How did you get addicted?
What drew you in?
What is your story of falling down the rabbit hole?
How did you discover the online perfume community?
Do you see yourself getting out of Perfumeland ever again?
I stumbled over the perfume community on the internet by accident, or luck rather.
I have been interested in perfume for a long time, but it was a very personal and intimate thing, I didn’t share it with anyone, I just thought that was my secret obsession and that is that.
Then, I had the good fortune (???) to win a bottle of Chanel Bleu at a local perfume store, which I promptly passed on to my poor husband (who likes it btw, deep sigh). However, I heard that the video advertisement for Bleu should be good, so I googled it. Boom! Here was Perfumeland!
I think the first blog that came up was Now Smell This, and I was mesmerized by the giant database available there, next up I discovered 1000Fragrances, and was properly awed and humbled by Octavian’s knowledge and likewise intrigued and a bit scared by his sarcasm and apparent unhappiness with the state of the (huitième) art.
But there was one blog that really should be credited for drawing me into Perfumeland (where I hope to remain for life!). I knew her blog for some time, I came across it on beauty related quests now and then, but I never read her perfume reviews, I don’t know why, but I didn’t really see them then. But now, triggered by Chanel Bleu of all things, I started reading in earnest. There is a label called “fragrances” on this blog and it holds hundreds of reviews over the past six years or so. I read them all and when I was done, I knew I wanted to do that too.
I didn’t know whether I would be able to, but I was sure I needed to try.
So I took my (then) favorite perfume – Malle’s En Passant – and started writing. And here we are.
Oh, yes – you want to know which blog that was, whose writings chanelled my own aspirations to perfume writing? It was The Non-Blonde. I have Gaia Fishler to thank for making my life a lot richer – so thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Now, I can’t wait for your stories!