While getting dressed for work one morning, I played a little guessing game with my husband. I extended my freshly spritzed wrist and coyly asked him what he was reminded of, sure he’d be instantly transported—as I was—to our romantic honeymoon in the Greek islands. Instead, all I got was a raised eyebrow. Fast-forward through the he-said-she-said banter, and what was left was disappointment (How could he not remember the fragrance I wore during such a special time?), or in his case, confusion. Was I wrong to be miffed that my other half didn’t remember the scent, even after I explained why he should? OK, I admit that I may be a little obsessive about my perfumes; I base my daily sprays on my mood, my outfit and even the places I visit. Each spritz holds a key that unlocks a special memory, like Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Angélique-Lilas, the honeymoon perfume in question. Every time I wear a different one, I get to relive a special moment. In What The Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life, author Avery Gilbert talks about one’s “smellscape”—the unique-to-you scents that shape and form one’s childhood. I can’t help but think of the fragrances that have perfumed my memory lane.
Tania Kwong is Glow's beauty editor. Obsessiveness is clearly intrinsic to her personality: She also describes herself as a "magazine hoarder" stretching back to when she devoured every issue of Bop and Sassy as a teenager.