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Telling of the Bees   1 comment

For the Weasleys…

Lie in the grass, beneath the murmuring fervor;
The bustling mumbling movement harkens to your blood.
It’s easier to dam the river when it’s in full flood.

The endless humming of a million-million wings,
The sour sweetening tang above your head,
These things remain unbroken if the news is spread.

Catch your breath and wait; sun upon your cheeks is shining.
Marvel at the peace when buzzing thrums,
And know, deep in your heart, tomorrow comes.

Though nearby days will not be lived with ease,
Recovery nears with telling of the bees.

Posted July 28, 2014 by veggiewolf in Poetry, Storytelling

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30 Days of Scent – Day Thirty! – Russian Caravan Tea by CB I Hate Perfume   Leave a comment

I can’t believe we’re here already!  This month has just flown by!

Today, I am wearing Russian Caravan Tea water perfume by CB I Hate Perfume.  It’s a decant I received as a gift from one of my readers. lists the main accords as green, citrus, ozonic, woody, and fresh spicy.  Their description of Russian Caravan Tea says:

“…This is a dark and smoky fragrance of smoked black Indian tea, bergamot and the hint of shelves full of old books.  It is available as 2 and 15 ml perfume absolute and 100 ml water perfume. Russian Caravan Tea was launched in 2004. The nose behind this fragrance is Christopher Brosius.”

I happen to like the scent description of this one (not the least because it is copied over from the manufacturer’s website) because it is true.  The scent is Russian Caravan tea – smoky with just a hint of bergamot and the potential to be sweet if someone added some black cherries to it, or strawberry jam.  The water perfume is not super concentrated (I guess that’s obvious?) and the projection isn’t very strong but it feels ambient, somehow.  I also feel an empty space where leather should be.  After all, we’re talking about a room filled with old books – shouldn’t there be leather bindings, or the smell of animal glue, or something?

I’m enjoying wearing Russian Caravan Tea, and not just because I’m a tea drinker.  Have you ever walked into a really good tea shop?  The fragrance is amazing!  Russian Caravan Tea has the potential to be just as amazing.  On my skin, it is exactly like the description, and I probably could’ve drenched myself in it rather than dabbing in half a dozen places (wrists, nape of neck, behind my ears, etc.)  I’m going to pick this scent up, and I think I may even splurge for the perfume absolute.

(I wonder how it would be layered with a fruit scent?  Hmmmm…)

30 Days of Scent – Day Twenty-Nine – Quelques Fleurs L’Original by Houbigant   Leave a comment

Today, I am wearing Quelques Fleurs L’Original eau de parfum by Houbigant.  It’s a decant I ordered from The Perfumed Court. lists the main accords of this scent as floral, white floral, citrus, powdery, green, and woody.  The description they have of Quelques Fleurs L’Original reads:

“Quelques Fleurs l`Original by Houbigant is a Floral fragrance for women. Quelques Fleurs l`Original was launched in 1913. The nose behind this fragrance is Robert Bienaime. Top notes are orange blossom, green notes, tarragon, bergamot, lemon and citruses; middle notes are carnation, tuberose, orchid, lilac, orris root, jasmine, heliotrope, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, rose, violet and iris; base notes are sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, civet, oakmoss, honey and vanilla.”

Quelques Fleurs L’Original is what I’d call a Classic scent (there’s probably another name for this category of perfumes).  It doesn’t have one particular note that sticks out, and there’s a powdery thing going on that makes me think of my grandmother’s dressing table – powder puff, little glass bottles, and antique mirror.  There are a LOT of flowers in this fragrance and they blend with one another very nicely, and civet underlies it all as a foundation of sorts.

I’ve been wearing this scent on and off since I received the decant and I still don’t know if I like it or not.  On the one hand, it’s soft and pleasant and makes me feel feminine and dainty.  On the other hand, I am more of a sensual woman than a delicate flower…and I just don’t think this scent conveys who I am.  It’s nice, don’t get me wrong, but it just…there’s something about it on my skin that is a little discordant.

