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…


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Balsamic, spicy and a tiny bit green (to my nose), Tuvara (Tuvaché 1948) is a warm, exotic vintage beauty.   The incense, patchouli, aldehydes and chamomile seem strongest at first.  Eventually, sandalwood, myrrh, vetiver, musk and oakmoss reign supreme.

Tuvara reminds me of the other fragrance by Tuvaché I own, Sumatra.  While Sumatra is a bit less sandalwood sweet, just to name one difference, they are both dense, smooth and complex.  They are both quite captivating.  I feel fortunate to have both in my fragrance wardrobe and perhaps will keep my eyes open for other Tuvaché scents..

Top notes: chamomile, bergamot, lavender and aldehydes. Middle notes: ylang-ylang, geranium, jasmine, patchouli and incense.  Base notes: sandalwood, myrrh, vetiver, labdanum, oakmoss, musk, patchouli and vanilla.

Last night my son decided to have his own personal party at 2:00 am.  Mom and dad were invited…  We attended.  It wasn’t a bad party.  There were lots of finger foods…  toddlers are big fans of that I guess.  And at the end of it all, we drove him around and he fell asleep listening to good music in our car.  He’s a great little guy.  I just wish he liked sleep more…  Ha!

Anyway, it’s been a real “week” for us.  My husband and I have always had issues in our marriage (from day one) but this week they came to the surface for whatever reason…  It’s not that we fight a lot anymore (for better and worse).  We’re more or less best friends and occasionally have our fights like any close relationship often requires.  It’s other stuff…   Stuff that’s hard to resolve.   Thing is, not to sound arrogant or conceited, but I think we’re both basically decent people and I think we care about each other a lot, but once you cross a bridge and you keep going for years in that direction, it doesn’t matter who you are, it’s a very long road back. But, I suppose the good news is that given the quality of the man I’m married to, it’s much easier to discuss things…   So, on top of our many other “irons in the fire” there’s that too.  Sigh.  Oh life…

But I’ve finally started losing my baby weight.  😉  Haha.  I have about five to ten lbs. to go, although we’ll see.  I almost don’t want to be quite as skinny as I was before again.  Oh, and my son seems to be reading.  Yup.  Reading.  He’s two. He’ll sometime point to phrases or words written somewhere and say them.  I’m bragging.  I’m sorry (not entirely).  Ha! Maybe that’s why he hates sleep.  He has exciting things to discover.

Until tomorrow.  🙂


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When I first smelled Sumatra by Tuvache (Tuvache 1942), it was in my early days of really discovering perfume.  I had certainly been enjoying wearing various fragrances for years, but I hadn’t been exposed to that many scents really, especially old fragrances with notes that haven’t been widely used in years (and in some cases are now illegal to use).  I thought it was nice, but very heavy and very strong and very “old.”

Now, I find myself amazed by Sumatra’s rich, wild charm.  It’s a very underrated, secret gem.  I am baffled as to why perfume lovers haven’t taken note of this scent more…

It starts out warm, friendly, dense and creamy with a heavy benzoin, styrax, spiciness.  There’s a strong vintage carnation note as well, set against a sexy green background. It reminds me very slightly of Vol de Nuit, and in fact, there is a bit of a Guerlinade quality to Sumatra.  It’s bolder and more scandalous than Vol de Nuit though, with a leathery, green sandalwood drydown.  I honestly, can’t say I’ve experienced anything quite like Sumatra, and again, I question why it’s so unheard of.

The top notes I found listed for this fragrance are: cinnamon, clove, and a green accord. Middle notes are: galbanum, gardenia, ylang ylang, and carnation.  Base notes are: patchouli, styrax, benzoin, vanilla, and sandalwood.