“It’s always wonderful to be elegant, it’s always fashionable to have grace,it’s always glamorous to be brave, and it’s always important to own a delectable perfume!Yes, wearing a beautiful fragrance is in style at any age!” ~C. JoyBell C.
I remember a time in my life when I couldn’t imagine leaving the house without a dab of fragrance nestled softly in many of the places I liked to be kissed. The exotic sweet spicy scent was a part of who I was. It made me feel happy and pretty and confidently me.
My vintage bottle of eau de parfum sits decoratively on a glass shelf in my bathroom. I picked it up the other day and took a whiff that became a whimsical journey of nostalgia and romance. I relived the magical night I met my husband for the first time. I smiled.
I wondered why I had stopped wearing perfume every day. After all, it had been synonymous with who I was for so many years. I guess it was the sign on my doctor’s front door:
“This office is a scent-free. In consideration of others who may suffer from chemical sensitivities and/or allergies, we request that you refrain from wearing scents such as perfumes, colognes, hairspray or aftershave when visiting this office.”
I kept running into similar notices in different offices, all provincial government buildings, schools and hospitals. And over time, my scent became that of my body lotion and face creams, safely dissipating by the time I ever reached any office.
It’s regrettable that the hundreds of synthetic chemicals used to make fragrances in today’s market are causing health problems for so many. Yet, from everything I’ve read, the global fragrances and perfumes industry continues to do billions of dollars of business and keeps expanding, not contracting. So who are these people that splurge on ephemeral scents? Do any of them live in my town?
I stood in my bathroom and took another whiff of my perfume. I was all dressed-up for an afternoon Spring Celebration Party at our local winery. Do I dare to dab or not to dab? What would you do?