Perfume Pen Pals: A Lab on Fire / Made in Heaven



Dan,

Made in Heaven by A Lab on Fire smells like the classic Kmart smell, which is a warm, sweet, nutty smell.


I always loved that smell, the way it summed up the cheap but comforting claustrophobia of Kmart.


Does Kmart still exist?

Katie



Katie,

I know the smell! Though maybe only because you mentioned it. And not from Kmart, which I don’t think I’ve ever visited, but Woolworth's. Or parts of Woolworth's. It does smell foody, but also like vinyl or plastic, perhaps like those rotating chairs at the lunch counter.


It’s strange because my first scent memory of Woolworth's is of steamed hot dogs and popcorn, warm cashews, too, and while none of that is in Made in Heaven, the first moment I smelled it, I thought, “Woolworth's!”

Did Woolworth’s have candied nuts? Maybe it’s that combined with the floor wax they used? There’s something more than food, something institutional.

I still miss Woolworth's.

Dan



Dan,

Yeah, you're right — it's also the Woolworth's smell! I love that smell! A warm/plasticky popcorny/sweet nuts...not just smell, really more of an atmosphere. It's comforting and almost mouth-watering, which is weird because it doesn't really smell edible, owing to the warm plastic aspect.

Katie



Katie,

This was MY Woolworth’s!


The cable-car turnaround ran right alongside the store, on Powell St, and the lunch counter was along that wall inside.

I seem to remember it being slightly raised (black and white checkered floor perhaps?), the whole eating area was a few inches above the rest of the store. That’s how you knew you were eating and not shopping, I guess.

Dan

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Katie,

As you already know, my parents were quite old, even when I was a little kid (especially then, it seemed), and Depression-era thrifty, so I grew up with a 1952 black-and-white Zenith console television. Its five or six channels were so grainy, it felt like an uncertain step between radio and TV.

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Katie,

As you know, ancillary products are not my thing. Aside from soap, toothpaste and perfume, I only use one product, this G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Gel that I’ve been putting on my face for over ten years. I look okay with it and I’m almost certain I'd look okay without it, but at this point why take any chances?

Every other part of me -- which is to say every part not including my face, my teeth and my smell -- is in disarray, as a matter of both neglect and self-sabotage. My one hair concession is I’ll use a leave-in conditioner when my hair starts getting “poofy.” And I trim my eyebrows, but only when someone reminds me.