‘American woman’ : RATTAN GARDENIA, IKAT JASMINE, EVENING ROSE, LILAC PATH & AMBER MUSK by AERIN (2013)

Back to work and rule -enforced ‘clean’ perfumes…….

The Black Narcissus

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I think am unusual among perfume lovers in having a true olfactory double life. The fact of living in Japan, in a culture where strong-smelling scents tend to be frowned upon, as well as working in an educational establishment where perfume is actually not allowed, has produced a schism:  at weekends, and during the long vacations I am fortunate enough to have with this job, the facial hair grows back (also banned in the workplace in case the students find it creepy), and the perfume gets hairier and more intense as well….out comes the Bal A Versailles, Tonka Impériale; the Lorenzo Villoresi Patchouli; Ungaro Pour Homme, the Montale Aouds, the rich vanillas and coconuts; vetivers, all the earthy, sensual scents I tend to favour, naturally, and uncensored, in my native, scent-reeking habitat.

Come the working week though, all that is put behind me. I shower, hard and long with the…

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