Perfume community is already big and it’s still growing as we speak. New perfume brands appear every year, every season and they’re followed by people who have a serious interest in perfume and this branch of the industry as well. For months I’ve been wondering about you, me, us and all those people all over the world. Who we are? What we do? How everything started? I decided to take a quick survey to create something I would call a portrait of a perfumista.
At first I ask you – don’t take this post too seriously since a group of people who agreed to participate in the survey was relatively small. The more people would’ve joined the more general insight I would get but I will try to cope with what I have and formulate some basic conclusions. Without any further introductions lets move on to the main stage. Here are the results.
1st question: Was perfume present in your life and home when you were a young child? As an answer to this question 86% (30 people) said YES and remaining 14% (5 people) said NO about perfumes in their childhood. What needs to be highlighted is that a great part of those who gave a positive answer didn’t say about a perfume experience per se but about smells associated with home, like scents of baking a bread or cake, aroma of spices used in the kitchen.
Question 2: Was your mother or father wearing perfume in your childhood? I divided the results into three groups and combined them into this chart. Relatively big group (50%) of our parents were both wearing perfumes when we were young. In 29% of all cases you confessed that one of your parents liked to use fragrance while the other one didn’t care for it. Here’s another news – among these 29% everyone said it was their mother who had perfume. 21% of all questioned replied that none of their parents used perfume. Many of you remembered the name of your mother’s and father’s scents. For the ladies – Guerlain Shalimar and Chanel No.5 were mentioned most often, 4 and 3 times relatively. For gents it was Old Spice with 6 hits.
Next I asked about your first perfume – what was it and how old were you when you bought it. All but 3 people remembered both perfume and their age. I summed up the age you’ve given and divided it by the number of survey participants. In result I got the average age of our first real perfume purchase – it is 15 years old. The smallest given age for the 1st perfume purchase was 7 and the highest was 38, quite a big divergence, isn’t it? On to the perfume: for 2 people YSL Opium was their 1st scent, fragrances from Avon was worn by 4 people in their youth. Perfumes from Coty were mentioned most often – 6 times with Vanilla Fields taking 2 votes.
Question no. 4 was – When did you start to consider yourself as a perfumista? I guess I put that question in a wrong way as I expected answers like “x years ago” while some people said how old were they so for this one statistic I only counted the votes saying how many years ago you started your perfumistahood. 36% of the answers were for I was always a perfumista. 23% said they’re perfumistas for 2 years or less, the same amount of votes was for 3-5 years ago. Funny thing happened – 9% of questioned said they’re perfumistas for over 10 years and the same number of participants said that a perfumista title doesn’t apply to them. At least not yet, but who knows…
My inquiring mind also wanted to know how old were you when you started to buy perfume regularly (and for many it also means A LOT of perfume). The answers were pretty varied. The graph proves that most of us started their perfume adventure young – when they were teenagers or young adults. 61% claim they started buying perfume flacons regularly when they were 20 years old or younger, many mentioned that everything started when they got their first job. 27% of people were between 21 and 30 when they started buying. 8% were at the age of 31-40 and 4% were older than 40 when they started building their collections.
The last question that had something to do with the numbers was: How many flacons do you own? Since the answers I got from the questionnaire respondents couldn’t have been put into a nice chart I asked the same question again to the greater audience and got much more replies that provide better evaluation. This is the result of the poll. 1-10 bottles are owned by 9% of all who voted. 17% of the group has a collection built from 11-25 fragrances and the same percentage of people own 26-50 bottles. These are the highest results in this chart. 14% of voters have 51-100 bottles, 10% own 101-150 bottles. 151-200 fragrances own 13% of asked and 14% of people own more than 200 scents. Categories of >300, >400 and >500 didn’t fit in the Chanel bottle chart but each of these categories got 2% of all votes. I was happy to see I’m in the most popular group of 11-25 bottles.
At last I asked about your job profession to determine if perfumistas do a similar kind of job. According to the results I got – they don’t. We all do work in different places. Some jobs like nurse, doctor or artist appeared more than once but it’s too little to make a good conclusion that many perfumistas work in health care. The only thing I can say basing on the replies I got is that a vast number of perfumistas have job that involve contact with other person, helping them or providing services to them. That’s all I can say for now on!
I hope that you enjoyed this post and that you’ll find it both entertaining and fun. If you want you can share in the comments how does the results above apply to you – do you agree with some of the conclusions or not necessarily?