Zeta and Toit (Patty)

Hey, I’m back! Well, as back as I get. YTT is over, I’m a certified yoga teacher who only has interest in teaching  homeless people, battered women and their children staying in shelters, seniors (because they are too much fun!) and my kids. It was a long haul, but a richly rewarding one. Do you have those times when you think – hey, if I could design a class and draw up my fellow students and instructors to be exactly how I would want them to be for the best learning experience – calm, centered, not annoying, genuine people without pretense – you would have my teachers and co-students in YTT. I kept looking around, expecting someone to start jumping up and down on my last nerve or to have an epic meltdown, and it never happened. Truly one of those Lightning Strikes Just once things.

But! I have some time again! So let’s gab about a couple of summery scents since we are honing in on that time of year and exiting the heavy perfumes of winter.

Before I forget, there’s another Canadian Fragrance Folks gathering in Toronto this Satuday the 16th.  Follow the link to get the details.  If you are planning a Perfume Meet-up in your city and would like me to mention it here on the blog, I’m happy to do that. Just  click on the Contact Us over there on the left and let me know the details and a link, if you have one, where people can ask any questions or sign up.  I’d do a fragrance thing in Denver, but with the exception of DSH in Boulder, the perfume world here sucks majorly.

Hermes Un jardin Sur Le Toit is Jean-Claude Ellena’s next entry in the Jardin series. Based on the rooftop garden Hermes maintains on their building at 24 Rue du Faubourg in Paris, it has notes of apple, pear, magnolia, rose, grass, basil and compost. It fairly sparkles on the open, reminds me a bit of Rose Ikebana’s rhubarb note, but it’s not listed, but it has that effect – could be the compost/grass/apple combo? I like the pear note in it, but like the one in MDCI’s La Belle Helene so much more.  Toit is easy to wear, very summery, nothing in the world wrong with it, and it fits in with the other Jardin scents. It’s not my favorite of the four? five? But it’s something that I’d reach for on a summer day and be happy to wear.  Easy for the office, wedding, nonoffensive, and, alas, forgettable.  JCE is not, of course.

March already reviewed Andy Tauer’s new collectible (not sure if this means limited?  guess so.  Nope. Just means not all batches will smell the same since the ingredients will have some variability) Zeta.  Holy smoldering Linden Blossom!!!!  I have smelled Linden in bloom.   There was a large Linden tree outside of a house that I flipped, and it was one reason why I would have liked to have kept that house.  In bloom, it just radiated summer and sunshine and sweet vibrancy.  It was one of the most sweetly alive smells I’ve known.  Notes of lemon, bergamot, sweet orange, ylang, orange blossom absolute, neroli, linden blossom, rose, orris, sandalwood and vanilla.  The citrus notes don’t Pledge up your nose at all, they just fall out of the scent and add brightness, landing softly around the hear of it.  The Tauer-ade, as March mentioned, is very light.  I love Andy’s scents, but sometimes the base is too heavy for me to wear them often. Zets is an absolute exception.  I don’t know that it’s exactly Linden Blossom, but it feels like it, which is more important.  Sometimes a thing can be chemically accurate on the exact smell, but miss how a thing feels in nature.  Linden feels like sunshine and sweet green.  Bright, sparkling, sunny, but warmed completely by the sun to make it soft.

Zeta is a scent you can sink down into and watch fluffy clouds drift by in the summer sky.  And I know exactly what scent I’m adding to my list to take to Costa Rica next month!

And a giveway of course. I know March did one already, but I suspect you guys won’t mind another. I’ll give away four samples of Zeta along with Toit, so both.  Just drop a comment to be entered, tell me whatever you want – how good looking JCE is, what your favorite sunshine perfume is, or who you think I should teach yoga to (funny suggestions are always welcome).

Oh, yeah, we are going to get a bottle of that Petit Mort thingie Duchafour did for TPC – mostly because I have a sneaking suspicion more than just me is wildly curious to sniff it. If not, well, that’s 1k down the drain.  For those of you wondering what I”m talking about.  I know I should look the other way and pretend it doesn’t exist, but curiosity is killing me.

119 Comments

  1. Since I don’t have a Sunshine Perfume, yeah, I guess I need one.

  2. I love the idea of a cloud-watching sunshine perfume. If you taught yoga to cloud-watchers, perhaps they would be far less uptight already? Able to do lots of bridges? Certainly the breathing deep part would come naturally if everyone wore something like Thymes’ sadly discontinued Cassis and Fig Leaf! I love it, but I’m slowly facing up to having to replace it soon.

