This is going to be a brief post, because we´re heading into Labor Day Weekend, and yesterday I got my XXL September Vogue in the mail (squeeeee!!!) and I´ll be busy propping that up in my lap for perusal for the next few days. I read online that it weighs 4 lbs. 5 ozs. without the advertising supplement. Between that and the endless odd-smelling envelopes, my postman probably wishes I would move somewhere else. Anyway, here are some random thoughts:
1) I have some fragrance samples that are a year or two old that appear to have turned. I´m talking specifically about the ones in the plastic atomizers. And I don´t mean the top notes have gone off; I´m not a chemist, but it seems to me like the plastic is literally dissolving, and they smell terrible. A bunch of extra airspace in the atomizer probably isn´t doing the scent any favors either. If you have a plastic atomizer of some rare, much-loved juice you´d like to hang onto so you can take it out and sniff it every now and again, I´d seriously consider moving it into the smallest airtight glass container it can fit into.
2) If I ever win the lottery I´m going to track down Victoire Gobin-Daude and throw money at her until she reopens her shop, brings back her original line and creates some new ones. You can thank me later. My 1ml vials of Nuit au Desert and Sous le Buis are almost gone, and I am pretty torn up about that.
3) If you´ve tried a specific fragrance, particularly one that you really thought would work on you, and it was all wrong, please try again. And by “try again,” I mean: get some from a completely different source and try again. Let´s face it: stuff happens. Bottles go bad sitting on counters under the light and heat. Samples get mixed up and contaminated. Patty and I have both had instances (we shared a nasty vial of Iris Silver Mist once, and thank God she eventually got another one) where it was clear that there´d been some problem with the first go-round. I´m not talking about your nose coming around to something eventually; that happens too, of course. But I´ve done enough re-sampling at this point to feel pretty confident that sometimes you get a bum steer. No fault, no blame. But please don´t write a fragrance off forever based on a sample of one.
4) For those of you suckered into buying Kenzo Jungle Elephant based on my review, and/or other folks who are still trying to figure out how to “ride the Elephant” through the first intensely sweet hour to the mother lode of spicy goodness – I discovered through happy accident that it layers beautifully with the original Comme des Garcons parfum (which I think is actually an EDP? with notes of Cardamom, Coriander, Geranium, Nutmeg, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Labdanum, Styrax, Cedarwood, Cut Hay, Olibanum, Black Pepper, Sandalwood, Rose, Honey). The CdG spices smother the gooey candied opening of the Elephant. For any of you who haven’t tried that CdG (created in 1994 by Marc Buxton)… well, what the heck are you waiting for?! Look at those notes!!!!!! If they hold any appeal at all, you owe yourself a sniff. I’m really looking forward to wearing it this fall.
Well, that´s all my little pearls of perfume wisdom for the moment. Feel free to share your own pearls in the comments below. Otherwise, have a great Labor Day weekend. Don´t forget your sunscreen! Drink plenty of hydrating, ice-cold alcoholic beverages from a can! See you in September!