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)?

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  1. Aha! I believe you might be right. I also thought of Chanel being too fancy for every day wear but now I seem to be changing my mind.
    Although, I don't think I could wear No.18 for everyday... - then again, why not?! It would certainly make me feel sparkly. :)

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    1. Exactly, Ines, why not!? Feeling sparkly is always a good thing I think I'm going to wear #5 tomorrow as I'm working in the garden nursery - hehee, I'm so subversive! ;)

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  2. Carol, I think 31 Rue Cambon is one of the easiest Chanel scents to wear casually, thanks to its very deft touch of what I perceive as a light leathery smell within it. Yeah, I can see it being a great gardening perfume!

    So now I'm going to Google "Mr. Selfridge" of which I'm completely unfamiliar. (Feel free to laugh your ass off...I'll admit I've been living under a rock when it comes to TV. I do still own one and should probably turn it on once in a while, if only to keep up with the rest of the world.) :)

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    1. Howdie Suzanne! I didn't think of it has leathery until you mentioned it. It's becoming one of my current favorites, that is for sure.

      Mr. Selfridge is currently on Masterpiece Theatre here in the US. Not a big fan of Jeremy Piven in this - I think he's too stilted or something, but there are a few of the characters and actors I do like in it. *not laughing my ass off because I know we watch WAYYY to much TV and wish we could cut down...it's quite the addiction in our household. But I feel better with myself because I always knit when I'm sitting in front of the boob tube ;) *

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  3. I don't think I have the channel that runs that show so can't share your moment. But I've just had my own TV + perfume episode. I was watching an episode of Angel (I'm on my last season for the first time - so no spoilers!) and in it there was a conversation between two fighting vimpires (women). One of them has just discovered that the other one was also a vampire:
    - I should have smelled you!
    - You would have if you wore less of that tacky perfume.
    - Chanel is NOT tacky!

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    1. Hello Undina!! Hahahaa! Love that quote - you know I have never seen Angel and I have only seen a couple of episodes of Buffy the Vampire. I think I need to queue those up on Netflix.

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    2. We've just finished Buffy a couple of weeks ago. We tried to time both series to follow their spin-off chronology since characters kept going between series.

      Buffy was surprisingly good. Angel was not bad for a while. Now it's still enterntaining.

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  4. Not familiar with that TV show either, but love your crack about having a 'sample' of 4711. That is kind of comical given how iconic and cheap it is. :-)

    Love the notion that 31 Cambon has become your go-to gardening scent. It will be a long while - if ever - that we enjoy temperatures of 80 degrees, but as soon as the weather becomes halfway warm I am getting out in the garden and I just might try that!

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    1. hey Bonks! Yeah, you would think I would have a full bottle of 4711, wouldn't you? hahaaa

      Mr. Selfridge is an ITV production - about the American who founded the store.

      With our lovely erratic weather, it's now 40 degrees. Sigh. I'd love to hear what you think of it while you garden!

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  5. I am very excited to begin watching this, as my mom has been telling me it's very good. Now I have double the reason. :)

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    1. Natalie, I'm such a sucker for Masterpiece Theater - I'll watch every single season. Let me know what you think of it, esp the perfume episode!

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  6. A perfume episode? Yay! I set the DVR to record Mr. Selfrdige from the beginning, but have only been able to watch a few recent episodes due to much travel lately. In fact I was probably testing perfume art Selfridges's the day that episode aired. My hotel was a few blocks away, so I often cut through the perfume the department on my to this and that. It's a great place to sample perfume in the 21st century! Now I can't wait to watch that episode. [In TV news: here was just a Shalimar reference on Madmen this week--do you watch that show?] I love 31 rue Cambon! It has that distinctive Chanel something or other that reminds me of No. 5, but I find it (and in a similar way, Bois des Îles) gentler, easier to wear.

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    1. Howdie Cheryl! How cool that you went to Selfridges! I'd love to see the place in real life. I didn't see Madmen (I haven't started watching it yet - one of these days, me and the husband aka The Moth , will spend some downtime binge watching it!

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  7. All of the Selfridges windows are (or were ) dedicated to David Bowie (a tie-in tot he Victoria and Albert exhibit), and there is Bowie music playing n a special gift area-a lovely contrast to the historic charm, especially if (like me) you imprinted on Bowie in days of misspent youth. I still have an 'Is there life on Mars?" ear worm from the London visit.

    I finally carved out some time to watch the early episodes of Selfridges, only to discover I'd waited so long, the DVR erased them. Evil thing! I'll track them down, though. Must see that perfume episode.

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    1. Wow! that must have been an wonderful sight, all those Bowie windows! And speaking of Bowie, did you see the video from Commander Hadfield of the ISS, his version of "Space Oddity"?

      Hope you can find "Selfridge" - esp that one episode. And knowing Masterpiece Theatre, it will probably be repeated soon.

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