The older I get…
…the more I realize scent really impacts me. In fact, it’s probably one of the first things I notice in most situations. The distinct scent of the lobby at the Gramercy Park Hotel, after you breeze through the revolving door. The lingering sweetness of the lilies that your friend always keeps freshly arranged in her apartment when you pop over to say hello. Or even the oddly familiar perfume of certain morning coffee patrons, as you stand behind them in line for your ritual latte.
I suppose I’ve read many times that smell is our strongest sensory trigger for memory, outpacing sight and even sound — and thereby, perhaps one of our more emotional senses. And by and large, I’d have to say that’s overwhelmingly accurate for me — I have a number of scents I’ve accumulated, that represent numerous stages, phases, seasons and even meaningful places in my life — and they all make me feel a certain way. Like a scent based photo album of sorts, but in lieu of pictures of faces and events, I have olfactory notes of comforting meals, lilac trees at my childhood home, my mother’s perfume and the smell of the Pacific Ocean at Baker Beach in San Francisco, just as the morning fog starts to roll in, seemingly thick enough to eat.
That said, I suppose it comes as no surprise that fragrance is quite possibly one of my biggest weaknesses — one that I’ve talked about numerous times on here. My vanity table is brimming with different glass viles and bottles, of different shapes, sizes, colors and, of course, note ranges. To an observer, it may look as if I can’t make up my mind when it comes to my scent. But really, it’s not that I can’t decide on one particular scent to wear, it’s that I don’t want to. My scent changes with my mood and my seasons — and I love how each bottle I add to my rotation stands proudly each morning, inviting me to become that woman — be it powerful, seductive, intriguing, mysterious, evocative, curious, youthful, pensive — and sometimes, all of the above.
Just as I stand before the mirror each morning, selecting an outfit that represents visually how I feel, a scent too, has the power to complete an air of confidence, of knowing yourself and where you’re headed.