Here’s my annual holiday gift guide for glamorous types that would be happy to have back-seamed stockings in their stocking! This is the gift guide for those that appreciate the timeless elegance of red lipstick, perfectly set hairstyles and oval-shaped manicures. Even if one can’t live the Old Hollywood fantasy lifestyle of silk dressing robes and a MGM contract, one can add a little bit of glamour in their daily lives with any of the items here:
It all started with aroma M Camellia Hair Oil and Face Oil. We perfume folks are gluttons. A luxurious hair and complexion oil wasn’t enough for us. We then demanded a matching bath and body oil. But, why stop there? We then demanded to have a perfume in this lovely scent. And now we have it. Not only are we gluttons but we’re a rather demanding group and sometimes this works in our favor.
Rebel + Mercury Bouquet is a perfume inspired by flowers, but it reminds me of chestnut honey. It’s a bitter and tannic spicy floral with smoke and leather.
Bouquet opens with lemon varnish and hay. There’s a hint of dried apricots and fresh leaves. The heart introduces some smoke with the florals. Bouquet dries down to a bitter immortelle. Because of the “greenness” in the base, I’m reminded of chestnut honey.
Aftelier Oud Luban Parfum Extrait is an oil-based version of the limited edition solid perfume that was available in the 2011 holiday season. This is a perfume of “highs and lows” meaning that it lacks middle notes.
Oud Luban opens with the juiciest blood orange and terpenious resins. Oud Luban is interesting. Up close it smells of the world’s juiciest orange mixed with orange marmalade, from a distance I get an amazing melange of real ouds and resins. It reminds me of Georgia O’Keeffe’s precisionist… Continue reading | 3 Comments
It’s the middle of The Great Depression and I imagine it’s rather difficult to sell a luxury French perfume. Or is it?
Caron French Cancan was made just for an American audience; hence, the corny name that conjures up Parisian gaiety. I can’t speak too much on the history of the fragrance but I would love to read an essay about this one. I can say that for many of us, even our mothers and grandmothers, that perfume has been a form of escapism. Many… Continue reading | 9 Comments