|My choco-nemesis - Source: Wikimedia Commons via ed g2s|
Well, it took me all of two seconds to think back to the start of my perfume hobby, and how I would stalk eBay, Makeupalley and The Perfumed Court website for hours on end, agonising over which samples to bid on / swap for / buy. Four or five years ago I was totally consumed by the acquisitive urge, and was forever scouting around for my next 'fix' of samples. There was that reliably heady rush as I would open a swap package or a little gauze bag from The Perfumed Court, accompanied by the ubiquitous boiled sweet. It almost didn't matter whether you liked the perfumes or not - it was like buying a Lucky Dip bag as a kid or its adult equivalent of a lottery ticket or scratchcard - so much of the 'reward' is the thrill of the chase and the anticipation of gratification, even if the reality disappoints.
I mentioned in my recent blogging anniversary post that my interest in perfume has peaked, and the fragrant lemmings are mostly slain. Though it has taken a good five years, eventually the law of diminishing returns - (the one principle I retained from a year of Economics at college albeit it was explained to us in the context of lemon barley water) - kicks in, and the adrenaline high turns to feelings of low level anxiety at the mounting stocks of samples to test and wear. However, the acquisitive urge itself may not in fact have been quelled, but may simply have regrouped before finding a new outlet, like some kind of 'body hopping' demon.
And I am finding that I get exactly the same surge of excitement as I prise off the lid of a tester pot - (with all paint brands, the actual colour never looks anything like the label, which may be a cunning ruse to get you to buy the thing!). This thrill lasts during the process of application, through to the drying stage and late into the evening in fact, for you have to keep checking the colour at regular intervals for subtle tonal shifts. Obviously, if the colour is hopelessly wrong from the word go - the paint equivalent of a perfume 'scrubber', if you will - then my F & B 'fix' is curtailed to a matter of seconds, but the buzz you get even from opening the pot is well worth £3.99 a pop in my view.
|Walls: White Tie, woodwork & ceiling: Pointing ;-)|
Now with the help of fellow blogger Lucy of Indieperfumes and a couple of other friends, I have whittled the choice for the guest room down to one or three shades (Vert de Terre, Ball Green or Mizzle), and am already starting to eye up my own bedroom. Lime White is a glaring omission from my stockpile, I note, which will doubtless propel me storewards in the next day or so. Meanwhile, speaking of piles, I now understand why the Egyptians felt moved to build the pyramids...
And finally, while researching 'body hopping' in Wikipedia, I came upon this intriguing custom amongst the Digo people of Kenya.
'Spirit possession occurs among the women of the Digo people of Kenya. The Digo refer to the spirits in question as shaitani. These shaitani typically demand luxury items to make the patient well again.'
Luxury items, eh? I am hanging on these paint pots - you never know when you just might fancy a Cabbage White wall or a cupboard interior in Incarnadine - but I might just have a few samples of perfume going spare... ;-).
So...has anyone else abandoned scent squirrelling in favour of a new 'habit'?
Do share it with the group - the more obsessive the better!
NB All of the fictitious perfume names in the title are based around current Farrow & Ball shades. I might also have mentioned Nandebary Ball Green, Miller Harris Citron or D & G Light Blue. Hold on - that one is an actual perfume!