Dear ________, Please _________

Happy almost Valentine’s Day for those who mark it. As this post is going up on the 13th I have to say ‘almost’. I sent my son a box with chocolates and sleep socks, but Valentine’s has never meant a lot to me, even when I was in relationships/married. More of a birthday, anniversary sort of girl.

So, what about Dear … Please …?

I really love my small Diptyque Biscuit candle which is now almost finished and completely out of stock. So basically unfindable on reputable sites. I looked at the company site in the hope I could find a Contact link so I could write and say ‘Dear Diptyque, Please, please offer this at Xmas time again’. But I can’t find said link. I might call the Customer Service number at some point.

But all this made me think of situations where you’d write an email to a company saying Dear X, Please offer Y product again. I adore it and I was silly and only bought one. You get my drift.

So, here I go.

Dear Diptyque, Please offer the small Biscuit candle again this year at Xmas time.

Dear Boden, Please offer the wide leg cord trousers I love in black and forest green (and don’t bother with pink and white again – I mean, what’s the point?).

Dear Anne Cleaves, Please write another entry in the Shetland series so we know what happens with Jimmy and Willow.

Dear Soulard (long gone French restaurant in Dalston, East London), Please return as a popup for a few weeks when I’m next in London.

Dear Marks & Spencer, Please offer the chenille sweater I adore again and in more colours.

Dear Sara’s bakery, Please offer the chicken filled turnovers all the time as well as the apple turnovers. Oh, and the pumpkin cupcakes you had at Halloween.

Dear Gardeners’ World, Please tell me you’ve really not been cancelled. I just can’t bear the idea.

Dear Ruffwear, Please offer the wide soft double-ended dog lead I bought from you years ago again.

Dear Farm Shop, Please offer the chicken sausage you had once on a regular basis.

Finally, Dear Orient Express, Please somehow offer a very very deep discount on a London-Venice round trip journey.

How about you? Any Dear … Please … ?


  • Tom says:

    Darn- Too many to list!

    I’d start with “Dear Universe, please give me back my 1998 waistline and chin.”

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    Dear Avon, please bring back Deneuve. My supply is dwindling and cash isn’t there to pay exorbitant prices on Ebay.

    Dear Harry and David, bring back your physical stores. Not willing to pay ridiculous prices for shipping no matter how small the order.

    Dear Fendi, I would like you to bring back Theorema. I would wear Theorema a whole lot more if it were still in production.

    • cinnamon says:

      I used to shop at Williams Sonoma when I lived in the US and the prices were quite reasonable. I looked at the website a while ago and what happened??? They’ve gotten insane.

  • rosarita says:

    Dear perfumeiverse, please stop new lines from releasing a dozen perfumes at once with no way to get samples. And while you’re at it, make it a law that 15ml bottles of everything are available at a reasonable cost, please and thank you.
    Dear Canale Cafe, as the first French bakery to open here, please be open more hours than just two afternoons a week.
    Dear Aldi’s, please make those peanut puffs available year round. The ones at Trader Joe’s are terrible.
    All minor things. If my ankle would just heal already, I’d be happy.

    • cinnamon says:

      Yup, it’s head-spinning when you have to contend with a dozen perfumes at once. Seems a counter-productive way of operating. And def with you on small sized bottles. I’d buy so much more perfume is I could get things in 15 or 20 ml sizes. Best wishes regarding your ankle.

  • March says:

    WHAT a fabulous post! I’m going to cheat a bit:

    Dear science/medicine, please figure out a way to give me my sense of smell back.
    Dear random cheap chocolatier on that weird street in Paris, please send me the best Belgian chocolates I ever had. They filled me with joy, never mind the calories. I used to buy them by the sack-load before coming home.
    Dear cute barre place in Santa Fe, please reopen. I’m sorry about COVID. I’d have loved you exclusively.
    Dear Carlos’ Gospel Cafe, please reopen. You had the BEST soups and sandwiches and you left before I returned. I am really bummed about that.
    Dear Hollywood, please do a miniseries based on Mary Stewart’s Merlin trilogy. I know, everyone knows the story, but that’s not stopped you before! And it’s told so beautifully, starting from Merlin’s childhood.

    • cinnamon says:

      Ah, March, that outcome was so utterly unkind and unfair. Fingers very crossed. Chocolates … Paris … sigh.

    • ElizaC says:

      Mary Stewarts trilogy – agreed!

      • March says:

        I had to buy a replacement set, they were so dog-eared from re-reading. It’s a whole comfortable landscape, so beautifully written.

        • cinnamon says:

          I just bought the first in the series.

          • March says:

            It’s so beautifully written, and I loved all her backstory about Merlin — who he was, how and where he grew up. A completely different way of looking at the story.

          • Maya says:

            The Crystal Cave. It’s my favorite of the three. I love it! The cover picture of the old paperback is beautiful – blue, with young Merlin raising his arms to the moon with part of Stonehenge in the background.

  • Musette says:

    Wait. WHAT?

    Who the hell would cancel Gardener’s World? It’s the show that keeps folks from losing their tiny minds and chopping up entire towns!

