Well, we had rain again. Over the weekend and yesterday (Monday) night into today. Once again, I have nothing to complain about except the inconvenience: my building isn’t sliding down a cliff, no trees have collapsed onto the street (knock wood) yet; the main event is that the pet parents in the building are doing a mad scramble to get Fido and Fidette out for walkies during a break in the rain. If the residents of LA don’t care for the inclement weather, our pooches like it even less.
Saturday was just lovely and I got off my butt and went out to enjoy it- well, I got off my butt long enough to sit said butt behind the wheel and do errands, but that was top down, so it counts.
In the mean time the sample of Vintage Femme perfume arrived in record time from Surrender to Chance. And boy, what a difference a (few) decades make. I have no idea what vintage this is, but it is so different from the bottle of EDT I have that it may as well be from a different planet. A better smelling one. Everything that is quite nicely indistinct and muted in the EDT is separate and beautifully discernible in the vintage. The creamy sandalwood opening is there with (still) some of the aldehydes that makes me think of the sasparilla sparkle of SL Santal Blanc, while the startlingly indolic flowers are nicely countered by the rounded, almost stewed sweetness of the jammy plum. All of this mind you is the opening salvo- once the smooth suede notes come in and you get to the chypre heart your heart will be completely won over. And you haven’t even gotten to the ambery, musky base.
People have written about this as being a very womanly perfume. I guess that it can be construed as so: it certainly does have “feminine” aspects to it. Now maybe I would hesitate to wear it to my next hockey game or whatever testosterone fueled ManlyManOnly meeting I also would not be attending, but on a drab, cold, windy and rainy day like today I could live in it. Too bad they can’t make more- I am sure that it has 20 different ingredients that would give IFFRA, if not PETA, the EPA and/or Ralph Nader hives.
Femme in the EDT concentration is available dirt cheap on the internets, which is where I got mine. I’d bet you can get some of the vintage stuff online, but I am also sure that it ain’t cheap. My sample of the vintage was from Surrender to Chance.
Photos from Pixels and my iPhone.