It’s tough to write a post when you’re pretty much exhausted and need to get up at a really early hour tomorrow to get on a plane, but let me try!
First, I got to Colette and tried the new Martin Margiella that was just released on Monday – Untitled. Yum! It’s got a really nice nutty vibe that will allow me to forgive not naming it. The notes I could find for it were galbanum, boxwood, mastic, incense, bitter orange, jasmine, cedar and musk. I’m not sure where the nuttiness came from, I get almost no green, but that was one quick spray, and I hope I didn’t already have something on that hand. Because if I did, it will be a mind-buster to try and recreate this very nice little scent on my hand. It is exclusively at Colette in Paris right now, but it says it will go into other locations in March.
One of my favorite stops in Paris is Mariage Freres. The smells of the tea in that shop or any tea shop just are my idea of sniffling heaven. We had lunch there, and I picked the Butterscotch tea. The aroma from it was just amazing. A combination of chocolate, caramel and honey – probably some other things – made this probably one of my favorite teas to smell as it brews. As much as I know green tea and white tea are better for me, I just can’t help loving the smell of all the black teas.
For those of you that asked, the new Guerlain was not anywhere in sight while I was there. I’ve heard the release date is February’ish. Guerlain is pretty firm about releasing everywhere at the same time, so keep an eye out for it then! Denyse says it is very good, and I trust her on things Guerlain, so I’m optimistic that it will be a nice addition to the line and make up for the vague disappointment that I have with Idylle, which I finally sniffed while here.
And that Daphne thing from CdG? Couldn’t even put it on my skin. I was afraid I would have to stick a lit match up my nose to get even the quick sniff I did of the bottle out. Toxic, but weirdly compelling. I think I married a guy like that once – or twice. Well, too many times.
So au revoir, will be back to normal’ish life tomorrow. You know, if anyone is ever interested in a Perfume Posse Paris trip for less than 10 people (more than this makes it tricky to do), just say so in comments. Done in the low season, like January, not sharing a room, who knows on airfare, but it’s usually decent’ish in January, like 600-900, for four nights, probably $150 a night, so like 600-800 (there’s always pesky taxes and things), plus shopping/eating cash. If there were enough interest, I’d be happy to organize one for like next January.