I noticed this quote by Christian Dior going around the twitterverse the other day: “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” Personally, I find this sentiment to be laughably untrue. My handwriting is all too revealing; one glance at my oversized scrawls makes it clear that I am severely ADHD and totally incapable of doing anything the conventional way (I am a right-handed person who was taught how to write by a left-handed person). In contrast, my perfume choices say very little about me. Instead, they speak to the person I would like to be.
Perfume can be very much aspirational. My bottle of L’Heure Bleue says, “I am an elegant noblewoman of the early 20th century. I have a vast collection of very fancy hats.” My Chanel No. 5 suggests that I am a confident, competent woman who always has it together and who never, ever watches Say Yes to the Dress instead of studying for Biochemistry. That bottle of Ungaro Diva proclaims, “I am J-Woww. If The Situation tries to step to me again, I will be forced to punch him in the jaw.”
How do you use perfume? Do you consider it to be a form of self-expression, or a grown-up way of playing dress-up?