The week before last, I quit my office day job. I’m transitioning into a new life that’s part-time writer and part-time shop girl supplemented by whatever freelance assignments I can scare up. Even in this short time, my habits have changed: I’m going to bed later and getting up later; I’m outside more and feeling good moving my body instead of trapped catatonic in my office; I’m getting a lot more writing done. And, I’m wearing perfume differently.
First, I’m loving being able to wear whatever fragrance I want. I realized that I've been unconsciously limiting my perfume choices so I wouldn’t draw attention to myself. Now I’m like a starving kid with full access to the candy store, and I’m pulling out the big guns. Arquiste Anima Dulcis and lots of it? No problem. If I want to smell like a bakery with a bordello in the back, the boss approves. Two versions of Yves Saint Laurent Opium with a side of Dana Tabu and Estée Lauder Youth Dew for comparison? Bring it on.
I’m also wearing a lot more perfume than I did. I’ve always stinted at my Cartier Baiser Volé Extrait, for example. Not today. I smell like a freaking funeral cortege. (A really romantic funeral, that is. Maybe Percy Bysshe Shelley’s.) Over the weekend I found a bottle of Guerlain Shalimar Extrait at an estate sale for $1.50. It only had three milliliters or so of fragrance left in it. Guess what I did. Yes! I wore it all at once! That evening, a friend's Pomeranian actually rolled in me.
Finally, I switch perfumes at least three times daily. In fact, I get a little grumpy if I’m wearing a persistent perfume, like Xerjoff Richwood, since it doesn’t fade quickly enough for me to shift gears. (That said, Molinard Habanita can obliterate just about anything. I made good use of it last night over the end of Amouage Beloved.) My daily routine now goes something like this: Feed cats. Perfume. Coffee, writing, breakfast, writing. Perfume #2. Lunch, errands, social obligations, dinner. Perfume #3. Bath. Optional bedtime perfume.
I haven’t even had my new life two weeks yet. I’m sure that before long I’ll have scratched this perfume itch and be ready to wear subtle, understated fragrance like a normal person. Plus, the shop girl job kicks in soon, so I’ll need to keep my scent more low key a few days a week. But until then, watch out.
For those of you who don’t spend your days in offices, does it affect how you wear perfume? If you made the switch from office to home, how do you think it would change your perfume habits?