Part of my attraction to scents has been that of using them to reinforce memory. I've talked a bit about how other senses fill in the gaps when one sense is not longer as strong as it could be, and while I tend to think that my hearing has done most of the heavy lifting, I have noticed that my sense of smell has strengthened quietly, over the past several years. I don't think that I have an exceptional sense of smell, but I do seem to pick up on things more strongly than my friends and family. When I first started exploring indie perfumes, I realized that one of the things that I enjoyed was wearing scents that matched my mood or plans for that day or put me in the frame of mind that I needed to be. Linking scents to memories has been one of the more rewarding things about exploring scents: I can put on a perfume and be instantly transported to another day, and then I can build on that.
I lead a pretty unremarkable life, but there are still plenty of things that I want to remember and perfumes have helped me to do so.
However, scent is not enjoyed equally by all. For the most part, places that I tend to go to are scent-free (buses, schools, malls, basically all public buildings). This doesn't make it easy to be a perfume lover, and I prefer to err on the side of not trying to be obnoxious with scent - so basically, if I know I'm going to be somewhere scent-free, I don't wear perfumes. I don't wear perfume to work. I try to be respectful of everyone else around me, when it comes to scent. I don't need to wear perfume. I love it, but I don't need it.
And this brings me to the current state of the collection.
The present hoard.
As fun as it has been to explore scent, and try piles of new things, I have decided to move to a new era in my perfume journey. I want to curate my perfume collection and talk more about the interesting science-y stuff behind perfume (what good is my ability to search if I don't use it for myself once in a while?) and different notes and comparisons and stories and really dig in and enjoy what I have. I have found myself, in recent months, being paralyzed by all the choice that I've given myself. Not good. Not what I want or need right now.
So you will see fewer new releases here (months after that fact...). You will see more introspection and more in-depth reviews of scents as I acquire them, and revisiting of older scents.
I feel like I'm joining in on the recent flurry of people taking a step back, realizing their consumption has grown beyond what they wanted, and are now taking steps to curtail that. And as whiny and hipster-y as I can be about these sorts of things, this is a trend I can get behind. But I will not begin to love Marie Kondo, do you hear?
And now back to the fun of perfume. I swear I will shake off my exhaustion from working a standard work week soon (seriously, I have no pets or kids or hobbies outside of the house right now. Transitioning to adulthood is hard.)
The drawer of good-byes. Soon I will be looking to rehome these.