  3. Congratulations on becoming a Yoga Teacher!!That is wonderful…

    I love yoga-I think that it can save lives. Too bad that I don’t practice what I preach a bit more often. I should get up from this chair RIGHT now, lay down my yoga mat and get-a-going.

    I’d love to be in on the drawing, and I can’t wait to hear what others consider Sunshine Scents are–nothing comes to mind for me.

    Also, speaking of the Sun–have you listened to Sun Spirit by Deuter? It’s lively than most of his CDs.

  4. Hi Patty. Congratulations! I have a favorite yoga teacher who has helped change my life through her patience and wisdom. I met her right after she finished her training, so I got to see her grow as a teacher as well.

    As for sunshine fragrance? That’s a good question. I recently got a sample of Le Labo Neroli 36 and it seems like spring in a bottle. Riding around town with the windows open and the outdoor scents of cut grass and flowering trees blowing in mingling with the perfume has been heavenly.

  5. I just tried Le Galion’s Eau de Snob, which I purchased on a whim. It seems to be warmer and have less soap to it than Joy. Combined with all its rose and jasmine, it has a sunnier heart to it. Dare I say I think I prefer it to Joy? Even though the rubber seal in the bottle has dissolved into sticky goop? I guess I need to try them side by side but this is a tentative yes.

    Congrats on your certification.

    I think I’ll have to pick up a sample of Zeta (unless I’m lucky enough to be drawn!).

    • I love Snob (doesn’t that sound wacky?). I have it in extrait too. I think it’s a bit easier to wear than Joy.

  6. Congrats, teach! You’ve worked hard for this.

    I’d love to sample the Twa and Zeta, and of course, am curious about the 1K climax!

  7. Oooo I have a passionate love for Andy Tauer and his perfume magic and would love to smell and sample this. I’m trying oh-so-hard not to buy any perfume right now so this would be the bees knees!

  8. My newest sunshine perfume is Heeley Oranges and Lemons! Yummy! And I am very much wanting to try this new Andy…

  9. Hi Patty. Congrats on your certification. Why not teach war veterans? Who else needs inner peace more?

  10. I’d LOVE to try Andy’s newwest .PLEASE enter me in the draw.
    Happy for your achievement in yoga teacher acreditation.
    On the subject of Le Petit Mort fragrance -Mimi Gardinia reviewed trying it on at the Scent Bar .

    Apparently to her it smells like a wet clean dog.For $1000.

  11. Ooh, I’d love to try a sunshine fragrance! I’ll need a pick me up after I return to work when my maternity leave ends in a couple weeks!

  12. Congratulations on your certification! My favorite sunshine scent is probably Lostmarch Din Dan at the moment, but I would love to try Zeta.

  13. Please enter me in your drawing. Would love to sample Zeta! As a kid, Jean Nate was my sunshine perfume. Nowadays I turn to EL Bronze Goddess but maybe that’s more summery than sunshiney?

  14. I think you would be a great teacher for seniors. I have also heard of yoga instructors specializing in PTSD – balancing out those hyper-alert nervous systems with yoga. That sounds very rewarding, too.

    En Passant is my sunshine scent – this week, anyway.

  15. My favourite summer scent was by indie brand Olympic Orchids, called A Midsummer Day’s Dream (it really is too, flowers, figs, sunshine). For summer evenings, Philosykos. No more need be said there.

  16. Hooray for certification! You are winning! LOL, kindergarden seems the perfect place to teach it.

    Sunshine scent… ooh, that is a tough one, because I’m such an amber/resin/woody gal, that I don’t have too many sunny scents. I think I’ll have to go with PG Bois Blonde. That scent reminds me of the end of summer, my favorite time of year.

    :)

  17. Kudos to you on your certification! Many years ago, several of us at work hired a yoga instructor to work with us over the lunch hour. The only place we could hold the class was in an open area off the mailroom. The instructor was wonderful and I still think of her fondly. She left to take a position in another state.

    I don’t really have a sunshine scent…possibly Calyx. Maybe Zeta could be my sunshine.

    Namaste

  18. Congratulations for getting your yoga “license” . Yoga is so much fun! Unfortunately I don’t do it as often anymore as I probably should.
    Nancy H beat me to it, I also think war veterans would be a good crowd to teach yoga.

