I know, a sort of pathetic title for a post. But it’s been announced we’re going back into lockdown from Thursday and while I’m mostly been home any way and my plans are to continue to do what I’ve been doing (ie, life won’t change much for me), I find this really disheartening. Not because it isn’t right and things like a mask mandate any time you’re outside should have been done ages ago (and we might not be doing this now if something like that had been implemented) but because I’m just weary of this idea of protecting the economy meant not really protecting people – that they were somehow mutually exclusive. If so and so just had an imagination and cared about the rest of us maybe this would all look different.
Sorry, rant finished.
This is my garden currently. Still a mess, but the rain should stop early this week which means my focus will turn outdoors. I’m seriously thinking enough with the grass. It’s time to do something imaginative, with maybe just a walkway from the patio to the shed and all the rest of it broken up into quadrants or something … maybe a small meadow, a raised bed, a load of dahlias etc, something else… Any suggestions welcomed.
Tagging on from my Arpege post last week I’ve had Estee Lauder Youth Dew in my head ever since.
Youth Dew is another rather classic fragrance that I have sample over and over but have never bought. It works well on me, is dark and sensuous, unctuous even, comes in a gorgeous bottle, is easy to find and is pretty inexpensive. I guess it just doesn’t quite sing enough to put me over the edge. (I couldn’t get a good YD pic, alas.)
Launched in 1953, originally as a bath oil, the notes include (among other things) aldehydes, narcissus, lavender, orange, bergamot, peach, cloves, cinnamon, rose, ylang, jasmine, LOTV, incense, tolu balsam, patchouli, oakmoss, amber, vetiver, vanilla and musk. Another kitchen sink list.
This works from nose tip to tail tip on me: spicy, powdery, sort of mysterious, and smooth in the dry-down.
I had a roommate at university who wore this, back in the early 1980s when it certainly wasn’t a thing. She was Italian; incredibly chic in a boho way (when the rest of us just wore jeans and t shirts or button downs, sneakers or clogs, she wore black and dark blousy florals) – long dark wavy hair, that accent, and a load of Youth Dew all the time. She worked in one of the uni bars and would stumble home late, looking louche.
This was definitely not ever one of my mother’s perfumes. I think it was a bit too dark for her.
So, was/is this in your collection? Anything in your collection louche and unctuous?