Sunday, March 30, 2008
At precisely 11:37am
I made a note on a piece of paper that I finally put a new scent on. After 5:30's (approximately) revelation about the Maine winter and my nearly week long obsession with the scent-that-shall-not-be-named, I felt that I had had enough, at least for now. It was time to move on. My love had lost it's mystery. Sigh.
I didn't want to try anything that might challenge me. Nor did I want to smell anything that I was too familiar with. Interesting dilemma there. But the answer lay in Chanel's Eau de Cologne, which was the "boring" scent from the Exclusifs collection. It's a nice refreshing and unsurprising cologne which lasts about 10 minutes at most on my skin. A cool breeze of bergamot - and poof - it's gone.
I decided to layer some Frapin 1270 over what was left of the cologne. This was an odd choice, since I've never even opened the sample vial to sniff it. I knew nothing about this scent and still don't, for I intentionally disregarded it when I applied it.
I feel like I've insulted Beatrice Cointreau by ignoring her creation and combining it with another on it's first try (though I highly doubt she'd be too upset by this Maine yokel's faux pas or opinion, but I could be wrong). I was rude to it and owe it an apology. Yet, a few hours later, I smell very little of note, or to note. It just smells nice, but I've got all sorts of scents on me at the moment and I am guessing that the soap I used to wash my hands and forearms at 11:30 is the predominant smell. It was Caldrea's Italian Cypress Pear, which was their unpopular Christmas release.
To make up for my snubbing the Frapin 1270, I put up this drawing: the nave of the Amiens Cathedral, the cathedral church of Notre Dame, Amiens, northern France. It is the largest Gothic cathedral in France and among the most famous religious monuments in the world. It replaced an earlier building that burnt down in 1218 and was built for the most part between 1220 and 1270.
The Frapin perfume is named 1270 for the year the Frapin family established itself in the Cognac region of France. Frapin is a Cognac maker; I am bit confused, for I cannot find anything about their perfume on the Web except reviews and where to buy it. Stay tuned, or if you know, please enlighten me. I don't think I"m all that interested in this scent, but it's history is intriguing. What I did learn, I got from Lucky Scent.