Hey Posse! This last couple of weeks has been big. Huge things have happened for Jin and myself. We’ll get to them later on. I also found myself lemming into a perfume purchase for the first time in years. Declaration Parfum has become part of my collection.
I’ve always been a fan of the Declaration bottle and I had a bottle of the original many years ago that one of my BFFs Phil fell in love with. I gave it to him and never really thought about the line much at all. Then this week major Aussie perfume collector and online friend Dimitri was waxing lyrical about his super bargain Chemist Warehouse pickup of the Cartier Declaration Parfum. The notes sounded spectacular and his joy at getting it for under AU$100 planted a lemming firmly. Having to go to the bank in person next morning, I got my stuff done there (More about that later) and across the road there is a CW so I dropped over, found the bottles with a little help from a stafff member and was walking out happily poorer.
Declaration Parfum by Cartier
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bitter Orange
Heart: Spices, Cardamom, Cumin
Base: Leather, Cedar, Benzoin, Vetiver, Tolu Balsam
Opening is well spiced citrus, molten, mulled and very hot Christmas wine-ish. But not. So rich and warm I’m blown away by the new direction Mathilde Laurent has taken with that oily, cool, manly Jean Claude Ellena original. Actually, this should have become a new Cartier pillar fragrance. Anyone expecting a slight tweak or a parfum version of that aromatic citrus will be very upset. This is not that. If ever a flanker deserved the addition of noir, nuit or ténèbres then Cartier Declaration Parfum is it. I’ll never understand the way these things are named. Also, this would fit beautifully into the Hermessence or Les Heures ranges.
The opening is a fireworks display but very quickly it settles to a sweet leathery chocolate. Smooth, stylish and very niche as it should be. Or maybe it’s designer as it was before the onset of throw garbage at the people and let them love it. Ultra wearable but Cartier Declaration Parfum smells like someone really thought about what they were creating.
Dry down is a warm resinous amber, slightly animalic and with a hint of salt. Totally unisex, project and longevity good but not overpowering.
So much news.
Jin and I paid off the Parramatta Apartment. I had some money left from the sale of my family home and a couple of Tasmanian properties, after paying the loan down considerably on fortnightly basis we felt it best to close that chapter.
We’d been looking to buy something else for years and always seemed to be let down in some way or other. My memory (not to be trusted implicitly) says we reached the point of buying 8 or 9 times on a bunch of different things. Finally, Jin put his foot down about a property that I was VERY ambivalent about.
So, as well as paying off Parramatta we have bought another property, should be settling by the end of next week or week after. It is in need of repairs. Two bathrooms showers have lost their waterproofing, the kitchen is in a state of disrepair, the enormous balcony has a very ugly, original fence, it needs kickboards in the bedrooms and is currently painted in Pale, Institution Primrose. The same colour they painted hospital children’s wards in the 1970s. Jin can get most of this stuff fixed with a little help from our friends and we are having a Painting Party one Saturday/Sunday. So many friends are excited about the Painting Party, we are hoping to have a two person team in every room and 5 in the living areas. Payment will be Jin’s famous Korean BarBQ and Soju. On consideration Jin’s instinct feels correct, time will tell.
The local train station is only about 100m from the new apartment and we had New Unit Celebration dinner with a friend in the area. Here is our restaurant dinner view across the train lines to the sunset.
It’s three years since my BFFs Mum died. This year the last gift she ever gave me, a rose which doesn’t do so well on our balcony, has been flowering like crazy! I look out our bedroom window and see these flashes of orange and red. Excellent reminder of her.
Also in floral news, the other night we had a really big storm. The whole kit & caboodle. Thunder, lighting, winds and a deluge. There were trees, branches and other debris all over the suburb as I walked the dogs that night. Surprisingly a large flowering branch of a crepe myrtle was broken from its tree and lying across a hedge. So I brought it home and we got about 5 days of these beautiful flowers. While not loving cut flowers, found flowers are a different story.
Lastly, Jin’s BFF Matt and his work colleague Emma have decided Wednesday nights are their Trivia Nights and they are coming up to Greystanes Inn to play. Though Jin doesn’t love trivia, he does love hanging with us all and having a pub meal. They’re bloody good at it too. Over the last three weeks they have come equal first twice and second once. The crowd LOVES having Jin in the house because they’ve heard the stories for years and now he’s onsite to hear them and confirm.
Sorry, that was a bloody long, rambling post.
Hope you are all safe and well.
How does Declaration Parfum by Cartier sound?