When I was in New York in late October, I walked into a tiny barbershop with a huge sign saying, “Cotton Candy” in red letters.
It was a big moment for me: the first time I’d ever seen it.
It’s also one of the most ubiquitous perfumes in the world.
It started in Australia, and has spread to the U.S., Canada, and beyond.
A few months ago, I asked my friend Lauren if she’d seen the sign and she said, “I’ve never seen it.”
I asked if she had any ideas.
“I would have,” she said.
“It’s so much fun.
I love it.”
The scent has been around for at least a century.
Its origins are unclear, but it’s most likely derived from the sugar cane fields that surround Melbourne’s Gold Coast.
The cane is a key ingredient in some perfumes, and Australian producers have been using it for centuries.
But the cotton candy smell is not an Australian phenomenon.
“In Australia, it’s mostly produced in the U