Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bride
Title: Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bride
Author: Alyssa Harad
Traces the shopping-averse author’s sudden love affair with perfumes, describing her journey through the underworld of scent, during which she visited perfume labs and showrooms before reconnecting with rejected hometown traditions.
At thirty-six—earnest, bookish, terminally shopping averse—Alyssa Harad thinks she knows herself. Then one day she stumbles on a perfume review blog and, surprised by her seduction by such a girly extravagance, she reads in secret. But one trip to the mall and several dozen perfume samples later, she is happily obsessed with the seductive underworld of scent and the brilliant, quirky people she meets there. If only she could put off planning her wedding a little longer. . . .
Thus begins a life-changing journey that takes Harad from a private perfume laboratory in Austin, Texas, to the glamorous fragrance showrooms of New York City and a homecoming in Boise, Idaho, with the women who watched her grow up. With warmth and humor, Harad traces the way her unexpected passion helps her open new frontiers and reclaim traditions she had rejected. Full of lush description, this intimate memoir celebrates the many ways there are to come to our senses.