Ah, the first days of May! Soft, warm air, soft sunshine, Convallaria nodding above their spear-like leaves….ah, what a fantasy. Reality: 40mph winds and cold, driving rain. 40F (if we’re lucky). Record flooding. Smart convallaria, still hiding a bit underground. Don’t put that Winter coat away just yet, missy. Where yo’ gloves izz? You’re gonna need ’em.
But, no matter the weather, 1May brings the LoTV perfume out in force! Diorissimo! Muguet des Bois, Annick Goutal Le Muguet…. all green and white and gorgeous.
I always wear vintage Diorissimo body lotion and edt on 1May – and I’ll tell you a secret: application always makes me a bit queasy. Dunno why. But the drydown is perfection. So I soldier through the first 5-10 minutes and then wonder why I am such a wuss. Edmund Roudnitska’s triumph has stood the test of the eons it’s graced our senses. I will wear it forever, whether it’s 50F – or minus-50F – on 1 May.
Before Diorissimo, though, my first LoTV was Coty’s Muguet des Bois. More linear, less ‘involved’, it still is one of the finest Lilies of the Valley perfumes out there. Created by Henri Robert in 1941 (Wikipedia says 1936) , it is a stunningly true to form interpretation of a highly aromatic, but difficult (impossible?) to distill flower. Which is interesting becauuuuuse: the scent of LotV (the key molecule Cis-3 hexenol) was first synthesized in the 1950s. So what was M. Robert doing in 1941? Inquiring minds….
Hey, guess what? I took a fall in the garden this weekend (stupid netting, hiding in the grass like a snake) and my already wonky shoulder is SCA-REEEEAAMING! (better than it was yesterday, but still) – so I’mo cut this short and do a quick draw, to make up for the insanity of this post just…. stopping. Tell me your favorite early May scents – I’ll have Legal The Girl (she’s out of quarantine! Squee!) pull a winner and send some vintage Diorissimo !
and, btw – I’m FOINE. Just hurt. But repairable. Just not right this minute.