So, has anyone else been schvitzing to beat the band one day and freezing the next? I thought I’d seen it all during my one roller coaster mid-Atlantic summer, but so far, this spring in Toronto has been one for the ages. Rain for days on end, then oppressive heat for a few hours, then crisp fall-like air, then more rain. It got so hot the other day, I practically kidnapped my building’s super and insisted he install my casement-window air conditioner at gunpoint (not really). Little did I know that it would be a 2 hour job, complete with him having to blowtorch the crank off the window frame. It was quite a scene.
I will never find shame in admitting that I refuse to get through a summer without air conditioning. I’ve been wondering lately how people can live, hermetically sealed in their homes or apartments, sans cool air. I’m also quite the scarf skeptic; especially when I see a woman in shorts and a tank top with a large, diaphanous scarf draped ’round her neck. It just doesn’t make sense to me. What’s this have to do with fragrance? Well, nothing really, just a few things I’ve been mulling over that I felt like sharing.
I’ve also been wondering about everyone’s home fragrance choices. I used to be a huge candle fan, but I’ve grown quite weary of them. They’ve become so ubiquitous that they’ve lost much of their personality. Mind you, I’m not maligning all the online candle-ers and soapers out there. I think they’re perfectly fine, just no longer my cup of tea. What I’ve really gotten into lately have been those ambient fragrance reed diffuser sticks. I don’t know what it is about a grouping of sticks in a large – it has to be large – a 500 ml or more, bottle of scented liquid. The look just screams fabulous to me and I have no idea why. Maybe it’s the scattering of sticks that attracts me, like the scattering of my thoughts, or the scattering of certain parts of my life over the course of these past few years. Maybe there’s a lesson there about a moth being drawn to a flame; the moth can have it. Staring into a flame has never been captivating for me. But staring at a grouping of sticks captivates me to no end. Here, take a look:
I wish I could be more articulate in explaining it, but that to me is just so much more fabulous than a candle. And, I particularly love the Alora Ambiance line of diffusers. Their scents are amazing and the look of their product just about beats the pants off any other brand – with the exception of Antica Farmacista.
You can’t see the entire length of the sticks in the image at right, but you’ll have to trust me that it’s just something about the shapes of the bottles, along with these long sticks poking out the tops that does it for me. And the scents purveyed by these two companies are amazing. I’m smitten with Agrume from Alora Ambiance, which is a blend of grapefruit, orange and eucalyptus, Arancia – citrus and gardenia, Fico – ripe figs and green notes, and Vaniglia – vanilla.
From Antica Farmacista, their Vanilla Bourbon and Mandarin is luscious, along with Green Fig, Sandalwood Amber, Pomegranate & Currant and Santorini – citrus, green notes, spices and woods. All of these are swoon worthy in their bottles, but I don’t think I would ever wear any of them on my skin. Isn’t that funny? What I love to smell in the air isn’t necessarily what I would want to smell on myself. I guess I could equate that to a pot of homemade tomato sauce bubbling away on the stove or a roasting chicken. Notice I didn’t make the warm cake, cookies, and pie comparison, because I get into my foodie moods and would so walk out of the house smelling like a freshly baked pumpkin pie if the mood strikes me.
I realize these reed diffusers are like the Rolls Royces of home fragrance. You could probably buy a case of Glade scented candles for one of these; both Alora Ambiance and Antica Farmacista sell their 500 ml sizes for over $90.00. There are just some things that warrant the “go big or go home” approach. In this case, I think these are well worth it.
Fess Up Time: How do you all like to scent your surroundings?