Sunday, January 9, 2011

SOTD: None. And seasonal shifts. And poultry skin.

I seem to have suddenly--and temporarily, I'm sure--lost interest in perfume. I theorize that this is day length--it's cold, but days are getting longer, so I'm being reprogrammed to want warm-weather perfumes, but I don't want them yet. It's just a theory.

Actually, I am craving scents, but they're not scents that my collection offers me. I want the brown-butter dusty scent of the cepes note in Aftelier Cepes & Tuberose, but without the sweet tuberose. And I want the scent of garlic. And crispy chicken or duck skin. And bacon. I want smoky meat instead of smoky sweetness or just plain smoky smoke.

Salt, smoke, butter, and crisp fat. I don't think that the perfume world has anything for me right now.

But I still want to buy perfume. Badly. I want to select it, and click the Buy button, and wait for the package to come, and have the unwrapping ceremony. But I don't want to wear it.

My brain is confused.

Image: By Evan Swigart. Wikimedia Commons.


  1. Sonoma Scent Studio Fireside Intense smells very much like smoked meat to me. Have you tried it? It was my new year's eve shocker perfume.

  2. Oh? And, oh? I have never tried it. OK, forget the List, I'm going to make an actual Plan to get a sample. (They do samples, I hope?)

  3. Sounds to me like you need a real good feed of roasted meats! After much denial, I'm convinced my current craving for orange fragrances originates in either a lack of vitamin C or I'm really thirsty.

    Do I have any orange fragrances? No! So my craving continues. I too want to click that "buy" button, but I clicked it too many times these past few weeks.

  4. Some say Tauer's Lonestar Memories smells a bit like smoked sausage as well. It's certainly smoky. Another one, and I haven't tried it, is Kolnisch Juchten, which is also very leathery apparently.

    As for SSS, they do offer a sample programme and it's very reasonably priced, at that. I'd certainly recommend visting their website!

  5. Sheesh, after the weekend I just had with a stargazer lily, I'd say get one of those puppies. You can have your meat without meat and without perfume. ;)

    This post made me chuckle, because I am a person who has clear periods of non-interest when it comes to scenting myself...but the collector portion of my brain remains alert for acquisitions. I wonder if it's like coming across the Woolen Outlet midsummer; you enter knowing nothing you will purchase would be of immediate practical use, but later, it could be Just The Thing.

    Oh! And the unwrapping ceremony...that gets a simple, resounding, YES. :)

  6. Eau des Iles by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier is juicy, smoked, scorched even, BBQ-ed meat...mmmm

  7. Michael beat me to it! I immediately thought of Lonestar Memories in which I do get a clear barbecued meat note.

    Analagous to the jumper in the Woollen Outlet in summer is Christmas card buying in January. Makes total sense as they are always heavily discounted, but their usage date seems ludicrously distant, plus they are guaranteed to make you feel cheap.

    I have not yet stooped to my father's practice of keeping unused diaries and overwriting all the days of the week manually so he could use them in a future year.

  8. Yo, JoanElaine! Yes, I think I need a duck. A really crispy duck.

    I have several orange fragrances, but none of them are quite utterly perfect. I've been on a year-long orange question.

  9. Hey, Michael! Hmmm. I tried Lonestar Memories and it didn't work, but my tastes have shifted since. I ought to try it again. Kolnisch Juchten, huh? I've never heard of that one, and on a quick Google it looks really interesting.

    Hmmm. Spray samples from SSS, I see. I approve.

  10. Yo, ScentScelf! I'm fascinated by your post about that lily. I want one!

    A few years ago I saw a sale on quite nice wool sweaters for something like eight or twelve dollars. I bought enough to last me a lifetime, and regret it every time I open the sweater trunk, and I'm trying to Let It Be A Lesson To Me. :)

  11. Yo, Marina! Yes? OK, it's time for another sample order. I just saw that the last one was in November, not December, so it's about time, right? Of course it is!

  12. Hey, Vanessa! OK, I must try Lonestar Memories again. I was annoyed that I didn't like it, so I'll give it another try.

    In addition to the Trunk O Sweaters, we have Stack O Christmas Card Boxes so high that Himself only used two cards from each box to get through the whole Christmas card list. We figure that rotating through the boxes that way reduces the odds that we'll send the same card to the same person two years in a row.

  13. I have a sample of Lonestar Memories on the way, and have since been disappointed to learn that so many people think it smells like smoked meat (don't want that). I will have to judge for myself, I guess, as there seem to also be many people who don't feel that way.

  14. Howdy, Carrie! Maybe it's one of those things where you can shift the interpretation depending on how you think about it? Like the Mitsouki=stale nuts/gasoline thing.

    I've been thinking for a while that there ought to be a way to make a "bacon" fragrance without actually smelling like bacon--one that's actually wearable. Something that's inspired by the dance between sweet and salt and smoke, without actually smelling like bacon.