Bon Bon di bon

I don’t have much today.

I was planning on writing about Bond No 9 Chinatown, after mentioning it last week and managing to get ahold of two Bon Bons (the house’s samples; see pic — cute — maybe a bit too cute) off eBay. I was actually quite excited about doing so.

But alas no. My Bon Bons arrived and I quickly unwrapped one and sprayed it on. To be greeted with ‘what happened’??? While it is still lovely, it appears to have been reformulated and no longer smells to me like what Turin and Sanchez in the original Perfumes: The Guide referred to as a corner of a French grocery where ripe peaches meet floor wax – ie, it’s lost the quirk that made it outstanding (apparently this has also happened with the other Bond I liked, Hot Always).

The peach is luscious and sweet, but the overall fragrance is now a more pedestrian and sweet amber rather than a complex floral and juicy oriental. It doesn’t even improve from being sprayed on my son, which hasn’t happened before.

It’s still long-lived — if I spray it on in the morning, there’s still a waft in the evening.

So, in any case, I’m glad to have my Bon Bons, but that will be it. Chinatown gets removed from the mental WANTS list.

I have three other samples that need attending to and they’ll (I hope) make for a more oomphy post next week.

I’m getting the garden ready for towards autumn, when I will start moving some things around, as they aren’t happy in their current positions (why do they do this? I plant them or move them and they appear to be fine and then a few months later it’s like, meh, no, I’m not comfy here and I’m not going to do much).

The weather is cooler and pleasant and we’ve even had a bit of rain so the grass is coming back.

I have most things slotted in for the London trip mid-September (including which perfumes I want to try at Liberty which I’ll definitely write about).

I hope you’ve been up to nice things. Perhaps tell us what one of your favourite summer food is and your three fave seasonal perfumes for this year (or winter if you’re down under).

For me, the food is peaches being in season. They just smell beautiful and taste wonderful and for no specific reason make me happy. Perfumes have been the Agrumi di Sicilia I bought for our heatwaves. It’s easy to wear and cooling on the days we continue to get that are sunny and humid. My Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic sample comes out frequently (I think it will be done soon) when I want something juicy. Diptyque Philosykos emerged a bit ago. I forget about this for three-quarters of the year (which is downright silly) and then one warm, sunny day, go a ha, I can drench myself in it again.

  • Portia says:

    Hey Cinnamon
    Currently in South Korea visiting Jin’s family. Yay!
    Was wearing Pineider Estratto di Colonia for the first few days but dropped my half empty bottle. On the up side our bedroom smells divine.
    Since then it’s been Dolce Patchouli by I Profumum di Firenze. Bought it on the Posse ScentSation Bus Tour in 2013 and still a winner.
    Portia x

    • cinnamon says:

      Oh, my, enjoy the trip. Posse ScentSation Bus Tour 2013: that just sounds like it must have been amazing. Please describe.

  • Dina C. says:

    Bummer about the Bond reformulation Cinnamon. That stinks. (Ha!) My summer favorites have been Cristalle eau Verte, Escale a Portofino, and Lubin Gin Fizz. Now that we’re moving into that shoulder season, fig fits really well, as do scents with a bit of spice. I’m liking L’Artisan Premier Figuier Extreme and Miller et Bertaux No 3 Green, Green, Green and…Green which has a coriander note that really sings out.

    • cinnamon says:

      Hmmm, the Miller et Bertaux sounds interesting. Will have to see if it’s available here. Indeed, reformulation is a drag.

  • March says:

    Peaches and figs! I love Philosykos, I wonder if I could smell it … Patty had this fig and ginger spread made by Stonewall Kitchen (an outfit in Maine, I’ve had other things from them) and it was fantastic, I’m going to have to find some!

    • cinnamon says:

      I just bought Bonne Maman Fig Conserve. Excited about trying it. Are you finding you can small stronger perfumes or does the oomph not matter?

      • March says:

        The perfume portion was … a bit of a bummer at Camp Patty, I’ll probably talk about that next week. Made it clear how poorly my nose is working. But I’ll live, albeit with some resentment.

    • Tom says:

      I’ve seen Stonewall Kitchen but never tried it- it’s on my list but I can’t find where it’s sold here (they insist Gelson’s, but if it’s in there they’re hiding it)

      Bonne Maman is great stuff. Besides, apparently the founders (before it was a commercial enterprise) sheltered Jews during the Holocaust, so they get my money. Added perk that the preserves are delicious.

      • cinnamon says:

        The company (Bonne Maman) does have a good history. One of the reasons I buy their stuff. Plus chestnut spread in autumn/winter, the intense fruit jams, and the things like the fig conserve.

  • alityke says:

    I’m still avoiding my favourite perfumes & just wearing Clarins Eau Extraordinaire.
    My favourite seasonal meal is one I have been eating a lot this summer. Watermelon & feta salad. It’s a Greek salad with watermelon added rather than as a substitute for the cucumber or tomatoes.
    Salty feta & olives, sweet tomatoes & watermelon, cooling cucumber & heat from red onions with a light lemon juice & olive oil dressing. Good with tzatziki as a dressing too.
    Just blissful in the heat & humidity for lunch or dinner.

    • cinnamon says:

      I don’t know that Clarins. Might be at John Lewis tomorrow and will check it out. That salad sounds great. Writing it down.

      • March says:

        I have made something very similar with watermelon, I love that sweet and salty too. Another salad I make in the summer is cantaloupe (has to be very ripe), feta, and very thinly sliced white onion, with some ground pepper.

        • cinnamon says:

          Every once in a while I have a yen for melon and prosciutto. You reminded me I should do that.

        • Alityke says:

          Most ripe melon does well with something salty & hot, in the way raw onions are hot

      • Alityke says:

        The Clarins is very short lived & unobtrusive, but perfect for my needs right now.