079 Daniel A. Alfonso


Since coming to Philadelphia for college at Penn, I’ve learned that big urban areas can do a pretty good job of making you keep your feelings to yourself. I use fragrances as an olfactory mood ring and let everyone know what I’m feeling without uttering a single word, Montale’s Black Aoud if I’m feeling elegant and powerful, L’eau D’Issey’s Pour Homme Sport if I’m feeling energized and casual, and Davidoff’s Cool Water if I’m in an especially nostalgic mood. Heck, I’ve even got a fragrance I use when I’m feeling particularly moodless. Thus, Philadelphia has taught me the importance of letting your feelings out in some way, shape, or form, and that’s a lesson I’ll carry with me wherever life takes me.