I get many questions about my perfume testing process, about my perfume wearing habits, about storage, sampling and reviewing. As I tried to answer a couple of emails lately it occurred to me that no matter how much I pretend to be a normal person with just a little perfume habit, I do things most people don't. Here are just some examples:
I deny myself the pleasure of wearing some of my favorite perfumes way too often. Sometimes I wake up and really really want to reach for my MKK bell jar, Onda or vintage Mitsouko. But I have to remind myself that I'm on a schedule and need to finish my impression of something for my next Dreck Wednesday, that there are a bunch of samples sent by perfumers that I have yet to test and that tonight's review of the latest and greatest is still unfinished and that I need to give the new perfume another wearing and get on with it.
Which leads us to the fact that by noon I have my entire left arm covered from shoulder to wrist in some dreck du jour- I started with my wrist and inner elbow, but discovered that not only is it crap, said crap doesn't last long enough and I need to smell it more closely as I'm writing, hence the shoulder spraying.
There's also a drop of something or other on the inside of my right elbow and a third perfume applied to my right wrist, both inside and out for reference. Then I kiss the sweet forehead of one or two cats, realizing they smell of Shalimar and envy them dearly.
It's your turn: make me feel saner and tell me that perhaps I'm not so alone. Do you have any weird perfume habits?
Photo of actress Ann Sothern from an old online auction.