I have been a perfume lover for as long as I can remember. I bought my first “real” perfumes at a tiny perfume shop in Venice, Italy at age fifteen--Fleur d’Interdit by Givenchy and the infamous Angel by Thierry Mugler, now considered a modern classic. At the time, Angel was not even available in the United States. I would not have bought it if it weren’t for the convincing saleswoman who told me that the perfume contained chocolate. Wow, chocolate? I thought. What a concept! Gourmands–-perfumes that smell like food--were a whole new concept at that time. I actually couldn’t smell any chocolate in it for many years, until I had smelled so many perfumes that my nose gained the ability to dissect them by their notes. Here I am today, owner of hundreds of bottles of perfume from all over the world, and having sampled thousands.
As time has gone on, and as I have learned more and more about animal cruelty in the perfume industry, I have become much more interested in cruelty-free and 100% natural, botanical perfumes, so that has become my passion--educating and exploring what I refer to as "conscientious perfumery".