Happy New Year!
Is that a pile of rumpled sequins in the corner? I hope you had a good night out with great friends, something delicious to eat, and lots of dancing.
Or, maybe you’re more like me and refused to leave home on New Year’s Eve. As has become my tradition, I made a fire and had a few friends over on their way out to parties, then I watched Doris Day movies and ate clams casino. I’ve stopped pretending I like to brave the crowds only to wake up with a headache and hoarse voice and mascara caked on the pillowcase.
On New Year’s Eve, I also thought about the year to come. I won’t bore you with my resolutions about health and friends and tidiness (although we can talk about resolutions in the comments, if you’d like), but here are a few thoughts about perfume:
Use it up. I have more perfume than I’ll be able to use up in my lifetime — 100+ bottles (I’m afraid to count). Sure, I wear fragrance every day, but that’s not enough. I need to splash on my rarest vintage fragrances in decadent palmfuls. Related to this….
Share the love. This year I’ll buy 5- and 10-ml atomizers and fill them up with good things and pass them out. A perfume that sits in its bottle is dead. A perfume that’s worn is doing what it was meant to do: it inspires emotion, including joy. Sharing fragrance is wonderful for the giver, too. People have been astonishingly generous with me, and I’d like to continue to spread the love.
Be adventurous. I admit that I stick to my favorite perfume families. Vintage fragrance fires up my imagination, and I love chypres, leather, orientals and iris scents. I’d like to venture into operatic florals and maybe even wear something edgy, with attitude I’d normally dismiss as pushy and simplistic. Not just sample and review it, but really give it a hardcore wearing and see how it meshes — or not — with my personality.
Organize. I did better this year by bringing home what I think will be my Forever Perfume Cabinet and roughly sorting my bottles into categories. I still want to assemble monthly perfume trays, as I learned from Brooke in an Inside the Perfume Cabinet interview.
Learn. As a perfume blogger, I see myself as a proxy for the average perfume shopper and not as an expert by any stretch. I can’t tell you the names of various perfume materials, and I don’t follow all the hullaballoo of the perfume industry. In my reviews, I simply aim to describe my reaction to a fragrance as the perfume lover — but not expert — that I am. This year, I want to learn more about the people who compose fragrance. What inspires them? How does perfume relate to other art?
And that’s it for my Deep Thoughts. What about you? Do you have any resolutions that relate to fragrance? Or any resolutions in particular you’d like to throw out there? I'm listening.