I can't remember the exact moment that I became enamored with fragrance. I do remember being a child, riding my bike through the streets of my tiny home town in Ohio, and catching whiffs of fresh laundry wafting from the dryer vents of neighborhood homes. I loved that smell. I still love that smell. In my early teens I spent a significant amount of time being identified by the sugary sweet smell of Body Fantasies Vanilla Fantasy body spray, until my mom gifted me my first bottle of perfume (Curve Woman), which was followed shortly after by my own purchase of a fragrance I'd lusted after from the moment I smelled the scented strip in a magazine (Burberry Brit) - I felt so grown up.
For many years, I owned a reasonable amount of perfume and behaved like a normal human being that enjoyed having a bottle or two, but that all changed 5-7 years ago when I dove head-first into the wild, amazing world of fragrance. I came for all of the amazing smells, and stayed for the ginormous (is that really a word?) amount of kind, supportive, interesting, creative, generous, and genuinely pleasant people; that may sound cheesy, but it's true! I've found a lot of happiness in learning about fragrance in all areas and branches, and connecting with others who share the love.
Now that I've been floating around the olfactive world for awhile, plowing my way through everything from celebriscents to the teeniest-tiniest indie offerings, I consider it a great passion - and I've still got so much to learn and smell. There's much more to it than what you see on the department store counters (and there are some amazing, notable, and classic perfumes gracing those counters). To many niche and indie perfumers, their work is an artistry. These people aren't simply pumping out juice to please the mass market, they're working on beautiful piece of art. They're pouring their souls into their work, and it's just as inspiring as the magnificent paintings and sculptures you'd see in an art museum. You get to experience their art with one of the most intricate of senses. The olfactory system is more complex than many give it credit for. A single whiff of something, combined with a notable experience, and your brain will forever correlate the two.
Aside from obsessing over my sense of smell, I also find enjoyment in writing. Words, strung together in such a way that they cause an emotional response, are a fascinating thing. So, I recently decided to combine these two things that I adore so much and start a blog, writing about fragrance. In the short amount of time that I've been working on my blog, I've been lucky enough to connect with all kinds of new and wonderful people, and I find it hard to pull myself away from it all at the end of the day. After so many years of feeling underwhelmed and dissatisfied with what I was doing in my life, I finally feel that I have an understanding of what it's like to work on something that your whole heart is in.