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.