Yesterday was Ash Wednesday and the official beginning of Lent. For me, Lent is like New Year’s, but better! The beginning of a period of mourning and preparation for something new. I’m always thinking cocoon, then butterfly. Like that Camilla Franks caftan Oprah bought (?) and sported – and that I have on as I’m writing this. I feel very puparial when I wear it. I think that’s not exactly the word. One of my officemates came up with the word (which I can’t remember exactly) when I was in the office wearing this. It is the essence of spring, and it makes me deliriously happy, even though it is not a very practical garment to wear – the front is long, it gets into everything, I can’t figure out exactly what to wear under it. But I don’t really care at all, happy is the best reason in the world to wear what you want.
And I think, yes, spring IS coming! Still too far away, and we have more snow coming tomorrow, but I can feel it. Well, it could be that I just think my house is summer-like when another hot flash hits, which is a new development I don’t think I like, though it is cutting down my heat bill.
But Lent! I give up my winter laziness every Lent. Today started with 30 minutes on the treadmill run/walk (hey, it’s been a really cold, lazy winter, I need a slow start), 15 minutes of yoga, there will be evening light yoga and meditation/wine. I fell off of my yoga habit in November, getting back from traveling, then being sick and holidays, and months passed. My body screamed in ecstasy when I hit that down dog. Oh, have you missed that? Well, yes, yes, you have, poor baby. Sorry, I won’t be such a mean little bitch in the future and will give you what you crave, promise! And this should continue from now until Easter or until I forget. Forget always comes first every year,but this year I am determined to ditch my lazy.
And what are we wearing? Well, I have the samples from Neela Vermeire that she sent. I smelled these back in November when I was in Paris, courtesy of the lovely Denyse, but didn’t have any samples to take with me to be able to talk about. All three of her perfumes were created by Bertrand Duchafour. When I grow up, I want Bertrand to make a perfume for me!!!! How do I make that happen?
Bombay Bling has notes of Mango, lychee, blackcurrant, cardamom, cumin, cistus, Turkish rose, jasmine sambac, ylang-ylang, tuberose, plumeria, gardenia, patchouli, tobacco, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla. This screams spring/summer/tropics, lazy days with rum drinks. I keep thinking I don’t like it that much as a perfume, but I do. It’s got a little Worth Courtesan vibe going on, some skank under that sweet exterior. It’s growing on me a lot, though that could be my longing for a beach in the Osa Peninsula that is calling my name louder every damn day. Maybe a beach in Goa in November would substitute?
Trayee means Triad, referring to the three Vedas. It has notes of blue ginger, elemi, cinnamon, ganja accord, blackcurrant absolute, basil, jasmine sambac, Egyptian jasmine, cardamom absolute, clove, saffron, Javanese and Haitian vetiver, incense, Mysore sandalwood oil, patchouli, myrrh, vanilla, cedar, amber notes, oud palao from Laos, oak moss. The notes are smells from Indian religious rituals and Ayurvedic medicine. Yeah, that smells about right. Heavy on the Myrrh, but not a heavy perfume. this really needs to come in a candle or incense stick too! I really love the notes and the way it’s put together, but I’m not entirely certain I want to wear it. Oh, wait, yeah, I do too. Give it some time, some of the feisty pieces lose their sharpness, and this turns into a really gorgeous contemplative scent, the cardamom, sandalwood, vanilla and myrrh blend beautifully. I still want it in a candle and incense stick for my meditation area. I don’t get the ganga accord at all. What I got when I first sniffed it in Paris and now is just a teeny bit of Guerlain Guet Apens/Attrape Coeur. It’s not like it, but there is a combination of notes that feels very Guerlainy in a wispy way.
Mohur has notes of Cardamom, coriander, ambrette, carrot, black pepper, elemi, Turkish rose oil, jasmine, orris, hawthorn, almond milk accord, leather, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, oudh Palao from Laos, benzoin, vanilla, tonka bean. Mohur is a reference to the most valuable gold coin in India. This starts out pretty much rose/oud on the open, but it has a sweetness and depth that’s so charming. Hawthorn is one of my favorite notes because it saves almost anything from being “normal” and gives it a twist that you aren’t quite sure of – is that roadkill? The almond milk and spices provides a silky overlay to roseoudroadkillleather. You know what? I really love this one. It’s got so much freak going on under the deceptively normal. I had to spray it after the dabbing because it can make such a huge difference in how you perceive a scent. And the Freak Factor is even better! Air amps up the hawthorn. Okay, Trayee is the meditative scent, but this is the one I’ll take with me into meditation tonight. In the time of Mourning, Lent, getting vague whiffs of decaying corpse under really spectacularly beautiful other notes is completely appropriate.
Why, yes, Neela sent big samples! I don’t have much Mohur left because, well, I’ve been spraying it a lot. I can probably eek out a little sample, but if anyone has tried it and is thinking they want some, but don’t want a full bottle, let me know, I’d really be happy to split this two or three ways with someone. So two sample sets for a giveaway to two lucky commenters. I’m not doing winners for last week because I don’t actually have the fragrance yet to know how many samples I can give away, but I’ll announce those as soon as I do.
To be entered in the draw, just drop a comment. If you are a Lenten practitioner, tell me what you gave up for Lent and why. If you don’t do Lent, you can just tell me anything! Which of these three sound the best to you? Have you smelled them yet?
BTW, I loved the descriptions so many of you gave last week about a perfume that was your life. I often can’t find any time in my work day to comment, but I do read them all. Mine would be hay, vetiver and earth, then cumin, frankincense and myrrh, followed by tuberose, jasmine and gardenia. I don’t know that any of those things would go together in a perfume, but those are the notes of my life.