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Scent for an apocalypse

I haven’t had much to write lately, because for me perfume is fun and pretty much everything in my life is the opposite of fun right now.

As I hang on to my lifelines (my beloved, good friends, the best brother in the world), I don’t have a lot of brain time for perfume. I suppose like a fashionista or a beauty girl, I usually enjoy devoting at least a little brain space to thinking about perfumes: trying them, acquiring them, wearing them, writing about them. When one is in survival mode, the luxury of writing about perfume falls away. Or rather, while for some people perfume blogging can provide an escape and a haven, for me it appears to take up personal resources that I just don’t have right now. (Except, of course, that I am taking the time to write this, just as I just took the time for a nice luxurious shower, and had pancakes for breakfast. The more normalcy one has in one’s routines, I really feel, the less one can be shaken.)

I don’t have time to think or plan. I’m occasionally going without perfume, but find myself mostly falling back on the ones I would save from a fire if I could, even perfumes that I really haven’t worn for a while, like my beloved Element of Surprise. I’m dividing my time fairly evenly between “clean and comfortable”, unchallenging old favorites, and comfort scents that are also familiar. Oddly, anything Amouage seems to be comforting and familiar enough, but still beautiful, to be very nourishing, like dark greens, or a comfy sweater.

I’m occasionally thinking that when everything gets back to normal, hopefully in a week and a half or so, I’ll go back to wallowing in my excesses. I do enjoy a good wallow.

In the meantime, I’m wishing I were somewhere like this photo. Isn’t it lovely? Doesn’t that look relaxing?


Image is Calm sea and shore at sunset, by Horia Varlan, via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license; some rights reserved.

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