Sometimes life just hands you out these wonderful surprises when you least expect it. Something lost that you gave up on and then reappears. Is it too much to hope that my lost Chanel earring would emerge from the mists of lost jewelry? Ah, perhaps, but I remain optimistic that one day, as I’m pulling things from the washer or vacuuming the carpet, it will appear.
I am one of those stubbornly optmistic people. Even when life is crashing down around me and raining tears, broken puppies and poisonous snakes, I am confident that it will get better from where I am that moment and also from where I was happiest. I blame my dad. Not that my mom is any slouch in the optmism department, but he was amazingly undeterred from anything life threw at him. Hail ruined the wheat crop that year? Well, it comes, it goes, we’ll make it back on corn. You know, all of my brothers and sister have that same ridiculous ignorance that things might not improve. It is the one part of my familial inheritance that I feel grateful for every day.
Some perfumes do a great job of capturing the joy and optmism of life, but the one today that’s really blown my skirt up is Annick Goutal’s Ninfeo Mio. Some Goutals work for me, some are too heavy or contrived. I like them in theory, but never wear them. Ninfeo Mio has notes of Italian lemon, citron, petitgrain, bitter orange, galbanum, lentisque, conifers, lavender, fig leaf, and lemon tree and was ceated by Isabelle Doyen. March reviewed it back in January, and I don’t think I can improve on her review at all, except to say ditto.
It does burst out of the bottle, with its nose all wrinkled up, tartish, sassy pepper tossing its head, and then it doesn’t work its way down, but leaps off its joyful little cliff into a lovely, soft, comforting fig tree, with the milk of human kindness just oozing from its little molecules. It’s light, joyful, comforting, but with sharp points that let you know you’re alive, the sharper things that make you appreciate all the softness that is there.
It’s incredibly lovely, and perfection for spring and summer, though it will wear well any time of year. Okay, that’s two full bottles in a week I’ve needed. My sample came from Luckyscent.
Do you wear perfumes to improve your mood or match your mood? I tend to wear them to match my mood – joyous, playful, sensuous, slutty. I can almost never pull off putting on the perfume that I want to feel like, there’s always a disconnect.