Parfums DelRae Wit is a new launch for them in 2014, and it is the launch of my dreams and has me swooning. Any of you that have been around here for any time have to put up with my almost every year springtime ramble about my deep and abiding love of my daphne bushes (added a new one this year, so exciting!).
Those of you who haven’t suffered through it, you’ll need the brief’ish version. The rest of you can go check on your cherry preserves or update your LinkedIn or something and then come back.
Daphne is this weird springtime smell that is equal parts beauty and repulsion, and I never know what I’ll get when I walk by my daphne bush. I know the daphne is in bloom sometime in late April or May when I come out my front door in early morning or evening, assaulted by the most heavenly smell I know. Sweet and pungent, part peony and part sparkling butterflies and angels’ wings. Usually in the same day, I’ll go outside and think, what died?!?! There is a somewhat rotten element to the daphne undercutting and enhancing all that gorgeousness. You know what? I love both parts of it. It makes me giddy with the swings it takes in smell in minutes, hours. I don’t know why, I don’t really care. It never fails to make me laugh or wonder why in the hell perfumers do not use it more in perfume. More? Who am I kidding? How about ever? There was one daphne perfume for a while, and it’s discontinued and not findable. I assume it’s not an easy smell to get in a bottle (see link below to Mark’s review and brief story of how they got it in this bottle of Wit).
Yann Vasnier and the fine folks at Parfums DelRae have heard my prayers and sent me Wit. Capturing daphne smell in all its glory – equal parts gorgeous and slightly rotten hay. Notes of lemon, mandarin orange, angelica, laurel, jasmine, narcissus, mimosa, ylang-ylang, amber, vanilla and musk. I couldn’t be more thrilled. I figured when someone did daphne, they would get it all wrong, going for the pretty and forgetting that it’s so much darker and slightly sinister. Parfums DelRae didn’t pluck the obvious only, they layered this and captured so much of what I love about my daphnes – the plant that is the signature to my home. If you hate daphne, you will despise Wit. If you love daphne, get in line behind me buying up all the stock if this disappears! Mark at Colognoisseur has a great review and some background on how Wit was made and why it took four years. It’s a fascinating shortish article and reveals much about process and care in getting something right.
What does the Menopause Sucks mean besides the obvious? Weeeeell. I’ve been perimenopausal, almost sliding over into menopausal, back into peri since 2008 (peri longer than that, but the period displacement for almost 9 months started in 2008.) That is six loooong years of my body being a hateful little bitch – my measurements now resemble a rectangle instead of an hourglass. Up until now, I’ve just accepted what everyone has told me about menopause – you’ll gain weight, you won’t lose it, your body will betray you like that inappropriate boy and your best friend in high school. While it is true everyone should weigh what you want to weigh forever, minus 15 pounds, going into perimenopause, for those of us that weren’t listening to that advice or quit smoking around the same time perimenopause hit, I’ve decided to challenge that thinking and not go gently into that dark, big bellied night and see if it is possible to blast off menopause weight and get this cranky body bitch back into line.
Check the new category starting this weekend to see my journey. I’m starting a 30-day cleanse this week to get things started late this week. Anita may chime in too with how menopause is going for her. Any other menopausal authors on the blog are welcome to post there as well. If you have a menopause story, feel free to send it on, and I’ll share it. We aren’t in this alone. It sucks like my mom’s old Hoover, but I am refusing to believe I have to accept the rather unwelcome changes to my body as a permanent condition.
So this week, I’m giving away four samples of Parfums DelRae Wit to four commenters drawn at random. Have you ever smelled daphne, and did you love it or hate it? Are you in menopause and have triumphed over it or fighting it yet? If you are a long way away, are you dreading it or not?