30 Days of Scent – Day Twenty-Eight – Amazon Lily by Nest   1 comment

Today, I am wearing Amazon Lily eau de parfum by Nest.  It is a sample that I was sent when I emailed Nest asking to try some of their fragrances. lists the main accords as citrus, white floral, musky, fresh spicy, sweet, and woody.  Their description of Amazon Lily starts with a couple of statements about Nest’s fine fragrance line, then goes on to say:

“…The nose behind this fragrance is Christophe Laudamiel. Top notes are lime, bergamot and tangerine; middle note is lily; base notes are driftwood and white musk.”

Christophe Laudamiel did Passiflora (I love it) and a bunch of other scents I haven’t tried yet.  Since I like both Passiflora and Amazon Lily, though, I’m looking at trying some of his others (including Paradise, another Nest fragrance).

The citrus “claim” for Amazon Lily is right on the money – lime and tangerine (or tangerine and lime?) are in your face, but in a pleasant way.  The white floral adds fortification – I have a feeling that the staying power of Amazon Lily wouldn’t be as great as it is without something to back up the citrus scent.  Of course, there’s no way to be sure of this.  Out of the bottle, this fragrance is bright and cheerful without perkiness – Amazon Lily is not a little girl’s scent.

On my skin, I get tons of tangerine and lime (or lime and tangerine?) depending on the ambient humidity.  There’s also a note of sweetness that most reminds me of orange-flavored PEZ.  Yes, I said PEZ.  Despite the candy reference, though, Amazon Lily is not mouth-puckeringly (or nose-wrinklingly) sweet…and the people around me don’t pick that up from it at all.  I’m definitely getting a rollerball of this one.

30 Days of Scent – Day Twenty-Seven – Jour d’Hermès by Hermès   5 comments

Today, I am wearing Jour d’Hermès eau de parfum by Hermès.  It’s a sample they sent me after I emailed to request a sample of 24, Faubourg.

(No, I didn’t receive 24, Faubourg.  Instead, I received this scent and L’Ambre des Merveilles.) lists the main accords of Jour d’Hermès as white floral, citrus, green, musky, and aquatic.  They go on to note that:

“…The scent is luminous, sensual and floral… Jour d’Hermes was launched in 2013. The nose behind this fragrance is Jean-Claude Ellena.”

(In the interest of accuracy, I snipped the bits in the description that described the sizes available, and that there are a multitude of products in the line.)

There’s a lovely little video on the Hermès corporate site that goes into some more detail about the fragrance…I happened upon it by chance.  Of the tiles on the screen, it is the last tile on the right in the second to last row of tiles.  At the end, there’s a description of what Jour d’Hermès is meant to convey and although it isn’t very specific, the description is accurate.  Simply put, Jour d’Hermès is meant to be the light in every woman – that spark that makes each of us an individual.

“…And this light which brings to light all the beauty of women and their infinite forms of expression every day, this birth is what Hermès has captured as an essence to create the most essential of perfumes.  Jour d’Hermès.”

It sounds pretty, but again there’s not much in there to tell me about what makes up this fragrance.  So, I went looking for something (anything) specific…and was surprised to find out that Ellena (the nose behind the fragrance) deliberately left out note descriptions from the press release…wanting people to come up with their own ideas as to what makes Jour d’Hermès unique.

Now, I’m not nearly confident enough to think that my own impression of this fragrance is definitive…and yet, knowing that the person behind it wants us each to find our own level with it makes me feel okay about potentially “getting it wrong”.  So, here’s where I’ll say that Jour d’Hermès is very white floral, and very green, and actually reminds me of the chrysanthemums my grandmother occasionally had in her house – large white ones with drooping flower heads.  Within all that green, and the aquatic note of…something?…there’s a slight nasal bitterness that is (strangely) pleasant.

On me, Jour d’Hermès is dappled sunlight on leaves after a rainstorm.  The staying power is excellent – I typically get 4-5 hours before I actively have to hold my wrist to my nose to smell it, and the projection is pleasant without being overwhelming.  Compliments that are genuine, not in the vein of “and could you tone it down a bit?”