    As for sunshine scent… Probably another Tauer, L’Air du Desert Marocain. Or L ´artisan fleur de narcisse or Chergui.

  19. I don’t have a favorite sunshine scent yet. Please enter me in the draw I have been dying to try the new JCE, I have and love the other Jardins; most especially Mediterranee. You should definitely teach seniors, they are such fun to be around.

  20. Congratulations, Patty! You’ll be a wonderful yoga teacher.
    I guess my favorite sunshine scents are AG Eau du Sud and Escentric 02.
    As far as homing in on summer here in NYC, I don’t think so. Still wearing winter comfort scents.

  21. I love linden blossom, and sunshine, and watching the clouds drifting by.
    So, well, I’ll love to be entered in the draw for the zeta!
    :)

  22. Sunshine fragrances: John Steele makes an amazing, euphoric, all essence piece called “Mango” which is happiness in a bottle. He is an excellent supplier of well sourced natural elements, and I can’t recommend this highly enough. It’s Life Tree Aromatics, and you can find it online, and then have to call to place an order. They’re very nice. Please enter me in the draw, as I am very very curious.

    • I tried to comment earlier, but tisn’t here. Also love <3 John's essential oils, esp Mango. :0)

  23. I grew up with a linden tree in front of my window too! Would be interestig to try.

  24. Wow, $1000 for 10 ml! I hope Petite Mort is amazing, or at least very, very interesting. :)

    I’ve been wanting to try Zeta; I’ve never smelled Linden Blossom. Or maybe I have and just didn’t know its name.

  25. Congratulations on your achievement! (did I spell that correctly? oh well) My favorite sunshine perfume is Rosine’s Un Zest de Rose. I think it smells just like the tea roses in Houston’s rose gardens. I don’t think I’ve ever smelled linden, and want to try both of these scents.

  26. My favorite sunshine perfumes are Yves Rocher Comme une évidence, Soivohle Moroccan Orange, Guerlain Mandarine Basilic and Jo Malone Grapefruit :)

    I would love to be entered in the draw. Thank you!

  27. I don’t think I have a sunshine perfume. Summer ones, yes, but not one I associate with sunshine. Dying to try the new Tauer though. Please enter me in the draw.

  28. Congratulations, Patty!

    I would love to try Zeta, it sounds gorgeous. My favourite sunshine scents at the moment are L’Artisan Thé Pour un Ete and AG Neroli. But it’s too cold for those at the moment. PdN Le Temps d’une Fete reminds me of a sunny spring day.

  29. The first sunshine perfume that springs to mind is Bond no.9 Fire Island. That and Havana Vanille, but just because I bought it and took if to Florida last year.

    You know who else would benefit from yoga? Kids with ADHD & other attention challenges.

  30. I love the smell of linden, and I don’t wear much “sunshine” perfume, so I’d love to try a sample. My daughters have some Pacifica citrus-based scents that are sunny, but they last about 2 seconds on my bad skin.

  31. Congrats Patty! I haven’t broken out the true sunshine scents yet. The weather is still too fickle here. Waiting, waiting… But I’d love to be entered into the draw.

  32. My latest “sunshine scent” find – Hilde Soliani’s Il Tuo Tulipano – so much fun!!!

    As to Petit Mort (I just want to gag on the whole concept), Tom over at PST just reviewed it and is crazy about it!

  33. I don’t have a sunshine perfume either, so please enter me in the draw.

    Have you thought of teaching yoga to people in wheelchairs? There should be some upper-body positions they can do, and maybe the breathing exercises, too.

  34. Linden sounds so beautiful! Have never had the pleasure. Roma by Laura Biachi (sp?) is very summery to me, but I can’t wear it every day. Would love to try this one, so please enter me in the draw.

    Congrats on the completion of your course, Patty. Wish you lived here, I need a yoga instructor. When I lived in Atlanta, I went to classes faithfully.

    • Hi Pam! So glad you mentioned Roma — I used to wear it but haven’t sniffed it in years. Must revisit … Thanks!

