First off, I hope all of you who celebrate it had a very happy Easter. I had a lovely holiday weekend, surrounded by spring favorites, and even better, springlike weather. The past few days have seen me up to my ears in the scent of hyacinth, either solo or in tandem with other florals. Among my faves: Serge Lutens’ Bas de Soie, Tom Ford’s Ombre de Hyacinth, Gucci Envy, and I think I detect a bit of hyacinth in the lush lilac-ness of Jean Patou’s Vacances. Ahhh … something about hyacinth just relaxes me and makes me happy, taking me to a simpler place and time.
In fact, the more I think about it, that’s exactly it. When I was a girl, I had one of those Coty Sweet Earth solid perfume compact trios and hyacinth was in one of the little compartments (accompanied by honeysuckle and ylang-ylang, which were also much-loved). Sure wish I had several of those again. So perhaps that’s from where the love of this flower springs, deep from the well of scent memory and a happy childhood. (I also recall having the grasses one with hay and clover, although that sounds like a bit of an allergy nightmare these days).
Only slightly off-topic but still on the happy subject of “hyacinth,” I recall many an evening spent doubled over in laughter at the antics of Hyacinth Bucket (“pronounced Bouquet,” thank you very much) in the hilarious Brit-com “Keeping Up Appearances.” The ever-snobby Hyacinth rolls her eyes at her down-market sisters Daisy and Rose, attempts to keep up with her wealthier sister Violet, and has her long-suffering next-door neighbors going to great pains to sneak out of the house without getting trapped by her. Silly, side-splitting fun, worth a half-hour of your time just to see actress Patricia Routledge’s wonderful brand of physical comedy: such expressions, such body language! 🙂
But back to fragrance. What about you — any hyacinth faves? Any other scents that we should try? Or what’s your favorite single note of spring?
I do hope everyone here in the Northern Hemisphere is getting a nice dose of spring after this roller-coaster winter, and that you folks in the Southern are enjoying a lovely autumn.