Today´s the Posse Scent Club, Part II (October) – this month we´re visiting Grandma´s house via virtual reality scents. But first, two public service announcements:
1) D.C.-area residents: Art With Flowers in Tysons is hosting Ron Robinson of Apothia this Sunday, October 21 from noon to 6 p.m. They´ll have food and drinks and discounts on items in their store (which in addition to niche lines like Santa Maria Novella, Serge Lutens, Ineke, L´Artisan, etc., sells flowers, an interesting selection of home accessories, candles and other fun goodies.) They´re in Tysons Galleria, where Saks and Neiman Marcus are, their telephone # is 703-903-6837. They´re outside the top-floor entrance to Macy´s, next to the Grooming Lounge. I´ll be stopping by on the early side to check it out!
2) There will be an informal D.C.-area sniffa on Saturday, November 10, starting in the morning at Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase DC area, strolling from Saks on down to NM and the various boutiques in the Great Wall of Bling, tentatively breaking for lunch at Maggiano´s. That´s my understanding of the rough plan, I´ll keep you posted. Any of you D.C. readers/lurkers: sniffing with new friends is fun. Don´t be shy! Come join us! Co-hosted by Louise (a regular poster here) and Nancy, both D.C. area residents and all-around great gals.
On with today´s post. In the last episode we traveled outdoors to Grandma’s house (which must be in the big, bad woods in a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale) via CB I Hate Perfume´s Wild Hunt, Burning Leaves and Gathering Apples.
Today we´re exploring the interior with the other three scents of the month:
Malle En Passant – one of the creations of Olivia Giacobetti and inspired by her memory of rain and lilacs outside a bakery, En Passant evokes wet pavement, bread, lilacs and cucumber. I´ve always been interested in people´s reactions to the fragrance; some folks find it cheerful and uplifting, and some find it wistful, even sad. I think the wet lilac note is particularly brilliant – it´s haunting, nearby and far away simultaneously. I can almost feel the damp blossoms brushing my skin. While En Passant is technically wrong for this time of year (lilacs are a spring flower), we´re also thinking about Grandma´s lilac eau de cologne, and how it reminds her of those long-ago springs when she and Grandpa used to sneak out to the barn and … well, never you mind.
Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque – here we are in the library, where Grandpa smokes his pipe daily while reading and perhaps napping in a comfortable leather armchair before the fire. Fumerie Turque is, by Lutens´ standards, a fairly linear, accessible scent with no particular oddities. To me it conjures up an old, slightly dusty, warm room full of books, comfortable furnishings, pipe tobacco (cherry, perhaps?) and fond memories.
Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia – this is the weirdo of today´s group, a cult-favorite offering from the generally staid, venerable Italian company. Nostalgia is a vehicle to take you where you want to go – it could be that GTO muscle car you rode in as a teenager, but it could just as easily be Grandpa´s ´55 Ford or even a Model A. With hints of gasoline, rubber, leather, car parts, asphalt and what have you, Nostalgia´s topnotes are an assortment of odd bits, but if you wait with a little patience for the rubber salvo to die down, you´re left with a lovely, rather smoky tobacco/leather drydown with surprising tenacity.
So, the floor´s open – do you think En Passant´s all that, or is it overrated? Did someone put hallucinogens in the tea of the folks at SMN, prompting them to come up with something so out of character? If you divorce Nostalgia from its background information and it´s just Scent X, is it appealing? Is it even wearable? Am I the only person to find Fumerie Turque more homebody-ish than the name implies?
Next month´s scent club – Foody! We´re sniffing Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale, Serge Lutens Arabie and Rahat Loukoum, Guerlain Iris Ganache, L´Artisan Fou d´Absinthe and Bois Farine.Tentative dates are November 15 and 16.
vintage kitchen: ciaowinnipeg.com (it was a finalist in a new kitchen design competition, and how great is that?)