Since we like nothing better than to share our love…
By Deborah Fulsang
“Do you smoke marijuana?”
The customs officer at YYZ looked me square in the eyes, as my kids, then 9 and 6 waited excitedly by my side. (We had just surprised them with a Disney getaway on this Monday after school.)
My jaw dropped.
“No, why?” I responded after a few seconds, nearly dumbstruck.
“I smell patchouli,” he said, still stern.
“Wow, your nose is good,” I replied. “It’s my perfume: patchouli and vanilla, amber and wood…” (I tend to go on when I sense someone has a good nose.)
The officer had warmed up slightly. I’d passed the test. Many use patchouli to mask the scent of marijuana, he told me.
I was impressed, he had pegged my Chanel Coromandel instantly—although he didn’t name drop but he’d nailed the notes. (Maybe he’d picked up on the perfume’s cognac-iness too.) I want him on my perfume panel I thought.
The airport anecdote sprang to mind as we’re all trying to plan a little March Break escape.
So a little travel tip: In addition to flying with “less than 100 ml volumes” to avoid the possibility of lost luggage and being without your favourite perfume—yikes!—beware patchouli and incense. Yes, I know, no easy task given the current crop of fragrances that celebrate those spicy, earthy Boho ingredients. But really, who needs a reason to be pulled over at customs? Especially since you might have been indulging on the fashion shopping front also.
So many perfumes and shoes, so little time.
PHOTO: iSTOCKPHOTO/CHRIS ROGERS
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