imageSuper spicy, green beauty opens Barynia (Helena Rubenstein 1985).  It’s rich, with a gorgeous orris, orchid, bright aldehydes, carnation and a lovely, crisp vetiver.  Subtle tuberose and poignant rose are tinged with a sensual benzoin and musk.  The civet is loud but supple…  It’s a truly stunning fragrance.

Notes: vetiver, musk, carnation, jasmine, hyacinth, tuberose, sandalwood, benzoin, bergamot, amalfi lemon, orris root, civetta, rose, lily-of-the-valley, violet, orchid and aldehydes. 

(originally supposed to be posted yesterday)









Apple Blossom

imageApple Blossom (Helena Rubenstein 1948) begins with rich green floral notes, with particular emphasis on jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, apple blossom and water lily.  It’s warm and charming in a vintage sort of way.  Musk and sandalwood are sweet, light and southern, particularly in the meandering, romantic drydown.

Notes: lily of the valley, apple blossom, lilac, anise, rose, jasmine, water lily, ylang-ylang, sandalwood and musk. 

Today I’m off to the art museum with a dear cousin.  I’m going to post a photo of what I’m wearing later…   It should be a lovely day.


Here’s my terrible attempt at a full selfie…  Ugh.  I need practice.  Anyway…