Scent Diary, Jan. 15-22, 2017

Monday, Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Junior Day. No school. Last day of The CEO’s winter break. Gaze’s sheep have new lambs. SOTD is Iris Poudre. birthday-present DVD of “The Sting” came in the mail the other day, so we watched it after dinner. Gosh, it’s a good movie, and the performances in it are good… but I can’t help wondering how it would have been with different actors in the lead roles. It seems clear that the Redford role, Hooker, was meant for a young guy, not the 30-something Redford was at the time. Also, just in case you’ve never noticed, the guy playing Hooker’s fellow con man Luther at the beginning is Robert Earl Jones, father of James Earl Jones. Yep, that’s Darth’s dad! I hadn’t noticed it myself, until a couple of years ago. The movie was on, but I was only listening to it while I did some other things, and that voice sounded so familiar…

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Rain. Bleargh. Also, I miss Bookworm. Testing various samples today. Kind of nice to have the house to myself again, though. Gaze got a letter from our Congressman, nominating him to all three of the service academies, so that’s pretty awesome! Went to bed wearing Le Temps d’une Fete.

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Rain. The boys are sick and stayed home from school today, Taz with a stomach bug (he woke me up last night to tell me that he’d thrown up, and then threw up again while I was getting him some anti-nausea medication) and Gaze with a fever and nasty cough. I am very very lightly scented in Mariella Burani.


This was the big snow of January 2013. The boys look so small here! and that was such a good, good day for Hayley-dog. I miss her.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Lots of errands, busy day. Too warm for January. The boys are feeling better, so they went back to school today.  SOTD was Pierre de Velay Extrait No. 11, a classic floral chypre from Roja Dove.

Friday, Jan. 20: Wish it would quit raining.  I tested some samples in the morning, then put one tiny spritz of DK Black Cashmere on. Dinner was fabulous Mahi Mahi with Cajun seasoning, topped with Shrimp Creole. Yum.

Saturday, Jan. 21: The boys headed off to their indoor track meet in the morning. Except that this meet is actually a “polar bear” meet, held outside. It was a last-minute replacement for a meet that got canceled last week, and the school hosting it doesn’t have an indoor track. Most of the indoor tracks in the area belong to universities. So: they ran outside in 50F and light rain, and we parents tried to avoid walking anywhere on the ground, which is saturated with recent rain. My feet were wet by the time I had been there for five minutes. Grr. Gaze, still fighting off a nasty cough, didn’t run. Taz missed qualifying for Regionals in the 3200m by 5 seconds. It was kind of a bust.

And I rushed out the door without perfume, which didn’t help. After we got home at 4:30 p.m., starving, I made Breakfast for Dinner (pancakes, bacon, some leftover sausages, and fruit) and put on some Organza Indecence for warmth.

Sunday, Jan. 22: Ugh, this rain. You know how whatever the weather was when you were a kid becomes “normal” weather in your mind? The 1970s were an unusually cold and snowy decade, compared with the rest of the 20th century, and my childhood Januarys were full of sledding and snowmen and days off from school. (They were also full of birthday parties postponed for inclement weather, but still. Snow.) Away with this abominable rain!

SOTMorning: Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur, BWF with a creamy feeling and a dark balsamic thread at the base. The afternoon I spent testing Serge Lutens Cedre, and then that made me want Memoir Woman, so I spritzed some of that.

Hope it stops raining soon. Or gets cold enough that the precip turns to snow. HMPH.


7 thoughts on “Scent Diary, Jan. 15-22, 2017”

  1. Heya Mals86,
    Pierre de Velay Extrait No. 11 sounds lovely. Do you have anything to compare it to and is it still available? When Roja is good he’s very, very good.
    How lucky were you to have a snowfilled youth? The first time I had snow fall on my head was in Poland in 2013, it was so ridiculously gorgeous and I was such a kid with Jin’s nice & nephew that the family still laugh about it.
    Portia xx

    1. Hi, Portia! The Pierre de Velay is (supposedly, if one believes the press materials – I’m a tad skeptical, though this certainly could happen) a recreation of formulae from a perfumer working sometime in the 1920s/1930s. This paragraph from CaFleureBon explains that it’s Roja, working from de Velay’s notes: “In a street market in the South of France, Master Perfumer Roja Dove came across a journal titled Pierre de Velay. Inside appeared to be many perfume formulas. He researched Pierre de Velay but could not find out anything about these mysterious fragrances so Roja Dove translated the text and realized that amongst the many simple formulas, there were a few that were quite complex and elegant. Mr. Dove experimented and recreated some of them, and with his interpretations of Pierre de Velay they are compositions that are relevant today.”
      No. 11 is a floral chypre that reminds me a good bit of the first version of Diaghilev, the LE EdP (I haven’t smelled the extrait), except with more florals. It also reminds me somewhat of the original Coty Chypre, except where Chypre is soft and rounded from age and long maceration, No. 11 is sharp and bright with bergamot. There’s probably more patchouli in it than either of those, too, but it’s the non-dusty kind, and the whole scent is very vivid and fresh, albeit in that classic chypre manner. I think it’s wonderful. Like if Miss Dior put down her stiletto and fell in love.
      I got my first bit of it from StC on a whim, and the next time they had a sale, I bought another 5ml. I just bought another 10ml today, because they have that clearance sale going on, and apparently the de Velay is on the chopping block. So hie thee over there and pick up a 5ml for $10 USD! I think you’d love it because it feels like a modern vintage.
      Snow is awesome. Bookworm’s roommate Steph, who’s from Singapore, first encountered it at college, and was utterly shocked to find out that snow is wet!

  2. Snow is lovely, and cold rainy weather is the worst 🙁 I have to imagine that breakfast for dinner helped a little bit though? 🙂 Hope everyone feels better soon?

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