Monday, Jan. 20 – Cold. SOTD is Pierre de Velay Extrait No. 11, which I really must review. It is a classic chypre formula with plenty of florals in it, and it reminds me most of Roja Dove Diaghilev, as well as a less-fuzzy version of Soivohle Centennial. Gorgeous stuff. Quite addictive, but since it’s produced by the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie, it’s ridiculously spendy.
This is turning out, unexpectedly, to be Chypre Week. Weird.
Tuesday, Jan. 21 – SOTD is Leonard de Leonard, which Fragrantica calls a green floral but which I would call a floral chypre. I mean, okay, yeah, it’s green. And it doesn’t have that citrus/moss/labdanum triangle that Chypre Fascists insist upon. What it does have is the mossy-patchouli-amber stuff that creates the tanginess and bite that spells “chypre” for me. Such nice stuff. The CEO says of it that it’s very pleasant, very nice. I told him it was “very 80s,” and he said, “That might be why I like it.” It’s not the screaming loudness of it that suggests 80s perfumery, it’s the complexity and the utter lack of candy sweetness.
Gaze had a MACC (academic challenge team) meet today. He’s on the Social Studies team, and is apparently the only freshman, but didn’t get subbed out to “sit the bench,” so I’m proud of him. PCHS won the Social Studies, Science, and All-Around portions, lost the English, and they hadn’t done Math when he left so I don’t know about that one. Bookworm did MACC too, though she was on the Science team – you can only be on two if one of them is the All-Around – and I got used to the English team being less than successful. What I don’t know is why.
Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Chilly. SOTD is the gorgeous/weird Memoir Woman, via the body lotion I got for Christmas. The lotion has less, well, everything: less aromatic stuff up top, less leather/skank underneath, and the white florals in the middle are very smoothed out. It is altogether softer, but still that bizarrely gorgeous beast that the EdP is. (I admit to lusting after the extrait, too, which is more animalic and less floral. Wowsers.)
Thursday, Jan. 23 – C-c-c-c-c-COLD. Only 18F, which we’ve certainly seen worse than around here, but it’s windy, cloudy and miserable. School is going two hours late today because of the wind chill (there are kids in this county who have to wait at bus stops half a mile from their houses, at 7 am); my boys are happy about sleeping a little later in this cold. SOTD is Pierre de Velay Extrait No. 11 again. So nice.
Friday, Jan. 24 – The thermometer said 6F when we got up today around 7:30, and when I was taking the boys to school at 10 am, Eddie Van’s thermometer said 3. But it’s sunny with no wind, and it doesn’t feel anywhere near as miserable as yesterday. I went ahead and took the two big laundry totes I use for recycling to the county receiving area – there are three bins there, for cardboard, mixed paper and mixed recyclables, and separated my waste out, and by the time I was done dumping it all, my hands hurt. Even through gloves. (They were just puny little knit gloves, though. I was stupid and didn’t take the suede ones.) You people who can recycle by just setting your box out with your trash, you better be taking advantage of that service. Shame on you if you don’t – your locality is paying somebody to just pick up your stuff, so make it worth their while. It’s a great benefit to not have to separate
SOTD: Vintage Lancome Magie Noir from a sample sent to me by someone who loves the stuff. I had been thinking that the mini edt I bought on ebay (1/4 ounce, about $13) had aged awkwardly because of this strangely sour/rotten note in it – something herbal and pickled, something eerie. However, the sample smells exactly like the stuff in my mini. I don’t wear it often because unlike other chypre type things, there is something about it that keeps screaming “NOT ME NOT ME.” It’s a little bit like wearing a Louise Brooks wig. I suspect that there is something like coriander in it, and I know for sure there is a lot of vetiver and patchouli; vetiver often smells sour on my skin. At the same time, it is bizarrely addictive, and I am able to pick up on the florals in it at this stage – rose and gardenia? Definitely a white floral.
Rented “Captain Phillips” at Redbox and watched it at home. Very tense. Interesting, how at the beginning you are all for the Americans, how dare those pirates just decide stuff is theirs for the taking? And why don’t the shipping companies hire security with machine guns for those cargo ships traveling in waters near Somalia? But then you begin to really notice how skinny those guys are. Their clothes are ragged, they have sandals or no shoes at all, and very little choice in how they earn their money. Sad. I do not understand this “warlord” system. That’s the luxury of living in the First World, I guess.
SOTE: Caron Parfum Sacre, which is just so comfortable and pretty, and warm.
Saturday, Jan. 25 – Warmer than yesterday, but windy. So windy the porch swing is banging against the house and the dog quails at the front door, even though she needs to go out. Blustery – like Hundred-Acre-Wood blustery, even. Brr. Another fire in the fireplace. House cleaning today, and no SOTD. I usually like to wait until I’ve finished my bathroom-cleaning and my sweeping and mopping, then shower, but since I got distracted with one thing and another during the day, I sorta forgot. I have a sampler set from Scent On Canvas, a Spanish company, to try, but I’m not sure I’m in the mood for any of them. Orientals and leather, mostly, though there are two which are supposed feminine florals. I just couldn’t work up the enthusiasm.
After dinner, I found my decant of Iris Poudre and put some on. Yum.
Sunday, Jan. 26 – Warmer today. More Iris Poudre today for church, but it had largely wafted away by the time I got home, so I went back to my decant of Leonard de Leonard. Which also wafted away by dinner time, so I went to bed in the deliciously warm Vamp a NY. The Vamp has been described elsewhere (go see Musette’s review at Perfume Posse, it’s hilarious) as bubble-gummy, but what I get out of it is Tuberose/Root Beer Float. For what it’s worth, March at PP got root beer candy as well. Depending on your reaction to that description, you may either like it or shun it like the plague. I love it in summer, but it also has enough heft to hold up for cold weather. However, I’ve found that it seems wrong in fall; it seems quite trashy at that stage, and I think it’s a function of weather.
Incidentally, we had to shut our water softener off because a fitting on the line leading from water inlet to tank is stripped. The CEO has not yet gotten it fixed, and so the dishwasher is not doing a great job, and my skin is very very dry and itchy despite my taking short cool showers. Our levels of dissolved lime (calcium carbonate) were off the charts when the Culligan guy came to test it several years ago, and I want my softened water back.