Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lancome - Seul Tresor (vintage)

Vintage orientals are often too grand for me - Youth Dew and that projecting bosom, the feeling of having to approach Shalimar on all fours. Glamour can be oppressive. Seul Tresor, along with her beau Le Dandy by D'Orsay, offers a proto-gourmand, nearly domestic take on what can be a demanding family for me.
The route Seul Tresor winds out of Theda Bara territory is spice - not Road, no houris in sight, no intimate, acrid cumin funk - but something homespun, fine sleet of nutmeg on eggnog, clove-studded hams, warm vanilla-speckled puddings and custards. In some ways it resembles a Chardin reproduction in a 50s art book, the kind where the painting is printed on a separate shiny sheet, then pasted in - soft as duck down, placid, eggshell brown.
Perfume writing is littered with mothers who smelled like iris face powder and lipstick. Seul Tresor smells nothing like them, thank goodness.


Monday, June 11, 2012

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Coty - L'Aimant (vintage parfum)

My body is radiating 85000 crimson haloes.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hilde Soliani - CiocoSpesizissimo

Server: Hi, what can I do for you?
Person: May I please have one scoop of chocolate and one scoop of the basil sorbet, in a kiddie cup?
Server: Sure.
Person: Oh, thank you!
Server: That'll be $7.
Person: (rifles in pocket) Here you go.
Server: Here's your change. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon!
L'Interdit vintage mini - Givenchy
Fidji EdT c. 1984 - Guy Laroche
The not-so-past:
La Nuit EdT - Paco Rabanne
Aimez-Moi mini EdT - Caron

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Coty - Emeraude (vintage parfum de toilette)

After having been emotionally clobbered by vintage Shalimar parfum (in which I experienced flashes of light and voices from above, like the conversion of Saul of Tarsus en route to Damascus), I never thought I could write about oriental fragrances again. And I can't.
I'll just say that if Shalimar is eyes and smoulder, Emeraude is the smile after, and the hand-hold.

Friday, March 23, 2012