In an old lady’s greenhouse: Aerin Waterlilly

Waterlillies remind me of ponds and ponds remind me of two things: 1) A really murky swimming hole from my childhood that was known as Sherwood’s Pond  (that might have been a toxic runoff for all I know)  and  2) A cute wishing well with lilypads.

I love a wishing well! I wonder if I could start one around here as passive income.

This sample of Aerin’s Waterlilly Sun is one of the more adorable things I’ve encountered in 2017 (not that there’s been a lot of opportunities for adorable in 2017, although I suppose there’s still time ..)

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It has a top made of magical dragon jade:

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And it smells like.   Like, grass clippings and generic bodywash and scented stationary.  It’s almost pleasant but not as bright as I would have expected from a scent with a jeweled top on its sample size.

I had a chance to ask a friend and fellow fragrance connoisseur what she thought and she said, “It smells like an old lady’s greenhouse room.”

Not a new lady’s but an old lady.  It has some heft – I think they call that musk.

There’s one old lady’s greenhouse room that I know of and I’m confident that her greenhouse encapsulates the essence of Aerin’s Waterlily Sun:

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It’s the old greenhouse lady from Minority Report!

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Lois Smith plays Dr. Iris Hineman who keeps killer plants and knows everything (as any old lady in a greenhouse should). She’s the one that is like “Dude, Tom, find the minority report and you will be free.” And then gives him an anecdote so he doesn’t die from being attacked by one of her poisoned plants. 

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I’m not the only person that is obsessed with this scene (or this movie).  If you haven’t seen it, check it out. The whole thing looks like Aerin Waterlily Sun smells, but better.

What makes it smell this way? Let’s check out the beauty store description:

Like sunlight reflecting on water, bright Sicilian bergamot and lush dewy greens entice the senses for an invigorating, luminous first impression. Delicate yet alluring waterlily and soft, exotic jasmine sambac add layers of depth and intensity, warmed by sweetly inviting musk. The effect is bright, dewy, and fresh.

Notes: Sicilian Bergamot, Jasmine Sambac.

Style: Floral. Watery.

Bergamot. Blech.

My friend who gave me the green house line told me she had a couple of the Aerin fragrances and that Aerin was related to Estee Lauder.  I fact checked this and would like to report that the Aerin website “about” section says:

Aerin is a global luxury lifestyle brand inspired by the signature style of its founder, Aerin Lauder (of the LAUDER family as in Estee Based on the premise that living beautifully should be effortless, the brand develops curated collections in the worlds of beauty, fashion accessories, and home decor. With a passion for art, travel, fashion, and design, Aerin’s own lifestyle serves as a focal point of inspiration for the brand. Classic but always with a modern point of view, every piece is created to make life more beautiful, with a sense of ease and refinement.

Reading this, I a strange urge to see Aerin accidentally tumble into Sherwood’s Pond while wearing a $3000 kaftan.  That would be so classic!

I hope the next sample smells better.  To be fair, the temp is changing here and even though I had a pleasant week and weekend, my sinuses are exploding in my face and it makes me a little cranky. I bet Dr. Iris Heinman would have a cure for me.

Until then:

Sixteenth Sample Breakdown

Terms or concepts learned:   Nepotism as “classic but always with modern ease and refinement.”

Things to work on:  A greenhouse. And getting more of those American greens yaknowwhatimsaying?  Speaking of this scent costs $170 for a 1.7 oz bottle.

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me: I was so lucky that I got to meet up with a friend who reminded me of old lady greenhouses. I got a free pass to a real swanky food and wine event and I ate a turkey burger with someone I care about and I caught Turner’s walk-off three-run homer just a few hours after purchasing Hulu Live so I could watch the game.  So this scent may be stanky but it may have powers.

Websites discovered: A Jezebel article confirming what I’d already gathered from reading the barely-100-word “about section” of Aerin’s site.

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Can You Stand The Rain? Burberry Black

I’m finally writing up a little something about my favorite scent yet that I tested out during probably my worst week in a few months. Will I give you details? Only about the perfume. You’ll have to read between the lines. This is called vagueposting.

