Interior of Dome of a Mosque. Some Mosques contain musk ground into the mortar
Some time ago I wrote about musk and the fact that I had never knowingly come across real musk in perfumery. Now thanks to Anya of Anya’s Garden I have and the experience is not what I expected at all.
Musk is a tremendous fixative and that explains its use in perfumery for centuries. Just how good a fixative is musk? The fragrance can last for decades if a fabric is saturated with a good musk tincture. On the skin even a small amount can make a formula persist far longer than you would think possible for a natural scent; though Anya pointed out when I emailed her with my question about musk that strong heart notes can also contribute to the longevity of a perfume. Continue reading
Siberians in the garden at Bowdoin
Suddenly it’s gotten hot in Connecticut. This sounds like an oxymoron I know. However it can get hot in New England and usually does when you really could do without the humidity and the soaring temperatures, as in for instance when you’ve just moved north and thought it would be cooler.
Every year when the Great Heat Wave happens I’ve turned to different remedies and oddly this year my invisible cold pack is full of iris and patchouli. I’m not sure why I decided that iris was a good remedy for heat, unless the sight of a lone Japanese iris in bloom set me off the other day. Continue reading