A Terrific Turducken and Other Torrid Tales (Of Woe)

This Sunday’s elaborate cooking endeavor has turned into a success, despite my doubtful (and not very helpful) attitude. The turducken was delicious and very well received. In addition to stuffing three birds into each other, the entire thing had to be gluten-free, which was an additional challenge, but it went well and astoundingly, almost everything was eaten, so no left-over sandwiches for us…

On a more fragrance-oriented note, at the moment I’m still suffering from acute perfume fidelity syndrome, which means I am sticking it out with my L’Ambre de Merveilles. Such a show of loyalty going on for almost four weeks now, is unprecedented and slightly worrisome. Does it mean I’m over perfume? Do I only want one perfume for the rest of my days? What would that mean for my collection?

I’m looking at my Guerlains, my MdO’s, my Chanels, my most precious juices and – watch out for perfume heresy!!! – I’m left cold. Day after day, I find myself turning away from my perfume closet and reaching for my bottle of L’Ambre with a sense of deep contentment and a little defiance.

What could it mean?

It could mean I have matured all of a sudden and without any apparent reason (yeah, sure). It could mean that I have found THE ONE and that is that. It could just be a phase (and God knows, of those I had many in my life). It could mean I’m a bit out of sorts still, physically and emotionally, for various reasons. It could mean I have gone off perfume forever. It could also mean absolutely nothing.

Time will tell. For now, my dear fragrant friends, I’m going to live vicariously through you.

What is your scent of the day today? Why did you choose it?


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68 Responses to A Terrific Turducken and Other Torrid Tales (Of Woe)

  1. Gluten free? Are you gluten intolerant?

    I’m constantly wearing Yosh White Flowers, and all my other perfumes are getting little to no love. I don’t adore it anymore, it just feels so comfortable. I have almost completely stopped sampling, and I find this very depressing. I too, hope this is a phase.

    Hope you are well! Cant wait til the new year, so I can get back into blogging and reading other people’s blogs more!


  2. Sandra says:

    I understand the slump you are in. I find myself reaching for comfort scents only. The dreary grey skies and impending winter are to blame in my case. Phases like these are good to have because then we can enjoy everything we already have even more. I am wearing Lira today. You smell lovely with your Hermes! Enjoy the slump.

  3. Undina says:

    Disclaimer: my Like was for the turducken part 😉

    I’m fighting off the cold today so I didn’t want to wear any perfume. But I was making some decants so, even through the latex gloves, my fingers smell a little of Cruael Gardenia (love!), a little of Ambre Sultan and of a two or three other scents… Wait! I just remembered: earlier I was checking if a sprayer in the decant Of Cuir de Russie I made for myself works: I ended up wearing this perfume and changing the sprayer 😉

    I’m positive you’ll get over this one perfume phase (but if no, that private sale e-mail was a really nice idea. Just saying… 😉 )

  4. Vanessa says:

    “Acute perfume fidelity syndrome” – priceless! I have yet to try the offending Hermes, but have high hopes of being similarly struck down by this and its related syndrome “sudden onset perfume inertia”. I have found myself forgetting to – or deliberately choosing not to – wear perfume lately, which the loss of the cat has a lot to do with, but otherwise seem to be broadly as much of a multi-toggler as I ever was.

    • Olfactoria says:

      The related syndrome of perfume inertia is what makes blogging about perfume a bit harder. 🙂
      Maybe the Hermès will have a similar calming effect on you, it is the most comforting perfume ever. Hugs.

  5. Lady Jane Grey says:

    I wish I had your APFS, but I’m quite the opposite right now : met two gorgeous, but insanely expensive scents during my London trip last week. Two of the new OJs…
    But strangely enough I was reaching for the same scent almost every day during the last few weeks, and you won’t aproove my choice : Black Jade … (only a decant !!!)

  6. Zazie says:

    I’m experiencing a series of acute perfume fidelity phases: be it carnal flower or Shalimar (Shalimar is a recurrent sympton of my peculiar syndrome), I have worn each for more than 10 days in a row this fall. It also happened las year (with the Guerlain).
    I think these phases are great. They signify contentment and you get more satisfaction in the variety of your own collection once the allure of perfume-monogomy wears off.
    Besides, your syndrome allows to avoid serious mishaps: today I tested broadway nite (I wanted to explore rose + violet perfumes, and the Bond was a recurring suggestion), and what I smell is just a HUGE violet leaf (no violet flowers at all!!!), searingly clean and horrid.
    Maybe my sample was mislabeled, but oh how I wish I have stayed within the satisfying and fulfilling boundaries of my Shalimar ode a la vanille.
    Enjoy your ambre des merveilles.
    I’ll have to try it!

