… another of the samples from my (fairly) recent sampling. I did a serious woo-hoo a bit ago on Arquiste Ella with its 1970s chypre vibe.
I’m not so keen on Arquiste Nanban even though I found the back story and the notes list really seriously intriguing: a galleon with samurai sailing to Japan in winter 1618 full of spices. Notes include black pepper, black tea, Cade (what is this? I can’t find anything), coffee, copaiba balm (looks like a sort of pine or balsam), frankincense, leather, myrrh, Osmanthus, saffron, sandalwood and styrax. Just sounds an amazing combo. I was particularly taken by the idea of tea, Osmanthus, saffron (Theo Fennell Scent) and sandalwood.
Alas, no. On me, this is very pepper-heavy and it comes across as the smell of Band-Aids. That’s not unpleasant, mind. It’s just not what was promised by the notes list. I could see this smelling amazing – but I guess my chemistry just doesn’t do it justice. I want to like the idea of smelling of Band-Aids but I just can’t get myself there.
But while we’re on this perfume, any suggestions for black tea fragrances you love? I have this idea L’Artisan used to do (or maybe still does) a really serious, heavy-duty (Lapsang Souchong) one.
I woke this morning with the film Moonstruck in my head.
In a different world, we would be returning from holiday today. A long-haul flight and then making our way from London back down here. Another time I tell myself.
So, why Moonstruck? I think because I was thinking trip and for many summers we visited NY to see family and stayed in Brooklyn. Decades ago, when I lived in Brooklyn, it was in the Carroll Gardens neighbourhood and I ranged around Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights — parts of Moonstruck are set in all three.
It’s a film I love – really, seriously, absolutely: a quirky story about the love of people for each other and for family, but also for particular music and places. Cher is glorious and Nick Cage is actually reasonably sane and likeable.
At one point, Cher sprays herself with perfume (if I am recalling correctly) but I think (tell me if I’m wrong) it was something decanted into an atomiser – ie, no label.
Anyway, I could see her character using something big and spicy, but also maybe something closer to the body but still having presence. The movie came out in 1987, so perhaps big 1980s something… but her character was a bit old fashioned… So, I looked up which perfumes were launched in 1987 and the only thing that made me go ‘hmmm’ was Byzance by Rochas. But, clearly, the character could have worn something older, quite classical (maybe Youth Dew).
Anyway, have you seen the film? Thoughts? If you have, what do you think Loretta might have worn?
NB Pics Pexels (tea and cow) and Wiki (film poster)