Life’s been busy – both good and worrying. Which has meant I don’t have much.

One of the nice bits was celebrating my birthday. Which was done with a lovely lunch. I had meant to take pictures but we got too involved. It’s not a ‘major’ birthday (ie, number doesn’t end in either 0 or 5). And the weather has been lovely – far better than last year when my birthday fell during one of the worst storms for the past 50 years.

I am reminded of where I live being one of the ‘bread baskets’ of England. It amuses me when going up to London to see fish and produce etc from here features with lots of faff written on menus. A birthday lunch here means line caught fish, various bits of veg that are local, and the wonderful ice cream from the farm shop.

A few birthday things will make their way into posts in next few weeks.

As for today, the feature is the candle the dog gave me (he’s considerate that way).

I’ve read about Cire Trudon stuff for years but it always seems quite pricey. However, 1) I discovered some fragrances are offered in petite version (as with perfume, at this point I prefer having things in smaller sizes) and 2) the candles aren’t that more expensive than other ‘high end’ ones.

Joe the Lab (with human help apparently) got me a small Abd el Kader candle that I’ve been hankering after. He even managed to wrap the box, and compose and sign his own card.

This is one of the company’s (it now appears to be called only Trudon) more well-known fragrances and it’s a real standout. And very strong.

Pitched as Moroccan mint tea, the notes list includes (variously) black current, lemon, clove, ginger, mint, tea, apple, tobacco, jasmine and vanilla. I get mint, of course, but also unlisted basil is very strongly.

In any case, it certainly does smell of mint tea – the proper stuff of mint leaves steeped in boiling water.

When I looked on the website for their notes list iteration I saw the company also offers spray perfumes now. So, those go on the curiosity list.

Other birthday treats included an awful lot of chocolate – like I won’t need to be looking to buy chocolate for weeks – and I probably won’t want to bother in a week or so given how much chocolate is being consumed. Also got a box of marrons glaces and looking forward to their lovely stickiness. Haven’t had these in years.

So, that’s it. I need to do a lot more walking and yoga to counter all this indulgence. Hope your week was pleasant.

Oh, I wore Kilian Dark Lord to lunch.

Pics: Pexels and me

  • Kathleen says:

    Happy Birthday Cinnamon! Gifts from the dog are the best, they know what makes us happy! 🙂

  • Dina C. says:

    Happy Birthday Cinnamon! The new candle sounds delicious and so does your bday lunch! Many happy returns!

  • Tara C says:

    Happy birthday! I love Trudon candles, next on my list to try are Odalisque and Carmelite. I burned Spiritus Sancti last night. Very expensive but so good. I would love to find a warehouse sale!!

    I also have most of the Trudon perfumes. They are rather subtle and elegant, except Revolution, which smells like gunpowder (French Revolution I’m guessing)?

    • cinnamon says:

      Thank you. Hmmm on Revolution. Sounds interesting. no bricks & mortar Trudon shops here any longer as far as I can see. Stuff is available at Liberty, among others, but I’d like to visit a standalone shop at some point. And totally agree on warehouse sale.

  • March says:

    I LOVE that Trudon candle … whenever I saw them in a store I’d sniff them and swoon, I think they’re gorgeous, and I know that mint one although I never remember the names, it’s possibly my favorite. There’s a place here that sells them periodically (where I do most of my sniffage) and when I feel guilty enough about not buying anything, one of those candles is on my list. Happy birthday and how VERY thoughtful of Joe! What a talented dog! Of course they do have great senses of smell 😀

    • cinnamon says:

      I am now quite curious about Trudon’s other candles (in addition to the EdPs). He is a very talented pooch 🙂

  • Musette says:

    Your birthday sounds LOVELY!

    Happy Birthday!

    Cire Trudon was just … Tuesday.. at Barneys.
    Now? ‘Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got…’til it’s gone’


    Joe is an amazingly considerate canine! xoxoxo to him – and to you!

    • cinnamon says:

      Sometimes you have to grab it? Tx. It was a really nice birthday (and there are plans to extend sort of).

  • Phyllis Iervello says:

    Happy belated birthday! ?

  • Portia says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cinnamon,
    Sounds perfect and I too love the Trudon candles. Every year I go to the warehouse sale and buy them with dented, torn or ruined boxes for less than half price. Even tortured they make fabulous gifts.
    Can’t wait to read about your other scores,
    Portia xx

  • alityke says:

    Belated birthday wishes. Your celebrations & gifts sound pretty perfect to me

  • Tom says:

    I’m glad to read it was a nice birthday. What kind of chocolate?

    • cinnamon says:

      Thanks. Some fancy local stuff plus a box of Prestat and one from William Curley (is his stuff available in the US?). We finished the baklava and haven’t opened the marrons glacees yet. Might get macarons end of month …