A new school year, a new love affair, a new home — all these things offer the chance for reinvention. We're somewhere new, or around new people, and we have the opportunity to present ourselves in a new way, or better yet in a way that's more true to ourselves. For fragrance aficionados, these beginnings cry out for a new perfume.
After spending a year in a job that felt like a bad relationship, I cast my resume into the job pool and came up with two job offers. I took the job that was riskier financially but looked like it would be more satisfying personally, and the decision has paid off big time. Every morning I wake up early and rework the draft of a mystery novel in progress (featuring a perfume-loving protagonist, of course) then ride my bicycle downtown over the heavy green river to an office full of dedicated, diverse people. Afternoons I work on freelance projects at home with my dog on the couch in my office and a cat in my lap. All that and the coffee is good, too. Could life be nicer? It truly feels like a new day.
Naturally, I'm itching for a new perfume to celebrate this new beginning. Whatever perfume I choose I'll associate with this time in my life. I'd like to try a fragrance that stands apart from the often leathery, chypre-heavy, green, vintage selection in my perfume cabinet. At the same time, I'm not sure I'm ready to head into anything too wildly divergent — say, one of Jean Claude Ellena's more ethereal Hermessences or a scent named after a molecule. Something fresh, but with depth and interest, would be perfect.
A few months ago I smelled Bois 1920 Sutra Ylang and was intrigued, but didn't have $160 to shell out for it. Sutra Ylang was citrusy, yet sweet with bay leaves, and the ylang ylang gave it a creamy feel. It smelled modern, but still old-fashioned enough to connect with my love of crazy-patterned dressing gowns from the 1940s and etched crystal cocktail glasses. It could be the ideal "new beginning" fragrance.
The problem is that I didn't get a sample of it, and my memory of Sutra Ylang now is hazy. It could be that if I lived with it for more than an afternoon I'd hate it. But, an online retailer has it at a discount, and until midnight tonight they're offering another twenty percent off, bring the price down to about a hundred dollars. I've had my finger poised over the "add to basket" button off and on all day. Should I buy the bottle of Sutra Ylang or not? If I buy it and it's a mistake, I'll have wasted all that money. It's certainly happened before. On the other hand, nothing ventured, nothing gained. This could be the scent that ushers in a whole new life. Surely you understand?
As I press the "checkout" button I tell myself, Hey, it's a new day. Why not take a risk? It could just pay off big.