Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Party Perfume

Girl and Champagne Glass from PInterest.com

Girl and Champagne Glass from PInterest.com

This depends on the age of the party.  If the party is young the scent is likely to be something like Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel (which is a local favorite and probably a strong seasonal seller for them) and the slightly more upscale Philosophy Pink Frosted Animal Cracker (also a sellout at our local Ulta).  If you are a teenager these days you like to smell of cookies and desserts. What should they wear?  Alarms to let parents know when to pick them up!! This is what parties are about:Food.

If you are in your twenties I suspect the smell of pot is the smell of a party.  This explains the wide dissemination of Hemp based products and of indie favs like Kinski or Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s more straightforward Rocky Mountain High or I Love You Mary Jane.  Basically, you don’t have to be the ersatz lawyer from Suits to be looking around for your next buzz. What do they wear?  The ominous ambery wood of Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black which goes well with weed I’d guess. If you want to party you want to smoke…er vape I mean. This is what the party is about: giggling and noshing and you know. Continue reading

A Bite of Vanilla

Vanilla Table by Natasha MacAller

Vanilla Table
by Natasha MacAller

There’s almost nothing that vanilla doesn’t improve.  I’m in the habit of grinding up a tiny bit of vanilla bean with my medium coffee roasts to give a rounder softer cup.  It’s easy to do and  moderates acidity nicely in the brew.  This makes you understand why vanilla, even when you can’t actually detect it in a fragrance or on a plate, makes a big difference. Vanilla Table the cook book by Natasha MacAller reminded me of this quality.  Maybe vanilla isn’t my absolute favorite note in perfumes or food, but it is one one of them.  This book is a compendium of recipes contributed by chefs from around the world all of whom have chosen to work with vanilla.  Continue reading

The Carnations of Peace: Fleur de Feu, L’Air du Temps

The romantic Carnation

The romantic Carnation

Would carnation spring to your mind as the flower of peace?  It doesn’t to mine, either, but the fact remains that in 1948 the House of Nina Ricci released its most popular perfume ever, and the beginning of this delicate perfume is a spicy, airy, shower of carnations.

L’Air du Temps may have been your first perfume. Certainly it was mine.  I remember pestering my poor brother about the Dove bottle relentlessly one Christmas.  By then L’Air had been a classic for a few decades, and the bottle a romantic Lalique dream every girl wanted on her dresser. Continue reading

An Unsubtle Year:1969 Histoires des Parfums

The great Jerry garcia in 1969 from Jerrygarcia.com

The great Jerry garcia in 1969 from Jerrygarcia.com

The gourmand oriental is a kind of fragrance that  debuted some time ago (ever since Angel) and subsists on the transference from table to skin of our favorite smells.  We like to eat and you can tell that from the way we tend to take some of our noshiest fragrances everywhere with us.  The most common flavors are probably vanilla and chocolate and so it comes as no surprise that when visions of sugarplums start dancing in other people’s heads, a lot of us head for the perfume cupboard and out comes the spicy chocolate gourmand! Continue reading