We had a flood meeting in the village hall which turned out to be short on flood info and long on a couple of councillors wanting the village to set up an emergency committee to deal with, well, emergencies: like an escaped lion, damage from a terrorist attack, storm damage. Our biggest problem is flooding. So, we have 40 minutes of guff about this emergency committee and 20 minutes on flooding and people started leaving half way through the flooding bit because they have things to do. Yes, I was serious about the lions. The guy was using an escapee from a zoo as an example. We’re nowhere near a zoo. As to terrorism, we’re downhill from a royal marine training camp. We would not be the target. Storms … well, we deal with storms fine already. Our problem is ground water flowing down off farmers’ fields, surface water accumulating on roads and overflowing drains. Also, road development causes issues: the main road is higher than the lanes on either side, which results in ‘bowls’ where water accumulates. The Environment Agency (ground water) and the highways department (roads, of course) apparently don’t talk to each other about their policies. I doubt very much anyone will go to another ‘flood’ meeting. We’ll just get on with things.
Christian Dior Oud Ispahan. I dropped this sample into a set at the last minute because it made me think of the Laduree tea room’s Ispahan macaron which I love: rose flavoured big macaron top and bottom filled with rose petal and lychee cream, plus raspberries.
Oud Ispahan is part of the Privee collection and was released in 2012. Portia wrote about it here.
I first approached with trepidation, as my other sample choices had been so poor. What a welcome surprise.
This is beautiful. Even if you aren’t an oud or rose fan this is still worth smelling at least once. It’s not an in-your-face perfume and it’s surprisingly refined and beautiful. If niche generally irritates and classical orthodoxy makes your teeth ache, this is a happy medium.
The nose was Francois Demachy and the notes include labdanum, rose, patchouli, saffron, oud (agarwood), sandalwood and cedar.
It opens on me a nice, scratchy saffron-labdanum accord. I can hear some going ‘saffron – not happening’ but there’s none of the sour I generally associate with saffron (and I like saffron in perfume).
Then, as things warm up, I get a patchouli-rose gently modified by the woods.
The drydown is pongy rose oud, but the pong is as refined as pong can get. If you’re looking for creature waggling its bottom at you, this ain’t it.
Rather, quite far down the line (as this is very long-lasting) I get a gently animalic woody rose. It’s very pretty and surprisingly soothing.
Here, the 40ml bottle is £125, the 125ml, £245, and three 15ml ‘refill’ bottles can be had for £162.
I don’t need this and it’s not going on the want list. However, I really appreciated smelling it after the disappointment of the other things I got in the two sample orders and I do find it lovely and intriguing.
Any chance you’ll have a go with this? Done it already and love/hate?
Pics: Pexels and mine