This week I am happy to welcome the mysterious Persolaise to answer my People In Perfumeland questionnaire.
I say mysterious, because he keeps his identity a secret, his name, his occupation, but thankfully not his opinions on perfume.
An accomplished writer, he is prolific throughout Perfumeland, aside from his own blog he publishes articles in several magazines and has given us a lovely little volume called “Le Snob Perfume”, where he introduces the uninitiated to the world of niche perfumery in excellent reviews of his favorite scents.
Let’s hear a bit about the person behind the pseudonym.
A good day starts with… silence.
I’d never leave the house without… my mobile phone. I’m irredeemably attached to the thing!
I always feel good when… a new recipe works. I’m still looking for a reliable one for brioche.
My favorite thing in the world is… driving along a coastal road, with the roof down, the music turned up, Madame Persolaise sitting next to me and the sun shining on our faces.
The next thing I want to buy is… very banal: a wifi range extender.
The place I always come back to is… my study, where I’m confronted by all my many projects and ideas.
My personal style is… probably best left to others to describe. (Editor’s Note: If I make take on that task, even if I have met Persolaise only once in person: colorful! )
My favorite perfume… is impossible to choose. Take your pick from the ones I reviewed in my book.
When I travel I always take… plenty of contact lenses, even if I’m going away for just one day.
To relax I need… lots of space and tons of time. Both very rare commodities, sadly.
When I have a bad day… I try to remind myself that I have so much for which to be grateful.
I find my inspiration… when I’m not looking for it.
Something I would never want to miss… is an episode of Radio 4’s Film Programme.
My last mistake was… a computer error. Honestly.
In my fridge there is always… a jar of Polish mustard. It’s the best in the world!
On my nightstand I keep… a pile of books I hope to get through one day.
The perfect weekend starts with… silence. And maybe some Nutella.
My role model is… anyone who can see the big picture and the tiniest details at the same time.
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… “Stick or twist?”
Silence and Nutella… ’nuff said.