I thought this would be a good scent to wear the day after one of the worst storms in (my personal) Memphis history. Called Hurricane Lawler Hurricane Lisa Marie or Hurricane Jerry Lee depending on who you believe (or prefer). Winds of nearly 70 mphs hour tore through my neighborhood and left a wake of fallen trees, blocked roads, and 150,000 people without power. But that doesn’t mean it has to stink! NEST fragrances are all very botanical, earthy, I had this sample of Indigo so I thought I would use spray it on before taking to the streets on my bike to assess the post storm damage.
Nest: the perfect accompaniment to your post-storm tourist trek.
I smell bergamont! Everyone was out and about:
Trees fallen like wild figs:
In case you can’t gather my interpretation of the essence of the scent from the photos, here’s the official Sephora description:
Moroccan tea, Kashmir wood, and black cardamom are enhanced with hints of wild fig and bergamot. These notes combine to create a captivating fragrance that transitions well from day to evening.
Inspired by the works of 18th Century British artist Mrs. Mary Delany, Laura Slatkin collaborated with master perfumers to translate these works of art into luxurious fragrances that capture the essence of each of the botanicals that adorn the products’ striking packaging.
Moroccan Tea, Kashmir Wood, Cardamom, Wild Fig.
Warm. Aromatic. Mysterious.
You’ll notice there really isn’t much fuss with the fragrance description here. Sephora did try stretch it out as best they could using the old beauty-writing stand by of “day to night”.
The Nest site doesn’t take it any further. It relies on a style I’d callnStoic-Chic. Their only words about Indigo?
Moroccan tea, kashmir wood and black cardamom are enhanced with hints of wild fig and bergamot.
Apparently NEST, doesn’t give any F’s about beauty and fragrance marketing lingo. Just like mother nature doesn’t give any F’s about what you had planned for Memorial Day weekend. I admit I’m already a fan. One of my regular fragrances is Nest Citrine. And citrine, the stone, also happens to be my favorite power rock and makes a great gift for people.
Nest says they make fragrances that capture the essence of the art of Mary Delany. Mary was a badass maker of paper-mosaicks of flowers. Meaning she used cut paper to make beautiful flower art. Something we should all aspire to do. Her biography said she had cutting skills, was known for “lively correspondence”, and hung out with Letitia Bushe, a watercolourist and miniaturist.
I’m officially setting an Indeed job alert for “miniaturist” and meanwhile, I’ll start creating a miniature version of my neighborhood post storm. With giant puddles near my building entry way, power wires strewn about like a drunken spider just came off a weekend tear, and of course little trees fallen everywhere.
Tenth Sample Breakdown
‘Mosaicks’ – Obsolete form of mosaic.
Cardamom – one of the world’s very ancient spices and also the third most expensive one next to saffron and vanilla. Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance. Cardamom was well known in ancient times and the Egyptians used it in perfumes and incense and chewed it to whiten their teeth, while the Romans used it for their stomachs when they over-indulged. Vikings came upon cardamom about one thousand years ago, in Constantinople, and introduced it into Scandinavia, where it remains popular to this day.
Kashmir wood: Synthetic material which is also known as Cashmeran, a musky-woody component, popular in many modern compositions. The diffusive, musky-woody scent is reminiscent of concrete (especially the abstract woody scent that concrete gives when hit upon by rain, a cityscape in the rain), also lightly spicy, lightly powdery.
Things to work on:
Cutting skills for paper flower Mosaicks
Remembering to bring goggles when running an errand during massive storms
Always remembering: flowers are beautiful and powerful. Allure magazine – recently wrote about how flowers are a symbol of resistance.
Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me: While the rest of the city tried to save the contents of their fridges and freezers, and tried to stay cool and connected, I got to watch TV in AC…