  35. Congratulations on your certification! How about teaching yoga to moms and daughters? I always treasure going to a class with my mom – a great, low-key bonding experience. Or for people and pets – my cats and dog always want to help demonstrate poses when I get out my mat! ;) (jk)

    Please enter me into the draw – a summery scent that smells like sunshine sounds great. Thanks! :)

  36. I need a sunshine scent! And would love to try Zeta…if anyone can get it right it’s Andy!! Thanks for the chance.

  37. Green can go either way on me. I would like to be entered in the drawing.

  38. I’d love to get the Zeta sample, please eneter my name in the drawing.
    For those who live in Los Angeles, Scent Bsr has a tester of La Petit Mort, I tried it and is really skanky, too much for me…and the price (rolling eyes here)…

    • Thankyou so much for the skanky comment. Perplexing lemming has passed away.

  39. Hadrien & Camille, Orange Star for a wake-up call/energy, & Poupee for fun!! Teach yoga to ANYONE who is bad-tempered so that they will chill and leave the rest of us ALONE:d

  40. Congratulations Patty! I think it would be wonderful to teach public school teachers, they are so underappreciated and could use yoga to calm all the stress from dealing with children all day every day! (No, I am not a teacher, just have a lot of empathy for what they deal with:)) My favorite sunshine scent currently is D.S. & Durga Italian Citrus, would love to try Toit and Zeta.

  41. Congratulations on your teaching certificate, and I think that teaching young children sounds great. It’s amazing how much anxiety they have. I plan to enroll my kindergartener in a yoga class to help her overcome an almost debilitating anxiety.

    My sunshine scent is Chanel’s Eau de Cologne. I love that one!

    Please include me in the drawing – thanks.

  42. Am resisting with all my might the urge to make jokes about $1K orgasms. But this is a family joint.

    Anyhoodle. My sunshine perfume is CdG Harissa, a fragrance that never fails to make me smile.

    I am dying to try the Zeta, please enter me in the draw.

    And congratulations on being yoga-legal!

  43. I CANNOT believe you’re going to put cash into Petit Mort. Urgh. The marketing concept really put my back up, and I balk at the idea of throwing money at a project that repulses me so much.

    (No, you’re right to provide the service. People will want to smell it, and if they were offering free sniffs I’d probably take one, just to see if it smells as offensive as the ad campaign.)

    Okay, on to happier things: I’d love to try Zeta or Toit. My sunshine scent is Rose d’Ete, such a happy summery thing – or the first Ines de la Fressange, a dressed-up mimosa brunch with your besties.

    Congrats on earning your yoga teaching certificate, and also on the joy you experienced while pursuing it!

  44. Congrats on achieving your goal as a yoga instructor. I would love to try both of these fragrances. I have two of the Jardin series and I love them, even if they are a bit fleeting. There is so much good buzz about Zeta that I would love to smell that one, too. I love two oldies, but goodies, from Estee Lauder for the sunshine frags–Private Collection and Azuree. I’m also craving a small bottle of White Linen for when we actually get some hot weather in Cleveland this year.

  45. I don’t mind another draw! Please enter me. I heard on the radio about a housing complex that does a lot of stuff cooperatively (like tool sharing). They have their own yoga instructor — saving individuals a lot of money — doesn’t that sound fun?

  46. I had sworn I wouldn’t order any more samples until I caught up on trying all the ones I already own. Still, that Zeta has been calling me. I can’t imagine a light Tauer. His original perfumes were some of my first entries to the world of niche perfume back years ago, and they smoulder and envelope (sp?) me, and I love them.

    Congratulations on the yoga teacher certification. I just moved back from Singapore, and I used to love to watch all the old people doing some form of tai chi in the Botanic Garden early in the morning when I walked my dog. A volunteer led them through 1 1/2 hours of this. They looked so serene and adorable. So I vote old people (which I will be one of that demographic sooner than i like to admit!).

  47. Hi Patty, so very happy for you on your yoga certification — congratulations!! My child has ADHD and some anxiety issues so yoga might be good for him. Thanks for the generous draw; I would love to try the Zeta and the Toit. Wasn’t all that keen on Hermes’ previous Jardin scents and that Mousson one almost made me physically ill, but this new one sounds promising.
    As for sunshine scents, where to start? Le Labo’s Tubereuse 40 is absolutely sunshine in a bottle (but just so darn pricey); Chanel Exclusives’ Eau de Cologne; Diptyque’s Oyedo; Prescriptives’ Calyx; and let’s not forget one of the grande dames of tubereuse: Carnal Flower.

