O’Driu Peety

Before we get to one of the most unusual perfume concepts that we ran across at Pitti – and there are several more I’ll be telling you about – O’Driu Peety, I do want to let you know I will be putting up this month’s Perfume Sample Fairy Godmother on Friday this week.

So many of you offered up prayers and good wishes for my brother Tom, who had cancer surgery in early September, and I wanted to give you all a brief update.

It’s been a slog.  He had surgery almost four weeks ago, and everything looked great – the margins were clean, the lymph nodes that were involved with cancer cells were dead when they got in there, so they feel really good that they got it all. But then he started springing leaks from the esophagus surgery sites, which I guess isn’t unusual, and he was building up leak fluid around his lungs, and he couldn’t breathe, at one point getting down to about 60% oxygen in his blood, which was major suckages.  He got a couple of tubes front and back to get the fluid off, then they had to go ahead and put in a feeding tube since he wasn’t going to eat for even longer.

They still couldn’t get the leakage stopped and went back in last week and put a sleeve down the esophagus.  He was the first person that’s ever used this particular device, and it worked like a charm.  Leakage stopped, they’ve pulled the tubes to get rid of the fluid, and he’s on soft foods for the last week.  He left the hospital part of the cancer center and went to his regular room that’s more like a hotel room.  If everything went okay today, he’s hoping to go back home this week. Yeah!!!

That was tough and scary.  He attributes so much of the success to the strict green and ketogenic diet he went on early after his diagnosis. It kept the cancer from growing while the radiation and chemo did its work to shrink and kill a lot of what was there.

So again, thank you.  I believe strongly in talking to God/the universe/whatever else you think is out there and that all that caring and love does help.  I don’t believe that it heals people, but it helps the people involved get through what they have to.

O'driu PeetyPitti was amazing, as was all the gelato in Italy.  One of the most interesting concepts that was there was O’Driu Peety. The idea is that anyone can have a personalized perfume. You personalize this one with a few drops of your urine.  Now, before y’all go all ew, yuck, etc., – and I know this crowd is the least likely to do that – Peety on its own is a great, skanky perfume.  Tobacco, amber, jasmine, rose, tonka bean, sandalwood and pink pepper.  As much as you want to giggle, just smelling what’s there already has me curious to know what it would smell like if I, um, personalized it with Patty Peety.  Oh, yes, of course I’m doing it, and I’ll be making Musette and some others do it too.  

What are you thinking, gimmick or a legit way to make a perfume smell unique to you?  If this weren’t such a great perfume alone, I’d lean towards gimmick. We had some sprayed cards in a bag, and every time we moved those bags, Peety would waft out, and all three of us would swoon all over again.  I’ve tried several of the O’Drius before, and these were the perfumes that had my cat sniffing them with arched back and some yowling. They do wearable skank better than about anyone.  Who’s with me on this?  I’ll send out two small decants from a draw to two commenters willing to add a drop of pee to their little decant and report back in on before and after.

  • Elena says:

    This cracked me up, but leave me out of the draw. I have an elderly (death’s door, actually) dog, a 4 month old, and a 4 year old… Everything in my house already smells like pee, and perfume is my respite from it!

  • Mary K says:

    Happy to hear that your brother has made some good progress. I’ll keep hoping and praying for him to continue to recover from all that he’s been through. I’m afraid I’m not brave enough to “personalize” the Peety perfume, so please do not include me in the draw. Should be interesting to see what others think of it, though!

  • Sally McSweeney says:

    So glad to hear about Tom and will continue to think positive thoughts for all of you.
    Peefume! What a hoot. I’m game to jump on the skank wagon – please count me in!

  • Musette says:

    YAY! Tom is on the mend!


    as to the Peety? Bring it! 😀


  • Kandice says:

    I’m so glad to hear your brother is doing better. As much as I’d like to smell the perfume, please DNEM. I still can’t get over some of the ingredients already in use like civet and ambergris, so I know I won’t be trying this “personalized” version of the perfume 🙂

  • Cheryl G. says:

    Oh Pee? I’m in!

  • Tara says:

    Continued healing prayers for your brother. As for the Peety experiment, count me out. Not into gimmicks. 🙂

  • Beth says:

    Count me in for the draw sounds very interesting! I’ll keep you and your brother in my prayers too.

  • solanace says:

    So happy to knew about your brother. Hope all this will soon be left behind, and he will resume his normal life.
    As for the experiment, I’m nothing if not a mad scientist. I’m totally in, and I hope I’ll win this! (If I win, I’ll be getting somebottles of kriek boom!)

