The Perfect Reminder
Perfumer Kelly Jones remembers the fresh mountain air of her home state of Montana and the desert aroma surrounding her childhood in Texas. She remembers various birthdays by the bottles of perfume friends gifted her. She remembers the smell of her father’s 1932 Model T Ford — the wool seat covers, the spark plugs, the engine oil — and of the cars at various vintage car shows they saw together over the years: memories so precious they inspired a career in the automobile industry.
By her late twenties, Kelly was working in her “dream job” as a product planner for Toyota, managing large projects, living in Los Angeles, and traveling regularly to Mexico and Japan. But one day in a random, paralyzing moment of doubt, she asked herself: “Am I really happy? Will I just do this forever?” She started to worry: Would the fact that she had succeeded at such an early age eventually fizzle her love for the job? Would she find herself decades later driving a Lexus and miserable? To calm her building anxiety, she increasingly turned to the soothing environments of aromatherapy and spa treatments.
And then, “magic” happened.