Here in the Midwest, Autumn is a snuggly time, with folks tidying up the outside and turning their focus inward in preparation for the LONG Slog Through Winter. Once December rolls around, it’s unlikely the windows will open again until late March/early April. The smells of Life collect and multiply in the Cold months, with the night’s yummy aroma of coq au vin leaving a lingering air of greasy wine come morning. I live with an Ursine man and two enormaloid dogs, all of whom do their Man/Dog Thing with the… emanations and general ‘guyness’ of it all. Unchecked, this house quickly becomes an olfactory Hazmat zone, so I’m always vacuuming, mopping, airing…trying to stay a step ahead of Those Smells, which beat to flinders the notion that I might live a Beautiful Life.
That’s where perfuming a room comes in. Perfume guns, scented passamentiere, diffusers, all help cleanse and renew a room and lift the spirits of those who
are stuck in inhabit the house. A little whiff of, say, Bigarade on a tassle hanging on a closet doorknob and suddenly I don’t mind that I have to make the bed. Jiggle the reeds in a diffuser and the leak in the icemaker doesn’t seem quite so bad!!! And, hey! There’s still ice! So you might as well shake up martini or two!
I’ve been on the hunt for the best (aka My Favorites), running the gamut from Budget Friendly to “why yes, here’s my Black Card”.
Frederic Malle Perfume Guns. Un Gardenia la Nuit. Holy cats and crackers! Two spritzes in a decent-sized bedroom at 9p means fragrant dreams until morning. This is the truest, most GARDENIA of all gardenia scents. You’re in a silken gown, at twilight, in a manicured French garden full of the most fragrant gardenias imaginable. It’s $185 and worth every fragrant cent. Barneys in Chicago has sold out of it, it’s on backorder and the backorder is nearly sold out. I totally understand why. If I still had my Amex Plat I would buy this by the gross, rack up the points and then buy some more!
As much as I love the Gardenia, I am even more in love with Marius & Jeannette (as you can tell these, as well as the original scents, mirror the scents of his candle line). With its salty tang and hints of lemon & pastis Marius & Jeannette will transport you to Marseilles, then whisk you along the sunny coast in a vintage roadster. I spritzed this once. Then I spritzed it again. And again. And I found myself dancing through this crappy little house with a huge grin on my face..and I realized that I’d somehow ended up in Monte Carlo! $145 (and I would buy this in a nanosecond! Ah, perhaps for mah birthday……..?)
Btw, these are not the sort of pretty little spray bottles you’d leave on a bedside table. These are industrial-strength spray bottles, Bauhaus-cool. Since I’m all about Traditional Pretty I’d probably leave mine in the linen closet until I was ready to spray. What’s inside those bottles, though, is so freakin’ gorgeous that I wouldn’t care if they packaged it in a baggie, as long as I could keep pumping it out, turning the air into magic.
Agraria Bitter Orange Perfumed Tassle. Swish! A Summer Saturday in the Hamptons, swaying on my closet door! I love passamentiere, though this house laughs at me every time I hang a silk tassle from the hollowcore doors. But, hey – I don’t have to live at Versailles to smell like I live at Versailles, right? Grab your beauty where you can, that’s my motto! I got mine at Saks for $35. It’s sooo pretty! In the entryway I have worn the Bitter Orange reed diffuser completely OUT! Those sticks hate. mah. guts. I think it’s time to retire them. I think I will replace them with Bob’s Flower Shoppe reeds from Trapp Candles. This is a Kansas City company and it’s very chic & fun, with excellent quality scents and lovely packaging, all at a reasonable price. Bob’s Flower Shoppe is a cute name for a gorgeous scent. Spritz the room spray and you’re in a high-end florist’s shop in early Spring. I stumbled upon the candles at Straub’s in Webster Groves MO (where I also stocked up on Mallomars, thankyewverrymuch)….Trapp has a ton of scents – I liked a lot of them but it wasn’t until I got to Bob’s that I fell BIG In Love. The deli guy was giving me such strange looks. I was gearing up to get all hufftified, then I realized that I’d been standing there for 5 full minutes with my nose jammed into this diffuser! Blushing. The room spray is $10-$14, depending upon where you get it. The reed diffusers are $45-$50.
What do you use to keep your house smelling pretty in the closed-in months?