Monday was horseback riding day. I started lessons about 5-6 months ago, and we had to quit just when it was getting good because the weather was too unpredictable. We had spent a lot of our time on the intricate dance between rider and horse on the ground, learning how to give and take with the horse, establishing a rhythm, all to make sure you didn’t get your butt tossed out of the saddle during your ride. My lessons have resumed, and this time ON the horse. Peggy left me with Valhalla (the horse I was riding) for a bit, and the first thing I did was bury my nose in her neck. Horsie smell! Lord, there is nothing else on the face of the earth that smells as comforting and perfect as that smell. You know who knows that? Olivia Giacobetti. I think of Dzing or horses every time I smell the other.
Olivia has done some other scents too, so let’s sniff.
Iunx L’ether de Iunx is like horsey incense, I swear. Notes are myrrh, benzoin, rosewood, saffron, maple wood, white sandalwood. While mostly incense of the softest, most beautifully delicate variety, the slightly sweet saffon and woods seem to combine almost into that soft, sweet leather smell that I associate with horses. This thing is Grade A gorgeous. How in the world have I been missing it so long? If you are a fan of Giacobetti’s work or just incense, L’Ether is one of her scents you have to at least sniff.
Iunx No. 2 Eau Sento is an impossibly soft cedar. It reminds me a lot of the Japanese incense from Shoyeido that I burn. Not intrusive, just at the perfect pitch of wood and intensity. I feel like I’ve just curled up into a cedar-lined closet, pulled the doors shut, and can keep the world out for a while.
Iunx Splash Forte, March described it as a great cinnamon mouthwash, and I quote from her post, “To me it smells like cinnamon mouthwash, but really good, French, expensive, high-end cinnamon mouthwash. If you´re thinking cinnamon mouthwash wouldn´t be that refreshing on the skin in the heat of summer, you´d be wrong. It´s a fabulous, weird smell.” And she’s right. There’s some woods that float around in it as well, maybe a little incense? It really is weirdly perfect and addictive. If they ever make a mouthwash that smells like this, I’m buying 100 bottles.
Anyone know if these are coming to the U.S.? For now, I know they are only available at the Hotel Costes in Paris, and just these three at this point. I can probably do a couple of sample sets for two commenters, if you put a comment in.
Winners of the Evody sample sets from last week are: Dana and Marko. Just click on the contact us button over on the left and send me your address, and remind me it’s for the Evody samples!