30 Days of Scent – Day Twenty-Six – Eau Rose by Diptyque   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I wore Eau Rose eau de toilette by Diptyque.  It was part of the package of decants sent to me by an anonymous reader. lists the main accords of Eau Rose as rose, fruity, fresh spicy, aromatic, woody, and citrus.  The description on Fragrantica states:

“Eau Rose by Diptyque is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women. This is a new fragrance. Eau Rose was launched in 2012. Top notes are bergamot, black currant and litchi; middle notes are jasmine, geranium and rose; base notes are musk, virginia (sic) cedar and white honey.”

Diptyque notes that Eau Rose was “…conceived to stand out as a genuine infusion of roses. Its olfactory composition is designed to celebrate the multiple aromas of the flower in its natural state, as it blossoms over time...”  This is evident as soon as the bottle is opened – the scent of fresh, blooming roses wafts out and engulfs the person holding it.  It’s the first rose scent I’ve experienced that actually smells like roses – Eau Rose is not some conceptualized vision of what a rose should smell like, but an actual successful replica.

I know there are other notes present, according to Fragrantica and to Diptyque, but I can’t smell them.  This scent is rose, rose, rose, ROSE with an affect effect of, well, rose.  The only problem I had with wearing it was how quickly it faded…not unlike the scent of cut roses in a vase.  I had to reapply twice during the day, which I almost never have to do.

I loved this scent, and I am so glad I was able to try it out.  At $98 for the 100 mL bottle of EDT, though, I really expect a longer lasting fragrance – two hours from initial dab/spritz to complete fade is a little too short for me.

30 Days of Scent – Day Twenty-Five – Mon Jasmin Noir by Bvlgari   2 comments

Today, I am wearing Mon Jasmin Noir eau de parfum by Bvlgari.  It’s a decant one of my friends sent me. lists the main accords as white floral, sweet, musky, floral, and nutty.  Their description of Mon Jasmin Noir says:

“…Mon Jasmin Noir is a luminous and seductive fragrant jewel of addictive floral composition. Modernity and sensuality of this fragrance is achieved by blending notes of lily of the valley, Sambac jasmine, musky nougatine and vibrant woods. The noses of the composition are Olivier Polge and Sophie Labbe…”

I like this scent and, contrary to popular belief, Mon Jasmin Noir is not necessarily a fragrance for “serious occasions”.  It’s sensual, true, but also lighthearted, which I wasn’t expecting.  The jasmine is prominent, appropriately, but the other notes present keep it from taking itself too seriously.  Today, for example, I put it on after coming home from swimming (around 12:45 PM), and it wasn’t super prominent when I did (dabs on the back of the neck, wrists, and into the cleavage).  I then took a nap at 2:30 PM, and now it’s 10:19 PM and I can still smell it faintly if I sniff my wrists.

I like this scent a lot, truly.  I thought a Bvlgari fragrance would be too over-the-top, but this one is lovely and, like I said earlier, doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously. I’m interested in seeing what other scents were created by the noses who did this one – I may find other wonderful things down that particular rabbit hole.

30 Days of Scent – Day Twenty-Four – Chanel N°5   4 comments

Today, I am wearing Chanel N°5 eau de parfum.  It’s (almost) the last of a decant I ordered from The Perfumed Court. lists the main accords as aldehydic, woody, powdery, musky, citrus, and floral.  The description of Chanel N°5 on Fragrantica is long and descriptive, and you can read it yourself here.  But, here’s a taste of a couple of paragraphs:

“…Chanel N°5 is the first perfume in the floral-aldehyde group and the first by the quantity of aldehydes in its composition (another legend says that the Ernest Beaux‘s assistant overdosed the aldehydes in the composition by mistake). The top notes are composed of aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli and ylang-ylang, the heart of jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and iris, while the base is created of vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli…”

I can’t think of a more legendary or classic fragrance than this one.  I’ve wanted to own it since I was in high school and had a friend whose mother wore it as her signature fragrance.  Her closet was infused with the scent, and she used to let me sample from her bottle (THE GIANT BOTTLE!) so that I could put a dab behind each ear.  That, she said, was the secret to wearing perfume.  I’m not sure how a dab behind each ear led to a closet permeated with the scent, though.

(I suspect she wore it on other parts of her body…or on her clothing, directly.  Or maybe she just had the scented body lotion as well.  Who knows?)

