Monthly Archives: September 2018

Snowdrops and Scentsibility

Double snowdrop from pinterest

Like fashion designers, gardeners are usually working months ahead of the normally scheduled seasons.  I am writing about snowdrops now, because  like the rest of the gardeners, I am planting them now, lots, or at any rate, as many as I can find, tucked into garden beds, behind the post box, anywhere I can cram a few, with more on the way.

Does anyone else share my liking for the scents of winter?  They are so clear and so un-indolic, meaning (if you are wondering what indolic means) that slight bad breath note in white flower fragrances: tuberose,  jasmine, or gardenia.  That musty, I skipped the toothpaste, note can be sensual, in a sex and death sort of way, but how many of us want to remind ourselves of mortality on an every day basis? Continue reading

Diptyque: Perfume for the Counter-Culture?

 

Old Herbal Page

One of the aspects of perfume that gets short shrift on blogs and social media is its power to make you feel good.  Meaning, lively, healthy, at home in your own skin as the French would put it.  I find it a critical aspect of scent, and one of the reasons why I garden, because that is another way to feel well, really well, and plants have something to do with this.

Diptyque, the child of three entrepreneurs in Paris during the sixties, took this philosophy to heart.  The only two perfumes in Basenotes database credited to Desmond Knox-Leet, the best known of the three*, are l’Eau Diptyque and Eau Lente, which was supposedly a recreation of a perfume in use  at the time of Alexander the Great.  Continue reading