This blog depicts my interpretation of a chosen scent. I write a description and then list the notes and illustrate with a painting or photograph.
Top- Aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli, cypress
Heart- Jasmine, rose, Lily-of-the-valley, ylang ylang
Base- Olibanum (frankincense), Vetiver, sandalwood, amber, tonka, musk
Created in 1961
A gentle woody musk that calls to mind
the 'Mad Men' era.
A woman had to use her feminine charms
Updated 1st February 2014 at 09:23 PM by kumquat
John Singer Sargent
Spring rushes forth in this cascade of moss and gold.
A brisk, sparkling tingle brightens the afternoon.
Lazing in the grass with a good book, some fine wine and
charming companions, it might be a perfect day to fly a kite.
Creamy and unisex, this delightful blend is as sensual as it is poetic.
Men and women appreciate one another ; yin and yang.
Updated 17th April 2012 at 07:12 PM by kumquat
Thomas Gainsborough-Portrait of a Lady in Blue
Guerlain- L'Heure Bleue
Heliotrope- powdery, cherry almonds,
good enough to eat,
surround one in a joyful cloud.
Cool tones strike wistful notes.
Imagine the days when scent was so precious,
only the wealthy had this luxury;
the tremendous pleasure it gave
in a gray, dreary world.
L’Heure Bleue was created by Jacques Guerlain
Updated 4th April 2012 at 09:37 PM by kumquat
Guerlain - Shalimar
Undulating woods layered with dense vanilla;
a chorus of amber throbs throughout.
Named for the gardens of Lahore,
we are transported to ancient times of incense,
golden veils and velvet pillows in a palace of beauty.
Exotic flowers grace the bodies of the fair maidens;
luxuriating in the ancient oils and spices of their
Updated 2nd February 2012 at 05:47 PM by kumquat
Bessie Coleman, 1892-1926
One can feel the rush of the props
and the cool air as it picks up the scent of violets.
Clouds scudding by in the azure sky;
weightless, yet filled with the promise of a glorious day.
The wind sings in the struts
as we bank gently over the fields.
Light leather stirs up from the
supple coat and gloves,
while garden flowers
Updated 18th April 2012 at 04:56 PM by kumquat