  48. Might be dangerous, but yoga in prisons would do a lot of good.

  49. Congrats on becoming a teacher! I would love to sign up my teen-age son for a yoga class. He has the posture of an 80 year old man and spends too much time exercising only his thumb (video games). I’d also love to try both of these new scents. La Belle Helene (won the sample here, hooray!) really sold me on the pear note, but I unfortunately got a migraine. Don’t know if that’s related, but I’m waiting awhile to re-test. I’m looking forward to seeing how that note works in the Hermes. And I always look forward to new work from Andy. If I don’t win a sample, I’ll have to order one pronto, because I’m already a little panicky about the fact that there are only 100 bottles of this ‘edition’ available now. Don’t like to buy unsniffed, but boy is that incentive to get my butt in gear!

  50. I am dying to try both of these… fingers crossed that I win the draw! :P

  51. The Zeta sounds right up my street. The Toit less so but you can never discount JCE. I’d love to be entered in the draw.

  52. Would love to be in the draw!
    Not sure about the summer, but I’m queuing up my newly acquired MH Fleur du Matin for the spring. Oh, wait – it IS Spring! OK – wearing it tomorrow!
    Congratulations on the YTT completion!

  53. I agree with you about the Tauer’s. I love many of them but don’t wear them often as they tend to wear me. Zeta sounds perfect.

    Thanks for the draw and congratulations!

  54. Gah!

    I have to try that Zeta! Fluffy clouds floating by? That sounds DIVINE to me! :) (but keep the toit. I love it but already bought a bottle). It actually is my favorite of all the Jardins. :) I agree that it smells a bit like Rose Ikebana, which is my favorite $$$ Hermessence.

    I have got to get my hands on that Belle Helene. Wearing MDCI Un Coeur en Mai today and dreaming of a full bottle of an MDCI one day…

  55. Congratulations on your Yoga certification. How about disabled Vets, servicemen and women?

    I desperately need a summer sunshine scent- would love to try Zeta.

  56. Congrats on your yoga teaching certification! I think you should teach people with arthritis, like me, so that we can be more flexible and less achy. I’d like to start today…. And I’m dying to try the Zeta (even though JCE IS incredibly good looking and the Jardin scents do appeal to me…)

  57. Congratulations on your new yoga certification. Please enter me in the draw

  58. Patty ~ I have been seriously looking for LINDEN BLOSSOM for Years, and could not find a true rendition! I followed Andy and Mandy in their constructions, ruminations on how to handle it, delicate, illuminated as Linden is with that nutmeg twang, ahhhh, I adore it with all my heart! Have a blast in Costa Rica!

  59. I don’t really have any sunshine’y frags, but I’ll cheat and name SSS’s Jour Ensoleillé (which I consider cheating because the name means “Sunny Day”). It’s probably the power of persuasion, but I do get a summer vibe from it. Oh, and I finally got myself over to the Bay to sniff Nava’s recommendation, the 7 Virtues Afghanistan Orange Blossom, and it’s got similar feel to Laurie’s scent – I’m considering doing a wrist-to-wrist comparison between the two.

    As far as yoga goes, I’ll mention two areas that I’ve noticed a lack of yoga instruction. First, the tweener age: there’s lots of classes and videos offered for the 3-7 age group, and teenagers, but almost zip for kids 8-12. I’ve got an 11yo who struggles with anxiety and yoga really helps, but NO local classes cater to his age, and there’s only one no-longer-produced video that I’ve found.

    The second area is for people like me: younger but very inflexible. Yoga helps me on so many levels, but it’s amazing to me that despite the benefits of yoga, there are so few options for people like myself. One of my girlfriends is a yoga teacher, and she agrees that I’m part of an untapped market.

  60. I would love to try Zeta. Why? Apart from it sounding just gorgeous, my favourite song is about linden.
    Congrats on becomming a certified yoga teacher :-)

  61. Congrats on your certification, Patty! I love yoga and Pilates – and I think the groups you are I interested are teaching will be very rewarding for all involved.

    Sunshine scents for ‘me are Calyx, O de Lancome, White Linen
    And Heeley’s Oranges and Lemons. Ooh and Sand and Sable for a cheap thrill!

  62. Not sunshiny, exactly, but a scent to wear in very hot dry weather: EL Aliage.

    I’m so curious to sniff Zeta. Please enter me in the drawing!

  63. Well done on the Yoga front! I keep meaning to take it up, especially as I am having those first “you’re not so young” moments from some of my joints for the first time.

