I’m trying to remember why I planned to get on a plane for Paris on 1/11/11. I’m not normally superstitious, but traveling on a day that is the same number seems, well, not smart?
The good news is I’ll be posting from Paris this week and Florence next week. I have no idea if I’ll be talking about perfume, but bouncing around Europe in January has become one of my most treasured things I try to do every year. Nobody is there, it is quiet, the Fashion Tribes have not descended, no lines for gelato, museums. There’s a peace in the more empty cafes, being bundled up against the cold. I’m always surprised at how warm the department stores are there. You have to shed your coat within 5 minutes or you will melt.
I’m quite a lot behind on sniffing last fall’s new releases. Parfums DelRae normally gets moved up in line – sometimes to my great dismay (Emotionelle’s melon, bleah!!) and sometimes to my great delight, like Mythique (a heavenly iris) – because they are interesting and trend off just a smidge the beaten path.
Panache has notes of Vetyver, ambrette seed, baies roses, magnolia flower, bergamot, rum extract, jasmine Sambac absolute, ylang ylang orpur, cardamom, oakwood, olibanum Somalia orpur, musks, amber, white honey. Why vetiver is listed first is a mystery. Not a vetiver perfume. It opens a little boozy and then quickly settles down to be a nice, warm floral honeyed hug. Not heavy on the honey, just enough to give it a smoothness that sits close to you and curls in delicately with the musk. Entirely warm silk. Not getting the vetiver at all or minimally, but I don’t care either. It’s beautifully made and lovely to wear.
Okay, I’m gone for a couple of weeks, so I won’t have the winners of this drawing until the end of January, but I will give away 3 samples of this to three commenters. Are you superstitious about this 1/11/11 thing? Do you do anything when you are superstitious? I’m not even sure what to be worried about except that sense of weirdness and my tendency to just stay home on days with numerical oddness.