One of the things that I’ve learned is that coastal towns of the same latitude are really similar despite their political boundaries. Now coastal “touristy” towns are even more similar. The shops are the same. The restaurants are the same (always fried fish and potatoes). And the candies are usually the same. It’s something sticky and sugary either it be taffy or candy floss.There’s typically some sort of dinky arcade and rides. Now I’m in Washington and the beaches here are lovely but really sort of sad if you are expecting anything “happening”. The beaches are rocky and rugged and like something out of some 1950’s adventure stories book for young boys. The water is freezing and it’s always too windy. Oregon is better, more hospitable to humans but nothing like a Southern California beach. Go to the upper East Coast of the U.S. and it’s about the same as Washington but without the crazy rock formations. It’s still cooler and remote. Go further down the coast and it’s a little more hospitable and more touristy with dinky little import shops and kitschy ice cream parlors. Anyway, what I’m getting at is that in the US, Europe and even parts of Asia of the same latitude¹ have this same sort of small, remote coastal town “feel”. It’s a day trip escape for those of us that live in climates that cause high percentages of vitamin D deficiencies.
Reading the inspiration and the perfumer’s description of the inspiration of 4160 Tuesdays What I Did on My Holidays, I was like yep, I know this place she is talking about even though I had never been. But, I have been there, to the town she described. I’ve been there many times even though they are all different places. I’ve been there.
What I Did on My Holidays (WIDoMH) opens up unusually with what smells exactly like a opening a bag of saltwater taffy. There’s mint, strawberry, melon, coconut, vanilla and salt. It’s all of those scents all at once. And then it becomes coconut tanning lotion and salted caramel. The dry-down is a delicious vanilla.
Overall, WIDoMH does smell like little touristy coastal towns. Salts and sweets. Wearing it, I see the arcades and the little kiddo rides and the paint peeling off of the outside of weathered, wind-beaten cafes.
Notes listed include mint, coconut, sea notes, seaweed, lavender, cotton candy, vanilla and ice cream. Launched in 2013. PERFUMER – Sarah McCartney
Give WIDoMH a try if you like nostalgic scents or gourmands. Or if you like perfumes like A Beautiful Life I Heart Unicorns, LUSH Snow Fairy, MiN New York Magic Circus, Aquolina Pink Sugar Sensual and/or Smell Bent Mamma Cassis.
Projection and longevity are average.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Boardwalks and salt water taffy. It smells like it wanted to.
¹Places that I’ve visited…
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Luckyscent. Nina Foch pic from www.fanpix.net.