    I love the smell of dried linden blossoms. For that reason, my favourite summer fragrance is IPdF Agrumi di Sicilia. I know it is meant to be bitter orange, but to me it smells of dried linden, lime and lime rind.

    Count me in for the drawing, please!

  64. I never think of citrus scents as sunny. After living in a region where citrus grows, they all bloom and fruit in the winter so it just doesn’t strike me as sunny.

    So, as usual, I am in the strange category of liking heavier scents in the sunny summer when the weather really brings out new facets. So in the sunny summer I reach for L’Heure Bleue or a Lutens like Douce Amere or Un Lys. I also really like Goutal’s Heure Exquis or Quel Amour both of which are fruity and rosy so seem like summer sun to me, especially Quel Amour.

    But for a real cool sensation to beat the sun, it is iris scents that do it for me. So when the sun is beating down, winter or summer, I find myself reaching for Chanel 28 La Pausa or Prada Iris parfum (the one with limited distribution) or Lutens Iris Silver Mist.

  65. I don’t have a sunshine scent, so I’d love to be in the draw. Bravo, Patty, for your yoga creds!

    My cynical side thinks the ‘Petite Mort’ (yeh, provacative name) is a scam (not that it’s illegal), but looks like a perfume bubble/perfuma mania to me. Apologies to anyone I may offend.

  66. I’d love to try another Andy Tauer. As for yoga, I like who you want to teach. Gentle restorative yoga is the best way to introduce as many people as possible to the benefits of yoga, and the people you named need it most. I don’t like the show-offy fancy pose classes. So many people get injured trying to keep up. I am slowing coming around to the fact that perhaps I should stop doing shoulderstand. My teachers in Cambridge did not teach shoulderstand because of the risk of injury, but I practice at home because it’s supposed to be “the queen of all poses” and Iyengar practicioners love it. But it’s hard on the neck and shoulders, even with blankets. Simetimes I suffer a very real “malaise” all day long after doing shoulderstand and plow in the morning. I get a headache and numb-ish arms and fingers, I think from the strap, and I just feel funny. Since I spend so much time hunched over a laptop, I don’t see the point of bending my neck even more that way. Instead of shoulderstand, I’ll do bridge pose for the chin lock and legs-up-the-wall for the upside-down benefits. The latter doesn’t look as fancy as shoulderstand, but it’s perfect for all the kinds of people you want to teach! Thanks for the drawing!

  67. Congratulations on your certification!

    I’ve never smelled linden blossom but this sounds right up my alley – love sunshine and green – and would love to be entered in the draw.
    My favorite sunshine scent is Frederic Malle French Lover/Bois D’Orage. It gets a silly, sunny grin out of me every time because it transports me right on to the hiking trail, surrounded by sundried grasses & woods and creek-wetted plants.

  68. I’d love to be entered in the drawing. My favorite sunshine scent doesn’t come in a bottle. It comes from deeply sniffing the fur of a clean cat who has been sunning himself in a sunbeam for several hours.

  69. My favorite sunshine fragrance is Agraria Bitter Orange – but you already knew that since I never shut the hell up about it! ;))

    I wish you could come here and teach yoga to me. I mean, I already ‘know’ yoga (though who ever really ‘knows’ yoga)…but I still haven’t gotten myself back on track – and my knees and hips and back are letting me know about it.

    xoxo >-)

  70. I would love to be entered into the draw! I braved the mall last week to try it at the Hernmes boutique, but they didn’t have samples yet. I had already used up all my skin space at Niemans, so excited to try it on me.

    At Niemans, I sniffed Atelier Orange Sanguine and that is pure sunshine in a bottle. If I didn’t already have AA Mandarine Basilic for my orange needs, I would have bought it on the spot.

    • And as for the yoga, I think a class focusing on people with back problems would be great! There are so many folks with back issues and yoga is so good for that, but a lot of poses don’t work or have to be modified (with strap, brick, etc.). Congrats on your certification!

  71. Congrats on the yoga certification! A woman I know used to volunteer at a battered woman’s shelter. She did some sort of arts and crafts projects with moms and kids. Not only rewarding for her, but something very non-threatening the families could do together that was fun. Perhaps a shelter near you could use your skills.

    No need to put me into the Zeta drawing.

  72. Please enter me in the drawing! Here in Seattle, it is overcast and we are only getting occasional glimpses of spring. Would love to try a bright sunny scent!

