A quick sweep through the perfume blogosphere is enough to see that most perfume lovers have some sort of perfume heritage. Their interest in perfume was encouraged and/or influenced by a Cristalle-wearing mother, an Eau Savage-wearing father, or the cooler older sister who wore Love’s Baby Soft.
At 20 years old, I am part of a new and rather different generation of perfume lovers: one with no perfume heritage to speak of. Our love of perfume is entirely self-taught, gleaned from perfume blogs, YouTube reviews, or Perfumes: The Guide.
Other than my woefully misguided Axe-wearing little brother, not a single member of my family wears fragrance. My maternal grandmother once wore White Linen and Youth Dew, but stopped many years before I was born. Neither of my parents have ever worn fragrance due to alleged perfume allergies. Even their laundry detergent was unscented!
Such concerns about perfume’s allergenic potential are becoming more and more common, as evidenced by endless IFRA restrictions and workplace perfume bans. More and more of The Next Generation is growing up fragrance-free. Of course I know that my generation has more important issues to deal with (the war, the economy, dubstep), but I do sometimes wish for the kind of rich perfume heritage that so many older perfume lovers have.
What kind of perfume heritage do you have?