It’s the week of perfume blog birthdays! First Bonkers About Perfume and Olfactoria’s Travels, and now Scents of Self. It has been two years since I wrote my first post. I frankly cannot believe that anyone would read this blog, and I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you. In honor of this special occasion, I have decided to publicly answer the ten most common questions I have received (in emails or comments) about Scents of Self. If you have any questions that you would like to have answered, ask them in the comments and I will add them to the post!
Question 1: Are you short? You look short.
Answer: Thank you for noticing. At 5’0″, I am indeed short. Until recently, I was a genuine little person (as defined by the National Society of Little People).
Question 2: What is your favorite perfume?
Answer: My favorite perfume is Guerlain L’Heure Bleue, in parfum form.
Question 3: Why are you trying to buy your cat a roomba?
A: I am trying to provide her with a more exciting target than my feet. And because it gives me excuses to post pictures of my adorable kitten, Zelda Fitzgerald. Like this one!
For more information on the “Help Ari Buy Her Kitty a Roomba Fund!”, please click here.
Question 4: What perfume should I wear to attract a man?
Answer: If the man in question is a Vulcan, I recommend Pon Farr for Women. Yes, this is a real thing. The Amazon description states, “Named for the Vulcan mating ritual first introduced in the episode ‘Amok Time’, just a tiny spritz will have men fighting (to the death) for your attention.” So hot!
If the object of your desire is human, however, then I must remind you that men are people just like us and have unique preferences. My current boyfriend likes Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille, but a past one loved the original Coach Perfume. One piece of advice: never trust a man who wears aquatics.
Question 5: Why are you such an enormous nerd?
Answer: I am the daughter of a physicist. I am also aggressively unathletic and have needed glasses since I was four years old. There was never any other option. I am geeky about the following things: books, Star Trek (both TOS and TNG), Lord of the Rings, America’s Next Top Model, Invader Zim, Pokémon, Jayne Mansfield movies, and, of course, perfume!
Question 6: What is your favorite kind of perfume?
A: I favor Oriental fragrances. I like them sweet and warm, but not overly spicy. I also like green and citrus fragrances. I am less fond of anything fresh, fruity, or with too much jasmine.
Question 7: What do you do when you’re not writing about perfume?
Answer: My “real” job is studying biology at Johns Hopkins University. When I’m not writing about perfume (which is, unfortunately, the vast majority of the time), I am working on organic chemistry homework, watching trashy TV, watching trashy Egyptian TV to practice my Arabic, baking bagels, or hanging out with my boyfriend and/or cat (both of whom are pictured).
Question 8: “Can anyone tell me what you are talking about. Its [sic] quite confusing , here in london we dont [sic] write pointless remarks that are not needed. Thank you verymuch [sic]”.
Answer: Although this comment did not actually contain a question mark, I believe that it was intended as a question. I have to say that I’m not quite sure how to respond to this one. I am aware that my writing style is somewhat rant-y. I could say that I write this way because I am 20 years old and I like to make people laugh. I could point out that I am not a professionally trained writer, and have never claimed to be. But we all know that those are just excuses. The shameful truth is that I am not from London, and I never will be. I hope you can forgive me.
Question 9: Why do you say “y’all” so much?
Answer: Although I am currently living in Baltimore, I am originally from a more southern part of Maryland.
Question 10: Why do you always forget to use your Harajuku Lovers rating system?
Answer: Because I am a failure. Who is not from London.