Posse! This is a post about (kinda) Easy Green Perfumes. I say ‘kinda’ because as much as I love me some Green – they are not always that easy to wear. At least not for me, ymmv (and I hope you’ll let me know in the comments)
This all came about a few weeks ago when I asked Alexa to play a selection of one of my favorite musicians, Shirley Horn. I am a Shirley Horn superfan and would’ve gone di-reckly to the mat on the assumption that I knew every song she ever played/sang. I would’ve been WRONG!
She sang Kermit’s “It’s Not That Easy Being Green”, her tribute to Ray Charles’s version of the song. And it broke my heart and lifted my soul to the sky. Just her, with her delicate voice, and her piano, it comes closest to the original version (in tone) that Kermit sang on Sesame Street. Plaintive, contemplative, a bit heartbreaking, a lot lovely. And it got me in the feels, thinking about some of the easier green scents I’ve worn over the millennia. We’ll talk about Difficult Greens in another post, I promise. But there will also be gin involved, I promise.
The Easy Greens are just that: easy. Easy to wear, they don’t make me cry (lookin’ at you, Cristalle!) and I end the day still as comfortable in my own skin and psyche as I was before I spritzed it on. Dunno about you but that doesn’t seem like that much to ask of an ‘easy’ perfume…does it? We’ll see what you think.
Greens are, on the surface, pretty much what it says: green parts of … well, whatever. Stems, leaves, grasses, etc. But they can also be ‘weirder’ green notes, like March’s absolute favorite, the swamptastic “Eau du Grenouille” note (Kermit Life Goals )
My taste for an Easy Green is pretty straightforward, slightly warmy-cool, with a hint of floral, no frog.
“but Green is the color of Spring
and Green can be cool and friendly-like”
So here are a couple of my favorite Easy Greens:
Vent Vert (Balmain) – actually this was my first-ever Green, worn back in the early 70s, and it’s still very wearable today, though it’s not quite as ‘friendly’ as I remember it back in the day. Germaine Cellier is the nose for the 1947 creation (and what a ‘nose’) – it’s got a kitchen sink list of notes, all of which combine to create this creamy, green floral green -yes, green is in there twice on purpose – there’s definitely floral in there (hyacinth, lotv, rose, jasmine, etc, etc but Mme Cellier managed to pull all the green aspects of the floral without it turning bitter. A masterpiece.
Vacances (Patou) – the second Green I ever wore. I fell in love with the scent and also the bottle, the original Deco-inspired bottle with the round green glass stopper. Back in the 80s I bought a bottle or two – and used them to scent my sheets!!! I no longer have those bottles, alas, but just writing that brought that shimmering scent right back to me. To me, it’s the epitome of Summer. Easy and perfect with a crisp white shirt and black peg-leg trousers.
Silences (Jacomo) – this one veers into galbanum territory, more than leafy, sunny green – but it still sits firmly on my Green shelf.
Charmes et Feuilles (The Different Company). It’s early November but it’s in the 70s and sunny. In honor of this post I decided to wear this today – and yowza! am I glad I did. I’d forgotten how …sparkly!… this one is (it’s both quiet and ‘flashy like sparkles on the water‘, which would just chap poor Kermie’s cheese)
Grass (Demeter. Early Demeter, this oeuvre contains most, if not all, of my Demeter loves). A fresh-cut lawn on a sunny Summer day. What’s not to love? Sheer perfection.
These are my favorites of the ‘easy’ Greens. I still wear ALL of these – just not all at once. They ask for little beyond you taking a shower and putting on something easy and elegant with a hit of lipstick and a bit of brow (okay – maybe that’s just me. I equate each and every one of these with crisp black and white fashion. Then I remembered: that’s pretty much all I wear anyway. So never mind. Your mileage DEFINITELY may vary on the fashion.
But I’d love to know what you think about Greens? Do you love ’em easy or more formidable?
Btw – just a side note: below is a link to my beloved Wilford Brimley (don’t ask) singing his version of “It’s Not That Easy Being Green”. Who knew? Lordt. As if I didn’t love him enough already. sigh.