Calèche 

Calèche (Hermès 1961) opens with one of the most beautiful orange blossom arrangements I’ve ever encountered. The perfect woody citrus, neroli and aldehydes compliment the orange blossom to an almost tragically lovely degree – like a singularly pretty spring day. Into the drydown an herbal floral combination is prim but soothing and engaging. Intriguingly, on my skin the vintage oakmoss, vetiver, musk and cedar create a nearly spicy, animalic accord. And into the later drydown the lemon reemerges as a soft, powdery delight. This beauty is wild and free.

Nose: Guy Robert

Top notes: aldehydes, lemon, lime, mandarin orange, neroli, orange blossom and cypress.  Middle notes: ylang-ylang, rose, lily-of-the-valley, gardenia, iris and jasmine.  Base notes: cedar, oakmoss, vetiver, musk, amber, tonka bean and sandalwood. 

Bal à Versailles 

Sweet jasmine, neroli and cassia start Bal à Versailles (Jean Desprez 1962). Then a strong rose is flanked beautifully by warm orris root, a passionate and slightly airy patchouli and sandalwood. Ylang ylang is fruity and bright and a soft balsam, benzoin, musk and cedar bring a roundness and depth.  

Nose: Jean Desprez 

Top notes:  rosemary, orange blossom, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, rose, neroli, bergamot, bulgarian rose and lemon.  Middle notes:  sandalwood, patchouli, lilac, orris root, vetiver, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley and leather.  Base notes: tolu balsam, amber, musk, benzoin, civet, vanilla, cedar and resins.

Estée

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Elegant tuberose, spicy, fruity aldehydes and a bohemian ylang-ylang open Estée (Estée Lauder 1968).  It’s sweet and sharp – intensely green and shamelessly floral. Into the drydown a beautiful oakmoss and floral honey are flanked by woody styrax.

Top notes: tuberose, coriander, aldehydes, raspberry, lily, peach, lemon and ylang-ylang.  Middle notes: honey, carnation, iris, orris root, jasmine, rose and lily-of-the-valley.  Base notes: styrax, cedar, oakmoss and sandalwood.  

 

Clandestin

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This mysterious (I can’t find a thing about it anywhere) 60’s green, floral chypre is funky.  Clandestin is daring and in command.  My guess is that with a definite note of both jasmine and orange blossom it was intended for women but I would be more apt to categorize it as very unisex…  Actually, it’s the sort of fragrance I could see either the female or male lead in a late 1960’s spy film wearing well.  In fact, it’s uncanny how perfectly named Clandestin is.

 

Vivace

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A warm, very bright tarragon and other spices (?), makes Vivace (Revillon) almost pungent in its floral charm.  This is not a fragrance for the faint of heart.  This is a very green chypre; quite earthy, almost bitter with an animalic pop of scent perfect for a cool day.

I can’t find an exact date of release for Vivace (or much information at all) but I would place it in the 1960’s if I were to hazard a guess…   Purely for its uniqueness I may look for more.  I imagine it would pair well with a lot of fragrances and add a ton of interest and zeal.

Fidji

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Crisp, refined, green notes, with special emphasis on galbanum make Fidji (Guy Laroche 1966) sing. A breezy but grand jasmine, ylang-ylang, bergamot, and eventually gentle violet create heady olfactory beauty. Spicy carnation adds an extra sensuality to this vintage treasure.

Top notes: galbanum, hyacinth, lemon, and bergamot.  Middle notes: rose, jasmine, violet, ylang-ylang and carnation.  Base notes: musk, patchouli, sandal, amber, vetiver, and moss. 

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately.  I’ve been reflecting on what it means to be authentically yourself…   It’s funny how so much of life is about that, or at least in my life it’s seems to be a theme.

I find the need to dress more like myself (as I’ve discussed), act more like myself, and perhaps potentially date someone maybe a bit more like me.  After a recent discussion with a close friend from childhood, I’ve realized that part of my problem with never finding my crushes overlapping with crushes on me is in part due to always going after guys who are quite different in some important way than me – personality, interests, etc.  Now, that’s not to say that differnces aren’t fascinating and mysterious but I think being able to understand “the other” on a deeper level is part of falling in love and that requires something profoundly similar perhaps.

So, to me, that begs the question of why I seem to have this tendency to figure out who I am and then pursue something different…   I know I love classic, elegant styles.  Why in the world have I generally (aside from cashmere sweaters, a coat and a nice purse) tried buying everything but that style since high school?  I don’t know…  But I’m guessing that it has something to do with being labeled boring in high school and constantly hearing the adages, “opposites attract” and “expand your horizons.”

