Happy December? It’s been very cold here – like unusually – for the past few days. But we’re back to milder and wetter mid-week.
I don’t have much today. I am waiting for a sample order and am now into the last month of work before I retire.
Most of the holiday stuff is done or will be next week, only leaving a big food shop to set things up for the holiday weekend. No turkey this year. Fish and chicken, both of which will be picked up on Christmas eve. I am looking forward to cooking this year – I think because … no turkey.
I’m watching the descent towards the shortest day of the year and plan to celebrate the winter solstice in anticipation of the days getting longer and the world lighter.
I’ve been thinking about birch tar as a perfume note.
This shows up mostly in perfumes labelled masculine which shows a sorry lack of imagination.
Anyway, two of my favourites are Tauer Lonestar Memories and Le Labo Patchouli 24.
I don’t own the Tauer but do have a small bottle of the LL, which I’ve actually owned for close to 20 years. It’s still perfect.
Lonestar. A number of people (men) I’ve know list this as their favourite Tauer, even more so than L’Air du Desert Marocain. Lonestar is the dry western US desert. Tumbleweed and creosote, saddle leather and winds filled with the smell of desert grasses. I need to layer this with something floral. Otherwise, it’s a bit too much. Roses do well. Fragrantica calls this a woody chypre. Notes include clary sage, geranium, carrot seeds, leather (birch tar?), labdanum, jasmine, myrrh, vetiver, tonka and sandalwood.
Patchouli 24. Just looked at my bottle. Bought in 2007 at the original Elizabeth Street shop in NYC. Also labelled a woody chypre by Fragrantica, I get more florals from this vs Lonestar, drying down into that heavy birch tar oiliness. Notes include patchouli, birch, styrax and vanilla.
Anyway, the holiday cards are written and will go into the post this week. Candle lighting for Hannukah starts Thursday at sundown. Already been to the Xmas market, before the complete madness.
What are your winter/seasonal faves? Has it snowed there yet (or do you think it will at all)? Would you like to hibernate or go to a tropical island and not return till March?
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