Vetiver Dance sample winner

This has been a heck of a week – more on that later. First, let’s give away those six Tauer Vetiver Dance samples that Andy sent out.  The winners are:

  1. Sylvia
  2. DPearson
  3. Noyna
  4. Pam
  5. Gretchen
  6. Linda B

Just click on Contact Us over on the left and let me know your address, and I’ll send you the samples!

Now, my excuse for no perfume review. My mom broke her ankle about three years ago, a couple of days after her brother died. She had to go to his funeral before they set it.  From that day to now, a woman who despises painkillers has pretty much been on them nonstop, getting worse in the last year.  She hates them, and I can’t state that strongly enough.  There were times in the last year where she would talk about just sawing her ankle off. It was shot through with arthritis, not set straight, and bone was grinding on bone. 

Last Friday she had a Total Ankle Replacement.  With my mom, surgery is hair-raising. She reacts badly to anesthesia and winds up sick after and can’t eat, can’t take pain meds, it’s just a mess.  I’ve gone through this with her so many times, and it scares me every time.  This time, they gave her some great anti-nausea meds, then dumped her to the curb the day after surgery, and I could tell she was getting sick again. Then I did a bad thing… it was the evening, she needed to not be sick anymore, and I had some leftover cough syrup with phenergan in it (helps with nausea), and I gave it to her.  And it worked until morning and I could call the doctor and get a prescription for her.  Sunday she started eating again and had her appetite back and had the best night of sleep she’s had in three years last night and headed home today to finish recuperating.

I can’t tell you how much better she seemed. Even with the post-surgery pain, she was in less pain than she’s been in for the last three years. She said her post-surgery pain wa sa 5, her pre-surgery pain was a 10 almost constantly.  So she’s feeling pretty snappy and frisky now, and it was great to see.

What perfume did we have on for surgery? I wore Chanel Beige, and Shirley had on Guerlain Double Vanille with a shot of Le Labo Vanille 44. She wafted beautifully.

My apologies for no perfume post today, but it’s been a long few days, and perfume has been the last thing on my mind.  Of the new releases you’ve sniffed so far this fall, which one have you liked the most?  Cartier Roadster and Chanel Beige are pretty much doing it for me so far, but I haven’t sniffed many of them still.

  • Tara says:

    Poor mom! I have the same problem. My technique is to stock up on dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) suppositories – works very well for controlling the nausea when you are too nauseated to take a pill. Compazine suppositories work well too, but watch the dosage – start with a half and work your way up as it is very potent, stronger than the dimenhydrinate.

  • Elle says:

    Oh, your poor mom! Am glad she’s on the mend. Sending her tons of fast healing vibes!

  • lunarose says:

    hello patty!

    “She reacts badly to anesthesia and winds up sick after and can’t eat, can’t take pain meds, it’s just a mess.”

    oh boy, this sounds so much like my ma……she threw up every 20-30 minutes for twelve hours after gallbladder surgery because of the anaesthetic and the morphine. it’s brutal, but there’s no way you’re gonna be ANYWHERE else than right by their side! your mom is so lucky to have you taking care of her. it must be because you were raised right ;;)

    from personal experience, i would say to make sure to take it easy on yourself and eat right, relax a little, do something nice for you (hey! maybe spritz on a little fancy french perfume!) so you don’t get burnt out. and congrats to your ma! everyone i know who’s had joint replacements has had a huge life improvement.

  • sybil says:

    I am so glad to hear your mom’s recovery is going nicely!

  • violetnoir says:

    Hi darling Patty!

    I am so sorry that your mom has been in such grinding pain for such a long time. It must have been hell for her! But it sounds like this ankle replacement will turn out to be a minor miracle for her, and I am so happy that she is feeling better.

    I hate to say it, but nothing is ringing my bell these days. NOTHING! I know I am picky, but come on! I am wearing Dans tes Bras today, and it’s nice, but it has an undertone in it that is bothering me a bit. I still have to test Lyric Woman, Citizen Queen, Vetiver Dance and Elle Intense, so I have not completely given up hope.

    BTW, I love that Shirley wore SDV with a touch of Vanille 44 to surgery! Though stressed and worried, I know you both smelled great!

    Hugs and love!

  • Lee says:

    Dear one – I can only imagine how well you and sis look after your wonderful ma. What a team! Love to you and yours, and super-speedy healing magic to your mom.

  • Gretchen says:

    I hope your mother continues to feel better and better. The surgery may well prove worth the temporary misery.
    No personal reports yet on any fall releases (except Love in Black– or was that summer?) because I haven’t tried any yet. But I look forward happily to sniffing my Andy Tauer Vetiver sample. Thanks again! I feel lucky!

  • moongrrl says:

    Thinking good thoughts for you and your mom, Patty. My dad had the joint in one of his big toes replaced last winter and, after the rather yucky recovery period, he’s pretty much pain-free for the first time in years. I hope your mom’s recovery goes just as well.

  • divinemama says:

    Healing blessings for your mom, Patty! I totally would have given her that cough med also.

  • Musette says:

    You did a GOOD thing. I suffer much the same as your mom and can’t stand the little oxygen thingie they put in your nose. A lot of wrestling with nurses in recovery (sorry to all nurses who’ve had to deal with me, post-op).

    Glad your mom is doing better! Alas, I have no new release stories. All my ‘must haves’ are oldies, though the Beige is sounding scrumptious, as is the Amouage. We’ll see…

    stoned on last night’s antihistamines and still I cannot smell much. Was going to spritz a bit of my beloved Femme but …why?


    • Patty says:

      it’s horrible to watch! AT least they are routinely giving that anti-nausea med pre-surgery, but I wish they’d double-down on it about 24 hours after too!

      Oh, feel better soon!!!

