Hey Crew. Scent Semantics?
We get a word, we get a date, we have to choose a single fragrance that fits the word and then have to explain how it fits together, in our way. As much or little as we feel the word/fragrance connection needs. We are going to probe a little into how each of us bloggers see the world, fragrance, ourselves. We get to see how one word can inspire different directions in connection. or not.
Vernal: Scent Semantics #6
Old Herbaceous’ word for the month is a completely new word to me. VERNAL! Maybe I’ve read it but it’s never passed my lips in conversation. So exciting to add such a perfect paragraph in a word to my vocabulary. Now that I know it, hopefully it will become part of my personal lexicon.
- of or relating to spring: vernal sunshine.
- appearing or occurring in spring: vernal migratory movements.
- appropriate to or suggesting spring; springlike: vernal greenery.
- belonging to or characteristic of youth: vernal longings.
Zeybek by Pekji
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Hay, Lavender, Leather, Musk, Narcissus, Tobacco, Vetiver, Lemon, Tonka Bean
Spring has always felt for me like the heartbeat of a tree. I read it somewhere many years ago and can’t remember where. The thought that every spring the earth and all its flora suddenly burst back to life has marked my spring experience indelibly. A great, powerful surge that affects not just the flora but also the fauna. It is time of birth, rebirth, action, mating, pushing towards the future. There is something feral and ferocious about spring, like old gods, sacrifice, fighting for the right to mate, control, and in our gardens it’s an awakening. It’s sunshine, warmth, freshly tilled and manured earth, seedlings, flower buds, new leaves and hedges growing out of control. Suddenly we can eat al fresco, walking the dogs is so much more pleasurable and it feels like we have awakened in a new era. Well, that’s how it feels for me. New, shiny and sometimes a little overwhelming.
So when I was picking a fragrance to go with this newly minted and shiny word in my vocabulary it needed to be burgeoning green and feral and large and intimidating and comfortable and warm and new. So instantly Chamade, Tzora, Jean Nate, Futur, Niki de Saint Phalle, Silences, Granville, Boy, Caron Pour un Homme, Alahine, Tubereuse Couture, Tokyo Bloom and Eau de Narcisse Noir were rendered redundant because they just didn’t have enough wild and untamed power to describe how I see spring. For me VERNAL is mighty. VERNAL is the Empress card in the Tarot; fecund, ripe, fertile and gorgeous. VERNAL is also the cornered vixen fighting with everything to keep her pups alive. VERNAL is Kali, Hindu goddess of death and rebirth.
So I turned to a fragrance that is gorgeous, feral, overwhelming, powerful and quite new to my collection. Zaybek is such a perfect analogy for the way spring affects me. It smells as much like my inner description (that I have struggled to write properly, what’s in this post is a shallow, lifeless, shadow of spring in my head; but I tried) of VERNAL as my collection allows.
Fresh cut, damp hay overlaid with a super sweet and honeyed narcissus/tobacco/tonka. That honey, civet and oud aren’t mentioned astounds me. Zaybek is enticing and mesmerising but as you can see by the bottle I wear it at home for my own enjoyment. It has never left the confines of our apartment for fear of scaring the locals. Imagine what the crotch of an Ent smells like and you’re pretty much where I’m aiming.
Zaybek also lasts magnificently. Hours and hours later my skin pumps this soft coffee and eroticism. Yeah, I know. Worthless descriptors, soz. That’s what I get. It’s a hell of a ride.
How do you interpret and what perfume would you associate with the word Vernal?