We are staying in the cottage for the week. A vacation from daily drudgery and routines. No work, no Kindergarten, no important stuff.
No perfume? Ha, inconceivable. No, don’t worry, where I go, there will always be perfume.
I assembled a little bag of decants and samples last week. It was actually the first item I packed, one has to have one’s priorities straight. Nothing totally new to me, but some tried and tested ones along with some more recent discoveries that I’m smitten with.
Let’s have a look inside that baggie, shall we?
Armani Privé La Femme Bleue – ethereal iris-chocolate with an irresistible drydown. Pure beauty for a price I can’t possibly pay, even if I were to find one of the thousand bottles in existence.
By Kilian A Taste of Heaven – lavender gourmand, keeps the perfect balance between bracing and cosseting, just what I need when I’m tired or just want to relax. (Review coming shortly).
Ginestet Botrytis – Tara thoroughly captured my interest with her review and provided a sample to boot, and so did Vanessa, in the virtual company of such generous perfumistas, I’ll never be out of lovely things to try. Heavenly honey, boozy and mellow.
Vero Profumo Kiki, Onda, Rubj – it is always a good idea to bring those, a mini-wardrobe all by itself.
Sonoma Scent Studio To Dream - is a must-have in the cottage. Woody rose-violet, dreamy alright.
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille – loyal vanilla tobacco, just like the name says, with me for the entire day, tireless companion on cold days. Watch out for the review tomorrow.
Guerlain Angelique Noire – a gift from Lady Jane Grey, fellow Viennese Perfumista and friend, this has me swooning. I went through 10ml in no time (although there is a story for another time in there, best told by the husband). This is on the FB shortlist for sure.
L’Artisan Traversée du Bosphore – I didn’t like this for the longest time, now I love it and M.Duchaufour therefore keeps his flawless record in my book. The nose is a curious organ.
Guerlain Plus Que Jamais – impossible to find these days, compelling and beautiful, Vanessa of Bonkers About Perfume generously gave me a big decant. That is the true spirit of our community, selflessly giving the gift of scent and enjoying the delight in others.
Carner Barcelona Tardes – more enjoyable than any other almond/heliotrope scent I know. A real find.
Roja Dove Unspoken Parfum – amazing jasmine chypre. Wowowowowow! (Striving for a more articulate review eventually.)
Guerlain Les Elixirs Charnels Oriental Brulant – not exceptionally unique, but a lovely and comfortable amber. But seeing that I have more ambers that I can shake a stick at, I won’t pursue this one.
Dior New Look 1947 – I shall never be without it!
Guerlain Cuir Beluga – softest white suede. I MUST have this eventually and must review it soon too to share the joy! :)
Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman – I got around to appreciating hemlock apparently. Deep green reprieve from all that is demanding. Review coming soon.
And finally Frederic Malle Le Parfum de Thérèse – So much me… I always feel at home, when wearing Thérèse, my dear soul sister.
In addition, I tucked my “to review” box into my laptop bag, it holds another five or six perfumes I have already worn more than three times and are waiting to be reviewed. You never know when inspriation strikes or a window of time and opportunity opens.
Shortly before we left for the countryside, I grabbed two full bottles on a whim – Parfumerie Générale Tonkamande and Indochine. Just in the unlikely case of not having enough perfume on hand. But we all know it is not about how many, but about the right one at the right time. Although I never take full bottles with me anywhere usually, apparently I felt the need to bring these two.
So do I need over twenty perfumes for eight days? Maybe not, but I’ll probably wear at least 16 (SotD and SotE), and a girl needs choices after all.
Am I strange? Oh, yes, I am and I’m loving it.
Can you relate?