky chemicals. As (go ahead, fill in the blank). When the conversation comes up, as it inevitably will for you if you’re reading this blog, it’s an opportunity to have a peek at yourself through someone else’s eyes.
Is it our job to make people understand how a touch of beauty can lift our spirits? How a spritz can give strength to face a grueling day? How the unlooked for generosity from a fellow perfume lover can move you nearly to tears? Of the pure, unadulterated pleasure wrist-to-nose posture can bring? No, it’s not our job— but I do think that it provides an opportunity to improve the relationships with those around us, if we’re open to it.