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August in these parts – what a mess – even the kids have lost their zest for playing outside. It’s as if they are beginning to adjust their internal thermometers to Classroom temps – out here there are few Summer Maths/Language Camps or internships – no, out here it’s like a timewarp, with kids riding their bikes and fishing and just hanging out all summer long..so they’re ready to get back to a routine, even as they crab about it.
So why am I going on about kids? who knows? – I just got off on a tangent, though it does tie into the transitional tone I’m aiming for (stick with me – I’m going somewhere with this). Oh, yes. Transition. School? August. I dunno about you but when I was a girl, in Catholic school, you only got the first 1 or 2 days (and the last few days) of the school year to wear civilian clothes – and we were all so desperate to show our New Fall Togs – imagine the horror of 20 7th grade girls in wool turtlenecks and those faux kilts (with the giant pins, remember those?) – in a non-AC classroom. In Illinois. In August. Oh, the humanity.
Right now my inner 7th grader is aching to wear some fall scents but it’s not happening. It’s still too hot during the day and it’s All Damp 24/7, raining every other day, out of nowhere, with the gale-force winds and downed trees, then blistering sunshine. Then rain. Then the amphibians come out. Then it’s surface-of-the-sun hot again. Just weird. But still damp – all the time. No matter if it’s 58F @ 3am (bliss!) or 90F at noon – it’s soaking wet, the kind where you have to throw the sheets in the dryer before you go to bed. And everything I put on just smells weird, like maybe I’m personally mildewed – except Vetiver. But not the ‘pretty’ vetiver (think Guerlain and Tom Ford’s lovely Grey Vetiver ). No, I’m talkin’ VETIVERS – the ones that are so viscous they come out of the bottle like Alaga syrup. I think it was Carter who busted me out of my vetiver complacency via Turtle Vetiver, which started me on the path. Because I live in a very damp house (that may have an actual cistern(ew) under part of it) I had no problem believing that Isabelle Doyen could create a vetiver that smells like turtles – after all, my house smells like frogs and there are toads in the bushes and snails on the siding after a rainstorm and the thought of the cistern freaks me out but I digress… Turtle Vetiver is beautiful on a hot summer day and it does not smell like turtles but it’s wrong for this sodden, froggy, transitional weather – in Turtle Vetiver the root is vaguely damp and it amps into something ozonic . I was looking for those really crackly, smoky dry vets that make you wonder if somebody’s sneaking a toke in the backyard. The best example is an essential oil from Australia that has to be diluted in jojoba, so it doesn’t peel the skin off your wrist. Beautiful in a burner, though. But Carol (WAFT by Carol) sent me a couple of Eden Botanicals that are so strong they transcend perfumery and speak directly to the damp – and beat it BACK! Heck, I don’t know whether to wear this stuff or roll it up and smoke it!
If you love Vetiver and it’s damp where you live, I urge you to try these. If you hate vetiver you might as well try them, too, just to see what Vetiver freaks are all on about – the Organic Vetiver is a bit more wearable, I think, though I prefer the Surinam Vetiver – it came charging out of the little vial with its jaws snapping, like one of those awful SyFy alligators. Either (or both) are perfect to carry through this weird, wet time of year. If it’s dry and hot where you are, though, beware – they might just spontaneously combust!
Vetiver Freaks: what are your faves? Vetiver Haters: Why No love?
ps. Hey, Natalie! PLEASE forgive me – you sent a note via ‘contact us’. Patty sent it to me. I lost it (I’m a loser) – I can’t torture Patty to go through the 5000 emails to resend, I just can’t. Would you please click on my name (I’ll be replying to any comments that come up) and send me your info again? I need to get the 6T and Cordovan Rose out to you!
photo: alligator snapping turtle/ itsnature.org
Eden Botanicals: I already told you, Big Brother. Read the post! 🙂