It’s a beautiful day! Our beautiful Guest Poster, Marla, is here!!!
I still love to travel, whether by plane, train, or boat (not by car, though, ugh). Airport body
scanners put me off a bit, but, having left my modesty behind with motherhood, I can manage.
And I recently went on my very first cruise ever, a 20-year delayed honeymoon with my hubby.
We had a great time and I’m experiencing Cruise Withdrawal Syndrome even as I type….
In the past ten years, more of my friends and acquaintances have come down with what I call,
as a catch-all-phrase, Olfactory Intolerance. Some have become allergic; some have developed
scary autoimmune diseases and strong odors can act as a trigger; some have adult asthma.
These problems pose real ethical dilemmas for perfumistas, and we’ve all struggled with them.
During travel, whilst crammed into tight spaces with other members of my species, I’ve been
opting for solid perfumes, sometimes making my own. They are very comforting to the wearer,
yet barely perceptible 5cm from the body.
My mainstays in the solid perfume category were/are Crazylibellule and the Poppies, and
Pacifica. Tibetan Mountain Temple accompanies me on every journey. Crazylibellule, while they
were still in business, went to the gym with me every day. I was so sad when the company
folded in 2010, and I bought up a bunch of their remainder stock, which is now all gone. I also
learned to make my own solid perfumes. Thanks to the fragrantly bountiful and generous
Musette, I’ve rediscovered the Libellules in the form of Le Soft Perfume.
Last year, Isabelle Masson, the founder of Crazylibellule, returned with a new lineup of twist-up
solids called Le Soft Perfume. The fragrant cylinders are housed in the same paper batons
decorated with whimsical designs and colorful patterns. And happily, they cost around $25
I’ve been test driving “Nemamiah”, which is a sprightly floral citrus gourmand. The notes are
mandarin, orange, passionfruit, mango, apple, musk, and amber. It’s really not an ambrosia
fruit salad, I swear! It’s a genuinely soft waft of delicious fruit, gentle musk, and cozy amber.
And cozy is what I want when I’m standing in a 2,000-person passport control line! What about
you? What fragrance do you wear in a travelers’ queue?