I remember the day I first met Anna.
She was quite lost on The Fragrant Journey. Bewildered by choice but not finding any personal resonance in traditional feminine fragrances; she was experiencing fragrance dissonance. I reached out to her with some suggestions in response to her comments on Ori Fishler’s Private Collection. Let’s catch up with her now.
annamadeit July 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm ·
I really enjoyed this! My knowledge of the world of scents is so limited. When I find one that works well on me, I tend to hang on to it for years, until my body chemistry changes, or I tire of it – whichever comes first. To see a collection like that just amazes me!
Jordan River July 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm ·
It is an amazement. Thank you for wafting on in. What is that vintage scent I smell?
annamadeit July 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm ·
Oh, you know, probably mostly run-of-the-mill stuff to you and others in the business. In high school in the early 80′s, I loved Opium. After that, it was Paloma Picasso. She lasted a long time, but all of a sudden – absolutely not. For a while, I loved Truth Calvin Klein, and was very upset when all of a sudden, I could no longer find it. I like Allure Sensuelle for evenings, but currently don’t really have a fresh daytime equivalent like Truth used to be. I habitually try new scents when I see them, but like somebody commented – skin real estate is limited, and it is a slow process. Still searching for the next one… For as much as I appreciate fragrant flowers – many floral scents and overly sweet, powdery fragrances make me gag. For some reason, my chemistry seems to work better with spicy, musky, citrusy scents. I guess that is what I so enjoyed about your post – the idea of learning a whole new scent vocabulary from your beloved who not only knows you intimately, but also treats fragrances like colors on a palette. So cool…
Jordan River July 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm ·
There are no wrong choices on the fragrant journey but there can be bad ones! It sounds like you want to go somewhere. I say Anima Dulcis from Arquiste for your next exploratory outing and M by Pure Distance and then go from there. Always buy AFTER you have experienced the dry down; so at least a day or a couple of visits later. The initial notes are seductive but fly away quickly often leaving a very different heart and dry down. Rose 31 by Le Labo is spicy and musky and very unique. Atelier’s Orange Sanguine could be your new daytime. Have Big Fun.
annamadeit July 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm ·
Oh how fun! I think you just gave me a reason for some focused exploration! Thank you, Jordan!
Jordan River July 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm ·
Hours of fun and you will never be unhappy again!
annamadeit July 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm ·
Okay – samples ordered! Now, wait… How exciting!
annamadeit August 30, 2013
I am attempting to tune my senses to write a sample review for The Fragrant Man, but it seems a futile endeavor.
Distractions abound, and I’m swimming in the heady scent of lilies wafting through my garden.
This is scent competition – the lilies in my garden were so heavy with blooms that almost all of them collapsed under their own weight. So, I cut them down and brought them inside. The house smells wonderful, but next year, I’ll know to stake them!
Now their perfume hovers over the floorboards – the fragrance is everywhere I go. It is clouding my mind, both inside and out.
The review will have to wait until the flowers are spent, for only then can I focus my spirit on the bottled variety. I am going to smell the lilies today then perfume tomorrow. Watch this space…
Anna will be back tomorrow with the results of her sampling.