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Scent of the Day

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.

  1. SOTD Monday, 24 March 2014


    Kumquat's garden
    Profumum-
    Rosae Mundi, EDP

    The memory of a garden, long ago,
    many summers now, the dolls on the porch
    and some strawberry jam.
    Raspberries. Were there raspberries, too?
    Fat and glossy; warming in the sun.

    We played in the sprinklers
    while the robins danced.
    White-hot rays glazed the
    bobbing blossoms on the pink tea roses.
    I can taste it now;
    ...

    Updated 24th March 2014 at 10:19 PM by kumquat

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  2. SOTD Monday, January, 27 2014


    Audrey Hepburn

    Hermés- Caléche

    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 24th March 2014 at 10:33 PM by kumquat

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  3. SOTD Tuesday, April17, 2012


    John Singer Sargent
    Serge Lutens-
    Vetiver Oriental

    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 06:12 PM by kumquat

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  4. SOtD Tuesday 27, March, 2012


    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 08:37 PM by kumquat

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  5. SOTD Thursday , February 2, 2012



    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
    wondrous world.
    ...

    Updated 2nd February 2012 at 04:47 PM by kumquat

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