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.


18 comments:

  1. It's cold and rainy here today and actually feels just a few degrees lower and it could snow. Very depressing. I had Patch Antique on yesterday. I'm coming around on that one. Wasn't sure what I thought at first. It was musty on me the first time I tried it but yesterday it smelled much different. Much nicer this time around. The one that you sent that I've fallen hard for though is Carillon Pour un Ange. I'm thinking I may need a bottle of that one. Actually I know I need a bottle of it.

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    1. Hello Poodle! This is the winter that just.won't.quit. Sigh!

      I personally really enjoy the mustiness of PA and it's why I like it so much. But I can understand that it can be off-putting - glad it's played nicely with you the other day!

      Oooh I'm so happy that that Tauer is delighting you!!!!!

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  2. Avon Occur - now I have heard of everything! Funny, my mother used to sell Avon back in the late 60s and 70s, I can go on eBay and I recognize all those horrible kitschy bottles that everything was packaged in. I may just have to check out a cheap bottle of Occur to see what you're talking about :)

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    1. Hey Steve!! Too bad some of those kitschy bottles aren't hidden in some long-forgotten drawer so you can try them without having to ebay them.

      If you find Occur or any of the old Avon's, please do tell! I'm hoping to wrap my head around this one - as you probably know, I have a really really hard time with aldehydes so it's taking me some time and energy to figure this one out.

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  3. Why does Chanel No 5 make you grumpy? I'm asking not because I'm surprised - I don't like this perfume but then I wouldn't even attempt to put it on - but just out of the curiosity.

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    1. Hello Undina; you know, I don't know if it always makes me grumpy or if it was just that morning. I too am not a big fan of #5 - I like the eau premiere version better. Maybe it made me grumpy because I just don't get it? Maybe because when I wear it, it isn't remotely 'me' at all, which is even more apparent when I'm going to work at the nursery. Kind of like wearing high heels when I should be wearing work boots?

      Good question - one that will be in my head for awhile.

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  4. The book sounds good. :)
    I definitely need to check it out.

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    1. Ines, I thought of you when I received the book! I love that she made Madame Zed a character in this book. If you do read it at some point, I cannot wait to hear what you have to say about it!

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  5. Too funny about the fox heads! If Steve is an Avon encyclopaedia I wonder if he can tell me about a peach scented moisturiser that used to come in a pot shaped like a basket of peaches with like bumpy fruit on the lid. I found that mesmerising in my youth - also in the 60s it would have been.

    So glad you thought to replace No 5 with Labdanum 18 - a better choice all round!

    I have that book and am looking forward to reading it once I am through Alyssa's wonderful tale.

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    1. Hey Bonks! heheee, I asked the Moth if he remembered those fox stoles, and he did...I have a feeling only those of us of a certain age have any knowledge of them!!

      Hope Steve can help you out.

      Yep, Labdanum was so much better - pheww! I wasn't so grumpy after I spritzed that on

      Looking forward to hearing what you think about the book.

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  6. You live such a busy interesting life and I love that you are having such fun with all the perfumes. I remember those stoles and the Churchy perfume smell that rather overpowered me. Love your blog layout and color! Thank you for visiting and the kind words.

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    1. Thanks so much, Callie, for stopping by! Those stoles were so weirdly interesting! :)

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  7. Those eyes, indeed! Yikes. :)

    Thanks for thoughts on The Perfume Collector. Saw the review on Birgit's blog, and was debating about it, then spent a few minutes on the author's website and thought she presented a very thoughtful, down-to-earth image, so that made me even more interested. Is it just me, or are there lots of perfume-themed books lately?

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    1. Hello N! It's an enjoyable, quick read. There does seem to be a lot of perfume books around, though none of them are at my local library (yet). I really enjoyed your last review, btw.

      (yeah, those fox eyes - burned into my memory, that's for sure!)

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  8. Hi Carol - I've never seen a fox stole with the head attached - in real life - but I can understand the creepiness. Bandit always makes me cranky when I wear it, no matter what else is happening. It's like this dull thud through my day and I think, 'why am I feeling so annoyed?' Then I remember, it's the Bandit! Love it in concept, but cannot for the life of me wear the stuff.

    Sounds like life is going well for you and you're doing some fun things that feed your soul. It's what we all want, right? Take good care.

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    1. Josephine, hello! and count yourself fortunate that your childhood wasn't traumatized by those eyes, those EYES! ;)

      Bandit - hmmm - in the wet winter months, I can wear it, but yeah, it's a hard one.

      Things are going well - my aging body, though, cries every night. Hopefully soon my soul and my muscles will be in synch! Thanks!!

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  9. Sounds like a good week. A good book too!

    I love and admire the garden nursery thing. It's great to promote sustainable living within a community.

    It's a storm outside right now. Fun to watch.

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    1. Hello Joan!! It was a good week - this past one was a good one too but super busy (worked 9 hours a coupla days - hope to have a post up tomorrow!)

      We had a drencher of a storm yesterday - I love thunderstorms! Have a wonderful weekend.

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