When I first started reading blogs about perfume, probably the first thing that struck me was how welcoming and kind the community of perfume bloggers and perfume forums is. As I got more involved and eventually started blogging myself, I noticed what seemed like more commonalities, and that started me wondering if there is a perfumista “type.”
In writing this post (in my head, many times, and now on screen), I decided there is no way to talk about a type without making massively broad generalizations and possibly being offensive. But, I’m so curious to learn whether any of you have ever thought about this that I’ve decided to post this, and even to include some physical attributes – gulp. I hope I won’t offend anyone, and I definitely welcome disagreement (or criticism) in the comments.
Without further preliminaries, here are a bunch of adjectives that might describe the average perfumista.
Mental: Curious about how things work, focused, introverted, introspective, empathetic, kindhearted, wry, artistic, bookish, strong-minded, nervy, generally considered to be “serious”, polite/proper/considerate
Physical: “Feminine” features, stylish / creative about her appearance, attractive, often petite
I’m going to resist the urge to qualify and comment more, and just ask what you think. Am I off base? Or do we possibly share some personality traits that might also draw us to explore perfume? What do you think of the physical attributes I suggested?
Cover illustration for Wuthering Heights by Rubin Toledo.