Hey, it’s me – Musette! March is all enchanted and everything, EATING MY BREAKFAST BURRITO – but am I bitter? noooo….
let’s just talk about some new Rose love, shall we? That’s March’s favorite perfume note, right???
A week or so ago, WAFT by Carol unveiled an unknown fragrance from her incredible find: The Webber Collection; this post was (maybe?) the finale to a series that read like a perfumed mystery thriller -you can read about it here and it would be just flat-out ridiculous to try and do more than say ‘What Carol Said”. I was lucky enough to snag a bottle of 6T (now called Enchante-Trois) from thewonderfully generous Carol, along with some other goodies, including a rose soliflore from a Dubai outfit called Malak.
I’m going to say 3 or 4 things about 6T and move on because it really is What Carol Said. Some of the notes, based on her sniffage: aldehydes for sure (but not too much), jasmine, maybe neroli (which is always iffy for me ) and a touch of bergamot, which I only know by sheer luck…and rose. It is a lovely, soft fragrance, modern but definitely not contemporary. I think it would be a classic, if somebody could deconstruct/reconstruct it. And I will be wearing it in early autumn, as the days cool off. Right now, it’s a million degrees by 7am and even cats are panting and 6T got its lunch ‘et’ by 8:15, every single day, poor thing. I kept thinking I must be a doofus because I am craving ROSE right now and I don’t even like rose all that much. Maybe heat stroke?
I tested 6T all last week and the weirdest thing kept happening – it has just enough rose in it to make me want MORE ROSE – but grindier-grittier/heavier/crunchy-munchy/I-will-beat-you-’til’-you’re-black and blue kinda Rose. Jane Russell Rose, with the sweaty bra and the dirty panties and that nasty-girl curl to the lip. I kept turning to the Malak, hoping it would do the trick – it’s got a darkness to it that I like (if Jane Russell were a vampire she would wear the Malak to the grocery store – but not to the Cross Your Heart Club). Very pretty but it’s so close to an actual rose that it freaks me out – real roses have that vaguely plastic smell that is divine in reality but I dislike in a rose perfume, which is why most of the Rosines don’t work for me. This was getting kinda stupid until I realized that what I was craving wasn’t rose itself but rather that weird thing that happens when rose top-notes dry off and you’re left with ashes of roses, like in Tribute Attar, with that smoky dryness. But that’s not happening, me and the Tribute – it’s allergic to the dust in my wallet. And anyhoo, it’s missing a jammy-squelchy thing I wanted in this chewy-hot weather …and that’s when I found out Jane Russell had a hot date in the back seat of the Chrysler with Ricardo Montalban out back behind the vampire club – he’d strewn oily Bulgarian rose petals all over the back seat of the Chrysler Cordoba ….. did I mention the back seat of the Chrysler? (in this story both Ricardo and Jane are in their prime and kickin’ it, so stop with the ‘eewww’ing )
That’s Cordovan Rose from Liz Zorn. I am SO glad 6T pinked my memory. I remembered I’d bought a bottle for someone and then ‘forgot’ to give it to them (oopsie!) – it’s a heat-seeking missile o’ love, baby! The rose-y rose burns off fast, leaving some hippish jam and tar and smoke and that Rich Corinthian Leather. And way later the tar burns into the leather and the whole thing morphs into something vaguely rose-smoky-ash but by that time the rose is little more than a rich shadow imprint, which is fine because like I said I don’t like Rose all that much anyway – it’s the ashy/burny/crispy/dusty stuff that rose turns into that’s turning me on. So thanks, 6T, for the re- introduction – you really are gorgeous and you’ll be the Queen of the Autumn Festival.
let’s see what you think. Throw a comment on here about how you feel about roses, roses and leather, marshmallows, lutefisk or whatever in the chewy summer sun – what unlikely note(s) really blossoms for you in the extreme weather (hot or cold) of wherever you are. I’ll get my baby Rottweiler to pull a name out of his dish and the winner will get a sample of both 6T and Cordovan Rose. You’re out of luck with the Malak – I used it all up – but you can contact Carol for info on that one. It really is pretty.
photo: one of my paintings: “Niobe” – don’t ask me what it has to do with roses – it’s 90F here @ 9pm and I am too sweaty and stupid to figure out Flickr – this will have to do. Those gals are baking in the sun, and I know just how they feel.
T6, Malak from my personal collection, with special thanks to WAFT by Carol
Cordovan Rose: I bought it and I’m keeping it. So there.
Quick Note: I have to run out to a client so please continue to chat amongst yourselves – I’ll be back later this afternoon to chime in. FWIW: unless you tell me specifically to NOT include you in the draw, everyone who posts a comment is in! So don’t freak if I don’t respond to everyone individually, okay? Carry on – mas tarde!