12 days ago
I think the way we think of perfume has a lot to do with our childhood.
For me, my mum never wore perfume so I discovered perfume on my own. I was reading beauty interviews with supermodels and they always talked about their love of perfume, so I sort of adopted that mentality, too. And I collected a few bottles when I was in high school.
Throughout my whole life, I’ve definitely been affected by perfume, especially when other people wore it. I once almost fell in love with a boy who wore Acqua Di Gio.
I almost also fell in love with a French girl at Rottnest Island when I was 17, because she had the most amazing bottle of perfume, Eau De Rochas. I just envied her confidence and allure. It was like all her magical powers lied within that bottle of perfume, you know? And I didn’t have that.
Or my friend who wears Hermes Un Jardin en Méditerranée… Every time I see that bottle or smell it, it’s like paradise.
I’m 29 now and I’m still learning about perfume and the ways to wear it. It’s quite a complicated procedure, in fact, that I actually gave up on wearing perfume all together when I left for China back in 2008. I had just read an interview with the Chinese actress, Gong Li, who doesn’t wear perfume so I said so long to perfume as well.
But 3 years ago, a coworker of mine, Lisa, gave me a perfume as a present knowing that I don’t wear it, saying that perfume is something that is important for women. Slowly, but surely, I began to open myself up to perfume again.
I suppose it would of been nice to have a Mum who walked through a cloud of luxurious smelling alcohol before she headed out the door, but the truth is perfume isn’t as big in Japanese history and that’s OK. She did however randomly teach me when I was about 20 years-old to spray perfume in my inner thighs, because it’s sexually alluring. In a way, that one advice makes up for all my childhood years of having to self-teach myself about perfume.
My Mum does wear perfume now. At one point, we actually both wore Chanel Chance :D
Another tip is from my baby brother. He says perfume gets rid of appetite, so never spray perfume right before a meal, especially if you’re with someone else. And that means don’t burn scented candles during a meal either. But he think perfume is OK inside a bar cos it mixes alright with alcohol.