In the past, not so long ago, perfumes were associated with body odour. I’m not sure if this was supposed to be a joke but people said that if you gave someone perfume as a present, it meant that you felt he or she smelled bad. We don’t really hear that nowadays but I wonder if people still think that way.
I have met an unfortunate few who suffered from body odour and I wasn’t sure if they knew. But the one thing I definitely wouldn’t do was to give them perfume. What would be the point in doing that? I don’t think that all perfumes mask the unpleasant odour. Rather, they help to enhance our individual scents. In chemistry, we know that when reactants come together, they will result in a product. And because I don’t know all the ingredients that make up body odour and perfumes, plus the fact that they are all made up of different components, the undesirables could come together and give us something that smells even worse! Imagine perhaps, rotting wood and sour fish. Eww. Not pretty.
Before any one of you start slamming me, I am not being mean to people who have body odour. We all know it’s not something nice, and if I had it, you bet I’d be seeing the doctor in a jiffy. It is a medical condition, something in our biological network that we don’t exactly have much initial control over, just like the way we looked when we were born. But, let us not digress.
Does receiving perfume make you feel conscious about yourself? Would you start to wonder what the giver thinks about the way you smell? For me, absolutely not. It’s all about confidence. If you know for sure that you don’t smell bad, then why would a glass bottle of tinted ambergris suddenly make you insecure? In fact, I requested for a Chanel Coco Mademoiselle for my previous birthday because it smells really nice and I was on a very tight budget. Look at it this way: If someone gave you nail polish as a present, would you begin to suspect that he or she thinks you have ugly nails? What about eyeliner? Would you think they felt that your eyes were not pronounced enough? It sounds stupid, doesn’t it.
The point is, if someone did give you perfume say, for Christmas, don’t sweat it. Just accept it with thanks and be happy that you got a present! Don’t be paranoid and cook up wild stories in your mind. Maybe they had asked someone close to you to suggest a present that you might have liked. Or maybe they read your blog and saw that you wanted one. Or maybe, it could be as simple as them liking it and thinking you might too. So, you know, it doesn’t make sense to think that you smell bad. If I got a Flowerbomb or a la Parisienne, I’d make sure to put it on my dressing table to pretty it up! Although, I don’t have a dressing table but you get the point.
Besides, if you did, they’d give you deodourant instead (on top of trying to speak with you about it), or maybe even go shopping with you for one. And it wouldn’t be a Christmas or birthday gift – just a random, out-of-the-blue, without-occasion goodie.
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