The Joy of Random Selection (23/7/11)


Adelaide temperature last two weeks

Freaking cold and frosty -3c in the Barossa yesterday morning

What a crazy couple of weeks it has been. 30th June marks End of Financial Year and is frantic time for us Accountants and Bookkeepers. On top of this my beloved is a mad, obsessed 8-ball fan/player ( 8-Ball is similar to Snooker or 9-ball). What my beloved’s hobby has got to with this, you may well ask… Well every year we host an Invitation event at our home, generally attended by circa 40 people, this begins at 11.30am and runs well into the night; often well into the next day. I am head event and catering manager, exhausting but rewarding. Along with many of our favourite friends and family our best friends come from the Yorke Peninsula and are an integral part of our team. It’s a great time for us to catch up and consume more than the average quota of red wine. I made some Reed Diffusers for my helpers, whose big, beautiful, bright smiles gladdened my tired body and warmed my heart. Fragrance is the music of my soul.

Whilst I have been head down in book work, I have been randomly grabbing samples each day and evening. This has given me a wonderful sense of freedom, to be lifted from the obsession of having some daily idea of what I will be sampling the next day and then analysing them. The joy of just being… Enjoying the company in quiet contemplation without any expectation. I have an obsessional and controlling personality, this has been a revelation of sorts.

Fragrances I have enjoyed during these past weeks include; Vivienne Westwood – Boudoir (thanks to Carrie for this recommendation), I love it, sensuous and comforting. ELdO – Tom of Finland also gave this one to beloved to wear whilst competing, may have helped, he made the top 8. Montale – Sweet Oriental Dream, I forgot how much I adore this. L’Artisan – Mure et Musc (went to bed with this subtle darling last night as beloved is away for the weekend at an 8-Ball Championship). Frederic Malle – l’Eau d’Hiver – Musc Ravageur. Christian Dior – Addict. Random Le Labo’s, can’t go wrong there. Still enjoying the company of EL Sensuous.

What a joy cleaning out pockets of various jackets and find those little friends who have been keeping me company. Had some interesting layering moments to. I would be at work and reach into my jacket pocket and put on whatever I pulled out.

So, that’s been my perfume fortnight.

Now as I gently open my vial of Guerlain L’heure bleue in honour of my wonderful, insightful, funny and clever friends, whilst listening to Empire State of Mind and getting ready to watch “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”, I bid you adieu for now.





A Sensuous date with destiny (30/6/11)

A Review – Estee Lauder Sensuous EDP

Adelaide today: 18°c/65°f

It has been a long time since I visited an Estee Lauder fragrance. White Linen and Youth Dew have been popular here for many years and in my younger years I found them too heavy for my taste. I was eager to try Beyond Paradise when it was released, party due to the Eden project connection. I was mostly underwhelmed by it.  The lovely Carrie Meredith recommended Sensuous and after reading current discussions about it, I decided to give it a try.

The sample sat on my desk all day yesterday and most of today, for some reason I was apprehensive about it. Then I took a deep breathe and said “Ok, just do it”.  The creamy sandalwood comes through right at the beginning with ylang and gentle songbirds doing a sugar plum fairy dance around it. This captured me immediately. Ylang and sandalwood are among my favourite essential oils. Sensuous feels like a kindred spirit softening the edges, adding nuance and subtlety with light floral spicy notes, bringing out the soul and essence then fixing it in place with warming amber. It is a lovely almost linear harmony. L’air du desert marocain is my current amber love, Sensuous has just nestled along side it and given it a warm embrace.  Sensuous is sitting around the fire drinking Grenache and listening to Leonard Cohen’s, First We Take Manhattan and chattering on about things of yore.

I feel I now need to revisit those earlier Estee Lauder fragrances and add Cinnabar to the list. What is old can be new again.

Notes per the Estee Lauder website: Warm – Molten Woods, Amber, Feminine – Jasmine, Ghost Lily, Magnolia, Ylang Luminous – Black Pepper, Sandalwood, Honey,Mandarin, Orange Pulp

Sample was purchased by me.

Thanks for reading

Sharryn ~♥~

Start the way you mean to finish.. (29/6/11)

Adelaide today: 18°c/65°f

Welcome to my inaugural post. I am nervous and excited at the same time. I will be posting as often as my work and lifestyle permits. I have decided to note the temperature at the time of my post for comparison of how a fragrance behaves in variations of temperature. The temperature variables here in Adelaide are:

winter (daily maximum) 15.9°c/60.62°f

summer 28.3°c/82.96°f

However, we can experience heat waves of 40°/104°+ for 7 days or more, ours is a very dry heat unless we have a milder/wetter summer, then it can be slightly humid.

I am eager to try L’air du desert marocain and Ambre Sultan in a heatwave that should be an interesting experience. If anyone has any perfume suggestions for the hot weather I’d love you to share them with me.

Thanks for reading – Sharryn