Going Down. Coming UP! and a giveaway



I was going to review some Laboratorio Olfactivo (and do a giveaway) but as you can see, I’ve been a little …preoccupied.   El O started it.  I’ve been tending and cleaning and trying to find stuff that he could keep on his stomach, etc…and I was fine.  JUST FINE!  Until last night.  Hot shower and early night of it.  Until the dreaded…..well, you know The Dreaded.  I figured I would be okay – just sit there and let it all hang out like he did – but my body had other ideas.  Within one of the longest minutes of my life I was yelling “GET A BUCKET!!!!!”.   Here’s the thing: we have a largeish bathroom and that’s just fine until you are desperately needing other conveyances .  They ought to make a two-fer commode just for those moments!

So!  Here I am, puking and pooping  my natural guts clean out…and in the midst of the carnage I’m thinking ‘whoa.  what is that smell?’ (obviously it’s a smell apart from the other truly unnerving and disgusting smells ejaculating from my heaving self)…it had a spicy, licorish-y thing going……….oh, crap!  It’s..CUMIN!   I’m throwing up Femme and Jub 25 like nobody’s business (in the guise of some homemade chicken soup).  Let me tell you:  if you eat a dish with cumin and then are illin’…that cumin will take over your LIFE!!!!

Patty’s is orange juice.  We laughed about how a bout of nausea, after a glass of orange juice (or a Creamsicle!!) can take that note off the table for a long, long time.  creamsicle

March’s is…sushi.  Been there.  Done that.  I won’t bring up your breakfast describing the scent of raw fish in gastric juices.  Oh, wait.  I just did!  bwahahahha!







This is a pathetic post because I can barely sit up.  But you guys hung in there with me – at least I hope you did.  So I’m going to do a small giveaway..  Drop a line letting me know what is the note you would most NOT like to encounter on the Trip Back Up.  I’ll toss a couple of cumin and orange scented beauties in ……..eww…I said ‘toss’.  Urp…gotta go!




  • Patty Pong says:


  • Amer says:

    The essence of vomit itself is the worse. I can detect it even in trace amounts, behind closed doors or in open spaces when it is windy. That scent is something I also detect as a facet in cognac. I can imagine that throwing up cognac would be double the usual fun…

    • Amer says:

      Just recalled THE worst! Shiitake mushrooms! Talk about gross, tasty when you’re savoring them the first time, a rotting pile of leaves and dirt in the second coming…

  • Aww, Musette, I hope you are feeling better very soon! My young and stupid self had a memorable experience the morning after consuming a lot of Southern Comfort. That was a long time ago but I still don’t want to smell Southern Comfort, or bourbon whiskey, especially in combination with fruit and spices.

  • MichelleU says:

    The note I really don’t like in some perfume because it smells really odd and makes me gag is Musk!
    I hope you are feeling better! Wish you all the best!

  • Merlin says:

    Ok, maybe thats why I cant think of a fume with a peach note that I like: Peach schnapps, I was 16 – the first AND last time I got completely drunk…

  • Jackie b says:

    I admire someone who can retain sense of humour in between dashing to bathroom!
    Anything anise would be most unwelcome the second time around…that ouzo must have been off!

  • wefadetogray says:

    the worst for me was gin and tequila, mixed. the stench, the pain, the 2 days in bed puking bile after there was no more gin and tequila to puke. it’s been almost 20 years since that day and i can say i have never been able to drink a drop of gin. i can have some light margarita, but shots? never. the smell makes me sick.
    sorry to hear you had such a dreadful night. feel better.

  • Nemo says:

    I think the worst stuff to come back up is spicy food, i.e. chicken wings. I think it is especially the combination of chili powder and vinegar-y sauce that really doesn’t improve the second time around 🙁 I hope you feel better soon!

  • FeralJasmine says:

    I’m glad that you can be so funny about feeling so awful. Hope you are better. All-time worst? A bad clam. Haven’t eaten clams for eight years because of that.

  • Elena says:

    I don’t think there is anything worse than puking into a toilet that’s already been used for the other kind of sick. I hope it’s a “clear out the guts and done” kind of thing and you’re already feeling a little better. Anything spicy is awful coming back up, it burns those sinuses! Ugh.