    Oh, wait. Is that just me? Oh. sorry.

    But still…… REALLY?


    • cinnamon says:

      There was noise about there not being ‘space’ in the programming. I can’t imagine it ever being cancelled. Mayhem would ensue. It’s one of the only things I watch consistently. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.

  • AnnieA says:

    Dear Jo Malone, please bring back Ginger Biscuit as a seasonal scent. You promised this last year.

    Dear Chanel, please bring back bath products for Cristalle and No. 19

    • cinnamon says:

      Biscuits … definitely a thing. I thought the Diptyque candle would be too sweet (it is very sweet) but it is so perfect. It’s what I burned most during the holidays and I wish I’d thought then to buy more.

    • Dina C. says:

      Yes! I totally agree on the bath products for No 19! I’ve had the bath gel and bar soap in the past, and they were amazing! By all means add in Cristalle — love that one too!

      • AnnieA says:

        I was racing around the city to get the last of the No. 19 soaps a while back! The bath/shower gels would gently scent the bathroom for a couple of days, sigh

    • rosarita says:

      Yes to all the Chanel No 19 & Cristalle bath products! And can they please bring back the No 5 body oil while they’re at it?

  • Dina C. says:

    Here’s what I came up with:
    Dear Lidl,
    Please start carrying the frozen goat cheese and fig tartlets that my daughter adores. They seemed to be a seasonal item in 2019 and then vanished forever.
    Dear Guerlain,
    Please start making Vol de Nuit Evasion again. You can call it Attrape Couer or Guet Apens if you want. I don’t care. Just make some, okay? And while you’re taking requests, how about Vetiver pour Elle?
    Dear Smartwool,
    I love your wool crew socks. How about more solid colors like purple, pink, dark green, and red?

    • cinnamon says:

      Lidl is so fickle. The idea of a goat’s cheese and fig tartlet — oh, my. I wonder if I could suggest to farm shop… I found some wool crew socks on Etsy in lots of colours. Maybe have a look there.

  • Portia says:

    Hey Cinnamon,
    I’m 100% with you on the Orient Express but I only need to go one way. From Venice we’ll grab a car and go visiting.
    Dear True Religion Jeans, Please do the comfy fawn cord jeans again and sell them where I can find them easily. I promise to buy three pairs.
    Portia xx

  • Gina T says:

    Dear Stas, please don’t die soon and leave me without any fur babies.

  • Alityke says:

    Dear Ruffwear +1 to above request for the double ended padded lead bringing back.
    Dear Chanel Please keep Cristalle EdT in your line forever. Verte & EdP are too sweet, please just stick with the classic
    Your prayers re Gardeners World have been fulfilled
    It’s back in a months time

    • cinnamon says:

      Arg, the double ended leads I’ve seen are all slippery. That’s one of the things I love about this one, but when Joe shakes his head the clamp at the end comes loose. Not good (well, I have had the lead for a number of years …). Oh, thank you, on Gardeners’ World. I kept seeing commentary that it had been dropped from the line-up (why would anyone want to do that????).

      • Alityke says:

        Re Gardeners World. Monty took a break to meet the deadline on his book in 2020. Adam Frost presented. There was then a program that was cancelled due to a “ clash” in the schedule.
        Looks like they were one offs & it’ll be back with all the team in March 22.

        • cinnamon says:

          I don’t even remember 2020 — it was such a weird year. I like Adam — he’s gotten more comfortable on camera and has some really good ideas.

  • SpringPansy says:

    Oh, gosh yes, so many:
    – Ditto on Dear Anne Cleeves and Shetland series!
    – Dear Ormonde Jayne USA, please have another sale so I can buy a bottle of Ormonde Woman soon.
    – Dear Profumum Roma, please reconsider your pricing for us regular folks.
    – Dear Matador restaurant in Seattle, please bring back your amazing calamari that was never overcooked and included veggies.
    – Dear gorgeous campsites on the Olympic Peninsula – please don’t get booked up so fast that I can’t ever make reservations.
    – And to myself: Dear SpringPansy, please work on enjoying and being satisfied with what you have now.

    • cinnamon says:

      It is such a great series it’s just not fair for it to end the way it did. I’m really sorry, but you made me laugh with the entry on pricing. I just wish they’d all offer smaller bottles of fragrances that didn’t cost the earth. I’m with you on trying to be happy with what I have (I tell myself this a lot). But I still find things creep into my head.

  • ElizaC says:

    Dear Caron, Please start making Nuit de Noel parfum again. What will I do on Christmas when my bottle runs out! Thank you!

    • cinnamon says:

      Odd. This is such a classic that you would think it would always be available. Cost/benefit analysis told someone it didn’t make enough money?

  • carole says:

    Timely post! Dear Annick Goutal/Goutal Paris, Please come back to North America. I’ve loved your fragrances for 25 years. I appreciate your artistry and integrity. I like life more when I wear your fragrances and the matching soaps and body products. With love and respect, Carole 🙂

    • cinnamon says:

      It’s strange what different perfume houses have done regarding availability. I imagine there are a fair number of people in NA who would wish for this.