  73. Congrats on qualifying Teach!

    For summer I’ll be retesting Heeley Ophelia and Lostmarc’h L’eau de L’Hermine. I got way too many samples last year and these were lost in the crowd.

    Would love to be in the draw, thanks :)

  74. I have been DYING to try this one as I’m not 100% sure that I know what Linden smells like. Anyhow, today I am wearing Vanille Galante for the very first time and I love it! It’s a beautiful scent and so perfect for one of the very first spring-like days here in Jersey. I am seriously digging the lily in here and I don’t know what others are talking about…I get a GINORMOUS hit of vanilla from this thing all the way through. Love it.

    Congrats on the the yoga certification!

  75. Ooh, please enter me in the drawing.

    I’d love to try Toit and Zeta.

    I like but don’t luv the other Hermes Jardins. Mediteranee is probably my favorite of them. Having hard time with Nil, as I keep getting the rotting vegetation. I’ve never seen a photo of JCE. For some reason I have a vision of him as a young Peter Ustinov in the south of France.

    My summer scents are Carthusia IO Capri and any other figgy thing going. Right now PG Jardin de Kerylos is very much on my summer list.

    • Ok I apologize to Jean Claude Ellena.

      He looks like a suave elgant country gentleman. Not at all Peter Ustinov type.

  76. I second Julie’s Atelier Orange Sanguine nomination as a sunny scent. It makes me happy to wear it.

    I was quite surprised that Petit Mort was NOT a new Etat Libre d’Orange scent, as that would fit in to their ad copy written by (evidently) teenage boys.

    Jardin sur le toit chez moi would be: tomato leaves, water from a plastic hose, and tar…

  77. Congratulations! If you considered a class for people with fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS and similar, you’d be a hero.

    As for sunshine scents: I’m in need. :)

  78. Wow! What a fabulous personal accomplishment=d>. My sunny frags are LeLabo Tubereuse and L’Artisan Fleur d’Oranger ’05. Would love to add a Tauer to the collection! Thanks so much!

  79. would love to try a tauer with a lighter base, and you make this one sound delightful.

    congrats on your YT certification! i am investigating training programs here… can i ask… where did you do yours? i, too, want to teach to seniors (the other groups you mentioned are also a great idea!). just met a chiropractor who gives sandwiches to homeless people and also adjusts their backs if they want it… it was very cool to witness.

  80. Congratulations Patty. Cops need yoga. Teach a cop yoga class. Allow perfume. My sunshine favorite is Costamor Dulcess. Used up my sample completely one weekend last summer. Still have the little vial. I am dying to smell Tauer’s take on linden. Thanks for the second chance!

  81. Tauer of power…please enter me to win. Love him! Your description linden was fab! Thank you for this opportunity. :-)

  82. Are you reading my mind? I realize the rational explanation is that other, more energetic Duchaufour freaks saw La Petit Mort on Luckyscent and then the price tag, and as soon as they had picked themselves up off the floor and wrote and begged you to order it. It does not actually sound like something I would like to wear but I HAVE TO SMELL IT!!!!!!!!

    I love the special Zeta bottle and several Tauers and your description of Zeta – please enter me in the draw.

  83. Dah… aight I keep telling myself that if I still don’t win I’ll just order some samples of ZETA… =)

  84. I think you should teach yoga to Catherine Zeta Jones, while wearing Zeta. I would love to be entered into the drawing. Thanks.

  85. Please, please enter me the draw- I want so badly to get to know Zeta
    thanks

  86. AA mandarin basilic can really brighten my day up! A linden fragrance sounds wonderful and I’d love to try this- please enter me in the draw!

  87. Please can I be entered in the draw ?
    I adore linden blossom fragrance- I have always collected the blooms to be dried and make dlishios tea,linden blossom honey is very special too- almost transparent and very fragrant!
    Thank you for the chance!

  88. congrats on ur “degree”
    the prisoners are a good group to teach…folk that have so way lost the plot…
    also i like the idea of teaching c zeta jones….and u can both wear zeta

    a bunch of 45yrs+ crazy adhd ladies….that would be soooo fun

    no need to enter me…i am afraid to start a new house lemming…(tauer) and toit is forgettable if you already have nil!

    ilove all my frags at any time…. but right now…i cant get enough of philosykos….and i am kind of liking clive christian c…..more tuberosey version of nuits de tuberose!!!
    bye patty for now, and have an excellent, well deserved yoga life ahead!!!!

