So….well, you know…one of the things I really love about my Beginner’s Mind is that it really isn’t a Beginner’s Mind – I am the Quing of Snap Judgements (or NO Judgement, depending upon whom you ask). But what saves me from myself is my absolute delight in being found wrong – I love that one of the women I’ve really grown to like here in town….well, when I first met her, let’s say my Snap Judgement…well, never mind. I. Was. Wrong.
And so it goes with perfume notes. Take a look at these:
coco palm, aqualeaf accord, night-blooming jasmine, violet, Tahitian vanilla, sandalwood, cashmere woods
That combo sounds like the making of a Musette Nightmare, so during Swapmania, when my good pal Mary suggested sending an unknown (to me) perfume, with notes that were making me gag I was all “oh, maaaann. dang’ I didn’t want to try some thingummy concocted by a singer/boxing promoter/artiste/impressaria* .. but I adore Mary…so I said (weakly) ‘okay’.
Oh, maaaan. Oh, Mary. Thank you! The perfume she sent me is Jus d’Amour by Parfums Mercedes – at first sniff I was a bit taken aback – I usually hate coconut (and I’m not all that fond of vanilla, thank you very much) and was all set to dislike the opening sweetish notes….and what the heck is aqualeaf accord? Well, who knows. But who cares? Because, against all odds, this is a comfort scent that I love! like the kind you all usually yark on about (that I never ‘get’) that is both compelling and cozy. There are lots of references to ‘cashmere throws’ and ‘snuggling’ in the various reviews, etc – and in this case, it’s actually apt! Jus d’Amour (I have the oil version) is a sexy-cozy, snuggly scent – but not fluffy. Smooth, like a good bourbon – but there’s that lovely little fire as it’s going down. There is this rough, almost piney, edge to Jus d’Amour that keeps it firmly on this side of sweet…and definitely in the realm of intriguing. This is a Skin Scent but there’s an element of languorous…not quite ‘danger’ – more cautious intrigue (and isn’t that the best kind?). It reminds me of my dog Lu and this guy I had this odd ‘relationship’ with – Lu was Protection (NOT Attack) Trained and was a total Alpha male Rottweiler, which meant he didn’t have a whole lot to prove to anybody. Anyway, it was a lovely day, the guy and I were on my patio, sipping lemonade and bantering…and somehow it was right at that point where the scales were going to tip alll the power in his favor. And I couldn’t have that. Just couldn’t. So I got up to go ‘powder my nose’ and whispered in Lu’s ear ‘watch him’ . Let me tell you – there is nothing like a fully assured PT Rottweiler to re-tip the balance for you. ‘Watch him’ means just that. Lu didn’t bark, He didn’t growl. No lips pulled back. He just sat there, in all his cuddly, smoochy glory – and kept that guy pinned to his seat (with just a look) until I returned. That’s what this scent reminds me of. The warm, cuddly softness of a beautiful Rottweiler who has the capacity to pin a 250lb man to his chair with A Look. I really like it! I don’t know if Mercedes is the actual perfumer (neither Luckyscent nor her website gives that info) but if she is the perfumer, then she definitely hit the mark with this one. It’s as snuggly and sensual on a man as a woman (I tried it on both! – had ‘that guy’ been wearing this I might’ve given over..)
I wish I’d created this. I would’ve named it Lu.
you can get this at Luckyscent – I got mine from Mary. Thank you Mary (* btw, not really ragging on Mercedes there with the descriptors. She actually sounds tres cool – and I think I’m just a leeetle bit jealous)!
Hey! I’m feeling all snuggly tonight, meself. So I’ll siphon off a scrab of the oil and send it to a commenter. Just drop a line telling me what defines ‘snuggly’ for you. I’m sure not everyone finds Rottweilers snuggly, though I think those who don’t are missing some serious smoochies.
I wanted to put a photo of a Rottweiler in front of a fireplace…but…y’all don’t seem to be feeling the Rottweiler Love overmuch…. strange.