Climbing School was this last weekend. I wasn’t even sure I’d make it to the two-day outing, but I did, and I even rappelled down, which was something I thought I’d never be able to do. I wasn’t mindlessly afraid, just apprehensive. The rock was really sharp, and I slipped just a little in one place and tore up my leg, which didn’t seem like anything happened until I looked down at it about an hour later and was horrified. I’m very afraid of heights. Rather, I’m afraid of edges. So backing over an edge, even with a rope on, is jaw-droppingly terrifying. The climbing part isn’t as bad as long as I can stop wherever I want to and come back down.
The one thing I’ve figured out about fear for me is low, slow pressure works. Not high pressure because I won’t get over it in one day or one weekend or one week, and I’ll buck the thing or person applying the pressure. But if I keep on really low level pressure and continuing to try, even when I don’t want to, pretty soon, I’ll be a lot further than I was before. I’m fairly optimistic about the climbing thing in helping me conquer my fear of heights, or at least the irrational fear of edges. It’s like yoga. I’ve been trying to do a crow pose for months, and I kept getting into position and trying, but never got frustrated because my feet wouldn’t come up, just would keep trying. Last week I got into the crow pose, expecting the same thing, and magically my feet lifted, and I was completely in the pose. Then I got so jacked, I fell right out of it, but I did it again and again. Over time, with pressure, you can change anything into what you want. Well, except perfume, which just is what it is, but always different for everyone.
Washington Tremlett’s latest entry in the perfume market is Clove Absolute. Notes of Lemon, Heliotrope, Rose, Incense, Clove Absolute, Patchouli, Vanilla Absolute, Cistus Absolute, Musk make up the perfume. Great list of notes!
This goes on strong, a pretty straightforward combination of mostly clove and incense. As it dries down, it seems much more incensey and sorta, well, soapy? I normally, at minimum, like clove perfumes, so I was prepared to have love with this, and I just can’t make up my mind if I’m even in like with it. There’s just something that seems to not balance quite right. It never seems to go completely over into an incense perfume with abandon, which would make it gorgeous, nor does it full on do a clove perfume. I don’t hate it, I just can’t seem to figure it out. There’s almost a barbershoppy feel to it, guess that’s also the soapy thing I’m getting. It does seem to trend more traditionally masculine.
It’s nice, I’d wear it, but I think I’d have my brow furrowed most of the time it was on trying to figure it out. I’ve tried it twice now, thinking my first reaction could be because I was smelling too many things. But now. You know, it’s just not me, but I think it would smell really great on a guy. And I have a feeling some of these notes would go better on someone else’s skin or nose that didn’t pick up that soapy smell.
But I will give away the remainder of my sample vial of this to one lucky commenter. Just drop a comment to go in the drawing.
The winners of the Pure White Linen Pink Coral samples are: Tiara, Junebug and Guatami. Just send a note by hitting Contact us over there on the left, remind me what you won and I’ll get it mailed out to you.