I have a Fb friend who, by all rights & reasonings, should be my Spirit Twin – we love a lot of the same, weirdly nerdy stuff – and we seem to really LIKE each other, if only virtually.
Yet. And yet. Nearly 90% of the time, when she posts something and I respond, I am met with confusion – real confusion – about what I am trying to say. And, alas, on a couple of occasions, it nearly devolved into slightly salty feelings!
How can that be? Everything points to us being the Perfect Pair. And yet.
I have that same experience with several Perfume Houses (yeah, this wasn’t about her 😉 I just needed a metaphor to segue into this ) – don’t faint, but Patou is on that list. I adore Vacances and, back in the Jurassic Era, used to scent my sheets and curtains with the juice from that emerald-topped bottle. And I love Joy (but don’t LUH it) and enjoy dusting myself with the scented powder from time to time. But that is where it stops! No matter how hard I try, I cannot wrap my nose around L’Heure Attendue (a BIG FLORAL CHYPRE – okay, somebody is just messin’ wit me now! Right? I should LUH this!), Normandie (which I was expecting something ‘salty’ and bluey-silvery in essence. Um…no) , Colony (do you know how many, many times I have dabbed/sprayed/misted/soaked in that stuff? That pineapple note was MADE for me. Uh….eh.
And that’s just the point. This is ‘eh’. This isn’t even some Janus-coin hatred! But Patou (especially) is a Revered House. I am supposed to, if not love it, then have some Very Strong Emotion about it – it’s almost a requirement!
But I can’t! It’s much like my Fb friend – there is no hostility there – how can there be? She is smart, interesting, charming – it’s just that often, when I respond to her, there is a failure to communicate. And who gets all brimstone-y over a failure to communicate!? Well, other than The Captain up there. And he was trying to break Cool Hand Luke, not figure out why he didn’t love Sublime.
I’d tell you about my other ‘eh’ House :cough:Caron:cough: but I’m afraid y’all will just throw me out of the Perfume Club! The Urns? Gorgeous URNS. Perfumes? Eh. Okay. THIS IS MADNESS! These aren’t even ‘iffy’ Houses – these are the solid bases of our oeuvre! I am supposed to ADORE them! Or at least have some solid opinions about them. But all I can muster is a basic ‘eh’. What is wrong with me!!!? Well, at least I have Coco, Francois & the Guerlain Boys to give me some cred.
Do you have any perfumes that just ‘meh’ you? What about an entire House? Who loves/would like to try L’Heure Attendue? I have a lovely little decant I would be delighted to share with you. Drop a line.
Oh! speaking of: I haz the Aromatherapy Associates WINNERS here:
gmail yer old evilauntieanita with your details and remind me what you’ve won. I’ll get it out to you pdq! promise!