    • Hi Hongkongmom, I love Clive Christian “C” as well, so happy to find another fan!

  89. please enter me in the draw. I have a slowly disappearing bottle of EL Azuree, my sunshine perfume.

    Yoga for kids! :) … and people with mental health problems. We have a woman that teaches at the place I work, and it does wonders for our service users (all mental health patients).
    Congratulations on finishing your training.

  90. I like your demographic for yoga students! I tutor math occasionally and I prefer to work with women over 40, especially if they have “issues” with the subject. Some folks have everything going for them already & don’t really need awesome yoga & math instructors.

    Please enter me in the draw, would love to try Zeta!

  91. Congratulations! I’ve done yoga and deep joint stretching for (yikes) over 30 years, and it’s made a bigger difference in keeping aging at bay than anything else I’ve ever done. I can still remember my yoga teacher in LA — I can picture her perfectly. I still conjure her ghost up sometimes when I’m in stretch or yoga class. She did the full Monty and moved to India.

    Anyway — while walking the cat (it is possible to walk a Siamese-breed cat on a leash) I came upon a fig tree just leafing out. I crushed one of the leaves in my hand. I’ve been wearing MH Figue Amere lately and it smells just like that leaf! Summer concentrate.

    • olfacta – i used to walk my siamese on a leash, too! sometimes they walked me, but for the most part, they did quite well on a leash… especially when i dropped it and let them amble down the apt. sidewalk sniffing everything. my lovely tabby doesn’t do so well – he insists on gorging on grass then puking. it’s horrible, so he goes in the stroller instead. love the kitties! and the yoga.

  92. Congratulations, Patty! I think you should come down and teach me (it’s been years since I do yoga), boy do I need it! Please enter me in the draw! Thank you.

  93. I’d love to try Zeta, please ente me in the draw. My sunshine perfume is Mandarine Tout Simplement. Thanks!

  94. I’m so impressed with your new yoga status! I miss yoga…need to get back to it…think you should teach yoga for kids who are aging out of the foster care system and are out on their own for the first time…check into it! What a great program that would be!

  95. I’m in love with Andy Tauer so of course you must enter me in the draw. ;)

    Congrats on yoga teacher certification! I loooooove yoga but post-baby and going back to work I seem to have no time for it. :(

  96. Would love to be entered in the draw. This year I’m trying EL Bronze Goddess

  97. Congrats on being a yoga teacher. Yoga helped get me through cancer treatment. The teacher makes a HUGE difference.
    Please enter me in the draw. You’ve chosen two of my favorite perfumers. I haven’t smelled either of these scents and would love to experience a “sunshine scent.”

  98. Is it still possible to enter in the draw? Toit and Zeta are the fragrances I’m most looking forward to trying this spring.
    My sunshine fragrance would be Biotherm Eau Vitaminee, it’s such a refreshing, uncomplicated, but not bland cologne. I always wear it when I’m staying in the countryside during the summer.

  99. Hey Patty!
    I was thinking about your post again and that realized you should consider teaching yoga to cancer patients. In Canada, hospitals and wellness centres provide free/donation yoga classes. In my earlier post I said that the teacher made a HUGE difference. If you’d like to hear more, I’d be happy to share my insights with you. You have my email address.
    The women in my classes were upbeat and joyful despite their circumstances.

  100. I completely agree on the new Jardins scent but have yet to try Zeta. Thanks for the draw!

  101. Please enter me in the draw as well! I’d love to have a chance to try this.

  102. Congrats on your certification. I started doing yoga last year to counter the anxiety I was feeling account of some bad family stuff. If I felt anxious, I’d immediately get down on the floor and do calming poses/stretches/breathing. It helped a lot, and I still do it several times a week. I see yoga instructors as life savers and a necessary adjunct to psychologists.

    My ‘sunshine scents’ mostly have to do with big white flowers, like VCA Murmure and Fracas. (It’s indole abuse to wear them in hot weather, but I’m oppositional like that.)

    Please enter me in the draw.

  103. Oh, I love linden blossom. I would love to try this — please enter me in the draw, thank you!

  104. I’d love to try both of these! Un Jardin Sur le Nil is one of my summer favorites.

  105. I’m about to buy this stuff unsniffed. It’s getting a lot of love online. But I would love to smell it first, so please enter me (again) in the draw.

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