Matron: Sir, you smell.
Dr. Johnson: No madam, you smell, I stink.
~ Samuel Johnson (1709-09-18 1784-12-13 age:75)
My idea of hell would be to be trapped in an elevator with a woman drenched in White Shoulders perfume. Most perfumes are so harsh they feel like an ice pick being driven up my nose. Perfume is so pervasive. It snakes its way right inside me. Science tells us the sense organs in the nose are actually tendrils of the brain reaching out like a snake’s tongue to sample the general environment. I wish people would be more polite with perfumes. Here are some suggested rules of etiquette.
In some cultures young women are taught to dab a little vaginal secretion behind the ears. I know of no culture where young men are taught the analogous trick. Nature works best.
Some years ago Dennis Lewsey left behind a blue handkerchief with white dots. My lover and I took turns sniffing it. It was utterly intoxicating. The odour was lush, soft, rich. He told us it was an oil-based fragrance, but maybe the magic was his natural body odour. I have sniffed hundred of potions sold at cosmetic counters trying to find it. Nothing comes anywhere close. Dennis is now dead, so what it was will likely always remain a Jitterbug mystery.
There is a very good chance your lover finds your natural body odours quite appealing. That is part of the unconscious reasons why he picked you. Don’t go to crazy covering them up even if the ads tell you that underarms are not supposed to smell appealing without help.
Scent should be mysterious, organic, subtle, changing, not a poke in the eye. What I don’t understand is why so many commercial scents smell like the test tube washings from an organic chem lab. They are way too sharp.
According to experiments, the aphrodisiac odours for men include pumpkin pie, anise (liquorice), lavender and nutmeg. For me personally, it is fir needles. It blends well with body odours. Cucumber works best for women.
Further, the nose tires easily. Any scent always present eventually disappears from awareness. You want a subtle scent that appears and disappears — that flirts with the apprehender, thus keeping his interest. To do that you need the merest touch of perfume so that it disappears and reappears only when you move, letting off a tiny burst of fragrance. Keep in mind that the smell of perfume by itself is not sexy. It is only in combination with your natural scent does it come alive. It is not a deodorant to cover up your natural fragrance.
As you get older, your sense of smell fades. This is why older people often overdouse themselves with perfume. Don’t trust your own sense of smell to decide how much is enough. It will always smell less intense to you than it does to others and, of course, it will smell nicer to you than to others since you picked the fragrance. To get a more honest answer from others ask Do you think this fragrance would be better more or less intense? Beware particularly of reapplying because the scent has faded. It has not faded so much as your nose has become exhausted.
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