I’m not even going to pretend that I have a perfume review for you – it’s 900F in the shade AND I am prepping for a small Garden baby shower next weekend – 10 people who can maintain social distancing in my garden (and all of them are already in regular contact with each other)… I’m looking at the garden with Visitors’ Eyes – and it ain’t pretty. But while I am weeding/mulching/chopping/hoeing and all those other fun things one does pre-party, I’ve been rambling through my skittery mind. Wanna ramble with me? C’mon in!
- Jean Nate’. I keep wanting to research the history of this iconic splash – did you know it was first released in 1935?!!! It is my Summer after-shower staple – it smells great and the 300% alcohol content is great for soothing cuts, hives and welts from bug bites. I had to take 3 showers today because I WOULD NOT stop working on that ‘oh, just one other thing’ in 90F heat… I’d be out there, ostensibly drinking ice water and just ruminating… and the next thing you know I’m sweating like a lima bean… and somehow the borders are edged! Each time I would have to take another shower (because this time, sweatergawd!!!, I was just going to sit there and ruminate)…. and I’d splash on some Jean Nate’. I know there’s a cologne out there but I just use the splash – it’s refreshing and, within minutes, becomes a fresh background note for any other scent you apply. I know there is Big Love for spendier cologne types (4711 (which is heavier on the bergamot) comes to mind – and the sublime Guerlain EdC Imperiale, which gilds the heck out of the lily, imo)… but are there any Jean Nate’ lovers here? and is ‘Jean’ French ‘John’ or American ‘Jean’ Inquiring minds…
- Durian. Lord. Y’know… I have tried forEVAH! to like Durian. I. Well. dagNABBIT! I’mo have to turn in my Omnivore card (not that I ever had one – the list of things I don’t like to eat is kinda long – and mostly stupid). But! I had very high hopes for this Durian candy I found at my Asian market – newp! It’s more … well, it’s less gaggy than actual Durian… but .. y’know… if mangoes had unwashed butts…. so, while I’m at it, I might as well confess: I don’t love mangoes, either! I know! I’m a loser!!. Everybody loves mango, right? Tastes like fruity soap to me. Any Durian lovers out there? If so, explain it to me, because I. Just. Can’t.
- China in the Garden. So… while I was planning this Baby Shower, I decided (and bought) plastic plates and some floral vinyl tablecloths… and that was fine-ish. Except! Y’know… I have my mother’s china stored in a tote and all these glorious vintage linens and silver flatware that rarely sees the light of day (or candlelight) – and this isn’t a kid’s party – 10 adult women should be able to handle china and silver, right? And if not, not. It’s there to be used, not stored away. So I’m using it ALL!!! And thrilled to be doing so. I don’t entertain on the scale I used to so this is a great opportunity to have fun with all my pretty things. Would you? Would you be comfortable using the ‘good china’ outside? I mean…. why is it any less lethal (for the china) to drop it on the grass v. the dining room floor?
- Last musing. I realized that I have one fragrance in particular that I only wear after a hard day’s work in the garden on a Very Hot Day, post-shower: Lucien Lelong. I’ve tried wearing it at other times and it’s not quite the thing – in fact, it makes me just a tad queasy. But there’s something totally sublime about wearing it on a late Sunday summer afternoon (I’ve got the body wash, body creme and the perfume) after I’ve called it a day . Wonder why that is? I reviewed this a few years ago and put it context of a pre-dinner shower after a hard day on a sailboat in Monaco – a far cry from ripping up nettles and murdering voles – but the end of the day it’s still the same pre-dinner shower…. do y’all have any perfume choices specific to some activity or time of day?
tell me what’s on yours!