Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s a Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! This month the crew are looking at Wellbeing Wonders. OK, hopefully we are all in some kind of lockdown and crew taking it seriously. Australia seems to be taking a very lasses faire attitude so far but I think that will become more rigid as the disease progresses here. Already Covid19 has changed the way we interact, work, shop, live and love. I’m off for the foreseeable future. Jin is still working on the trains, they are essential service. I’ve started meeting friends across the road in our cemetery, 2m apart on picnic rugs. It’s BYO food and beverage. LOVELY sitting in the warm autumn sun or the dappled shade. So, what fragrances are we thinking about to help our mind stay healthy in this time of mainly solitary living? Are we choosing meditative, fun, deep, warm or comforting scents? Maybe we want super weird or bombastic things that we could never wear in the workplace? Are you revisiting, culling, testing or going with what you know? My line up is eclectic for different moods.
Obviously, these choices are subject to change, daily.
Also, while this is a lighthearted look at isolation, illness and the current pandemic: on a serious note: Please Stay Home. As much as you, or your work, can. The less people you interact with the less transition of this insidious and hideous virus can occur. If you get Covis19 and go to hospital none of your friends or family can visit. You will die alone with tubes sticking out of you and not enough people to care for you. Please Stay Home.
Can’t wait to read about your favourite Wellbeing Wonders in the comments too.
Mood Scent 4: Wellbeing Wonders
3 Fleurs by Parfum d’Empire
Suddenly lately I remembered this bright and cheerful old school floral fantasy. Minty roses backed by tropical yellow and white flowers. I’ve worn it couple of times already in lockdown and I makes me smile rapturously. OK, she is a little assertive. No scratch that, 3 Fleurs is a little bit of a diva. The first couple of hours are decidedly, and lavishly, fragrant. Perfect Working-At-Home with no restrictions wear.
Datura Noir by Serge Lutens
This is a rarely talked about Serge Lutens that I wish more people would get their noses on. A thick, buttery, coconut laden white floral with hints of dark greenery, almonds and vanilla. Peaceful and lush, I am finding it particularly calming in these times that are so uncertain. Not a shy or retiring fragrance but not a HUGE bombastic white floral either, Datura Noir seems to sit right in the middle at fragrant but not obnoxious. Definitely one of Serge Lutens easier to wear perfumes.
Jersey by CHANEL
Over the last couple of years I find myself drawn to lavender. When Jersey first came to my attention in 1012 i thought it boring and banal. The name annoyed me and it really felt like CHANEL were putting out a poor version of mens fragrance and flogging it to women as a NEW IDEA. The lavender vanilla combination reminded me of Carin Pour un Homme and Le Male by JPG and I already had those immaculate creations, why would I want some watered down, dried out version. Since then my tastes have evolved and the perfect poise of Jersey, it’s uncluttered, sheer, almost musical perfection now takes my breath away. Perfect for time alone, calm, reflective and still.
Le De vintage EdT by Givenchy
In my recent isolation clearing out I have discovered a plethora of 10ml dehydrating decants. Le De was one I loved so much, wore a few times and the it got forgotten in the deluge of new. A spicy, aldehydic floral in the old style that wears like my dream of being a mid-century Hollywood movie starlet. Kitchen sink perfumery that creates a perfume that is much like a Phil Spector songs musical wall-of-sound that came along in the next decade. My favourites are Da Doo Ron Ron and Be My Baby in the 60s, then ABBA’s Dancing Queen copied it perfectly in the 1970s. NOW you know how Le De smells.
Madame Rochas vintage EdC
Madame Rochas is another old school beauty. Glorious golden aldehydic floral top/mossy chypre base. Guy Robert, the legendary perfumer, created something so special and timeless. Madame Rochas leans darker and more mysterious than le De’s buoyant vivaciousness. Dryer, furrier and infinitely more sophisticated, this is a perfume for a woman. Still in the realms of kitchen sink perfumery the base is full of creamy sandalwood, the dry pencil shavings of cedar, sweet resins, woods, tonka and the dry, lightly salted rasp of vetiver. Madame Rochas is for those days at home you want to waft dangerously.
Pluie de Soleil by Phaedon
You want to whisk your troubles away? Laugh in the face of certain doom or impending penury? Here is the ultimate fragrance to toss all worries and fears aside. Juicy to the point of ridiculous, pineapple is king, surrounded by citrus, strawberry and peach and all undercut by a creamy vanilla. The opening is all about a fruity cocktail and dry down is like a pine/lime ice cream. I’m not sure if Pluie de Soleil will beat your lockdown loneliness but it will definitely send your mind somewhere else for a little while as you enjoy it fun looniness.
So what are your favourite Wellbeing Wonders?