This weekend, we went to our nearest outlet mall. Masks required, limited capacity in each store. Some of the clothes I thought I’d seen months ago, before the shutdowns, but I can’t be sure. Most stores did not have their fitting rooms open.
No testing of cosmetics and perfumes is allowed, but some stores still sold boxed perfume in their cellophane wrapping. You had to know what you wanted to buy.
In my grad student days, I lived cheaply and used to shop the clearance sales at Banana Republic, where I discovered their perfumes. Classic became my signature for a few years. It’s a light, fresh, simple, citrus-floral-woody fragrance.
The funny thing is, I remember the perfume, and I remember the time period, but those memories are independent. I suppose I would put on perfume and then forget about it for the rest of the day—possibly because I stopped smelling it prominently as I was so used to it every day. So, I would be hard pressed to associate the scent with an event unaided.
At the outlets, Banana Republic was having a big sale, and the perfumes were half price, so I bought a bottle of Classic eau de parfum. (Is that what I had, or was it the eau de toilette? It didn’t matter—they only carried the EDP anyway.) I also noticed that they had 3 new flankers since I last paid attention: Green, Citrus, and Acqua. Again, it doesn’t matter…
Maybe the olfactory memory will be better than the conscious memory.