  • March says:

    Oh, YAY!!! :d/ I am so happy your mom is doing so well! She is an amazing presence, I had no idea she was in so much pain until you told me. I hope I get to take another trip with your family some time. 😡

    That Chanel Beige … it’s something isn’t it? It does not seem like a fragrance I would fall for, and I couldn’t decide whether I like it or Eau Premiere better, but I’ve fallen for Beige pretty darn hard. I’ve been working through my samps and will probably be moving up to a decant.

    • Patty says:

      She is a delight, and it’s been so hard to watch her in so much pain. All of her hiking around NYC and Paris and Boston just slays me because I know how bad she hurt, but she just wanted to go anyway.

      Beige — amazing, agree. I wish I could be more verbal on why I love it so much, but it’s just calming and beautiful

  • Divalano says:

    Sending you & your mom much much much heart. My stepmom went through a knee replacement last year & it was horrific. I can well imagine why you wouldn’t have the focus to sit around reviewing perfumes this week. On the other hand, the stamina and determination to recover that I’ve seen in my elderly stepmom has been inspirational. Your mom sounds like she’s made of the same kind of stuff. Here’s to her!

    New ‘fumes. Well, I haven’t although I did get to spritz the Le Labo Vanille 44 at the Collette shop. On me it was a lovely somewhat dry vanilla, very much a close to skin scent. Very nice.

    • Patty says:

      yeah, I know! She did a knee replacement like 5 years ago, and that was pretty brutal. She had a repair for a torn rotator cuff a few years before that. All on the right side. :-w

      the PT guy was suggesting she might as well do the hip replacement just to round things out on her bionic side. 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    My love to Mom and Shirl and you 😡

  • Nava says:

    Ah yes, Double Vanille is a favorite waft of mine as well. My best wishes to your mom for a speedy recovery.

  • Shelley says:

    Looks like there are congratulations in order. First, to all who won a sample–Woo-hoo!

    Second, to your mother (and you), who successfully navigated her surgery and is already experiencing the upside to modern medicine. May her recovery continue apace, and may you both continue to reap the benefits of a less pained, more active mom.

  • Debbie says:

    If someone gets sick/worse in the evening, they or their caretaker can either call the physician’s practice or try to contact the physician at the hospital. If they’re not there (obviously not in the evening at the practice, right?), they will have someone who is on call that evening. Have them paged. They can phone in something. If that doesn’t work, then you call the hospital and ask for the resident of whichever group covered the hospitalization; i.e., surgery, nephrology, orthopedics, etc. *They* can help via advice and called-in scripts. Don’t ever think you have to cover something by yourself, although you did fine.

    This information comes to you through the many problems and hospitalizations of Debra R. /:)

    • Patty says:

      Yeah, I did that early in the morning, but it still took until noon to get a prescription from Walgreen’s. But thanks, that’s good information to know!

      • Debbie says:

        Noon is too long. Make that resident earn his/her money. (Like they aren’t already, but you know what I mean.)

        I forgot to mention that if it’s a physician you have seen outside the hospital, in a practice, and they don’t have someone on call for off-hours or when they can’t be reached, they should be replaced.

  • Louise says:

    Oh, dear Patty, so sorry to hear of your mom and family’s trials. Sounds like you’re doing a fantastic job of taking care of her.

    Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery @};-

  • chayaruchama says:

    Pattykins, that is AWESOME !
    Please kiss Ms. N. for me, and send her my congrats !!!
    [Also, love to Shirl !]

    How are your boys doin’ ?

    I miss you- I’m out straight myself these days.
    Not all of it good, but- TANT PIS !
    I got LOVE, baby- and that’s gotta worth sumthin’, LOL.

    • Patty says:

      Hugs and kisses back. She’s home now so I’ll have to wait to hug her. I just can’t wait until she’s back up and jaunting around again. Walking has been so painful for so long, it was just hard to look at her face as she walked around.


  • Francesca says:

    Oh, dear, what an ordeal for your mom. I’m so glad she’s feeling better and that you and your sister will have fewer worries.

    So far I love The Party and Serge Noire. And I have to get to Saks soon to check out Beige.

  • Vidalicious says:

    :(( Poor Mommy! It’s so hard seeing a loved one suffering. So glad you were “bad” and used common sense, helping her through the night! Holla at me for advice as needed, I would have agreed with your plan… Kisses!

    • Patty says:

      Sometimes… you just have to do what you gotta do. 🙂 it was a choice between that or having her start throwing up and doing an emergency room visit and another two days in the hospital as they rehydrated her. Easy choice.

      but once she got past that part, she’s done great.

  • Bryan says:

    I’m so happy it’s going well. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. I hope this is the beginning of the end of your mother’s pain.
    I’m with you on the Beige. I bought it unsniffed and it was the best unsniffed purchase in a very long while…probably since Carnal Flower a few years ago. I love it, and since I over spray often, this one is much more forgiving. Beige is just gorgeous. I have found a couple that aren’t technically new but are to me…Armani Prive Rose Alexandrie…I have to say, I picked this one up because Luca and Tania called it really a Tuberose…and well, that sealed the deal. I love it though, very much.
    Thanks for sharing, sweetie. Love you.

    • Patty says:

      Oh, thanks, Bryan! Beige is forgiving, no? I think that’s what makes me so happy about it, I can overspray like an idiot, and it still loves me.

  • Calypso says:

    I am sorry the surgery was so tough for your mom but glad to hear she feels better already. Good for you to be there and support her. Best wishes for her recovery and maybe she’ll need a nice new bottle of something pretty as a pick-me-up!!

    • Patty says:

      thank you! Once she starts mending and not being sick, she recovers great, but that first 2-3 days post-surgery just has me tied up in knots.