But here’s the thing (speaking of clichés), if I’m not me who is else will be??

Have a nice rest of your Thursday or a start to your Friday. 🙂

Climat

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With a strong green aldehydic opening, Climat (Lancôme 1967 ) is vintage at the start. As it continues with lots of violet, a soft, warm peach and a poignant vetiver, amber, and bamboo it’s quite stunning. Then, this dramatic classic proceeds into a languid, gorgeous rosy glow. Really, from start to finish this fragrance transcends time, and remains charming – perfectly sweet and complex.

Top notes: violet, peach, jasmine, lily-, rosemary and tuberose. Base notes: sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, civet, bamboo and vetiver.

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We’ve completely cleared out of our place…  It feels awful but I’m looking forward to moving on too in a way.   I’m the sort of person who likes finishing things up more than a happy ending.  It’s a weakness because I can be impatient and a little pessimistic at times but it’s a strength in that I prefer truth and growth no matter how bittersweet or almost entirely unpleasant.

Tomorrow we’re flying out…  All of us (very busy toddler included).  On a plane for at least three hours.  That will be interesting…  I’ve been too scared to do it before.  🙂

And on a rather gloomy/hostile note, I really don’t like most people right now.  Sorry dear reader…   I’ve never said or felt that to such a degree as I do right now.   I’m sorry…  I know it’s actually ridiculous (and I mean that), but lately I just keep seeing so many people act so…  cold.   So…  almost heartless.  So able to inflict pain on others for whatever reason…

Why do so many people hate the very vulnerability in themselves and others that makes them worth a shit?  Now, I’m not saying that we should all walk around being a total hot mess all the time, but…  what about emotional intelligence?  What about love?

My whole life I’ve played nice.  But, I’ve been bullied, etc.  and I’ve had an enormous amount of nitwits think I’m too “cute” to have real feelings or actual intelligence.  Ironically (maybe it’s not ironic?) my “cuteness” has never parlayed into romantic luck though…  Only once did a guy (who was actually into women sexually) ever try very hard to pursue me beyond just trying to sleep with me (I’ve seen a fair amount of that).  And that guy, sadly, was not someone I liked at all… dear soul.  And no, my dear husband has never pursued me either.   We are great friends though so that’s nice…

But anyway…  the whole “cuteness” (what the hell does that mean anyway I often wonder) thing while pleasant enough in some ways has been ultimately seemingly less than pointless…  It’s been a liability at times and because of it people expect my life to be something it’s painfully never come even marginally close to being.  Oh and p.s. with all due respect to equality between the sexes, I firmly believe, if a guy doesn’t pursue you he’s probably “not that into you.”  And actually, nevermind…  because the same holds true for women too (not that I know from dating them but I am one so…) … if a lady doesn’t pursue you back she’s probably not that into you either.

Anyway, in any situation, most times I try to keep cool and be almost obnoxiously sweet to a. be truly loving because people need love and b. to piss off/annoy genuine assholes who just want to control people by getting to them. But after last night when some fool who considers himself a doctor (a neighbor to my mother) said my brilliant son who can read at two and four months (I’m not exaggerating and I started reading at two and a half) that he thought my son seemed “backward” and then partially retracted when he realized that my son is only two and not three or four like his height suggests…  When that happened…  It made me want to punch him in the fucking face.  And, can you imagine how successful that would have been?  Yeah…  It’s actually funny.  I’m such a wimp in that way…  He probably would have just sneezed in response.

Right now, if reincarnation is real, I want to come back as a mosquito…  A mosquito that lives supernaturally long in the bedroom of someone who really deserves it.  🙂

Hugs…  because for many of you reading this none of this is about you…

Pullman

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Pullman (Dana 1968) is a masculine, lavender fragrance.   It’s like Yardley’s English Lavender but with an opening of strong citrus and vetiver throughout.  Pullman is cool-headed and intelligent but with a certain softness.  It also lasts a fairly long time on the skin and amazingly is cool and refreshing many hours after application.

While I couldn’t find a list of the notes for Pullman, my nose detects: lavender, rosemary, amalfi lemon, bergamot, vetiver, clary sage (?), musk, sandalwood, and jasmine (?). 

Well, we didn’t even make it to the Farmer’s Market yesterday…    So, instead I made New England Clam Chowder, with crutons and a peach pie for desert.  I mostly made everything from stratch, but I did use an already made pie dough and a baguette for the crutons…  I’ll post photos on Instagram.  I hope my husband likes it.  He deserves a special day for how hard he works and for what a good father he is to our son…

I hope you’re having a nice weekend and to all the fathers out there, happy Father’s Day!  🙂

British Sterling

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So, British Sterling (British Sterling 1965), at least in vintage form, is really…  umm.  Well, it’s not something a man would probably decide to wear today unless he intended to be either ironic or very authentically vintage.