  7. florence raab says:

    Dear Birgit, I’m so happy but not surprised your meal was a success. Myself, I’ve been to a Thanksgiving party on Saturday evening, my first one, at my american cousins’s home who are in Paris for two weeks, I didn’t know it was possible to eat so many things and so different things on a same plate!!! Delicious and a wonderful moment.

    I understand what you feel just now about perfumes, I cross the same phase but with two scents: Ambre Russe by Parfums d’Empire and Orris Noir by OJ. I can’t get enough.

    I’m just a bit surprised by Ambre des Merveilles. Sure it’s a wonderful scent, I made a blind buy in Hermès store at Deauville, this summer and after a few sprays, I realized it made me sick…..
    First, it doesn’t smell a lot on me, and it’s heady, well, really, the bottle is beautiful, the color of the juice is amazing but I can’t stand it and I’m very disappointed by this.

    You, who are the “experte” ès ambers, it’s weird this one became your favorite….. But I’m glad yo see you so happy and fine with this scent……
    Well, if you want a second bottle, let me know.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I’m glad you had such a nice Thanksgiving dinner too, Florence. It is a beautiful tradition.

      Maybe I’m so taken with L’Ambre des Merveilles because it is nothing like the “usual”, heavier ambers. It is a total surprise for me as well, I thought if I stuck with one perfume for so long it needed to be something special and rare, like a discontinued Guerlain or an almost unobtainable and expensive one, like a Roja Dove. But no… I went for the easy to find at a discount Hermès. It is fate… 🙂

      I’m almost through my first bottle and it won’t be the last. So if your bottle needs a new home, I’m here… 🙂

  8. Madeleine says:

    Hi Birgit,

    Well done to you and your husband on the meal. Haven’t tried turducken yet. My choice today was Musc Ravageur. No real reason, but I find it does wear beautifully in slightly warmer Sydney weather. I so understand how you feel. It doesn’t last long for me though. What I am finding though is that I keep revisiting the same scents, which is helping me sort out what’s really prized as a full bottle in my collection and what I can just keep samples of.

    Madeleine 🙂

  9. poodle says:

    I have scents that I pull out of the drawer and put on the dresser every few months. Those are the ones that I’m really in the mood for and think I’ll wear often due to weather, season, etc. Often I end up reaching for one more than the others for a while. I think it’s a normal phase to want to wear just one and I think that’s what all of us wish for, that we could actually find a scent that keeps up happy for an extended period and not just until the base notes fade away. Maybe not a signature scent but something that feels right for a time. Perhaps it’s like your fragrance version of a great, comfy fall sweater that you just want to wear all season long.
    Glad the turducken was a success! It looked good.

  10. Alexandra says:

    Wow! The Turducken looks amazing, lunch is still hours away but that has made me peckish!

    I am wearing Ormonde Woman today, because I spotted it this morning and realised I hadn’t worn it for too long. I absolutely love it: but it is a cold, wet day in London and I am wishing I had chosen SL Ambre Sultan instead…

    • Olfactoria says:

      That is the beauty of wearing just the one – fretting that I should have worn something else is just not happening. It is a kind of new freedom. 😉

      Thanks for the compliment on the Turducken, I’m very proud of my husband’s cooking skills.

  11. Lady Jane Grey says:

    Still curious : for how long did you keep the glorious “turducken” in the oven ?

  12. Ines says:

    Unfortunately, this seems to happen to all of us.
    Last winter I wore all together 3 perfumes because each morning I didn’t feel like wearing anything else.
    As long as you are wearing perfume, I don’t think you should be worried about anything perfume related. It comes and goes. 🙂
    But now I am thoroughly intrigued by this Amber! To make you crave it so much, and being a Merveilles flanker, I am scared the same thing might happen to me.

    P.S. On a side note, I admit, I never thought turducken could turn into a successful meal but I’m happy to see I was wrong (plus, it’s made of my favourite meats). 🙂

  13. masha7 says:

    I’ve been wearing my first everyday perfume love, Hanae Mori’s Magical Moon, for nearly 2 weeks. (My first special perfume love was vintage Mitsy.) But today, for some reason, I wanted to wear Andy Tauer’s Pentachords White, the strange alien marshmallow scent. I was just craving it. Will I go back to Magical Moon? Is my Hanae Mori phase over? For how long will I smell like the Staypuft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters? The suspense!
    (PS: Your turducken looked perfect!)

  14. Annina (nina) says:

    Per your recent recommendation, Birgit, I got some Le Ambre de Merv. I understand your “acute fidelity!” It’s gorgeous, and just right for the season. It almost harkens to a very popular flavor for sweets and coffees right now – salted caramel.

    Have faith, I think we all go into phases when we love something. I probably spent most of the summer in SSS’s Jour Ensolielle. And I only sleep in L’Heure Bleue. Every night.

