Friday, May 1, 2009

Cravings for a new scent

I'm craving a new scent, but what I suspect is that I'm craving the experience I had when I first sniffed some great perfumes. That, sadly, is not going to happen again. I did have that "first" experience twice, at the age of 18 and about a year and a half ago. Not wearing scent for almost twenty years turned me into a reborn fragrance virgin. Unfortunately, I can't afford to wait another twenty years, even if I come from a family of long lived people.

Lovely sweet Nika sent me some samples last week, but I haven't yet sniffed them properly. I received them when I was hanging out with an 11-year-old girl, and since I couldn't leave the package unopened, we sniffed some Liz Zorn samples together. Grand Canyon smelled "pretty nice" to Ashley, but all the rest of them made her wrinkle up her nose and proclaim "baby wipes!"

Just as Dick's saying that the new Hemp bread I purchase smells of fish and now I don't want to go near it, the suggestion of a baby wipe smell in the Zorn samples made me think I should wait a bit before trying them again. I am quite suggestible in the realm of smell. I am also sensitive. Bad smells make me nauseous, head-achey, grouchy, and sometimes they even keep me from sleeping. It's a wonder I can tolerate sampling fragrances at all, but I'm just as liable to feel uplifted, delighted, and lulled into a good night's sleep by scents I love.

I'm about to go to sleep now, but first I'm going to slather my hands with Kiss My Face's lavender hand cream. It's good stuff, and I find the scent soothing.

I got online to write about how I've stopped writing about perfume. Now, I'm too tired to go on. The truth is, I hadn't much to say. Indeed, that is why I have stopped writing about fragrance. I don't have anything to say. That said twice, I think I've gotten my point across.

Not much of an entry, but there it is.

Painting note: Nicolaes Maes "Old Woman at Prayer" 1655
No particular reason for this painting, except that I felt posting an old painting was long past due. The loaf of bread is the only relevancy (though some might recommend prayer for a new heaven sent scent).


BitterGrace said...

What a beautiful painting. I love the color of her sleeves.

FWIW, I find spring and summer are never prime sniffing times. The real world is so rich with fragrances, good and bad, that perfume has a hard time competing.

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Donna (Belgium)

TMC said...

Maybe toast the bread? :)

Julie H. Rose said...

The smell of toast is a wonderful smell!

And I agree, Maria, that spring and summer are not great sniffing times. Besides the great smells all around, the bugs really like folks with perfume on!

But, I'm back to wearing L'artisan's Passage D'Enfer every day (and am about to run out). Somehow, and I need to analyze it, it smells like something very natural in my environment. It "goes" with spring in Maine. When I figure this one out, I'll write an entry.

jmcleod76 said...

I've been wearing Caldey Island Lavender almost exclusively for weeks - with an occasional Eau d'Orange Verte intermission, here and there. It's the perfect thing for when I want to smell just a little bit, and I enjoy the very crisp, bright, "blue," natural smell of it. I wonder if I would enjoy Passage d'Enfer right now? I wore Encens Flamboyant last night and it really annoyed me. It was too much for such a nice day (and I wore it light).