A journalism and masters student at Columbia University School of Journalism recently interviewed me for a long-form piece on what compels people to buy fragrance. The questions ranged from my first scented memories to the reasons why I think fragrance is powerful, and more. I thought it might help her to have a range of answers from people with all sorts of different scent memories, backgrounds, and exposure to fragrance, so I’m going to post the questions here for all of you as well. Feel free to answer all or just some of them, and in as much or as little detail as you’d like. Consider it as your own personal interview, as well as your chance to explain to an interested outsider the things that motivated you to pursue this crazy passion of ours in the first place.
I don’t think it matters one bit if you are a newbie or an experienced perfumista. There is a reason why you are here, reading a perfume blog instead of settling for the same old fragrance that you’ve worn for years. So, don’t worry about your degree of knowledge, or think you have nothing to contribute. The questions are about primarily about your memories and feelings. In fact, I think many of our answers on the more emotional aspects underlying the love of perfumery will be quite similar in nature, and I suspect that that very commonality will prove more telling to her than anything else. The world is a very different place in 2015 than back when our grandmothers or grandfathers wore one signature fragrance, and I think society’s philosophy or view about scent has changed as well.
Nevertheless, I won’t share my answers lest it influence some of your own thoughts on things like why scent is a powerful force or why people are compelled to own more than one fragrance. I want you to speak in your own voice. I also won’t comment on your responses for the most part, but simply leave it for her to read. As a side note, you may find that a few of your answers overlap; mine did in two instances, and I simply referred to a prior answer. If you can, perhaps you can number your answers so that they correspond to her questions and make it easier for her to go through. Most of all, just have fun. I think everyone will enjoy hearing about both your scented memories and about the fragrances that helped shape who you are today.
- What do you love about fragrance?
- Why do you think people are compelled to own multiple fragrances?
- About how many fragrances do you own, approximately?
- What is your most powerful scent triggered memory? What fragrance triggers it?
- What is your all time favorite fragrance?
- What is your earliest fragrance related memory? What scent triggers it?
- Why do you think fragrance is so powerful in regards to human emotion? What does it add to the everyday experience?