  15. Suzanne says:

    Oh, I’d been dying to know how the turducken turned out. Like Ines, I was rather skeptical, but I should have guessed that in Mr. OT’s hands, it would turn out all delicious and beautiful.

    I wouldn’t worry too much over your current monogamous perfume stage. I think it will pass, but if it doesn’t, then you become a signature scent kind of woman and enjoy writing about other things. But I do think it will pass … probably when you’re walking down the street and catch another woman’s exquisite sillage. It will make you remember all the beauties awaiting you in your perfume cabinet.

    My scent of the day is going to be Opus V. I’m in the mood for sensual, masculine-leaning perfumes right now. There’s something that feels protective about wearing that one, too.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Haha, I think it so funny that we all had our triple bird doubts. 😀

      It is reassuring to hear that the worst that can happen is that I’ll be a signature scent kind of woman (who would have thought?). We’ll see…

      Opus V suits you well, Suz.

  16. arline says:

    Just roll with it. : ). You are probably going to refine your collection. We are always seeking balance, and there is no exception in the perfume world. You have to swing to the other side to see where you want to be.

    Here is something that is interesting. I was spending some time with my friend over thanksgiving holiday. She moved away about 5 years ago : ( , but comes back to Memphis once a year, or so, because here parents are here.

    She and her daughter always used to comment on my scent, and how much they loved it.

    I always have a base of sandalwood and often peru balsam that I mix, on my skin, then I go for the perfume, which is not the same as when they lived here.

    When I was visiting with Trisha, I had been there for a while, her husband joined us, and said
    Arline, I could smell your scent from downstairs!!!!! And I thought “REALLY”???

    I was wearing Champagne du bois, which I just started wearing.

    My point is, that the perfume, at least in my case, brings out ME, so I don’t think it matters much what you are drawn to in a moment or many moments. Your essence will come through no matter what. (unless you put a scrubber on of course)

    I don’t know if that made sense, but I thought it was cool, and it made me smile!!

    Do more interviews, you are good at them. : ).

    • Olfactoria says:

      What a lovely story, Arline. You are truly making every perfume your own.

      I’ll think about the interview thing, contrary to you, I don’t think I do that well at all, but your compliment is very helpful.

  17. Marie in Denmark says:

    I’m wearing L’eau D’hiver from a sample you very kindly sent my way a while back 🙂 I like it a lot which I new from sniffing the atomizer frequently – and now that it’s definitely dark and wintery here I thought it was a perfect time to test it on skin. It suits my mood very well. I’ve been having a nostalgic phase for a while which means that I’ve been wearing my all time favorite Chanel no. 5 EdT a lot and I’m in love all over again – som maybe it’s a virus that fidelity thing 🙂

  18. OMG!! Go see a doctor please Birgit! If he prescribes severe bottle rationing I will be in Vienna in a few weeks and will happily help you cull your collection into a parcel post pack.
    PS I keep reaching for Baiser Vole because it’s so damn easy. Goes with everything, everywhere and everyone: sublimely wearable in warm weather
    Portia x

    • Olfactoria says:

      I will, Portia! Medical attention seems imperative.
      Do you have your itinerary already? I would hate to miss you when sou are in Vienna, so as soon as you know the exact dates, let me know please!

  19. Tatiana says:

    I think as long as you are wearing perfume there is really nothing to worry about. Maybe it’s the season or something in the air. I went to Houston to visit my daughter for Thanksgiving and for a 7 day trip I took 9 different perfumes and only ended up wearing three. Two of which I only wore once. The remaining days I wore Chanel 31 Rue Cambon. Part of it might have been my daughter saying that when she smells Rue Cambon she identifies that scent with me. Just roll with this phase a while and see where it takes you. And if you decide to have a sale, I’m sure I’d be happy to lighten your load. 😉
    Your turducken looks delicious!

    • Olfactoria says:

      31 RC is a great scent to be associated with.

      I’ll let you know should I decide to further decimate my collection. 🙂

      • Tatiana says:

        Everything said and done, I popped into Sephora on the way home from my morning run. (My husband does not think it’s such an asset to live a 5 minute jog from the local shopping center.) The lovely associates there made a sample of L’Ambre de Merveilles for me. I am SO glad I did not have any money or credit cards with me. After the really sweet orange opening, this turned into the yummiest amber ever. I wanted it on the spot. Now I must restrain myself until I’ve used up the sample. (My silly perfume shopping rules to keep me from spontaneous regrets.) Sorry, but I can totally see why you want to wear this every day, especially in the cool to cold fall weather. It is very appropriate for the weather and the holiday mood. It’s very comforting and uplifting at the same time. Although, I think come spring with warmer weather you will want to wear something different, so don’t be too quick to downsize your lovely collection.

