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.
Pitti 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.