Well it’s Labor Day weekend in the old USA. In LA that meant unexpected rain on Saturday and overcast Sunday (although we didn’t get the rain they received in the desert at Burning Man) I guess that it makes some sense that I choose something that while named innocuously summery, turns out to be kind of a throat-punch.
According to the internets Sand and Sables was released by Coty in 1981 and has notes of Jasmine, Gardenia, and peach as well as green notes and will “make you feel like running towards the shoreline, an ocean breeze rustling through your hair as you make your way through the sand.”
Well, okay then. I get a punch of big white flowers writ in neon letters 20 feet high: GARDENIA!! JASMINE!! TUBEROSE!! (the last one isn’t listed, but I swear it’s in there.) Now, don’t get me wrong, I am no Joe Gillis. I like white flowers and even own bottles of both Fracas and Tubereuse Criminelle, but this stuff is dangerous. I can imagine that one spritz too much and you may have to run towards the nearest body of water all right, good lye soap in one hand and scrub brush in the other.. This is the sort of perfume that necessitated workplace perfume bans and validated people who just don’t like perfume of any sort pushing for those bans (Yes, I know there are people who are actually allergic. I would bet that 90% of those who are are “allergic” in the same way I am to cooked carrots, as opposed to bee stings. Only one requires an Epi pen.)
The thing is though, when this one calms down a bit, it’s quite pretty. The green notes and the sand and sea part start to come through and add an odd, beachy, Coppertone/Coconutty aspect to it that is really quite compelling. It is still very 80’s and nobody is going to confuse it with Chanel but it’s pretty and my little 11ML bottle will doubtless last until the end of time, if I resist the urge to release the Kracken and respritz. An urge I hope you will not heed as well.
This one kind of reminds me of the scene in “The Damned Don’t Cry” where David Brian tells Joan Crawford she’s wearing cheap perfume (video is her rather priceless reaction) before he turns her into a society lady so she can seduce Steve Cochran. Mrs. Lorna Hansen Forbes would have delicately dabbed some Fracas behind her ears. Ethel Whitehead would have bathed in Sand and Sables..
Have you tried this one? Discuss in the comments.
Sand and Sables is available at shockingly low prices at various e-tailers. I think I spent under $6 for my little bottle. There are larger sizes available, but really I think the 11 megaton flowerbomb size is perfect for my needs. Of course, yours may vary.
Images: My iPhone and Pexels