        • Olfactoria says:

          Ah, thanks so much for that lovely comment! I’m glad you are enjoying L’Ambre as well. I actually used up two samples and a decant before I bought a bottle, and that is half empty now. 🙂

    • Annina (nina) says:

      Ah, 31 RC…. Just got a bottle, and interestingly, my kids like it on me too.

  20. Absolutely beautiful turducken!!!! Oh my, that makes me salivate. Looks absolutely wonderful. Your husband must be so pleased!

    I have to give Ambre de Merveilles another shot. I sniffed it at Sephora in a hurry . . . I periodically go through periods of acute fragrance fidelity. Recently, it has been ELdO Fils de Dieu. I have been forcing myself to wear other things, but I keep thinking, “Well, this is nice . . . but it’s not . . .”

  21. lucasai says:

    I’m sure you’ll be back to perfume variety soon!
    SotD was Eau de Gloire, just because

  22. Eva S says:

    Funnily enough my SOTD is Ambre de Merveille! (and yes I put it on before this post and before I read Elenas rewiev on Perfume Shrine today 🙂 ) I succumbed to temptation and bought a FB last week…

  23. Kimberly says:

    Well, you have been posting about wanting to find a signature scent for a while now, so maybe your call to the universe was heard. Or, maybe you just want a moment to center, without feeling driven to sniff more, more, more! and when you come back to a little interest in variety again, it will be more on your terms.
    If it is the former, do you have any other interests that you may want to blog about? You were a dancer, a dance blog would be fun and beautiful. Or knitting? A blog on knitting would be great, the more remedial the better (so I can play, too):).
    My scent of the day is MDO’s Oud, which I have been wearing about three times a week for the past couple of weeks. For me, that is near fidelity.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Yes, I’ve felt this coming on for a while now, and of course I post what is on my mind.
      I highly doubt knitting is the thing for me, the last thing I knitted was a pig (yes, a pig) in elementary school. And it was not a pretty sight. 😉

  24. Kimberly says:

    Did you have to cook the chicken and the duck before you stuffed the into the turkey? This sounds kind of tastey as long as I knew I wouldn’t get sick (which means that a doctor is probably the only non-professional chef who’s turducken I would think of eating without fear). Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Olfactoria says:

      No, the birds cook together. They are in the oven for a long time, so there is no risk of salmonella or the like.
      (Sorry for the late reply, I somehow missed this comment!)

  25. Liz K says:

    I have been unusually faithful to Love and Tears and Ambre Russe but just placed a huge sample order from SSS (fastest order fulfillment ever!) and am sure that will broaden my horizons.

  26. Gretchen says:

    At the risk of making a heretical comment, I am wearing Unspoken…it’s very nice, just as Danger is, but I’m not amazed. And it’s sillage is odd, disappearing for hours, and then drifting up to meet me once in awhile. I was surprised, and worry, does this mean I need to drown myself in this stuff to enjoy it? At those prices? I would have thoug a Guerlainaholic would have learned how to recreate those magnificent sillages that become not a part of me, but BeCOME me, if that makes sense. I almost wish I could show your fidelity. As I love amber, I can certainly understand your love. Roll with it. By warm weather, those notes may not be what appeals to you, or perhaps they will. You can share other stories with us, like your turducken adventure, and your travel stories!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Maybe you are anosmic to something in Unspoken? I never experienced the wavering sillage, it is a steady presence on me for hours.
      But not to worry, no heresy commited, that is why there are so many perfumes out there, we don’t all have to love the same ones. And the money you save… 🙂

  27. ginzaintherain says:

    But I know secretly you must be happy ( you sound it, definitely……)

    Maybe it is also a winter thing. I am only wearing SS Annunziata’s Vaniglia del Madagascar and Borneo 1834, either separately or in tandem, and nothing else seems possible for me at present. I need my comfort blanket: perhaps Ambre des Merveilles is yours. I need to smell it, though I can’t remember seeing it last time I went to the Hermes boutique in Yokohama.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I am, if not totally happy, very content. I enjoy being free, for the moment at least, from the need to want more and more. Free from the need to try this and that and an entire line to boot. That does make me happy for now.
      But knowing myself, the need will be back, in some form or another…

  28. Civava says:

    You just need some perfume rest. And that is done so that you wear just one wihtout toubling your mind with difficulties of choosing something else. It’s just the down fase of the perfume mania. At least with me ;-).

  29. jamesdennard says:

    Acute Perfume Fidelity Syndrome- surely a term to be quickly adopted by fragrance fans everywhere 😉 On a non-fragrance note, I have never had turducken. I am guessing I would like it, but haven’t yet had the chance to eat it.

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