Tuesday, April 23, 2013

scents of last week, and The Perfume Collector

Monday: Attended a City Council meeting as they were deciding on the community garden contract - wore The Different Company Bois d'Iris.

Tuesday:  I'm attempting to sit with (vintage) Avon Occur! which I received from the most wonderful Brian at I Smell Therefore I Am.  When I first tried this, I was overwhelmed by the fragrance. My initial impression was of women at Sunday Mass during my childhood (the 1960s), especially the wealthier few who wore the fox fur stoles - with their heads still attached. I was mesmerized by those foxes - they intrigued, horrified and disgusted me - those eyes! those eyes!

I need more time with this one. My nose and brain are all over the place.

Wednesday:  The good people at Harper Collins sent me a copy of Kathleen Tessaro's The Perfume Collector, and I finished reading it earlier this week.  I recommend this book to people who like 'chick lit' and/or perfume.  The author does a wonderful job of describing scent and perfume.  The story is an interesting one, and the best part of the book in my opinion is how she brings to life the mysterious Madame Zed.  Of course this book made me want to try vintage Lanvin My Sin.

Thursday:  Getting ready to go to work at the garden nursery, I put on some Chanel No. 5.  Boy, was that a mistake.  I immediately got grumpy (the cold rainy weather probably didn't help much).  So I scrubbed it, and put on Le Labo Labdanum 18 instead.

Friday:  Another nursery day, still cool, so I warmed up with a light spritz of Les Nereides Patchouli Antique.  I have to say that this is my current patch favorite, and it could be my all time patchouli favorite.

Saturday:  Work, then a Farmers Market meeting, then a St. Patty's Day party - hahaa, yeah friends were going to hold this party ON St. Patty's Day, but the flu made them cancel it.   Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

perfume on television and in the dirt

So, what did you all think about the perfume episode on "Mr. Selfridge"?

I had to pull out my sample of 4711 (I know, I only have a sample - sounds kind of silly - a "sample" of 4711.  I have been meaning to purchase a bottle, but haven't yet) during the scene featuring the counter display, and sprayed some on the Moth and myself to get into the mood of the show.

As the house perfume featured in this episode was a lily-in-the-valley fiction, here are links from Bois de Jasmin and Perfume Shrine for more information about this note in real perfume.

In other news, I wore Chanel 31 Rue Cambon this week while gardening (yes, the weather has been nice lately - actually too nice as I'm not thrilled with 80 degree days in April but after the long winter, I'll take whatever warmth Mother Nature dishes up) and I was stunned by how wearable it is.  I have a preconceived notion that all Chanel are in general just too fancy for every day wear.    Bergamot, black pepper, patchouli, iris,  labdanum.  I swear I get a hint of a dirty rose in this.  Is 31 Rue Cambon becoming my go-to gardening perfume (as you may remember, I wore this when I went to an apple orchard back in October)?