Guest Post by Brie in New York
Each of us eventually comes home to the thing that we have always been, to the thing that we really are.
-Alexander McCall Smith
Carlos Huber recently stated in an interview with The Fragrant Man:
My goal is to create….an artistic, ’emotional’ experience on your skin.
To which I replied:
For me perfume is completely about olfactive memories….ones that were created and ones that are yet to be created. Nothing can trigger my emotional buttons as intensely as scent.
My introduction to perfume was in the early 1970s when all fragrances were shrouded in mystery, neither the notes nor the composer or perfumer information was made available to the public. Granted there were advertisements that were meant to give you a glimpse at the genre or the population that it was geared to. Yet there was always room for interpretation. I loved the enigma…. the mystery of the anticipated perfumed experience until the moment that the fragrant liquid actually touched my skin.
Those who have read my posts up to this point would attest to the fact that I don’t have the desire to dissect a perfume. That talent I leave to the experts: some of my favourite writers who do it so succinctly…
What drives my writing are the emotional connections which I have forged with certain scents. The perfumes that can conjure up memories of individuals and places or propagate time travel are the ones that resonate the most with me. And these are the scents that I often return to time and time again.
Oddly enough, there was not an earth shattering event occurring in my life when I first encountered Sonoma Scent Studio’s Jour Ensoleille. I received a sample several years ago along with many other samples from this artisanal line. Yet, upon first whiff, Jour Ensoleille touched a raw visceral nerve within my psyche in such a way that has never been matched by any other perfume. It was simultaneously euphoric and meditative, calming and exciting, gorgeously complex and extraordinarily simple in its exquisite beauty. It was the perfume I turned to time and time again just to whiff straight out of the bottle and it was as if I was smelling it for the very first time.
I usually relegate my perfumes to certain days, seasons and/or moments in my life. But this is not the case with Jour. I don’t want that distinct memory connection as I desire to be able to savor Jour wherever and whenever I please.
Rest assured I am not abandoning the other fragrant lovelies I so relish or giving up on finding new perfumes to enjoy. And then there are those perfumes whose bottles I have drained so often that they might very well be considered signature scents. As long as I live and breathe my fragrant journey is far from over. Yet were I ever to have the misfortune of being stranded on a deserted island Jour Ensoleille is the only perfume I would need in my possession if I were forced to choose just one. After 42 years of perfume wearing and 400 or so empty bottles later, I am finally home.
For tonight’s treat a 5ml travel spray of Jour Ensoleille. Just leave a comment on which perfume/perfumes have an emotional effect upon you.
Gift recipient announced end of May.