Angela Flanders Parchment was the perfume mentioned not just a couple of times when I was hunting for a library/book perfume. I loved Byredo Bibliotheque, but it was a nod to the library I wanted to smell. CB I Hate Perfume In the Library is still the most realistic of all library/book scents, but, well, the hunt was on for the Angela Flanders Parchment – it wasn’t exactly it either!
You can only buy Parchment from her shop in Britain, she has to put it in a 30 ml bottle since the dangerous goods fees on a bottle over 30 mls is ridiculous. Now, she could send as many 30 ml bottles as I wanted, but one 50 ml bottle was dangerous. Yeah, I know. 10 bottles of 30 mls each totaling 300 mls is fine, but 50 mls all in one dangerous bottle is not gonna happen.
It is a gorgeous fragrance, and the only notes listed are vanilla, spices, citrus and resins. It opens a little Pomander’ish – similar to that new Serge thing – and then it dries down to something softer, a little more papery with these charming peeps of spice. It is really special, but still not the library in my head I want to smell.
So I am thinking I want that library – the old, musty one above – and nobody makes that scent. But maybe if I combine CB In the Library, Angela Flanders Parchment and Byredo Bibliotheque all together, I might get the one in my head? I’m trying that as soon as my replacement In the Library gets here. I love all three of these scents, but none of them are quite what I want yet.
Am I missing a library scent? Maybe I need to do those three and then layer Messe di Minuit over the top? For the musty, dusty books, you know. What do we think? So now that I have my perfumes back – yeah!! – I can do drawings easily again.
What scent do you want someone to make for you that you can’t quite find, even though you keep stumbling across beautiful things that are close? I’ll draw a winner from comments and send them a little sample set of the Angela Flanders Parchment, Byredo Bibliotheque, CB In the Libary and some Mess di Minuit. You can see if I’m right!