| An 18th-century perfumista who will not be dissuaded.
Madame de Pompadour (Boucher, 1750)
“No female can be a fine woman, who uses perfumes of any kind, as these must be meant to predominate over some personal disagreeable odor.”
– Anonymous, “On the Character of Fine Women.” (March, 1792)
(From an article in The Universal Asylum and Columbian Magazine)
Risky then, risky now? Negative attitudes about perfume-wearing persist today–though not in quite the same way. What do you think?