Sunday, June 9, 2013

scent in literature

"....His hair was deeply oiled, and comb tracks went all the way from his temples to the back of his thin black neck, and he reeked of green perfume..."

From Evan S. Connell's short story "The Fisherman from Chihuahua"  (1955)


I haven't been wearing anything new recently, although I still have so many samples to try.  Some of the scents that have been in rotation lately -  Le Labo Labdanum 18, Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie, Agent Provocateur L'Agent (this one has been growing on me), Les Nereides Patchouli Antique, and Annick Goutal Petite Cherie.   

In light of the above quote, I should reek of something green today.



14 comments:

  1. sounds appropo for the Farmers' Market!

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    1. hey Randal! Yep, and for work today at the Nursery!

      (I'm intrigued that a male writer in the 1950s was aware of green perfume.)

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  2. What a vivid image. I have been flitting from 'fume to 'fume lately, not feeling very settled. I think it's a subconscious distraction technique because I'm quite busy but don't really feel like settling to a single task. :)

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    1. Hello dearest Natalie! Oh I'm in a similar place - busy but not settling. I have been flitting from this to that. And breathing in deeply of the natural scents around me in my daily life. But nothing is really satisfying me (though I must admit, a bunch of peonies, set upon the desk at work, is a daily refreshment)

      The quote so spoke to me. I saw it, burned in my brain. I want to know that green perfume, and gaze upon that man!

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  3. I am in a similar place. I'm not trying anything new and I'm not wearing many things, Ieven forget by noon what it was I applied in the morning (I have to think about it).
    I know that means it's time for a vacation. :)

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    1. Hello Ines - you have hit the nail on the head - yes, time for a vacation!!

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    2. I am on a vacation but it doesn't help! I do not want to try anything new (and I do not like a bunch of what I brought with me - but it's not perfumes' fault; I hate when it's hot and humid).

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    3. Hey Undina - ughh, heat and humidity, I'm not looking forward to that weather this summer. I usually wear cologne waters and citrus at those times to try to keep myself from melting completely!

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  4. Hm, Carol, what green perfume do you think he reeked of? I'm thinking Bandit (paying no mind that it was marketed to women)or an overdose of Guerlain Vetiver.

    Hair oil. Yuck, I can just see this guy and he not only reeks of green perfume but of Brylcreem ... 'member that?

    Although, being unfamiliar with the novel, maybe I shouldn't infer anything from this excerpt. :-D

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    1. Suzanne, I have absolutely no idea what he was wearing. Those are two good suggestions. I'm not well-versed in vintage perfumes, so I'm at a loss. I'm thinking he wore jojoba or some other kind of oil in his hair. If you get a chance to read the short story, do - it's quite interesting!

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  5. Hi Carol,

    I am so glad L'Agent is growing on you, while Labdanum 18 worked from the off, right? Unusual pick for the summer weather if I may say so. :-)

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    1. Hey Bonks! It is so interesting to me that L'Agent smells deeper/richer/greener in the warmer weather, but not oppressive. Thank you for it! And Labdanum continues to be one of my all-time favorites (thanks for that too)!!!!

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  6. I have just ordered some samples of botanical perfumes.....not sure what to expect.
    I also recently discovered that labdanum oil comes from the sticky resin of certain rock roses.

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    1. Hello WD! Have you tried your perfumes? Have you written about them on your blog? I really need to pop over there and see. Thanks for stopping by!

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