  • What the hell I’m down for an experiment. 😀 It sounds gross, but when you think about it, civet, castoreum and ambergris are all kind of gross too. I’m curious.

  • maggiecat says:

    Your brother (and his family!) have been going down a rough road, and I’m pleased that things are getting better. I’m dying to go to Italy and explore new perfume lines someday, but not so crazy about the pee thing. I’m thinking a cross between “gimmick” and “ewww” but will read with interest what the results of the experiment are. Seriously, even if I weren’t a bit – squeamish? prudish? – I doubt this would work for me as all of the medications I’m on for arthritis right now – five and counting – would doubtless skew something. :-/ I’ll have to content myself with simply observing – well not literally, you know, but reading, anyway -the results of the trials.

  • Maya says:

    I read something about doing this before in perfume, but don’t remember where. The ewww factor is strong, but curiosity is stronger and I hate thinking of myself as a wimp!

  • Tiara says:

    DNEM…not much into skank to begin with so gotta sit this one out! So glad to hear your brother’s good news. May it continue and the healing advance quickly.

  • Jackie b says:

    OK so someone was also the first to apply anal gland fluid from a civet…
    Count me in!

  • I’ll piss in the perfume for you Patty, no worries!!
    Portia xx

  • tammy says:

    So so SO thrilled to hear the good news about Tom….. I absolutely believe in the power of prayer/positive thinking to help in many ways, and will continue to keep all y’all in my thoughts and prayers. Like you said, if nothing else it helps the mental state of all concerned to stay positive, which is enormously helpful in and of itself.

    And I call Gimmick, but I am a total sucker for a good gimmick as well as a good skanky perfume, so do please count me in on this draw! I shall need to hunt down a pipette! 😛

  • Ann says:

    Patty, so glad things are looking up for your brother and he will get to come home. Will continue to send up prayers and good thoughts for him. And of course, DNEM.

  • Fabio says:

    Patty, I hope your brother gets to go home this week! All the best wishes for you and your family.

    Florence does have very good gelato. Did you go to Grom? It is a chain but their salt caramel flavour is excellent…

    as for the fragrance, I am game to try 🙂 It sounds intriguing! And if I can wear animal civet I can wear ahem.. my own fluids…

  • dremybluz says:

    count me in. there is nothing like a good skank

  • Dina C. says:

    Dear Patty,
    I’m so glad to hear that your brother is healing and that your family is pulling through this hard time together. I’ll continue praying for him, since I do believe in the power of prayer.

    As for the pee-pee perfume, I call “Gimmick!” I think it’s intriguing what companies will come up with to try and make their product stand out in the market. I don’t see a big demand for this kind of thing in America where daily showers, shampoo, mouthwash, and assorted body sprays are standard operating procedure for millions of people who all want to smell CLEAN and FRESH, not skanky. 😀

  • greennote2 says:

    Hey Patty, it sounds like a really hard time. But I so empathise with this – “I don’t believe that it heals people, but it helps the people involved get through what they have to”. I hope you’re okay, too.

    On the perfume front, of course count me in! I’ll try anything once!

  • loledinburgh5 says:

    Glad that your brother is doing better.Well wishes to your family.

    And, pretty please count me in for the funniest experiment ever!! hahaha

  • Elia says:

    Glad to hear surgery went well,
    hope he’s home soon.

    Ahhh the lengths perfume takes us to…
    I’d never considered dropping urine into perfume before, but I’m game on trying.

  • poodle says:

    If anyone used to comment on my dads after shave he’d say it was piss in a bottle. Perhaps these folks crossed paths with my dad at some point and the seeds of this idea were planted? Who knows? This is a little too weird but for the sake of fragrant science I would try it. Heck, with all the UTI issues my dog has had in the past year, I’ve been playing with pee samples for months.
    Glad to hear your brother is doing better. I’m sending prayers and well wishes to him and to you.

  • patriciaC says:

    Keeping your brother and family lifted-up in prayer for his continued and full recovery!
    I’m happy to sit this dance out with the pee experiment.Most likely when i get old i’ll be able to conduct daily experiments 🙁

  • zazie says:

    A hug to you and your brother: I am glad everything is turning out fine.

    Oh, and I’m game for the draw!

  • Spiker says:

    So glad to hear your brother is improving.

    On the lighter side, please leave me out of the draw. Sterile or not, my germaphobia cannot be overcome for just a sample. I will leave that to the more courageous souls out there.

  • kelly cross says:

    Intriguing — just PLEASE don’t eat asparagus beforehand.

  • Ncmyers says:

    So glad to hear the good news about your brother! Sounds like he has wonderful care and support.

    Count me in on the draw!