Happy end of wretched 2022, everyone! I’ve become too superstitious at this point to claim that 2023 will be better. But I so sincerely hope that it is for you!
For me, personally, it’s actually been awful – starting on Monday, January 2nd, 2023. No, that’s actually inaccurate. Things started to escalate in October 2022, crescendo’d in November 2022, then hit the fan the Thursday before Christmas, and proceeded to take the Express Elevator into Nightmare City until now.
I wanted to share some updates regarding the fragrances that are on tap to be reviewed in the short-term and long-term, that are still to be tested, and issues which may impact my review schedule on both a fragrance and personal levels.
There are several different categories of fragrances that I wanted to let you know about: First, the fragrances subject to (most probable) upcoming review in the weeks ahead; second, the ones I haven’t decided whether to review due to availability issues (Agar Aura and Slumberhouse) and which, as a result, I’d like to hear from you about the relevancy of coverage; and third, a broad category that consists of fragrances still to be tested or about which I haven’t yet decided if I like enough to exert the effort the effort to cover; and fourth, fragrances that I really like, such as vintage Dioressence or Tabu, but don’t have the energy or time to do the necessary research required for a vintage review, particularly with regard to the important bottle identification and the necessary comparisons across different vintage formulas and concentrations.
I stumbled upon a fascinating article on the science of scent, how we smell what we do, why we have scent differences, anosmia, and olfactory neuroscience. That led me down a rabbit hole to additional articles on: the shape and movement of odor molecules; the link between taste and smell; how scent, emotion, and memory are intertwined; “Super Tasters;” the role of ageing and even mental health; biophysiological differences; and so much more. As I have plenty of time while waiting for the drydown of an attar test to finish, I thought I would share with you what I learnt.