by “is it May yet?” Musette
Winter nights find me in bed, with hot tea and my picture books of warmer climates spread all around me – by 7pm. It’s barbaric, I know, but I Just Hate Winter. We will go into the pathology of my living in the Midwest at another time, thank you. Ignore the fact that it’s 50F in Cannes right now. So what? A gal is dreaming of Summer on the Riviera.
Bruno Acampora didn’t dream it – he lived it. A handsome, jet-setting fabuloso, it seems he was Everywhere Beautiful – and mostly in the sun, returning again and again to his best love, Capri. Capri, with its sunny ,carefree beauty, is evidenced in all 7 of his Essences. Carol Sasich (WAFT by Carol) sent me this charming sample pack and I admit to a bit of trepidation. Full disclosure here: Carol and I are well on the way to becoming ‘real’ friends and she reps Bruno Acampora and she sent them to me to review. That’s a beautiful thing! But what if I hated them? What if they were awful, made me break out in hives and babble in tongues? What then?
Well, I’m pleased to say that not only did they not hive me, they did the unexpected: They put mein a baby-blue convertible, on the road from Cannes to Monte Carlo clad in a New Look summer dress, Hermes scarf and Pucci sunglasses, a snappy soundtrack….uh, you know this picture, right? That’s Seplasia, (awful name, gorgeous scent). This is absolutely lovely, all golden light and beautiful flowers – but not ‘twee’. Notes are violet, rose, orange blossom, geranium, tuberose, jasmine, Lemon, bergamot, musk, patchouli, vetyver, rosewood, ylang ylang. For me, the geranium and ylang really shine in this one, with the lemon giving it that sunny, carefree elegance.
Oooh! … Joao Gilberto. Suntan lotion. The gentle clang of sailboat masts and zippy little speedboats headed to the mouth of the harbor. That’s Blu. It’s – hey, you know how you are in shallow turquoise waters and there’s a sudden drop off and suddenly it’s that deep jeweled turquoise-blue? yeah, it’s just like that in color and idea – but that’s the only marine-y reference. Blu is straight-up tuberose with a big dose of reflective heat. Cocktails on the terrace. Bridget Bardot in white sharkskin, Sophia Loren in midnight blue. Tuberose always smells ‘dark’ to me (which is what I love about it) – and very structured. This tuberose is the first ‘sunny’ and carefree (there’s that word again) tubey I’ve ever sniffed. It’s ultra-feminine without girlishness. Blu notes are: Tuberose, Orange, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang…..I have it on right now and am in an oceanview suite at the Hotel de Paris. And Rossano Brazzi just sent me a box from Bulgari. Ooooh, Rossano! You really shouldn’t…
There are seven …..but y’all have lives so I’ll just do one more: I took one for the team and tried Musc. Cary and Sophia (she gets around) yachting from Monte Carlo to Tunisia. Can you imagine what that cruise might’ve been like? This is that first kiss after a long grown-folks flirt. Not at night – high noon on the deck, with the sun-warmed teak radiating heat through the soles of your bare feet. This might actually get a gal to think about coming out of a couple layers of fleece.
And yes, like the rest of this line, there’s a charming, sunny cheerfulness about it that is very beguiling. Musk, Rose, Violet, Vanilla, Cloves, Amber, Sandalwood. Personally, I think it’s the cloves. Y’all know I have that Constant Comment love-thang going.
In fact, the whole line – all 7- are carefree. I don’t mean ‘cheap and cheerful’ – far from it. These are elegantly, gorgeously crafted, of excellent materials. These have the heft of serious perfumery – but the inspirations are from a privileged life, at a time when the world seemed sunnier and way less terrifying. Right now, in these dark days and darker times….well, a yacht with Cary Grant sounds just grand.
I’’ll share the sunshine with one lucky commenter. Just drop a line letting me know if you think I should be committed for living in the Midwest. Just kidding. Really. Hey! Just tell me your favorite place, that says ‘summer’.
Caveat: these are concentrated oils. When I first got them I was all “you sent me dregs?” Haw. These ‘dregs’ will last forever. One touch of the wand gives you enough scent for the entire day.
image: french-riviera-hotel.net some rights reserved
other image: Bruno Acampora ca. 1965, courtesy WAFT by Carol