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The last half of this year has brought on some of the worst flibbertygibbet OCD I’ve had in a while. I’ve gone from stained glass (which I used to do) to fused glass to burning out material to researching perfume-making again to making spangly caftans – my lastest fascination, sorta like those on the left. Well, pretty much exactly like the Camilla Franks one on the left. I fell in love with caftans in Morocco and brought back a few of them, one of them this gorgeous nighttime jade green spangly thing that’s pretty amazing. I should have taken a picture. So then I find a couple of Antik Batik caftan shirts, and it dawns on me that these are the easiest thing in the world to make unless you get fancy with them. Found a vintage pattern that’s almost exactly like the Antik Batik one, found places on line for sparklies and how to get them on the fabric permanently, and now I just need to find some material that I love.
I’m guessing there’s about 3,000 steps I’m missing. It’s been decades since I sewed, and I’ll be working with silks and more sheer fabrics for this, which can be more difficult than doing a nice cotton dress or tea towel. Oh, I’m kidding, I did more complicated stuff than that. But I’m feeling vaguely like I might wind up bedazzling my caftans. But if the seamstresses out there – and I know there are some because our darling readers are incredibly talented at so many things – want to throw me a tip or two before I ruin expensie material, beading, crystals, etc, I’d be grateful! I do know how to sew, I swear, I’m just an impatient sewer.
Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Cheri, Par Camille. I’ve got the EDP version, which isn’t being distributed in the U.S. The non-blond goes over the differences in her post. I haven’t smelled the EDT, but now I want to.
The scent is patchouli, plum, iris, violet, heliotrope, and if you’re thinking you’ll be getting a darker Mandragore or Hadrien or one of the other Goutal scents, well. no. not at all. If you think more along the lines of Eau du Fier, you’ll be closer. It is rooty smoky plum. Iris root is there all the way through, giving the scent its depth, embedding itself into the earth. And, as Denyse says, it is purple. Given the mainstream public’s tastes, it would surprise me if this were a big seller.
I’d be surprised if even the perfumista crowd loved it in droves. It’s a highly individual perfume taste thing. I love it because it is different and unafraid and uncompromising. It is Film Noir Woman interesting – when women wore tight sweaters with pointy bras and pencil skirts and aprons and pearls over it – but not of that time, just glancing backwards at the scents women wore that were interesting.
It won’t be for everyone, and if you don’t like the edp, it sounds like the edt might work. I’m fully in support of it as an effort by a mainstream’s perfume line to go in the direction they want – following their own purple drumbeat.
Hey, let’s do a draw for 3 samples of this to 3 commenters – well, one sample apiece. And it’s my birthday! And my birthday present to myself is two tattoos, which I’ll unveil next week or the week after if they are healing slowly. So drop a comment to be entered in the drawing! You can talk about whatever you want – how you’re coping with the holiday season so far or the cold (brr! here after almost a week of off and on snow and frigid temps) or birthdays in general.