Monday, June 14, 2010

How do you think about perfume when you wear it?

carol lombard

I have been thinking about this question a lot lately, since I find that I ‘see’ fragrance in different ways depending on what scent I’m wearing and how much I have on.

For example, if you only wear a little light perfume on your pulse points, do you imagine those spots radiating with scent? Or imagine the fragrance sitting on them as a different color or as a mist?


If you perfume your body more heavily, do you imagine yourself wrapped in an invisible garment, which can be glittery, fuzzy, warm, etc. depending on the perfume?


And on a similar line, how do you understand/mythologize/visualize your sillage? Do you imagine the scent you leave in your wake in literal terms, like the wake left behind by a boat? Or do you think again about clothing, about having a train flowing behind you? Or do you think of it in terms of music, of leaving behind the memory of a song?


Scentshelf’s wonderful post over at Notes from the Ledge has gotten me thinking about all the unusual ways we think about and categorize this protean art form.

Anyone want to say how you think about scent when you wear it? I’d appreciate comments!



Image of Carole Lombard courtesy of The Flapper Girl

Hughes’ Valkyrie’s vigil, Pierre Carrier-Belleuse’s Femme en déshabillé vert, and the illustration of a chemise dress with a short train, worn by a woman whose hair is styled into a "Coiffure à la hollandaise", from Journal des Dames, 1799, all courtesy of Wikimedia Commons!


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