I am an avid perfume collector, flower lover, scent obsessive, cinephile and Jasmine Literary Award winner, living in the ancient city of Kamakura, Japan. I love scoping out the local antique shops and Tokyo flea markets in search of discarded vintage gems; spend much of my monthly income as a teacher on perfume, and have for years been writing about my own collection for friends who come to visit: a menu, if you like, to whet their olfactory appetites while they select a new, unknown scent to linger over and savour. In 2019, my guide, Perfume: In Search of Your Signature Scent, was published by Hardie Grant Books, an introduction to the world of scent – a scent atlas if you like – which has been nominated for the Perfumed Plume Awards perfume book of the year.
Here on The Black Narcissus, I would like to share my musings with you. A mutual exploration to appreciate these scents – all scents, from the classics to the obscure, to the latest commercial releases – from as many different angles as possible.
Perfume is another world – an escape; at the very least a beautiful enhancement of reality. It is joy, delectation, and can seem to encapsulate existence itself in our memory. A well-chosen scent can seem to capture our essence – an ‘identity card of the spirit….’