I…can’t pull out any one note to examine from Chanel N°5; it’s too caught up in memory and emotion for me to pick out a single thing.  I’ve never owned this scent in anything larger than a sample and it breaks my heart, but even the teeny bottle (7.5 mL) is over $100* and I just can’t see paying as much for a tiny bottle of something that I could for multiple bottles of other things.

Oh well.  Chanel N°5, I love you.  Maybe I can convince someone to give you to me for Christmas.

*see comments section – the 7.5 mL is actually the pure parfum, which explains the expense!  Thank you for the correction!

30 Days of Scent – Day Twenty-Three – Modern Muse by Estée Lauder   2 comments

Today, I am wearing Modern Muse eau de parfum spray by Estée Lauder.  I was given a full-size bottle by my friend, who sent it to me as a pick-me-up while I was out of work.  I also own the body lotion, although I’m not a huge scented lotion fan (or user) – it was a Christmas gift from my parents. lists the main accords as white floral, animalic, floral, musky, and tuberose.  Their description goes a bit into Modern Muse being the first major perfume launch (2013) at Estée Lauder since Beyond Paradise (2003), and then notes:

“…Perfumer Harry Fremont tried to express the duality of the composition by creating a two accord composition of sparkling jasmine (which symbolizes femininity) and sleek woods (representing strength). The first accord, accord of jasmine, blends exotic notes of mandarin, tuberose, fresh lily, honeysuckle, dewy petals, Sambac jasmine and Chinese Sambac jasmine absolute. The sleek woods accord combines two types of patchouli, Madagascar vanilla, amber wood and soft musk…”

Harry Fremont (the nose behind Modern Muse) has done a number of other scents – several are on my “try” list, but I’ve not actually worn any of them.  I’d be interested to hear about some of his others simply because Modern Muse is, in my opinion, such a lovely blend of elements.

We’ve pretty much established over these twenty-three days that I love my white florals, and that they work really well on me.  (I’m actually amazed at how many I own.)  Modern Muse has everything I love in a white floral – jasmine, honeysuckle, and lilies – but, oddly enough, no hint of green.  The tuberose comes through nicely, as does a seductive note that I’m thinking is the combination of vanilla, amber, and musk.  I don’t usually like musky scents on my skin (although, I love them out of the bottle), but Modern Muse doesn’t overdo it – the musk enhances the white florals and takes the sharpness off them.

On me, Modern Muse is jasmine and honeysuckle with tuberose holding them together, a soft amber, and vanilla and musk.  It’s not a feral scent like Alien (which is very animalic on me), but there is a seductiveness to it.  Rather than actively stalking prey, I’m sitting under a tree waiting for it to come to me.

30 Days of Scent – Day Twenty-Two – Passiflora by Nest   1 comment

(I can’t believe I only have eight more days of this!)

Today, I am wearing Passiflora eau de parfum by Nest.  It’s a sample that I received after writing to Nest to request to try one (or more) of their fragrances.  They sent me five samples. lists the main accords for Passiflora as green, floral, fresh spicy, fruity, and sweet.  Their description of the fragrance says:

“…The nose behind this fragrance is Christophe Laudamiel. Top note is green notes; middle note is passion flower; base notes are hyacinth and lily-of-the-valley.”

Which…doesn’t really say much about Passiflora itself.  There is more in the description, but it’s about Nest itself.  If you go to Nest’s site, however, the description you see is this one:

“Passion Flower, Water Hyacinth, Lily of the Valley and Lush Green Accord (Traditional floral blend is enhanced by an overdose of green notes making it a very fresh modern floral —like walking through the flower market).”

This is much more accurate.  Short, but accurate.

Passiflora is like walking through a flower market – it’s flowers, flowers, flowers!  However, I’ve found that keeping it to two squirts (one on the back of the neck, one on the wrist) keeps it pleasant.  The projection on this scent is bloody amazing – I get comments and compliments every time I wear it (with just two squirts!).  The water hyacinth is really prominent, as is the greenness, but all of the florals can be identified and they blend together really well.

I don’t get anything fruity when I wear it, and there is a subtle spiciness that I actually think is related to the green notes.  On my skin, it’s all about the flowers without being overwhelming, though that could be the fact that I wear it with restraint.