சுருக்கம்: PerfumePharmer’s Monica Miller asks her fragrance friends about the meaning of scent. Help us explore the topic by leaving comments here or on my Facebook page and be entered into a contest to win a very special gift from The Perfume Critic and L’Artisan Parfumeur.
மோனிகா எழுதுகிறது: “ஒரு FUME தலையில் என்ன இருக்கிறது? FUME HEADS are my new friends. I adore them. They are crazy about scent, collect perfumes, sometimes hundreds of bottles even though they couldn’t possibly wear that much perfume in one lifetime. Does that matter? Methinks not. I find these people charming, considerate, emotionally warm and very very generous in so many ways. What…stands apart in my mind in this delightful community of perfume lovers besides the passion with which they/we describe each new scented “score”, is the dedication to the…nailing down of the differences between each blend of olfactory ingredients…the potion…the jus. It is a never ending topic of discussion, a pastime, a distraction. I love it and I love my new friends.”
Here are the three questions, and click here - PerfumePharmer – to learn how each FUME HEAD chose to answer…
1)”What does scent mean to you?"
2)”What are your earliest childhood scent memories?"
3)”How does the sense of smell relate to/differ from the the other senses?"
What does scent mean to you?
Scent means so many things to me – it is one of my fondest joys in life, a constant obsession, a hobby and in some ways a career. Scent is a chance to express my creativity, to use my writing skills and to make new friends. Most importantly, scent is a dynamic, constantly-changing aesthethic pleasure – an art form that I cherish because of its three-dimensional nature.
More humorously, scent also means that I have less space in my tiny one-room apartment for clothing in order to dedicate an entire closet to the ever-growing collection; heartache at not being able to have my entire collection in one geographic location (it currently exists in central Finland, southeastern Pennsylvania and south Florida); and having to make difficult decisions as to which bottles of the 17 that I added to my shopping cart at Parfum1.com I’ll have to remove and dream about purchasing at a later date (last week I painfully went from 17 to 2…deciding on Loewe’s Quizas and Lutens’ ஒளி சாம்பல்).
To elaborate on my comments above, scent went from an interest, to a collection, to a form of communication (scent speaks for me), to a form of personal expression (style), and then to a form of socialization (online and in-person encounters with other aromaholics). Scent later then pervaded my academic pursuits: by building a website for my fragrance writing, I learned how to build websites for my classrooms, students and research. In a strange way, scent has helped me to become a better teacher because of the resources I developed in my pursuit of the next great aroma. Funny how that worked out…
What are your earliest childhood scent memories?
Wrote about this a while back when experimenting with narrative research methods, “The Making of a Perfume Critic”:
ஒருs fragrance, and perfume in particular, has played a major role in the shaping of my writer’s voice, and participation in cultures of fragrance has had a major impact upon my identity, it is impossible to situate myself outside of these cultures. It is because of this privilege of “insider identity” within the fragrance community and my natural inclination towards narrative research that I turned to autoethnography. Afterall, in ethnography the researcher, and his/her interpretive eye, is as much a part of the research as are the subjects being examined.
…I remember my mother’s Shalimar perfume, the mothballs hidden in closets at my grandmother’s apartment, the smell of cedar and pine used to build the summer home I visited as a boy, orange groves in bloom as a child in South Florida, the smells of Disney World (the water rides like Small World and the simulated fire smells of Pirates of Caribbean), rain on asphalt pavement….
How does the sense of smell relate to/differ from the the other senses?
Funny, I actually wrote a paper on this topic as well during my PhD studies “The scented word. Context, intrigue, and the problem of olfactory literacy,” published இங்கே (free registration for the digital copy and lots of other great fragrance-related articles)…As I noted, scent is perhaps the most three dimensional of senses in that although sound and sight are all around me, scent fills those same spaces and then some. It is tangible yet intangible, in my external environment yet internalized inside of me as well…It relates to memory in quite a unique way and although sights and sounds continue to surprise and excite me, they don’t touch the same place within my emotional self that scent does…
What are your answers?