Awhile back March said it would be January for a few more months – she wuz right. I cannot believe the shockin’ amount of snow, the gale-force winds, the paralyzing cold. Welcome to February, the new January. It’ll be here awhile.
So while the rest of you are snuggling into your Snugglers, toasting by the fire, I decided to work my Inner Freak. I pulled on the Sorels, the Fargo hat and the ski gloves and went outside to shovel almost a foot of snow. Because I am Just That Crazy.
And I armed myself with two Nordic-type scents, just to take the cold amp to ELEVEN.
Andrea Maack’s Craft was courtesy of a lovely Swapper. I am not sure what I was expecting here – there was some loose talk about aldehydes and frozen metal. I was so ready to brave these scent elements, with the biting, hypodermic winds and all…I mean, FROZEN METAL? What could be colder than that, right?
Sadly, all I got was a big ol’ blast of Pine-Sol. I felt like I should be inside cleaning the bathroom, rather than braving the permafrost temps, watching the pine trees bow and sway in the swirling snow. I did a sniff-check about halfway through, as the physics of moving all that snow around, altered the chemistry of the perfume a little bit (see? I was paying a bit of attention in Science – Very Little)…
Still no Frozen Metal. No fjords. No clashing Viking swords. Just a nice riff on Clairol Herbal Essence. It’s nice but no fjords. Okay, I’m off to clean the bathroom. Then I’ll shampoo my hair.
Notes, via Luckyscent: Aldehydes, elemi, cold metal, ice, cedar wood, patchouli
Softeistanz Im Nebel – I got this one in a split. Softeistanz, which I first thought was the name of the perfume, is a tiny indie house in Portland, Oregon. It’s a great name and I think this tiny house will be one to watch in the future. Im Nebel means ‘in the fog’ in (Lord help me….is it Swedish? You’d think I could find that out but noooo!)…anyway, this was another Total Opposite of What I Was Expecting. The notes are Water apple, leather, silver linden, pepper leaf, ginger, milk cedar, green notes, floral notes, incense, per indiescents.com and I was hoping for a lot of silver linden, because I love linden (it’s very calming) and I love silver, especially in winter…and I imagined a walk through a snowy, foggy woods, with a rushing stream (is there anything more beautiful than a swift-moving stream in the foggy woods in winter? )….but this one got all apple-y on me. Four hours into it, that’s still all I’m smelling. It’s actually very pretty – just not at all what I was hoping for. Then again, I don’t even know if that exists!
So let me put it to my beautifulicious Posse – what scents evoke cold silver in the foggy snow? Bring it! I’ll have plenty of time to investigate, as it looks like January is here to stay.