Right on the heels of My Burberry White, I selected Burberry Black. I wanted to see what all the hubbub was about. I wondered: does it matter if it’s black or white?

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I believe all the burberry scents have a rose base and essence of overpriced trenchcoat. I loved My Burberry and this version is even better. A warmer floral that would be perf for hmmm… maybe a corn maze?  A witches ball? I’ll figure it out. I know it’s sexier because it’s muskier, right? Let’s turn to the professional description:

My Burberry Black fuses the scent of sun-drenched jasmine flower and peach nectar with a sensual touch of rose. The iconic rose note at the heart of My Burberry fragrances is given a sweet and inviting candied twist, while rich amber patchouli rounds out the scent for a deep and captivating finish.

A new fragrance joining the My Burberry collection, My Burberry Black follows the same codes of craftsmanship, innovation, and appreciation of the iconic Heritage Trench Coat. My Burberry Black travels back to a London garden amidst a gathering storm, heavy rain contrasting with the warm and captivating floral notes.

Notes:

Sun-drenched Jasmine, Peach Nectar, Candied Rose, Amber Patchouli.

Style:

Floral. Sexy. Intimate.

Gathering storm, heavy rain.   Can you stand it?


Candied rose (as opposed to Burberry White’ rain-tipped rose) doesn’t scream gathering storm to me but I’ll go with it because what do I know? I’ve never been in an English garden right before a gathering storm. Yet. As soon as I get a trench coat I’m so there.

Fourteenth Sample Breakdown

Terms or concepts learned:  Floral. Sexy. Intimate. Nope. Nothing new here.

Things to work on:  Craftsmanship, discipline, taking compliments, giving compliments, taking allergy medicine, making life decisions.

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:   I got tons of compliments wearing this. Although, I think the fact that one of the compliments came from the clerk at my neighborhood liquor store tells a little story about how my week has been.  It’s been rough.  Work, life, and love – they never stop trying to kill you so you might as well spray a forcefield of jasmine and amber patchouli musk over your soul.

Websites discovered:     A site that tells you about top London Gardens (they take that business very seriously).

Hanging on to Summer Vibes: Folle de Joie

As soon as I spritzed this on my flesh I had a flash of a massive POSTlabor day parade with gigantic floats made of real flowers and shaped like ballet slippers and kittens and gazebos – all being towed by 1,000 people wearing patent leather white shoes and seersucker suits in a late September fashion rebellion.

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Why hadn’t I tried this scent in the summer?  This smells like all my favorite flowers and none of them have any place in fall. In the fall I like to wear scents that smell like the outside of a burnt hotdog tossed in a broken dryer with an acrylic sweater fresh from basement storage.

I’m kidding. But, this scent brought to mind a particular top I’ve been trying to wear on repeat before I have to change into corn-maze gear. It’s a Zara floral.  And it says summertime pretty hard but it’s hot in Memphis so I thought I’d try to make it work for as long as I can even though we are staring at the end of September.  Sooner or later though, people start to notice that all the candy is coming in Halloween editions and it’s far past back to school.   Eventually you have to let go of summer and all the flowers and freedom it entails.  I guess.

So, anyway,  if I had to describe this scent I would say it smells like this:

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If you need words – here is the description of Folle de Joie from the Joie site:

Derived from the ease of California’s sea scented beaches and romanticized by Parisian charm, Folle de Joie captures the carefree yet sophisticated JOIE lifestyle. The scent opens with a burst of freshness from an intimate blend of calming sweet citrus mixed and a light woodsy floral, giving way to playful hints of rich cognac. Folle De Joie’s mid notes of jasmine and rose add a feeling of Summer’s carefree essence while exotic warm base notes of spicy and rich wood and leather nuances broaden the seductive scent. Presented in a bottle reminiscent of a treasured vintage find, the delicate gold accents and textured linen paper add to the overall affect creating the perfect package.