  • Milena says:

    Isn’t fun but you are having a great sense of humor. I hope you feel better soon.

  • fleurdelys says:

    If I had been drinking a beverage while reading your post, it would have come back out my nose! Not laughing at your plight, but at the way you describe it. Sometimes a sense of humor is what pulls us through these experiences. Sounds like you & your hubby have the norovirus; I and mine had it last year. It was not fun, but fortunately it was short-lived. I subsisted on ginger ale for a couple of days. I had eaten homemade chili before it started, and urked up semi-digested beans, feeling the burn from the chili powder. I have eaten chili since, so it didn’t completely turn me off. Hope you and El O are much better soon (ginger ale helps!)

  • lucasai says:

    red mexican beans would be a pain on a trip back up

  • Claudia D. says:

    For me it’s apricot brandy. Got sick on that in college MANY years ago, and that was the last time it touched my lips. Feel better, and thanks for the giveaway!

  • maggiecat says:

    Oh, I hope you feel better soon! That’s the worst kind of sick I can imagine. As for me, I will never touch either cottage cheese or tequila ever, ever again. No getting over it. Ever. fortunately, one can live a long and happy life without either (probably even longer and happier without the latter!)

  • Liz K says:

    Cinnamon. The glitter in Goldschlager vomit does not improve the experience at all and the memory has haunted me since my Sophomore year of high school when a boy at a party was sick on me. There was also a sick drunk in my car in college who had been drinking Hot Damn so… red + cinnamon. Also on the list are OJ, french fries, Cheerios, and banana. My father was a firm believer that a banana would settle my stomach when I was little. Upchucked it every freakin’ time.

    PS. My boss is much amused by this topic. Says it is always worth it to catch me not working.

  • Our oldest son was doing this Tuesday and is still not well, today! The only time I have
    been “drunk” in my life is on wine and I vomitied purple the next day ( Thanksgiving )~
    I couldn’t even drink wine at our wedding…Take care, Cindi

  • Mals86 says:

    I love you, Miz M! Do hope you feel better soon. DNEM, please, but I can’t let the opportunity go by to tell the story of how my sweet but dim-witted father-in-law once offered his retching 8-year-old daughter a glass of tomato juice, with the best of intentions.

  • shaney says:

    I’m sorry you are sick, but thank you for such a hilarious post! My run to the toilet scent would have to be stale cigarettes/ashtray, which is why Maison Martin Margiela (untitled) is such a challenging fragrance for me…a close second would be lily…lilies and I just will never get along 🙂 Feel better soon!!!

  • Beth says:

    Musette, so sorry to hear you are not feeling well. And this is always the worst type of not feeling well.

    There are things I can’t stand to smell when I’m nauseous and things I’m not happy to have in my stomach when I’m nauseous. Two different things. I can’t stand the smell of eggs if I’m already feeling my stomach roil… it just makes matters worse. But if I’m throwing up, it’s horrible to have anything spicy there. Buffalo sauce is not your friend in a crisis.

  • susan says:

    Oh dear! So gross! Sorry you are feeling poorly. I’ll say I would not like to see broccoli (which I love) on the way back up. 😛

  • Michelle says:

    Oh sweetie, I just adore your writing & sense of humor. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Missyl says:

    LOL here! What do ya say to that ?….:), 0h pooh!?, It’ll pass?! Bwahaha! I was near deathly nauseated with all of our children so throwin’up was an everyday thing for a time. We decided what I should eat based on how bad it was coming back up… Yuck I know but practical;Had to keep trying for those babies! Brut cologne and cumin was a run for the sink guarantee-er. Still smell cumin and think ‘retch’! 🙂 Sending calming thoughts your way.

  • HemlockSillage says:

    Oh, dear lady, I’m so sorry you are ill! Hope you and El O are back in fine form, soonest. That is the worst. . .and you still manage to make me smile through your misery. Hang in there.

    As for worst thing to make one ill? I had chocolate syrup on ice cream once as a child just before getting sick, and STILL can’t tolerate the stuff, decades later. Even the scent of it makes me feel a bit ill. I’m not into cocoa in perfume, either, and that may be part of why. Blurrrgh! Again. Hope you feel better, soonest.

