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.
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 11:19 PM by kumquat
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 11:33 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
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