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Perfume

Perfume

Date: Apr 11 2008

Themes: Fashion, Health

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Everyone wants to smell good. Of course, not everyone has the same idea of a good smell. Hippies might try to smell like incense and mud. But that’s another story.

When most people want to smell good, they put on perfume. But as with many things, a lot of perfume can be too much of a good thing. Jason had a hard time getting up the elevator to Marni’s apartment because it was full of perfume.

Dialog

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Jason

Jason

Marni

Marni

Jason:  Yeah, sorry it took me so long to get up here. I had to take the elevator twice because…Well, I had to wait for it twice because I hit “up” to get up to your apartment and the elevator came and it was, like, full of perfume. There wasn’t even someone there, it was just someone who had been in it had left this insane perfume smell.

Marni:  Just lingering over…

Jason:  That’s how much perfume she was wearing!

Marni:  Wow, I…

Jason:  So I had to just hit the button for a random floor and let it go up, and then hit it again and wait for another elevator to come down and then come up here. Because I’m actually allergic to perfume.

Marni:  That’s amazing. I, myself, am not a big fan of perfume because it’s just…People, like said person in the elevator, seem to just, like, bathe in it and it’s so overwhelming it gives me headaches.

Jason:  Yeah! Yeah. I don’t know what’s in it, but there must be something somewhat toxic or chemical in it.

Marni:  It’s pretty baffling to me just the way people wear, like men with cologne, they’ll just kind of, sometimes they’ll just douse it on, and I think the point of that is to attract female attention, and it’s the opposite for me. It’s a repellent.

Jason:  Same for me with women wearing tons of it.

Marni:  I don’t get it. But there’s some perfume that I don’t mind the smell of, and some people seem to know how to wear it, but overall…

Jason:  Yeah, a small amount of it, I can see that being helpful for certain situations and things. But it’s nice being allergic to it in a way because I’m not bothered by, you know, natural people smells because they’re the exact opposite.

Marni:  Yeah. But isn’t it interesting? People never think about the fact that you can be allergic to smells and they just, like, put it on willy-nilly.

Jason:  Just broadcast it!

Marni:  Yeah, it’s pretty obnoxious.

 

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Discussion

When the elevator opened up for Jason to get in, there weren’t any people in it, but it was full of perfume. So he pushed a button inside and sent it away and waited for another elevator to take him to Marni’s apartment. He explains that he’s allergic to perfume.

Marni understands. Too much perfume gives her a headache. Neither of them is sure why a lot of perfume can make you sick. There must be something toxic in it.

Jason and Marni understand that a little perfume can be nice. But they think it’s weird when people put on a lot of perfume to try to attract mates. They smell so strongly they probably drive them away!

Do you like to wear perfume or cologne? Can you think of some other things that are only good in small amounts?

 

Comments

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studiousCroatina

Germany

Yeah I agree! I think with perfume the saying less is more would be suitable! one really shouldn't exxagerate with perfume! I think it's the same with make-up and with accessoires…

it's better to just set a course ;) !

09:00 AM Apr 17 2008 |

AJP

India

Perfume gives nice fragrance….but it should be used limited…it attracts others easily…

05:17 AM Apr 17 2008 |

AJP

India

Perfume gives nice fragrance…but too much of anything is good for nothing…so it shouldn’t be used often…i agree that i attracts many…it’s also alergic to many… i also use perfume to attract mates…so there is no harm in using perfume…

05:07 AM Apr 17 2008 |

rodrigoh21

Mexico

Well, i have to be honest with you guys, i am a big perfume fan, i love to wear tommy and dolce, those are my favorites, but sometimes there are people who really wear tons of perfume and that is not ok, you have to wear the exactly amount so it wont be obnoxious, bye.

02:26 AM Apr 17 2008 |

osadek2003

osadek2003

Yemen

 not all perfume has a good smell , Put  I seem to used rarely not always . And perfume made up of alcholic substance so it's very bad .

08:24 AM Apr 16 2008 |

swifty

swifty

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But its certainly good if we can avoid perfumes if its allergic

06:56 AM Apr 16 2008 |

swifty

swifty

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I personally thinks that perfumes add up confidence and self respect..however certain perfume ingredients such as spice perfumes are really suffocating even used for small amounts..but i know certain people who really loves that spicy perfumes!!huh!!..so it seems to me that its all depend upon the situation where we are going..

06:56 AM Apr 16 2008 |

swifty

swifty

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I personally feels that perfumes adds up confidence and a sense of respect in general..however certain strong smells  Green tea and spicy perfumes is really suffocating..So i believe that the use  and kind of perfumes will vary according to the situation…cos i know certain people who loves green tea ingredients very much..huh

06:47 AM Apr 16 2008 |

Lauritz

Viet Nam

 Smile I Like to use perfum but I'm allergic to it Frown . I think that people shouldn't put a lot of perfum because it's not good Embarassed

03:18 PM Apr 15 2008 |

cesar thamer

Iraq

that’s good subject…....
I love the good kind of perfume only,but not in all time,and I hate mixing it.
thanks…..

03:18 PM Apr 15 2008 |

cesar thamer

Iraq

that's  good subject…....
I love  the good kind of perfume only,but not in all time,and I hate  mixing  it.
thanks…..

03:17 PM Apr 15 2008 |

cesar thamer

Iraq

that's  good subject…....
I love  the good kind of perfume only,but not in all time,and I hate  mixing  it.
thanks…..

03:10 PM Apr 15 2008 |

Ivan Bear

China

everythins is good, just keep it in suitbable scale.

03:32 AM Apr 15 2008 |

pedram1980

pedram1980

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

at the beginning of lesson the man speak very fast and it is not clear. if we haden’t the text we couldn’t understand what he say. i think we only can understand this way of speaking if we go to an english country.

05:37 PM Apr 14 2008 |

makifd

makifd

Turkey

that’s my opinion, everyone have to use only one perfume. And please ask to your partner that which one perfume good smelling on your body. ıt’s good a way.

09:50 AM Apr 14 2008 |

mohamadrezahadidi

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

perfume is good but i dont like so much

its good tobe normal

08:14 AM Apr 14 2008 |

mohamadrezahadidi

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

perfume is good but  idont like people make it much

its good for be normal.

08:10 AM Apr 14 2008 |

okokono

okokono

Viet Nam

In my opionion, I think that a little perfume can help everyone be more confident. not too much or using it.

04:29 AM Apr 14 2008 |

okokono

okokono

Viet Nam

In my opionion, I think that a little perfume can help everyone be more confident. not too much or using it.

04:28 AM Apr 14 2008 |

Nathalya09

Nathalya09

Colombia

Perfume, i just think that's not a good gift. You have to know a lot a person to give a perfum as a gift.

02:44 AM Apr 14 2008 |

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