Probably not going to be a totally trashy Friday, all the babies in the celebrity world make me yawn. I love babies, and I wish all the new parents the very best, but I really detest the fuss they make over babies of celebrities. They didn’t do anything special, and too many babies and children go through the day not knowing if anyone in the world loves them. Though I’ve got to say this report of TomKat already planning for baby No. 2 makes me oogie a little.
I’m not buying any magazine this week with celebrity babies in it as my protest, and I’m sending an extra few bucks to Modest Needs instead. And I wish they’d stop with the baby issues soon so I can go back to my favorite shameful indulgence. Let me just do my pitch for my favorite charity. I believe often the charity that helps the most is the smallest, the little things, the things that people need that will just tide them over a tough patch and keep them in their home, get them their medication for that week or a piece of medical equipment for their kid. My parents were always great for giving us the pinch hit when we needed it, but a lot of people in the world don’t have family or friends that can or will help them.
That’s what Modest Needs does. They take applications for the small things that people need — $150 to make up the difference in the mortgage payment because one of the parents was off work for too many days that month with pneumonia, the $60 for a prescription that ‘s so needed, but paying for that will put them way short on groceries for the week, $87 for the light bill. Most people can manage their life pretty well most of the time, but live so close to the edge that having an unexpected expense or loss of a couple of days work may mean they are out of their home. It is the smallest acts of love and help of individuals that sometimes make the biggest difference.
Got a sample of Montale Black Oud in my Caron decant order because it just sounds so deliciously dark. It goes on pretty medicinal, but that don’t scare me none, I love Tubeurese Criminelle’s pungent open like I love my own children. Give the Oud a few minutes, and the oudishness starts seeping out past the medicinal smell, and the black one is just rich and dark. If you aren’t a fan of ouds, you will hate this with a passion. If you like the ouds, then you should love all the oudishness in this. There’s some rose hidden in there that you do get in the drydown, but it’s a rose on fire and smoldering smoky hot in the embers. Throw in some leather and sandalwood on this one, and it’s a dark perfume to love. I’m still not sure I’ll ever wear it, but, lord, I do love to sniff it, so I’m sure spritzing it wildly about isn’t far behind. If Aomassai was a kegger in the woods, Black Oud is falling in the bonfire with a bouquet of roses in one hand and a bottle of Wild Turkey in the other. Please don’t let me buy my own bottle, ‘kay? If you are inclined to get a bottle, Suravi Online has it at a great discount.
The next Parfumerie Generale I sniffed from the sampler pack is one I weep when I contemplate putting on again, but I have to just to refresh and confirm my first impression. Iris Taizo is an Iris Woody Balsamic, which sounds like something I would adore, so I was quite anxious to sniff it. Notes of Guatemalan cardamom, iris, jinkoh wood, fig-tree honey and precious unguents infused with the warmth of the sun. Go on, please. So we laid the ingredients out to dry to infuse them with the sun warmth? When I first put this on –and I need to type quick because I haven’t got much time before I have to go scrub it off — it smells wonderful!!! Iris is out in the woods and happy and a little dark, but just soaring. Then that damn honey pours over the iris, and the iris, she wilts and gets smothered, and there is no reviving the joy for me. Now, at a distance and objectively, I can be okay with this perfume, but on me, smelling it for more than 15-20 minutes, I feel like I just got shut in a room full of snakes — either me or the snakes on my arm have to go. Okay, be back in a sec, my time has run out on this one, needs scrubbing, that’s all I can smell now. (Note: even scrubbing does not get this off completely. It took a thorough spritzing of Bvlgari Au the Blanc to make me breathe easy again).
New favorite room spray — Geodesis Black Tea, available here. Right now the whole Geodesis line is making me happy.
Giveaway for this week will be two samples from any of the Hermessence or Hermes perfumes that I’ve got. I have all but the Poivre Samarkande of the Hermessences, (Rose Ikebana, Osmanthe Yunnan, Vetiver Tonka and Ambre Narguile) or from the regular line – Eau de Merveilles, Hiris, Un jardin Sur le Nil, Un Jardin Mediterannee, 24 Faubourg, Bel Ami or Rocabar (Miss March’s brief review had me hitting the “buy” button). If you want to be entered in the drawing, just drop a note in comments with a smiley face at the bottom of the comment.