  • Dana says:

    My 23 yr old son got sick a couple months ago with what we think was the norovirus and we both lost track of how many times he threw up. Diarrhea, too. We feel your pain. I got sick once after eating chocolate covered strawberries and even though I don’t think they were the culprit, I couldn’t even think of eating one for a couple years. I hope you feel better soon.

  • Mary K says:

    Once, about two years ago, I became violently ill after eating chicken tacos (with plenty of hot, hot salsa). Fortunately, it wasn’t long before I was able to put that all out of my mind and eat spicy things again. And also it wasn’t long before I could wear L’Artisan Piment Brulant again. However, I was never able to go back to the restaurant again where I had eaten the tacos (and prior to that incident, it was one of my favorites).

  • Tatiana says:

    So sorry you are not feeling well. I had a bout with this stuff last week. Ended up in the ER because I couldn’t even keep water down and ended up dehydrated. So I really, really, really hope you’re feeling better soon! Unfortunately, I was wearing Amouage Epic when I got sick. So right now, I just can’t stomach that, or incense. Which is truly sad, because incense is usually very calming for me. Hoping this phase passes quickly and I can get back to wearing those lovelies. Spring is in the air right now so I’m looking at green and floral chypres anyway.
    Feel better soon!

  • Maureen says:

    OMG, sorry you are so ill. Anything coming back up is terrible, but when I was young & stupid & at a bachelorette party I did lime jello shots on an empty stomach…let’s just say it was a long time before I could stand lime, and I still don’t like lime jello. Hang in there!

  • Elia says:

    Get well soon.

    I think cumin is as bad as it could get. Slimy eggplant is also horrible.

  • Connie says:

    I hope you feel better! Thankfully I rarely get sick, and when I do I get more fatigued than violently ill. I think, however, that if I were to get violently ill, I wouldn’t want it to be with anything spicy. Spices are great in perfume and food and I wouldn’t want to ruin my enjoyment of either!

    Portia xx

  • Ann says:

    Oh, no, poor sweetie! Hope you’re both feeling much, much better now. Hate that nausea thing with a vengeance, and it really doesn’t matter what scent/food is involved — it’s all bad. My worst time of it was when preschool-age son brought home a bug that I call “both ends burning.” From that time on, I always keep a plastic bucket or grocery bags in the bathroom, just in case. OK, sorry, too much information. Hang in there!

  • Martha says:

    Once, when I was young and stupid, I drank peppermint schnapps and Busch beer. I was sick for a couple days, hadn’t really drank alcohol in my life before then. So, for about 25 years after, I couldn’t tolerate peppermint anything. Still not exactly fond of peppermint 40 years later. Thank goodness most perfumes aren’t minty.

  • Goldencrab says:

    Musette – hope you feel better soon. I hate being nauseated…I think I’d rather die than go through a gagging episode. Worst for me was grapefruit juice…very unpleasant. Take care – plain toast and peppermint tea always help my queasy stomach.

  • Poodle says:

    Musette, I feel for you sweetie. Been there. It is not a fun place to be. I hope you feel better soon.
    As for notes that aren’t as good coming up as they are going down, well, I had a roasted red pepper dip once that almost killed me and it was years before I could stand the smell of them. I’ve had a few recent bad experiences with Chinese food so the smell of it now just makes me want to hurl.

  • FearsMice says:

    Musette, I’m sorry for your, um, losses… Truly, being ill at both ends is miserable, and I hope that both you and El O are much better by now. When I was a kid, I remember eating a huge meal with grilled steak (charred) and then going swimming. Charcoal and chlorine are a bad combination, trust me!

  • Jennifer Smith says:

    Almond Joy /Mounds Bars are edible but not the top of my list since a childhood ride home from Grams where I’d eaten 3 servings of Hamburger Crumble over Rice and DEEP DISH Cobbler and homemade Icecream. All this BEFORE the begged for candy at the gasstation . Dad packed us into the cab of a “77 Chevy truck and between being crammed in,overstuffed ,and the blasting heater and Oh . Urp . Cloverleaf highways (Seattle Tacoma area ) It was “PULL OVER NOW!!!!”

