Hey, everybody! Happy fifth of July! There have been a lot of festivities this weekend, mostly outdoors. I found myself wearing less perfume than usual on those occasions. Those big, sweet tuberose and jasmine scents seem to make me bee-licious, although personally I don’t think they attract insects in general. In fact, I’m never the primary target for mosquitoes if there’s someone around (like the Cheese) who’s more appetizing.
We had a few cooler days, then warmer ones. I’m giving my majmua a run for it. I’ve decided that the melted beeswax adds something to the scent I really like, so I got Masha to send me the recipe and I’m going to try making my own solid. I want to do a separate post on those attars and hear people’s reports — should I do that or Manoumalia on Weds., I wonder? Probably Manoumalia, I don’t want to rush the attars.
I’ve been on here working on some site cleanup. You likely wouldn’t notice it unless you went into the archives, we’ve been deleting random characters that got inserted into some posts, along with tidying up the homepage (deleting broken links etc.)
I have no idea who’s around today, which is a big travel holiday for some of us in the U.S. and not for others. Let’s have a Random Monday open thread — I’ll drop by, anything you want to talk about is fine. I personally have been experimenting in our extreme heat (upper 90s for days on end, fairly unusual here) with the Really Heady Stuff. Montale Jasmin Full I love so much in this weather — a truly ripe jasmine that I don’t wear in small enclosed spaces shared by non-perfume-lovers. Carnal Flower and VC&A Gardenia — big, big hits in this heat. I also love my sweaty scents like Amaranthigh and Worth Courtesan in the heat. Bal a Versailles is wonderful on a super-hot day. The only huge fail I’ve had in the heat was Teo Cabanel Alahine, a big scent on my skin that was an almost instant scrubber. I’m thinking the ambery aspect of it? Really, it made me gag. Weird, because I know one of you commented on how much you loved it on sultry days. So if you’re reading this and you live in a hot climate and you think we’re out of our minds: give it a whirl, you might be surprised. After all, when are you supposed to smell jasmine? On some sultry night in a tropical clime, yes? Yes. Has anyone worn … hmm, how about Angel? Angel would kill me dead under regular circumstances, it seems like even a worse idea now. OTOH I’m toying with trying out either my vintage Dior Poison tomorrow (it’s supposed to be 99) or Gucci Rush, what do you think?
So: floor’s open. Any perfume-y stuff on your mind? Any great new purchases or wants? Anyone want to place any solid bets on whether I loved or hated Manoumalia?
image: photo I took last summer of the bees on the echinacea. I found it in my photo archives and it made me smile, so I’m using it again. Yes, if you are curious: Hecate is still petting bees, and she almost never gets stung now.