I Mint It

Posse –

I was going to tell you about that Charming Encounter – but that would involve me spraying Unknown Perfumes (and they’re Lauder so… shrieking is probable) … so that will have to wait – again.

Instead, let’s talk about menthol in perfumery.  This burn of mine is healing nicely(ish) – now it’s just the chest area – but with that comes The Itching.  Ohhh… the itching.  I tried a host of anti-itch sprays and creams to varying success – but they all burn like fire!  Finally, I fell back on my mom’s remedy for itching – that mentholated ointment VVR (I use the generic so…).  It doesn’t sting, it provides a cooling factor plus a very mild counterirritant that reduces the focus on the itching.  When it does itch, I use the heel of my hand or my fingertips (no nails) and just rub more in, assuaging the itch without further damaging the skin.  WIN!!

Except!  It definitely has A Smell.  And I really don’t like the idea of smelling like my grandmother’s Gentleman Friend from back in the day.  So I went into the Messy Armoire, looking for body cremes (no actual perfume spritzing just yet) that would complement the menthol blast. Carnal Flower body creme is the clear winner – but that was an easy E – I found a sample of Uncle Serge’s TC. some of which I poured into a neutral oil – perfection! I think I like these two because, unlike a lot of minty perfumes here the mint provides an elegant underpinning, rather than a blasty top note.

Some top note minty scents I like (sort of) :  Diptyque Eau de Mente’ –  I mixed it with a bit of (gasp!) Amouage Lyric body cream and… you know how much I love that camellia-waxy scent of Lyric?  Well, the addition of mint makes it feel like the most elegant floor wax EVAH!  And that’s not a bad thing.  Weird – but not a bad thing.

Heeley Menthe Fraiche.  I’m not persackly sure why I chose vintage Coty L’Origan to combine with this – but it was…… umm… welp!  It was kinda strange, like being stuck on a cross-country bus with a bickering couple in the seats behind you.  I’d say plane but… nah.  Bus.  Because that’s a lonnng ride you’ve got ahead of you.  Long.  Vintage L’Origan leaves of its own accord.  So they hissed and snapped at each other from Kansas City all the way to Barstow.   Both were very attractive, well-dressed people of means –  not quite sure why they were on a bus… but so. much. hissing.

I’m sticking with CFlower for now, thankyouverymuch.  But I’d love to get some suggestions for the Vapor Rub accompaniment.  It’s almost healed but I foresee a few more weeks of the menthol, Just. In. Case.

Lemme know your thoughts.  I’ll have Monsieur pull a winner!

And no.  No Aqua Velvet.  Though you know I considered it…

photo: Pexels (because I ain’t gettin’ on no bus)

  • VerbenaLuvvr says:

    Sorry to hear about your burn. I’ve been slapping manuka honey on every malady these days, haven’t tried it on burns though. VVR is a hard no-go for me, ugh the memories of being sick as a kid with that stuff slathered on my neck and chest. I do however adore mint note in fragrance and Herba Fresca, Solstice Scents Snowmint Mallow, and everything with mint by L’Occitane (Verbena Sorbet/Verveine Menthe/Eau Captivante) are favorites of mine. Spring is almost upon us and I can hardly wait to start dragging out the herbal and citrus collections.

  • March says:

    This was HILARIOUS … I have been on that bus from KC to Barstow, metaphorically! Actually, TC sounds perfect for your combo. I’m more an Icy Hot gal (muscular, not skin — wouldn’t want to put that on injured skin!) but I love the way Icy Hot smells lol. VVR, not so much.

  • Dina C. says:

    My derm always gave mini samples of Sarna lotion when I had itching, like when I had shingles years ago. Have you tried that one? It’s OTC drug store fare. Cartier Roadster comes to mind when mint is mentioned. It’s a men’s scent with mint. I don’t own it, I just remember its launch. Glad to hear it’s slowly getting better!

  • Portia says:

    LOVE mint in fragrance Musette. Also in chocolate and boozy beverages.
    Keep healing princess,
    Portia xx

  • Lemoncake says:

    I wonder how Geranium Pour Monsieur would do….mint, geranium, musk, sandalwood. It’s a favorite of mine in the summer.

  • alityke says:

    I’m not a lover of minty perfume, instant headache. Yet I do enjoy eucalyptus, pine, juniper & other fresh evergreens. I have Ffern Winter 24 which is fresh rose & a whump of eucalyptus to give the “cold” wintery feeling. Not a winter scent to me, I will wear it more in the heat of summer.
    Must admit to a liking for the smell of VVR on its own

  • cinnamon says:

    Hmmm, do you have Sudocrem there? It’s my go-to for healing. Mint … ah, mint. It seems to have popped up in a fair number of things I’ve sampled recently but very much in the background. Mostly like it. But this may well be my imagination. Mint means spring/summer to me and I’m getting a bit sick of our autumn/winter rain, not rain, can’t make up its mind.

  • Tom says:

    I kind of like mint in perfume, but I think more when it’s contrapuntal rather than central. Or even stuntish, like the mintand92octane part of tubey crim..which I think I’m going to go put in now.

  • Shivawoman says:

    When I was going through that particularly feverish and sweaty time in a woman’s life, I craved scents that were cooling. The winners then for which I still reach on occasion during a summer’s day are: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mentafollia as well as their Herba Fresca. Another possibility “might” be Nuit Etoile by A Goutal, though I haven’t used my bottles in a while, but I seem to recall a kind of minty aspect. The accent combinations you are coming up with are interesting. SL seems right on point.

    • Musette says:

      It is! And now that Lemoncake reminds me about Geranium pour Monsieur, I’mo put that in rotation as well, since I haz the body lotion (I also haz the shower gel but I’m not quite ready to lather anything on my skin juuuust yet)