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Our fellow travelers — sometimes we identify with them so much we feel we can be them, at least for awhile, or like to try their spirit on like a persona, using an article of clothing, or their perfume.

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A lady’s riding habit, English, circa 1890. In perfume form, Hermes will always take you there, on horseback. Perfume both clean and dirty, the push and pull of clean lines set against the efforts of sporty energetic activity. Often demonstrated by overheating while in the freshest decorative air.

We have our closest friends, sometimes so much alike to us we are like relations. They are our fellows in that they magnify us by reflection, chime in their harmonies with ours, or like memory streams flowing together naturally into a river.

1899 a little summer walk in the country with friends, and all as it should be

1899, a little summer walk in the country with friends, and all as it should be

Our perfumes may complement one another. Pichola by NVC is a perfume that recalls friendship with its warmth and sheer beauty.

 

Some fellow beings take on the difficult task of drawing us towards them, against all the more comfortable attractions of similarity. Indeed, proving that opposites attract like magnets (in the vein of someone ultra feminine in Black by Comme des Garcons)

Some of her friends take on the most difficult jobs

Some of her friends take on the most difficult jobs

Fellowship can mean that together with an attractive opposite, you can be both Beauty and Beast. Think of wearing Ma Bête by Eris

She is both beauty and beast. La Belle et le Bête, circa 1940. Tirage argentique d’époque” André Pieyre de Mandiargues – Masques de Leonor Fini. It seems like yesterday, this party. 1y

She is both beauty and beast. La Belle et le Bête, circa 1940. Tirage argentique d’époque” André Pieyre de Mandiargues – Masques de Leonor Fini. It seems like yesterday, this party.

Or recognize yourself in a fellow traveller you may not even know or ever meet. A sense of antiquity within the present, the scent of roses, much worn or given in honor of legends and hero/ines. Isn’t it so that in one single day you can transform many times with perfume? Eau d’Italie Paestum Rose.

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Cecil Ehn’s collection.

Crushing on a a fellow you feel you could have known, from times past,

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“Gustave Caillebotte et son chien Bergere sur la place du Carrousel,” 1892

By the end of Summer, my taste has increased for incense, the most primal and spiritual of perfumes. Fellow travelers in the form of perfumes show how to burn incense in veneration of the material world. 

Extrait strength distillations, fragrances created over time within ancient cathedrals and monasteries, magically turned sheer (Immortal Mine in a new lighter, spray form) or with close to the skin intensity (Avignon by Comme de Garcons) or interpreted memory (Reve d’Ossian by Oriza L Legrand. 

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