Welcome To APJ

Hi there from Portia,

Welcome, my name, for all intents and purposes, is Portia Turbo. I am a Sydney-sider born and bred and had a sun filled childhood in modest middle class, schooled by Nuns and Jesuits, studied Fashion and briefly worked in the industry until, at about age 19, I became a professional Drag Queen and have been working in that capacity ever since all over the world; on stage (OMFG!! Everywhere), in film (Priscilla; Queen of the Desert), on radio ( OUTFM, 2DAY FM), in print (Outrage, Q, ExpressMagazineNZ), on TV (Raving reporter on MTV) and books (Mardi Gras). Currently I run Turbo Trivia nights at pubs and clubs around Sydney and feel like I’ve hardly worked a day in my life and am grateful that the universe continues to let me do what I love. Long have I suffered with potty mouth.

Currently I am not long in the perfume craving, I collected without knowledge, but wish to learn as much as I can.
There is some squirt bitch work in my past, distant now, working at the Guerlain counter during Xmas holidays at a small suburban department store in Sydney Australia. Since then I have been through the fragrance roller coaster; sometimes 50 fragrances, then 2, back up to 30, down to 6 and now, honestly you’d think me mental if I gave the number of different fragrances in full bottles, decants, and samples in my home.
I am fragrance omniverous, sluttish in my broad and sometimes good-taste-bypass buying. To smell EVERYTHING seems to be my current goal. Good, bad, indifferent, whatever. And hopefully, in the end, to be able to tell the difference. But of course its the journey I am enjoying, no destination in sight. I’m not niche centric, nor do I care if a celeb has brought it out, I have some pre existing favourites that you’ll get to meet but basically I’m a clean slate.
We decided to do an Aussie blog about perfume because at the time we couldn’t find what we were looking for down under to learn stuff from. We also like the idea of writing in a Southern Hemisphere time zone, so when we talk about spring there’s not a 6 month wait till the observation becomes valid.
We are hoping to hook you up to some really useful basic knowledge about perfumery, interview some noses, see some of what goes into the manufacture and promotion of perfume, find you good books on the subject, have some AWESOME competitions, direct you to interesting conversations or articles on blogs all over the world, tell you our thoughts and feelings on fragrance and the industry as we see it and a multitude of other outpourings that will, we hope, inspire, educate, interest, include, envelope and entertain you. There will be space for you to join the conversations too, you all know more than us anyway, I do beg though that there be a ZERO CYBER BULLYING code.
What letters do I have after my name that give me gravitas, none, sorry, kicked out of school at 15. What will we be offering that you can’t find elsewhere put better, researched with knowledge and years of history within the inner circle of the industry, I don’t know. I have a nose that can smell a bit and a mind that sometimes surprises me. Honestly, the sheer weight of perfume bloggery did give us pause for thought (and so much of it is excellent, progressive, informative and thought provoking), the exponential growth in the last 5 years is incredible, so even if we are just writing a journal for ourselves I would like to do that, and give our learning curve somewhere to come back to and follow later on, like a paper trail of our perfume history.
While I have no qualms about cash for comment, if we do ever become that kind of adventure there will be fair warnings. Having said that; cash for comment doesn’t mean you get us to lie, we will (I hope) always tell as much truth as we can and/or dare.
I just LOVE fragrance and would like to share my thoughts and learnings. The great thing for you is that hanging out with us is FREE! Exactly, nothing to lose, everything to gain, and maybe we’ll all make some super great friends along the way who also love fragrance in all its forms.
Other things I love include my amazing circle of friends from all over the world and all different walks of life, reading, cooking, a bath, greyhounds, homemaking, ironing (I KNOW!!), furniture, snack foods, sex, getting ready for work, swimming, pedicures, partners old and new, bed linen, gardening, sewing (actually I hate it but do it well), lying in bed after everyone has gone to work, the WWW, iconic imagery, dancing, my job, shopping, flirting, dinner parties, the feeling after you’ve cleaned the house before guests arrive, travel, art, cheese, etc etc etc
Welcome to the AustralianPerfumeJunkies.com blog, please come regularly and enjoy the ride.
Portia xx

4 comments on “Welcome To APJ

  1. Hi Portia,

    How to stumble upon diversionary sites (I am far too easily distracted!): I just discovered you because my sister asked for my opinion on a new logo for a business we’re starting and I said it reminded me of the fragrance “Jazz” by YSL. I did a quick search for an image to illustrate what I meant, which led me to your blog and thence, website. I wish you lots of luck and obviously you enjoy what you do, so hope that continues.

    I do have a question you may be able to help with. I am a fashion ignoramus, almost 50 year old guy who has no particular idea of current fashion or trends, outside my own field. I was perturbed however, last time I went to purchase the aftershave which I have more or less made my own for the past 20-25yrs, which was Dali.

    It seems to be unavailable in stores and as I’m not much of an online shopper, in my utter lostness I have reverted back to the Jazz of my youth. I am wondering if you would be able to tell me what’s the story with Dali, and if truly unavailable, perhaps suggest something new to make my own.

    Your reply will be much appreciated.

    Kind Regards,


    • Hey Michael,
      You like some really good fragrances, is it the original men’s Dali you are after? Black bottle? Still available at the discounters like FragranceX and FragranceNet last time I looked. Big masculine scents are your thing. Try Armani Prive

  2. Hi Portia, love your intro!
    I am curious and would love to know if you would like me to create a natural Aromatherapy perfume for you, handcrafted by me with pure essential oils and hydrosols? There are NO nasty chemicals in my products, they re made to order only and I have long been on a mission to share my message and help people to improve their health and wellbeing on all levels.

    I am an Aromatherapist of 18 years. Creating beautiful luxury products it is one of my greatest passions in life. I live and breathe divine pure plant aromas from my stunning collection of essential oils from the world over every day.

    Well I look forward to hearing from you and if not well that is absolutely fine as well.

    Kindest Regards

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