    My CANNOT STAND IT smell is Wintergreen. Nausea if smelled . Ipecac syrup effect if consumed (I may be allergic.)Had the flu as a 9yr old . Mom dosed me with Pepto (wintergreen flavors the pink stuff).But it was hard to get any to stay down . (still remember the huge golden orange tupperware bowl..)

    Jay is bound to be in for it now .Whenever someone claims they’ve never _______, or say “what’s the worst ___ ____ _____? Then BOOM!

    Hope you feel better soon Musette ! At least you can be glad you aren’t moving while under the weather A 6 hour+ flight(CA to AL) while on Imodium is not fun . I can state positively by unfortunate experience
    Hope you feel better soon

  • Gabriella says:

    You poor thing! Had it a few weeks back – and after chicken soup too! Ran to get to the bathroom but didn’t quite make it. Let’s just say that Jackson Pollock isn’t exactly my favorite artist as his paintings bring back memories… and jasmine is totally out – in scents, soap or tea – because of the gum I chewed in a failed attempt to alleviate nausea.

    Hope you’re feeling better now!

  • Red says:

    Guava… Reminds me of underarm odor.. This topic is a fun read. Good one…

  • solanace says:

    My boy brought home a virus from the kindengarten, and we all got ill. For a couple of days, our house was like a crack hole or, better still, a pirate ship during a cholera outbreak. The smell was so acrid, I reached for Malle’s Lipstick Rose, thinking it would be a life saver. But it almost kiled me, with all that sweetness. I’m still kinda suspicious about it…
    Get better!

  • Tama says:

    Jay, how could you have gone through your life without a puke?? Wow. Lucky!

  • Tama says:

    That pic up top is hilarious! Sorry you got the gunk. No fun. I got it right before Christmas – like Ramona I do not do That Thing, but I did for the first time since 1986. It has been a long enough time since I got sick on something specific that I don’t worry about it too much (this last one was just water). I did have a bad episode involving Black Forest Cake ice cream, so choco/cherry was tough for a while.

  • Katrin says:

    It’s probably cedar, with a bit of pink pepper thrown in. Just the thought of it makes me want to…

  • Jay says:

    oh, I hope you are recovering and feeling better now!

    I’ve actually never full-on vomited ((I know…) but I’ve had that almost-vomit rising in the back of my throat and I’d say that I think alcohol would be the worst coming back up. And probably durian… urgh!

  • Joan says:

    Aw, feel better! I remember a time I got food poisoning, and the last thing I ate was a big bowl of Kraft macaroni and cheese. I still eat mac and cheese, but not Kraft…..

    Wait, that’s not a perfume note. Hmm. I think something strong like Aromatics Elixir, with a lot of animalics, would really turn my stomach if I was ill. But not quite as much as Cool Water would.

  • Hope you feel better soon, Miz A! Stomach bugs are no fun. I got one this past Christmas. Not. Fun. As for things that have been ruined totally by that experience.. fortunately not that many. I did have an experience with a bad bottle of rum once. I was drinking with a couple of friends at my apartment, and all of us got sick. I only had one drink of the stuff too, so I think something wasn’t right there. Put me off rum for several years.

  • Alexandra L. says:

    Hope you are feeling better! Take care… I would have to say anything accompanying alcohol coming back up is horrifying.

  • Mary P. Brown says:

    So sorry to hear you are under the weather – there are two things that I dread like nothing else but one is not a note – spinach dip. My aunt tried to poison us all one holiday with tainted dip – shudder……. the other is tequila, a nasty piece of work that is.

  • Steve Tsotras says:

    I used to love lentils as a kid, until one night where I ate them for dinner after a field trip. Something I ate on the trip must have been a ticking time bomb, and my love for lentils was, and still remains till this very day, the victim.

    As for a particular note, can’t really think of anything. At least nothing I’d dislike more than civet.

