Jungle Gardenia

2015-07-18 17.15.58Bold, sharp, and very loud, Jungle Gardenia by Tuvaché rivals any 80’s powerhouse floral even though it arrived 50 years before (Tuvaché 1933).  It’s sugary, powdery and honestly, the gardenia smells a bit fake.  This is not a fragrance for casual use and certainly not for anyone seeking a light, fresh floral scent.  It is, however, pretty in its own sort of way (in my opinion) and I imagine there would be a perfect time and place (and clothing choice) to fit this assertive scent.  Longevity and sillage are both moderate to strong…

Top notes: greens, bitter orange, heliotrope, clary sage, and cyclamen.  Middle notes: gardenia, tuberose, tarragon, violet leaf, lily of the valley, jasmine, and ylang-ylang. Base notes: oak moss, benzoin, sandalwood and musk.

I watched the latest movie version of The Great Gatsby on AMC last night.  As always, I want to punch Daisy ever so politely in the nose, give her husband a spanking (and no, I mean that in the way people discipline children), and ask Gatsby what the heck he’s thinking…  But I really like the latest version actually.

I also have realized just how much I’m going to miss living where I do now…  I knew it before, but… I’m probably going to cry.  I’m happy for the new adventures but…

How are you?  I hope your day is starting off well…

16 Comments Add yours

  1. thegreyeye says:

    can you suggest me some floral , with mild aroma ?

    1. karrielinn says:

      I will think about it and get back to you very shortly… 🙂 Thank you for asking me!

  2. karrielinn says:

    It’s so hard to know which specific fragrances to tell you because so much is based on taste and skin chemistry… That being said, I’d tend to recommend an Aqua Allegoria by Guerlain or perhaps one of the fragrances by L’Occitane. I hope you find something you like… If you have any other questions I would be happy to answer them. Thanks again. 🙂

  3. Not sure if I’ll watch The Great Gatsby, simply because present-day Leo kind of annoys me. A lot. He seems a bit smug.

    1. karrielinn says:

      I always thought he was smug before… Lately not as much. I’d ask you more what you mean, but perhaps you don’t know why he seems smug? He just does?

      1. I really liked him when he was younger, around the time of the beach. I guess the pomaded hair 24/7 in combination with his new porkyness. Plus his acting doesnt do much for me these days. Him being in Gatsby just completely puts me off watching. I can’t help feeling like that. But its all pr stuff influencing me- Im probably being unfair on Leo!

      2. karrielinn says:

        Hmm… Porky? Really… Well, I’ve read your blog and find myself agreeing with many of your opinions but this one… Haha. 🙂 I most respectfully disagree… I think he’s a pretty decent Gatsby personally, but it’s all opinion of course. For what it’s worth I’ve heard he’s a nice guy in person… Have you seen the Great Gatsby with Robert Redford? And, did you know that the first movie version (or one of the first) of The Great Gatsby was so bad that Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, who were there watching it, actually walked out of the movie?

      3. karrielinn says:

        And thanks for your comments!!

  4. Well I most respectfully respect your opinion on the matter also! Fair enough if he’s a nice guy, I will think again, as I have on the whole wine connoisseur-dom thing in light of your comments before. I have seen the Robert Redford one, I watched it in English class at school way back when. Do you like that one? I did not know that about the first version…have you seen that version? Did you know that Hunter S Thompson typed out the entire book in order to get an idea of what it would be like to produce a great novel!?

  5. Hold on, walking out of a film version of your own book is a serious damning isn’t it? Most authors would stay out of curiosity at least obviously.

  6. karrielinn says:

    Haha! Thank you for the respect. 🙂 And in regard to wine, I think appreciation of beauty shouldn’t be related to class… Anyway…

    I actually have purposefully avoided watching the old Robert Redford version because it looked corny to me. Haha! Maybe I should watch it… See, in the 2013 version they use pop music and the everything is so bright (the colors etc.). I think that aesthetic is more in tune with the attitude of the novel and Fitzgerald at that time. You know? I mean he wasn’t taken as seriously back then, of course, and was seen as more of a celebrity… etc. And the novel is about 20’s pop culture and characters who would be a part of that culture… I think.

    I’ve never seen the first one. I kinda get the feeling that there are a lot of them actually… I could be really wrong about that though. See, I think Fitzgerald and Zelda walked out because it was too painful to watch because of how bad it was. When something is that close to your heart it’s really hard to see it done so badly… Although, that’s my interpretation…

    Hunter S. Thompson is a fascinating person to read about! I can totally see him typing the entire book out! Haha! I’ve known people who have tried to write out the entire Bible… I imagine The Great Gatsby would be a very different experience in many ways. Haha. 🙂

    1. Yes the Robert Redford one had a Sunday evening drama look and feel as far as I remember. Take your point about the new version matching better. I suppose if it was badly misunderstood in a film version it wouls have been disheartening.

      1. karrielinn says:

        Yes! That’s exactly the right way to describe it – a Sunday evening drama look. Yes…

  7. karrielinn says:

    By the way, I shouldn’t say, that the book is about 20’s pop culture exactly. More, people who were living “in the moment” and were contributing to pop culture… And I’m sorry if what I’m saying doesn’t entirely make sense today. Haha! I’m a bit tired and my brain feels fuzzy. 🙂

    1. No, I understood! Think I do anyway : )

      1. karrielinn says:

        🙂 I bet you did. Thank you!

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