Asali, the blogger behind the new perfume blog The Sound of Scent, is an old hand in Perfumeland. She wrote guest post for several blogs and is known for her insightful comments.
Asali is based in Copenhagen, she is an opera-singer and a generous and trusted friend.
I’m happy she agreed to answer my questionnaire.
A good day starts with… coffee.
I’d never leave the house without… my phone. It doubles as calendar, alarm clock, computer, notepad, mini-keyboard for note pitching etc. etc.
I always feel good when… I’ve had a good start to the day, when I’ve had a good practice and when I have things to look forward to; meeting friends, vacation, concerts…
My favourite thing in the world is… I really couldn’t say just one favourite thing, but perfume, music, parcels and sunshine would be high on the list.
The next thing I want to buy is… Histoires de Parfums Moulin Rouge, because I don’t know a better fur dry down in a perfume, and it’s been on my wishlist for aeons and my decant really is dangerously low.
The place I always come back to is… I don’t think I have a place I always come back to, I have been moving around rather a lot, I’d say that my ‘islands’ are my friends, unfortunately spread around the globe, I try to visit them as often as possible.
My personal style is… casual, I bike everywhere, since this is how it is in Copenhagen, it means, that all clothes have to be suitable for this, so it’s often dark washed jeans – or stretch knit dresses. I wish I could do chic the Parisian way, but somehow it always ends up looking like I forgot to comb my hair and iron my clothes, which I probably did.
My favorite perfume… my head spins and hurts by the thought of having to leave out something. But it’s no secret that I own a LOT of Guerlains, that I love classic French perfumery and a good fragrance pyramid. I suppose that’s my way to ‘inner chic’. In that vein, I don’t care for minimalistic and linear fragrances, and those anti-pyramid fragrances, which seem to just be a complete mess on my skin, with notes sticking out left, right and centre. I suppose if I had to pin it down a little further, you will find a lot of oriental-and woody-oriental perfumes in my cupboard, Vol de Nuit is a marvel I just keep coming back to when I need something completely ‘me’.
When I travel I always take… a sweater- I’m from the north so I am habitually suspicious of the weather, and I don’t trust it to stay warm- EVER! (to quote Prince; sometimes it snows in April – he’s a wise man)
To relax I need… time for myself (and a borrowed cat- I don’t have one myself, but cat-sit for my friend. Cats are pure Zen.)
When I have a bad day… I try to make it better.
I like to gift people with… perfume, books and homemade stuff, like herbal liquors, jams, cakes… Though it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.
I find my inspiration… when I don’t go looking for it.
Something I would never want to miss… is music.
My last mistake was… to think I could handle more than I could.
In my fridge there is always… Crème de Cassis. It’s a coincidence, but it has been a regular for the last 6 years, which is not bad, when one is in the mood for kir, or even kir royals.
On my nightstand I keep… water, books, and elastic bands for my hair.
The perfect weekend starts with… sunshine and coffee.
My role model is… I don’t do role models.
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is…
Why is perfume important to you? It just makes everyday a bit better.
I have nothing to add.
If you haven’t discovered Asali’s lovely blog already, head on over there right now…