I call myself a “thrillseeker” when it comes to fragrance, because I find all odors captivating and inspiring -- even the not-so-pretty ones! I think that comes from having traveled so much when I was growing up. My dad was in the Air Force, and my family bounced around from the US to Berlin, Moscow, London, Athens, Tangiers -- so many places with distinctive cultures and smells.
Staying alert to the ever-changing smellscape helped me develop a “conscious nose”. Those two little holes in our head are the key to intensifying any experience. Sensual pleasure can be had at a sniff. And speaking of sensual pleasure, what could be more enrapturing than floating along in a cloud of your favorite perfume?
I find the simple act of wearing a fragrance you love does so many positive things. You make your heart a little happier, you express your individuality, you feel more "yum". Not to get all Oprah on your hindquarters, but a quick spritz does lift you up and make you feel that all is right with the world -- even for just a little bit. It's joy in a bottle -- and not the Thunderbird kind!
Picking up with the party started over at my YouTube channel, KatiePuckrikSmells, this blog settles in for a long hang with my fumehead friends. Fragrance reviews and giveaways will be peppered with regular features, including Viewer Mail: in-depth looks at your...um...unpredictable fragrance questions.
Questions like, “How can I smell like a bonfire?” or “What’s that perfume I smelled in a library book on vampires I checked out last year?” Honestly, you guys are freaks -- and I love it! I’ll do my best to answer your queries, and will gladly accept assistance from any knowledgeable co-smellers who wish to chime in.
Anchoring the blog will be frequent installments of Perfume Pen Pals: ongoing fragrance squeees and squabbles between me and some guy named Dan Rolleri. I finally met him in person after corresponding for a whole year and a half, and I can confirm that he smells fantastic (Le Labo Patchouli 24).
Dan Rolleri's photo session scent: Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente.
For your browsing ease and enjoyment, please use the Search box to the left. Click on Fragrance Names and Fragrance Houses to find my reviews in those alphabetical groupings. Reasonably enough, the Table of Contents provides an index of all posts by title. And check out Fragrance Groups for a breakdown of all my reviews by olfactory category: Fresh, Floral, Masculine, Feminine, etc. I welcome you all to Katie Puckrik Smells. Pull up a chair -- smell a while.