When I was growing up, my family would go over to my grandmother’s house for lunch every Sunday after church. One of my favorite parts about going to visit her was playing dress up with her costume jewelry and searching through her never-ending rainbow of shoes, but the piece de resistance was her makeup collection. I loved looking at all of the floral metallic boxes of powder and each the rosy shades of eyeshadow she just had laying around. Her lipstick drawer was the crown jewel of her collection. She had every shade of pink I could imagine, and I would spend hours digging through it trying to find just the right one.
The other thing that stood out to me about that drawer was the smell of all of the lipsticks that would waft out as soon as I opened it. The scent had a subtle powdery sweetness to it mixed with a touch of floral that has really stuck with me over the years. The only other thing that has been able to bring back that memory for me is the perfume Lipstick On by Maison Margiela. Lipstick On has notes of orange flower, iris, and vanilla bourbon that combine to replicate the scent of a tube of lipstick, and every time I spray it I am transported back to my grandmother’s subway tiled bathroom with a tube of lipstick in hand.
Having a connection like this to a perfume has helped me to understand the impact that certain scents can have on people, and that is why I decided to specialize in fragrance marketing and product development when I went to college. I recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a B.F.A. in Fashion Marketing and Management and a minor in Fragrance Marketing and Management. I am now living in New York City in order to pursue a career in fragrance, and I could not be more excited for what the future holds.
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