Over the holidays I have been in the luxurious position of being able to spend time exploring websites. There was a common thread of attraction – everything olfactory. I had no idea how much my life, my likes and dislikes have been governed by smell. My earliest memories of fragrance were around the age of 4. A woman walked past me in the street – I was holding my mother’s hand. At that age, everything you see is at a different level. I have no idea what she looked like but as she walked past, her perfume lingered in her wake. Even then I knew her fragrance was complex, expensive. I was intrigued.

So you can imagine my delight when I came across Bois de Jasmin Perfume Blog. It happened quite by chance. It had been a sleepless night and I found it easier to work than fight my pillows. I turned on my computer and a close friend had written to me about a single tuberose. I knew the history but not its message – I looked it up and in doing so found Victoria’s site.

Bois de Jasmin is a tribute to everything I find fascinating about scents and flavors: the creators; the raw materials; and the discovery of pleasures through smelling and tasting. I believe that being more aware of scents can enrich your life tremendously. It is not just about perfume in the bottle, but about fragrance in a more general way—being mindful of scents when eating, drinking, even walking down the street.”

At a time when I am acutely aware of the smell and taste of everything around me: freshly ground coffee, trodden wet grass, the hint of fragrance that remains on the hem of my skirt and the aromas I struggle to identify and put into words in the wine I taste as part of my April wine exam. It’s an assault to my senses. I am hooked.

On your wedding day, what fragrance will you wear?

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