A safe Nest in a storm.

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.

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Nest: the perfect accompaniment to your post-storm tourist trek.

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I smell bergamont!  Everyone was out and about:

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So many blocked roads!

Trees fallen like wild figs:

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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.

Notes:

Moroccan Tea, Kashmir Wood, Cardamom, Wild Fig.

Style:

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

Terms learned:

‘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…

 

 

 

 

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The Sniffer is Back!

I’ve been healed!  After a week of worrying about the state of my olfactory nerves, I found myself out of doors in the late (late) evening having a birthday drink with my sig-O (thats short for significant other).  I caught a whiff of the jasmine behind him and was reminded of a thousand splendid perfumes.  Had I been able to smell all along? There’s no telling.

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Funny that earlier that very day I happened to get an email from the tick testing lab! Apparently my tick was not lost in the mail and I was not exposed to any deadly diseases. That was one clean tick.

Here’s her full report:

Lyme: negative

Relapsing fever: negative

Babesiosis: negative

Anaplasmosis: negative

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I was instructed not to use the information for clinical decisions, but I’ve decided it’s ok to decided to go ahead and live.

There’s much to catch up on. Coming up: a post on Tom Ford’s Orchid Soleil, Lollia’s Dream No. 25, and an essay about magazine page fragrance samples and job interviews.

Lessons learned: CTFO and let the flowers be smelled.

The Smell of Lazy Mornings & Blue Jeans

Picked for SPRING! First day of spring on Monday. Why not try by Rosie Jane’s Leila Lou?

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By Rosie Jane is a “An apothecary & lifestyle brand combing luxe and the perfection of simplicity. Environmentally friendly & sustainable. Made in California.”  I imagine she’d appreciate my environmentally friendly but entirely unluxe unsimplistic unsustainable sample hoarding thing I have going on.

Inside the sample card it says it is inspired by spring. I know I’m already ready to be inspired by spring. It won’t take much after the bullshit-blizzard winter rained down on us all amiright?

I pulled the top off the micro-vial and noticed that it was not a spray but a dabber! I had a real live perfume oil sample on my hands. See? Seasons change and things are looking up. This stuff smells good, like a fancy produce stand, a laguna beach boutique princess, being outside in the spring when you catch a whiff of honeysuckle or lilac instead of pee on concrete, and like maybe what Kerrie Walsh Jennings smells like when she goes out partying after winning gold medals.

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Text inside says:

LEILA LOU

INSPIRED

by SPRING

a long lunch with friends.

a walk through fields of flowers.

lazy mornings in bed.

time spent with the people you love.

the perfect while t-shirt and great jeans.

 

I can tell this is a lifestyle brand product. Rosie Jane doesn’t need to use a bunch of adjectives + femininity. She just tells you the story you’re already living when you wear this.

You will never guess what I was wearing all day?  Yeah, a white (not perfect) t-shirt and (almost great) jeans!   “Lazy morning in bed” is a term that always annoys me because Mark Twain wrote entire novels sitting in bed in his pajamas. I don’t trust anyone from Los Angeles saying anything about the smell of fresh cut grass unless they work the grounds at Dodger Stadium, but it doesn’t stop me from liking the smell of this. Reminds me of Kai.

This truly irresistible perfume oil is made with essential oils. Leila Lou captures the alluring scent of freshness and innocence. This fragrance is light, refreshing and easy to wear.

Top Notes: Nectarine + Fresh Cut Grass

Middle Notes: Pear Blossom + Jasmine

Base Notes: Vanilla + Cotton Musk

I have to remember to includes notes about how easy or hard these things are to wear. Leila Lou was indeed easy. Hello spring.

 

Sixth Sample Breakdown

Terms learned: I may have to change this category to Fun Facts Learned. Like “The term Jasmine is probably derived from Persian word Yasmine meaning “fragrance,” which is adopted in Arabic as Yasym given to jasmine flowers.”

Did you know that the Fragrance Foundation awards are called the Jasmine Awards?

Still don’t know what cotton musk is.

Things to work on:  

1)  Look into natural vs synthetic fragrances. Most web searches turn up nonscientific ramblings from the antiparaben mafia so it’s hard to get real answers. Maybe the answers are in books.

2) Lifestyle fragrance stories to describe my perfect scent. Here’s one:

a bag of munchos

your favorite gemstone

a misunderstood text conversation

the right emoji

the wafting of your neighbors dinner

spilt whiskey

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:  

Let’s just say I put this scent on in Memphis and wound up flying a kite on a beach in the Gulf of Mexico later that evening.  

Not to mention The Secret History of Twin Peaks was available on kindle from the library

Websites discovered: 

The Fragrance Foundation