We have had THE weirdest weather lately. Last week it was 93F – All Day, Every Day. Every Night. Just stupid-hot. Too hot to breathe, let alone move. Then, in less than 4 hours it dropped 30 degrees – Hellloooo, Midwest! It’s a delicious thing, this coolness but it really messed with my Perfume head. I was going to write all about Carnal Flower and Tribute Attar in the extreme heat…but now it’s 65F and foggy.
I’m not going to spoil your morning coffee with my original plan, which was to set the stage in Victorian England, where a flower seller encounters a scary gentleman on a foggy London street, asks his name (“it’s deHyde, though Mr. Hyde is what most call me. But you can call me Al”)…he doesn’t rip her heart out, instead carrying her off to his town house where he transforms her into a lady and they have perfumed tea and twins Albert and Alicia deHyde. ….noooo…instead, I’ll just cut to the chase and tell you about what I’ve been wearing since the weather took this massive dip.
Aldehydes. See? You knew there was some point to that boneheaded story, right? The coolish weather allows them to sparkle without turning them into a greasy, powdery mess (like a reverse funnel cake. Yes, the first two bites are sheer, sugary heaven. Then it cools down, the sugar gets all clumpy and greasy and Tragedy Awaits)…I wore 4 sparklers this week, just for you, my dears, while I dug up the garden and chopped wood – with interesting results. They are as follows:
Le Labo Aldehyde 44. I fell in love with this when it was showcased as a traveling LE at the Chicago Barneys. Then I got a bottle. I dunno….I’m not sure what happened in the interim. The Barneys bottle was a fizzy sparkling pop! but I’ve been getting a sour note from this one …maybe the woods, with their hint of incense? Once it gets to the church phase it stays there. It’s fine. …. but I’d love to say better about something that costs as much as a Le Labo ‘exclusive’. Boo. Notes are addehydes, tuberose, narcissus, jasmin sambac, musks and woods. I wore this to separate a 5′ specimen hosta. Two hours into it, it got on my nerves. Whither went the love?
Robert Piguet Baghari. I used to wonder what Chanel No 5 edt must’ve smelled like, back in the day. I imagine it was very light and sparkly, with a hint of warm powder (not as warm as the parfum, of course). Baghari comes close to what I imagine vintage No 5 edt must’ve smelled like when it was fresh out of the bottle. Vaguely thin – but thin-on-purpose, it has an old-fashioned feel, in a very classic way. The iris plays beautifully off the aldehyde opening – iris and powder, done right, is an irresistible combination. I wore this to turn out 155 gallons of compost. Wearing it, I could pretend I was Gigi’s Aunt Alicia instead of Ma Kettle. Notes are aldehydes, bergamot, violet, neroli, jasmine, orange blossom, rose, iris, vetiver, amber, vanilla, musk.
Chanel No 5 edp. I was going to run with the vintage parfum but that’s like bringing an ICBM to a peashooter contest. I’ve always had a bit of trouble with No 5 edp. It has this funky-doodad sandalwood drydown thingamajig and I thought it was just me and my wonky nose. Then I read Luca Turin’s take on the difference – and I am NOT crazy! turns out Jacques Polge composed this in the 80s as a modern version of Number 5 and that explains a lot. I wore this while moving a truckbed full of logs. It’s perfectly fine, especially if you like an incense/sandalwood drydown. It’s just not …..
Chanel No 5 parfum. I know some hate the beejeesus out of this and now I’m wondering if it’s because you spritzed the edp? Because…if you haven’t tried the perfume, you must. You. Just. Must. If you still hate it after that I’ll leave you alone, I promise. I have an older bottle of parfum and every time I wear it I can’t believe how gorgeous it is. And the current is just as delish. Yeah, the aldehydes. Yeah the tons of jasmine and roses. But it is so beyond the sum of its parts that I can’t describe it …this is the perfect aldehydic floral and may just be the perfect perfume. I could wax on about this but so many have done it better – the waxing, I mean. Not the perfume. There are very few perfumes in this class. This one transcends anything Weather can throw at it. I wore this at the close of yesterday, all day today…heck, I think I’ll wear it the rest of the week!
What’s going on with your Weather? Has it affected your perfume choices? I’m going to go get a sweater – I’m chilly!!!
samples and bottles are all mine, from various personal sources