Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Making Perfume - The New Phase
Crazy, I know, but hear me out. This is how it all started:
We're at B-man's class reunion in September and I'm talking to Mary, the wife of one of his classmates. Mary is animated, smart and funny. She tells me about her garden of herbs and flowers and her need to begin a new interest in her life. I ask, 'have you ever considered making perfume?' She looks at me for a moment and says, 'no, I haven't.' This lapse in judgement - where I forget everyone isn't a smelling geek - is followed by an explanation of my perfume addiction and a tongue lashing by Inner Critic.
On the plane coming home, I wonder why I made that suggestion to Mary, a woman who has no interest in perfume whatsoever. Especially when I am too cowardly to consider making perfume myself. Right then and there, I decide to take the leap for reasons I just then realized.
Like the fact that I am bored, bored, bored with ordering more samples and more bottles of other people's perfume. For what? To sit on my shelf or collect dust with the hundreds of other perfume samples I will never try again?
And why not spend money on perfume supplies instead? Even if my experiment is a total bust, I will have invested no more in supplies monthly than I was previously spending on perfume.
Finally, it seems like a natural progression that I must play out, no matter the outcome. Because I love to smell stuff and now I get to be a mad scientist.
Well, I am humbled to say the least. Never have I felt so stupid as I did when going from being a well informed perfume lover to a perfume blending newbie. I have read books and researched online, but I'm shooting from the hip and leaning heavily on my instincts. Seeking more formal training would be amazing, but I haven't quite worked out when and where.
But, hey, it's not like I haven't had any success at all. A couple of my formulations are really quite pleasant. And several days ago, I managed to create a perfume that smells exactly like...ass.
For all you know, I meant to do that.
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