I came across perfume for the first time when I was 12 years old. My elder sister was 16 years old at the time and I found her spraying a special liquid from a fancy bottle on herself. I didn’t know what it was at the time. So when she wasn’t around, I went over to her drawer and had a look to see what the fuss was about. It was in a pink round bottle with a clear liquid inside of it. I pressed on the spray and this mysterious, fragrant liquid came straight out at me! It smelt fruity and sweet and stayed on me for quite a while. It had the word ‘perfume’ on the bottle but little did I know what it meant back then.
It was an interesting concept to me as I had no idea what this strange liquid was and what it does. So when my sister came back from school one day, I asked her what was in the bottle. I did not tell her I sprayed some on myself of course, but just said that I noticed her using it often and wanted to know what it was. She replied, “It’s perfume, of course! Don’t you know what that is?” in an exasperated voice. I didn’t, as I was only 12 and none of my friends have started using perfume. “What does it do?” I stammered. My sister then explained that perfume is a scented liquid that we wear on ourselves to keep us smelling fragrant when we go out. “It usually lasts a few hours”, she said. She then showed me a link similar to this perfume comparison chart which compares the best perfumes for women in the market.
I then asked her where did she get it from and she said she bought it from the shopping mall with her savings. She also mentioned that there are various types of scents and fragrances for everyone to choose from. The scent is based on each person’s preference and how strong someone likes it to be. “Its also really popular with the boys”, she adds, while warning me that I’m not to touch any of hers because it costs a lot. My mind quickly focused on how to get myself a bottle of perfume. I couldn’t stop thinking about how good the scent smelled and how I would smell so good among my friends.
I would be so popular among the kids at school if I wore some perfume, I thought. So the next weekend, I pestered my mom to bring me to the local shopping mall so that I could find the one that I like. I was going to use some of my savings to buy it. However, when my mom heard what I was going to spend it on, she had none of it and said that I was too young to be wearing perfume. I begged and begged her but she said my time will come and she would allow me to buy it when I reached 15. I sulked for days and weeks after that, but no amount of begging would make my mom budge. Eventually, I gave up and when I turned 15, my parents bought me a bottle of perfume that I’ve had my eye on for some time.