Perfumistas can you assist?
The Fragrant Man was in Chiang Mai recently, at a Writers without Borders meeting.
Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand is a hub for writers; location independent digital nomads. At the meeting a group of writers read chapters from the books that they are writing and the group provided feedback. The writers then spend the next week refining their chapter and writing the next one.
One of the writers I met is Dr Jia Gottlieb. He is on a fragrant quest for a perfume. This quest will take him to Grasse next month. He needs help though. Perfumista’s can you assist? Let’s hear Jia’s story and see if we can give him some clues. You see, he has the memory of a fragrance on his mind.
Dr Jia Gottlieb
I met her in college, a beautiful young French woman with glints of burnished gold woven into her brown hair. She was petite, slender, shy like a delicate flower. Though 40 years later I can’t remember her name, I’ll never forget how she smelled.
Aside from her ravishing beauty I didn’t notice anything unusual, until I leaned close to kiss her and enter her personal space. It was a space unlike any I’ve ever been in before or since. It was earthy, sweaty, sexual, erotic and primitive. Like being in the den of a feral animal from which there would be no escape, nor any desire to escape.
Dr Jia Gottlieb
Jia is currently writing a book in Chiang Mai. He taking his two teenage daughters to Grasse next month where they will be buying their first perfumes and he will hopefully be able to find the perfume in his memory after reading your comment below. Their first stop in Grasse will be The Perfume Museum, Musee International de la Parfumerie, after reading Clayton’s experience on What Men Should Smell Like.
What do you think that a French woman in America would have been wearing back in 1974 based in the description above?