And from Birchbox (where I think I got this sample):

There are two spots that feature prominently in our wanderlust-fueled daydreams: SoCal beaches and Parisian sidewalk cafés. Luckily, we can live vicariously through this refreshing fragrance. Folle de Joie, which translates to crazy with joy, evokes both the relaxed and playful vibe of California and the seductiveness and refinement of the City of Light. The perfume opens with a burst of freshness from a blend of citrus and a light woodsy floral, giving way to hints of cognac. Its middle notes—jasmine and Damascenia rose—give the scent a carefree, summery vibe. Warm base notes of spicy woods and rich leather add a seductive finish.

Citrus and a woodsy floral. My favorite.  If they come out with a burnt-leaves-wanderlust edition this will be my go-to fragrance for fall!

Twelfth Sample Breakdown

Terms or concepts learned:  

Damascenia rose – has ancient pharmacological uses – it’s a holy herb. It also smells really good.

Things to work on:  

No being hung up on timing for things like tops or fragrances or success or relationships or snacks.

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:

Got a couple compliments and got to take a trip to Canada. Lucky scents lately!

Websites discovered:

Wanderlust magazine (UK)

MIU MIU for kitty-catting around

It wasn’t hard to pick the next sample. Red and turquoise look so good together:

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There’s something I really like about this scent. Something familiar and a little retro. Like a pleasant hint of vintage avon-solid perfume.  But where would I wear this?

Luckily, in my recent research, I’ve found that some fragrance videos are more instructive, like this one:

You know how sometimes you’re shopping with friends and someone will come out of the dressing room with some blouse on and y’all will be like, “oh that’s cute, that would be good for like walking around”?  Yeah we all need a story for something. We need to visualize ourselves using beautiful things even if it is just for walking around. MIU MIU perfume would be good for playing “kitty” and rolling around on an area rug.

I consider MIU MIU the high-fash brand of the high fashion people that consider themselves quirky so I feel hip and validated that I like this fragrance.

Sephora writes this about MIU MIU:

With Miu Miu, nothing is ever exactly what it seems because the codes of real and artificial, fantasy and reality, classic and modern, are always twisted and reworked. There is a coy, mischievous quality to everything in the brand; it flirts with, and upsets, expectations

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Fragrance Family: Fresh

Scent Type: Fresh Florals

Key Notes: Lily of the Valley, Akigalawood, Sandalwood

Miu Miu Eau de Parfum starts with an elegant, sensual floral—lily of the valley—composed of real jasmine, real rose absolute, and synthetic green notes. The soft, fresh, ingénue scent is set against a deep earth-toned background: the wood and pepper of akigalawood, an extract of patchouli. The akigalawood adds a rich, brooding mystery to the subtle sparkle of the floral. The surprising combination feels natural and timeless—flower and earth—but the effect created by the multifaceted process is utterly contemporary.  

Jasmine! Lily of the Valley! I knew it.

Here’s where I confess my love of lily of the valley scented dusting powder.  I’ve been meaning to do a couple posts on things I think don’t stink. Things I really like smelling and here’s my chance to introduce the spin-off:  DUSTING POWDER.

If you aren’t into dusting powders that’s ok. They aren’t for everyone. You may not have things or body parts that need dusting. Or maybe you live in the desert.

I’ve long been a fan of Lush’s Silky Underwear, but my budget brand is currently Taylor of London:

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You have to be secure to wear Lily of the Valley.  Wearing dusting powder is twisting a re-working an age-old retirement home favorite.

Finding ways to make your mark in the world. One timeless fragrance at a time.

Eighth Sample Breakdown

Terms and other things learned:

Akigalawood: Akigalawood is a perfume note which was fractionated from patchouli oil and is used by Givaudan. Its odor is described as woody, spicy and floral.

Lily of the Valley: green floral with a clean and bright profile, sweetish jasmine-like without the indolic nuance of the latter when used with other florals

Things to work on: 

  1. Area rug rolling
  2. Wearing more red and turquoise together
  3. Flirting with and upsetting expectations  – just like Miu Miu

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:

I took a couple tests this week to do copyrighting and ghost writing and confirmed that I need to brush up on my grammar skills and that I might not make a good dating site profile ghostwriter.

The evening ended with a really great lightening storm.  Was it the fragrance? One doesn’t know. 

Websites discovered:

Parfumo

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