It’s actually Spring in Central IL. ‘Real’ Spring – rainy-cool, with some freakishly warm days in between for feverish planting and weeding and digging. I’ve been doing a LOT of garden work lately – the unsexy kind, alas – repairing fencing, weeding gravel paths, turning compost, etc. Planting peas and beans and onions. Throwing down rubber snakes to keep the birds out. We’re raising chickens this year, too! Check out my little girls! Two weeks in and they’re already roosting (sigh. they grow up SO fast!) and are starting to get their real feathers. I’m not so afraid of dealing with them now – the first few days are scary, they look so fragile! I’m obsessing about planting – want the garden to be awash in SUMMER! NOW! But…no. To Every Season, turn, turn, turn. I slow down to celebrate early Spring, with it’s cool, grey-green beauty, the sudden, inexplicable shifts in weather – from oddly warming mists to sharp-edged cold sunshine that can shiver you to your core. All those things have color connections to me, and they have companion scents. Most of you know how I see a lot of the classics (Mitsouko) but what about lesser-known scents that smell and look like the colors of Spring? Here are a few of my Scent Colors for Spring picks:
CREED Spring Flowers.….a beautiful pale blue, like the first scilla. A real beauty, it smells exactly like a cool Spring day.
Liz Zorn Violets and Rainwater. ha! Gotcha! I’ll bet you were expecting VIOLET. Ha! Nope. it’s this color. Which is weird because it smells so much of violets and green and dirt…but it conjures this misty pavement color. I always think of a little florist that used to be on Lexington Ave ..an overturned pot of violets on the sidewalk. It’s the color of that sidewalk. Go figure.
Don’t faint…but there’s a gorgeous, licorice-y wet dirt note in Jubilation 25 that only emerges in this cool, wet weather. In the winter it’s a whole other color entirely! In any season, it reeks of Awesome!
This is a huge iris time of year for me – and for a lot of you. There’ll be a post dedicated to iris perfumes in the near future, so I won’t delve too deep. But Hermes Hiris is such a beautifully colorful shapeshifter…..goes on Pinky-purple…then, as it warms on the skin, shifts to a cool green that warms to this green…and then ..it doesn’t dry down..it coooools down to this.
In the coolness of an early April morning, Amouage Memoir starts out true to its packaging, a cool silvery–black…but give it a minute. If the sun comes out…it turns a beautiful…pink!
What are your color picks for Spring? Do you have scent colors?
And … speaking of May (which I did in the title)….it’s almost time for the LA Scentsation! We have a few seats on The Bus left (like…five, I think). GET ON THE BUS! If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day…this is it! We’ve got an incredible day planned with sniffing, giveaways, fun, giveaways, goodies galore, more sniffing….and speaking of VIOLETS..the late afternoon’s violet wine (and other beverages)!