Firstly, if Christmas is getting you down, or you are down, or lonely, or you are over it, then Portia Turbo will be posting something just for you tomorrow over at Australian Perfume Junkies to get you through the day. As for the night, The Cookie Queen herself will keep you company, also over at APJ. If you think you are going crazy then a day with those two will reassure you that you are just fine. They make crazy, CER AY ZEE!
On Boxing Day, 26 December, Portia and I will be catching up with The Three Kings of Cologne; a legend not written by Goethe but rediscovered by him in 1818 and reinterpreted by us for the 21st century.
Meanwhile I am channeling Melchior…
Not the candle of the same name! The candle was named after one of The Three Wise Men. This season this magi is presenting Noora, Nazareth and Gold to the baby Jesus, who is known as The Prophet Isa in the lands of frankincense and myrrh.
Noora, Nazareth and Gold
Noora is a mukhallat with rose, jasmine, marigold, mimosa, saffron, red berries, oud, sandalwood, musk and vanilla, none of which I can smell. The wonders of marketing imagination! To me, Noora is more like a blend of plum, orange, honey and ginger, with a delightful zephyr of hyacinth. Very synthetic in the modern way but this Swish and Swiss Arabian is also very enticing – so enticing that when I received a complimentary sample with another purchase from Saudi Arabia I ordered a full flacon the next day. And what a flacon! With a perfect applicator! Endure the shriek of an opening for a dazzling dry down which will have you camel riding, star following and hearing angels sing. Musette thought it was like an unidentifiable blossom dipped in wild honey but maybe she was describing herself? Noora means divine light.
Oils are all about constant reapplication. Ha, that’s what I thought but no they are not.
Nazareth. This is a scent I discovered three years ago but I did not buy it immediately and then it sold out as it is a seasonal release. It was still blowing through the scentmills of my mind a year later and that year I did not hesitate. Nazareth is a candle by Cire Trudon, a Christmas candle which wafts a whisper of frankincense and billows of cinnamon, orange, and clove from a ruby red holder. Burn for a hour, an hour before you want a scented room. Trim that wick before reigniting. Bees and other pollinators receive protection from this candle as a percentage of sales goes to Terre d’Abeilles.
Gold – well I am going with the gold bukhoor burner to smeek some oud chips from Ensar.
If you prefer ‘through alcohol’ rather than through smoke then Amouage Gold Man has been described as Chanel No. 5 for Men. And it is. Not me but many men rock this ‘fume.
Perfumistas, what scented gifts would you bring to Bethlehem?
Wishing you Scent Serendipity this Season.
Waft on through the day , waft on through the night,
You’ll never waft alone on the world world web.