Mudcat Café message #3460301 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #148851   Message #3460301
Posted By: JohnInKansas
02-Jan-13 - 06:58 AM
Thread Name: BS: MudWimminzes: Your Self-Care Routine?
Subject: RE: BS: MudWimminzes: Your Self-Care Routine?
As a historical aside, I can recall that several of the ladies in the neighborhood in the early 1940s used a mild "scent" that never seemed objectionable. That was while rationing was still in effect and no one could afford fancy perfumes.

The spice rack provided enough vanilla extract to dampen a finger and wipe a quick stroke behind each ear. (That's the artificial vanillin, of course. Nobody could afford the real stuff even if it had been available.)

When "real parfumery" appeared a few years later, I also recall being nearly suffocated by a couple of "old lady aunts" with a "flowery" stench that forced me out of their presence at the first opportunity.

I still recognize that particular smell 60+ years later, and find occasionally that it's still in use and still disagreeable to me if more than barely, very subtly, detectable.