  • Ninara Poll says:

    Papaya. I have a love-hate relationship with it to begin with; sometimes it’s delicious to smell and taste, sometimes it is incredibly fecal. The thought of fecalish papaya coming back up… urp, it gives me indigestion. And any mints, because they make my upper digestive tract sting if they make a return trip. I hope you recover quickly! *hugs*


  • Dina C. says:

    So sorry to hear that you’ve been ailing. That’s miserable business when it’s coming out of both ends at the same time. Ugh. I think my brain has selectively deleted my memories of the last time that happened, but I seem to recall throwing up Cheerios in the recent past. Kind of a mild, oatiness, but still not good. Get well soon!! 🙂

  • spiker says:

    Oh dear… I’m so sorry. Give me a miserable head cold and even a fever any day of the week before the GI issues. I know I couldn’t look steak in the eye for a long time after a bout a few years ago. And 7-up, while the sweet nectar of the gods while I was recovering, was banished for several months after I felt well. Just too many bad memories.

    I hate to add to the grossosity, but we literally had an old kettle affectionately known as the ‘throw-up pot’ when I was little. I don’t believe it ever got used, but if you were lying on the couch nauseous, it was a cool, metal security blanket.

    Feel better soon.

  • rosiegreen says:

    Chocolate is the worst note for me when I am ill. I had my wisdom teeth out, was totally snockered on pain pills, and I thought some chocolate ice cream would make me feel better- Not a Good Idea. I hope you feel better soon Musette. This has been the worst year for viruses that I can remember.

  • Lynley says:

    I literally OD’d on raspberries when I was about 12. Family friends had a farm and we all made a gazillion jars of jam and when we got home there was like, a 4 litre tub of raspberries to eat before they rotted. Tv snacks that started delish but suddenly the next one was it. The raspberry my body said no to. Very very ill. Couldn’t go near anything even remotely raspberry for about 15 years. I’d rather that than cumin though. I can pass on fruity frags I’m sure of it! 😉

  • eldarwen22 says:

    That kind of stomach bug always reminds me why I don’t like most citrus perfumes. Well, citrus better not be one of the dominant notes in any perfume. I love Shalimar and it does have a huge citrus note in it. I tried Frapin’s Espirit de Fleurs while trying to get over a stomach virus. When I am just that sick where things are coming up, it don’t much matter what I ate and I refuse to analyze the smell.

  • ojaddicte says:

    Chocolate is revolting. I love chocolate, but after a bout of the thing the scent is ruined for a loooooooong time! I hope you feel better soon!

  • Ramona says:

    You poor thing! Hope you are back on track soon 🙂
    As far as I am concerned, my GI tract is a one way street and ANYTHING coming back up is WRONG WRONG WRONG! I haven’t had that unpleasantness happen in a long time and when it happens again, it will be too soon 🙁
    Here’s to wishing you well- Cheers!

  • Claudia Strandstra says:

    probably garlic, but that’s not a fragrance note

  • rosarita says:

    I’m with Janet about tequila. Took years to get over, years. Big hugs to you Ms A, hope you are better soon!

  • Janet says:

    Tequila! Urgghhh. Good thing it is a rare note. 🙂
    Hope you both feel better.

  • zeram1 says:

    Hope your better sooner than later. What would be worse coming up would be natto!

  • Ginny M says:

    Oh, that’d have to be red wine…the wine that caused the problem to begin with. (***shudder!***)

  • Sonia says:

    Just writing to say- had that thing in February- am really sorry you got it- hang in there- it does go away.
    Note I’d least like to come back would be cocoa- love it so. Had experience with tomato sauce- not fun.
    Feel better.

  • Tiara says:

    Lordy am I ever glad to be reading this before I go to bed instead of before breakfast! So sorry to hear you’ve been sick and hope you’re on the mend soon. Very soon! As for a note…I’ve met a few musks in my day that I hope to never encounter again! If I wanted to smell like that, I could rub my son’s socks all over me for free.

  • Angelique says:

    Yes, I did hang with you (for which I believe all who read it completely deserve a free sample .. *wink*).
    My “Oh Please Heavens NO! I’m Already Sicker than Hell” scent is, horribly and awfully, bacon.
    I *LOVE* bacon. Will eat 3 lbs and want more on most occasions, but when ill .. OH PLEASE HEAVENS NO!
    I do hope you feel better!