Ordinarily this color would come to mind in October, you know, when the leaves are turning scarlet and gold and bright pumpkin oranges are the order of the day. This year however, it hasn’t been so warm this summer. Apart from a few days when the Jersey air congealed into a burning, churning mess, most of our July and now August has been unseasonably wet and rather cool.
Basically, it rained a lot.
What to wear? Well, first I tried Orientals, but they were just a bit too thick and viscous on the humid air. After a few tries with Chergui and Muscs Koublai Khan, I abandoned this tactic and looked for something else. I disinterred Hermes Eau d’Ambre, which was a mistake because the charm of that scent is pretty seasonal, and not very apparent when it is 95 degrees fahrenheit (35 celsius) and just as humid. It was a zombie fest.
But… then I remembered my bottle of Elixir des Merveilles and hauled that up. Bingo! A match. It was light enough for the humidity, but heavy enough not to make you shiver, a winner this summer in a field of few competitors. What was it? Oranges over dark chocolate, a gourmand really but a relatively unsweet one, and the orange was of the dark tinted sort: pumpkin.
The other option for rainy days was Lubin’s Idole. I particularly like the orange and rum notes. This makes you feel dry when the rest of the atmosphere is wringing wet, and may explain Idole’s popularity in the Lubin line. Paris is always wet, and Idole is sunny and warm and dark orange again, like a recently kindled fire that is not over heating, perfect to counteract coldness and grayness. This is the sort of weather that I used to pull out Teatro alla Scala to deal with, but that fragrance gave me nightmares if I fell asleep wearing it- does anyone else get perfume nightmares- one involving a dinner party where all the candle sticks had fallen over and were burning down the house. So I was happy to move on to a lighter option and this is what Idole is for me.
Surprisingly as I wore it in conjunction with Elixir, the Idole grew on me as being in many ways, the easier scent to wear. The Hermes is charming but sits on top of my skin to such a degree that I sometimes have the disconcerting thought that I could peel it off like a face mask. Perfume should sink into skin and then radiate, so that it feels like part of you. On me the Elixir doesn’t burrow, but Idole does and then it exudes oranges and rum and wood, in about equal measure, and although it’s supposedly a masculine, I don’t care and wear it anyway. Idole is downright cozy.
Mine is the original Idole in the shield bottle and is relatively long lasting on me, generally about five hours, much better than the Hermes which packs up and leaves after forty minutes or so. Curiously, Idole puts me in mind of another Olivia Giacobetti composition, Vamp a New York. I think that’s due to the rum notes, but both of them have this long lasting sort of purr on skin.
It’ll probably be purring on mine all autumn long.