So, I found this NZZ Folio post by Luca Turin worth pondering. And NO, in case you are wondering, I am not his paid shill. I just happen to find many of the things he writes entertaining. In this article he talks about finally hunting down a smell from a long-ago scent memory, and discovering that it is the combined smell of chamomile and rose. He talks about this in the larger framework of the unfinished business of life, and if you can spare five minutes, it’s very much worth the read, in my opinion.
Anyway, here’s the part most relevant to today’s post, regarding the smell of chamomile and rose together: “There is a proportion at which the heavy sweetness of both materials, instead of adding up, magically cancels out and the perfumery equivalent of the biblical pillar of flame surges up before you. I smelled it endlessly until there was nothing left to understand. The monster still follows me, now smaller and friendlier. It recently reappeared in the form of a rose and chamomile shampoo made by EO. I now habitually shower in the company of a medium-sized creature of light.”
Of course there was nothing to do but to go online and order up some EO Rose and Chamomile Shampoo, right? Because I wanted to smell the smell that had moved him so much, even though it wasn’t my smell-memory to hunt down and vanquish. I ordered the shampoo from this joint because they had a flat shipping rate of $4.99, and I wish I’d thrown some other things into the cart, the chamomile and honey sounds rather nice, doesn’t it? I got my bottle quickly, maybe three days after ordering.
I am not sure what I was expecting from this shampoo in terms of smell, but it wasn’t what I got, at least not initially. The shampoo smell is a bit medicinal-smelling poured into my hand, a very spa-herbal smell that was nice but did not seem particularly special. Diffused in the steam of the shower for several minutes, however, the rose begins to assert itself in a way I found charming (I, who do not like rose, remember?) The smell reminds me a little of the smell of L’Artisan Safran Troublant — the smell of rose cut with something rich and hay-like. While I don’t have LT’s same scent associations with this shampoo, I really like the way it smells.
Performance-wise: I have dry, color-treated hair; the shampoo is for color-treated hair, but I’ve always assumed such shampoos are perfectly fine for non-color-treated hair, why wouldn’t they be? Maybe they’re gentler, I have no idea. Anyhow, it did a nice job cleaning without stripping my hair, wasn’t too foamy, and left a discernible, very pleasant but not overwhelming scent in my hair. I am contemplating getting the shower gel, and a couple other of the shampoos.
So, are there body products you particularly love the smell of? Bonus points if they also work well (insert smiling emoticon here.) It’s always fun to hear about new (or old) favorite products. I expect I’ll be reporting on Sniffa on Weds.