Monday, Aug. 23: Lovely weather, for once: sunny and in the low-to-mid-80s. Humid, but not unbearably so. Classes started at Virginia Tech today, so The CEO is officially Back to School as of now. SOTD: La Perla Eclix, from a swap friend. It’s nothing like the original La Perla scent, which was a classic rose chypre hiding some Opium-esque balsams in its drydown. (I liked it until then.) Eclix – which comes in a bizarre, sci-fi bottle that looks like a golden eye – is supposedly an Oriental Vanilla, according to Fragrantica. It starts out with some light citrusy florals, but quickly slides into a strange, smooth, pink, spongy-powdery thing that has the smell of artificial vanilla extract and the exact, weird texture of those rubber balls we used to play with in gym class at elementary school. I’ve heard people discuss “doll head smell” on fragrance forums, and had not yet run across anything I’d describe as that until today. I don’t like it. But it’s funny: people who love this scent really love it. Go figure.
Mom’s Taxi Service was rolling today: Bookworm to cross-country practice, and then Taz to the elementary school and Gaze to the middle school for their respective Open Houses. Gaze managed to open his locker two times out of five… he’ll get it soon enough. I was sick of Doll Head Smell by 4 pm (it being a truism that the more you hate something, the longer it sticks around), so I put on some Lancome Mille et une Roses, as being a quiet, pleasant sort of perfume. It has enough vanilla in it that it didn’t fight with the Eclix.
Tuesday, Aug. 24: Rainy and chilly this morning. SOTD: Lanvin Arpege, the recent reformulated edp, because of the cool weather. Also because I had been planning to mow the lawn this afternoon, and for some totally inexplicable reason, mowing always makes me think of Arpege. I like Arpege very much, but every time I wear it I remember too late how uncomfortable the floral heart of it can be – it’s so rich and ripe, and almost dirty. This one’s a definite Old Lady Perfume in the best sense: distinctive, solid, powdery, perfume-y, with nothing at all “clean” or “fresh” about it. The drydown of the vintage parfum is absolutely stunning, a beautiful sandalwood-vetiver base decorated with moss and musk and, yes, civet.
The sun came out early in the afternoon, and I was able to mow the entire yard – it’s too big, it takes me an hour and forty minutes to mow it on the riding mower – before we left for Bookworm’s marching band event. Just as we left, the skies opened up again, and I knew we wouldn’t get to see the marching preview. We did get to hear the band play inside the Commons area at the high school, but it was too wet to march. SOTE: Cuir de Lancome, because I’ve been craving its dry, restrained, smoky-floral, “Mother’s Best Handbag” goodness.
Wednesday, Aug. 25: Gaze’s first day as a 6th grader! In a rush this morning, I had to stick with the scents available in my purse: a decant of No. 5 Eau Premiere, a sample of ELDO Putain de Palaces, and one of Guerlain Liu, which I chose. It’s pleasant enough, but I like Vega, and No. 5 itself, and Eau Premiere far better.
Thursday, Aug. 26: BACK TO SCHOOL!!! Thank the Lord. That’s all I have to say about it – except that this year, and next, promises to be fairly hectic due to the fact that I have one kid in high school, one in middle, and one in elementary. Arrgh. Three PTOs? Just Kill Me Now, please. SOTD: PdN Vanille Tonka, one of my first loves of the current scentmania, and still a favorite “Just for Happiness” scent.
Friday, Aug. 27: I am totally digging this weather – in the low to mid-80s, with the occasional rain shower. It’s green and it’s cool, but most days the sun comes out, a little preview of fall. First high school football game tonight, and the first official marching band performance – which I didn’t go to because I didn’t feel well. SOTD: Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris, an attractive, quiet woody iris that certain bloggers fell in love with – but not me. Honestly, I think I’m just not much of an iris fan – I love it as an accent, as in No. 19 and 31 Rue Cambon and Silences, but as the focus of a scent, not-so-much.
Saturday, Aug. 28: A gorgeous day today, with the light all golden and warm. I was too busy for perfume until bedtime (housecleaning, tomatoes, corn, ugh), and then I put on some Thierry Mugler Alien, which I find too sweet for everyday wear but just right for sleeping in.
Sunday, Aug. 29: Another warm pretty day. SOTD: Parfums DelRae Mythique, which is still attractive with its apricot-iris focus, but so quiet that I might as well not have bothered with scent. More proof that Iris and me are not BFF, it made me want something with much more presence. SOTA: Honore des Pres Vamp a NY.
I’ve been rereading Alice Hoffman’s reworking of Wuthering Heights, Here on Earth. I continue to be charmed and amazed (and made envious) by her mastery of the art of Point of View. Technically, I suppose, it’s an “omnicient narrator POV,” but it is both so specific-personal and so completely seamless that it is more like “shifting third-person POV,” to the power of genius. Sigh. Must work more… why didn’t I just major in English Lit?
Image is “I am a perfume lover” from marina_ht at Flickr.