It’s not an unattractive fougere, mind you.  No.  My husband wore it for me (bless him) and it was actually kind of nice.  It had a certain masculine, powdery soft, heavy musk, oakmoss and amber feeling to it.  I can’t say that I particularly disliked it actually.  It’s just that, and I rarely say this, it felt very dated.  I smelled a wiff of British Sterling on him and within seconds I imagined a man in mid 1960’s attire, tired, a bit sweaty maybe, playing pool, drinking Schlitz in some friend’s basement home bar.  He might have been a handsome man even, who knows, but him and his British Sterling are definitely totally of their time.

If you can find a bottle of British Sterling, try it.  It’s an experience, and it’s not necessarily a bad one…  Just very vintage.

Top notes: citruses.  Middle notes: nutmeg, cedar, cinnamon, leather and spicy notes.  Base notes: amber, musk, sandalwood and oakmoss.

It’s been a very poignant week here.  How has it been for you?  There’s been a few life changing moments, or at least moments that will be remembered for years to come…

But on a much more shallow note, I desperately need to find a better shampoo and conditioner. I mean I really do…  My ends are really dry.  Any suggestions?  I have really fine hair that tends to get weighed down, but the ends…  ugh.

Anyway.

What are your plans for the weekend?  Anything enjoyable?  I hope so.  My husband will be studying for yet another test (statistics) and I’ll be running at some point.  Our son will probably be running too…

🙂

Until tomorrow.

Miss Balmain

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Vintage Miss Balmain by Balmain (Balmain 1967) opens with a smoky shock of green aldehydes.  Then it drifts into a fizzy semi sweet bouquet of flowers.  It’s very fresh, powdery, green, floral, bright and glamorous in an Audrey Hepburn wearing late 60’s Paco Rabanne sort of way.  It bounces off of the skin and glitters a bit.

Miss Balmain was aptly named.  This is a youthful fragrance, regardless of how late 60’s it is.  It’s edgy.  It’s fun.  And it’s very pretty…

Top notes:  aldehydes, coriander, gardenia, lemon and green notes.  Mddle notes: carnation, narcissus, orris root, jasmine, rose and lily-of-the-valley.  Base notes: leather, amber, patchouli, coconut, oakmoss, vetiver and tonka bean.

I’ve been listening to Passion Pit a lot lately.  Their most recent album has been growing on me – Passion Pit isn’t quick consumption music.  Every time I listen to it it gets stuck in my head, simmers and then I come back and want to hear it again.  So I decided to read a bit about the band, and in the process of that I ran across a lot of articles about the lead singer, Michael Angelakos.  His openess about his battle with being bi-polar is horribly moving.  I’m glad he decided to let people see that side of him.  I think it can be very humane for celebrities to be real about their pain.  Some people won’t understand but other people will see a deep truth and be comforted by it.  I’m sure he and his wife have taken a tour of hell and come back many times.   It seems like beautiful people are often cut on the jagged edges of this life.  And as corny as it sounds, I hope they’ll both be ok….

I’ve also been listening to Coldplay from the early 2000’s.  It reminds me of when I went to a music store in a mall in 2002, and bought their second album, “A Rush of Blood to the Head.”  The young man working behind the counter who was around my age (I was still a teenager) spoke so excitedly about Coldplay, “I think what really turned me on to Coldplay was when I saw their music video for Yellow.”   His eyes lit up.  I could hardly wait to get home, open up my new cd and listen.

That music store doesn’t exist anymore and I’m sure he’s in his 30’s…  Life moves so fast.

Have a nice rest of your Friday.  🙂

(While I actually prefer the rain…  I love this song.  🙂  )

Daylight 

To my surprise and my delight
I saw a sunrise, I saw sunlight
I am nothing in the dark
And the clouds burst to show daylight

Ooh, and the sun will shine
Yea, on this heart of mine
Ooh, and I realize
Who cannot live without
Ooh, come apart without daylight

On a hill top, on the sky-rise
Like a first born child
On a full day and a full flight
Defeat darkness breaking daylight

Ooh, and the sun will shine
Yea, on this heart of mine
Ooh, and I realize
Who cannot live without
Ooh, come apart without daylight

Slowly breaking through the daylight
Slowly breaking through the daylight
Slowly breaking through the daylight