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    Default Clinique Happy - Perfume For Ninjas

    (Originally from the blog.)

    Happy was one of the initial three fragrances that started me on this journey (along with Unforgivable and Armani Code). Happy and Code were on the Amazon Top 20 in menís fragrance and me, not knowing where else to start, took that list and started hitting up stores and crossing fragrances off the list.


    My thought process at the time was that Happy was unlike anything else Iíd tested; that is, it was much more subtle. The orange juice gives you a clue of what to expect inside, and Iíve written previously on Basenotes that it captures the image of a ripe orange better than an actual orange does, and this is coming from a Miami native. The name makes me laugh, because it was the first time I came to the realization that I may be a homo. Happy For Men? Really? Iím not all that happy for men.

    Iga Province, 1596. Fuma Kotaro dozed in the aft end of the ship. His goal was clear; he would kill the greatest ninja that ever lived. He felt the manís presence before hearing him and awoke instantly, his hand reaching for his nihonto. It was one of his subordinates.

    ďWe have fifteen minutes.Ē

    Kotaro nodded his assent and started searching through his bag, making preparations.


    According to Basenotes, Happy features top notes of Kaffir Lime, Kalamanzi Fruit, Mandarin, and Yuzu, with assorted green notes in the middle, set on a base of Cypress, Cedar, and Guiacwood. However, the composition is a little too tight to pinpoint any note in particular. In a word, happy is light. The base isnít particularly prominent, and so the whole thing has a sort of ethereal quality.

    Kotaro and his band of ninja pore over the map, quietly discussing the plan for the evening. Assignments and marks were given, and the rendezvous point was set; meet on shore within an hour.

    ďGive the command,Ē he muttered to the tall, bearded man standing to his right. The man nodded and went below decks. The rest of the band of ninja went above, to the deck, watching the Tokugawa-owned ship that they had been pursuing slow and gradually come to a stop in the inland sea.

    Below decks the bearded man lit the fuse and quickly headed for the deck on the aft end of the ship. When the fuse hit the explosives, the belly of the ship was ripped open and they began to sink into the tranquil, but ravenous, sea.


    Patrols on the enemy ship watched with alarm. As the water reached the deck and spilled over, the ninja calmly donned masks and snorkels, allowing the sea to take them under.


    To call the scent ethereal, however, is to maybe mask the main issue with it. This scent has no projection. It has no lasting power. Itís great for a scent to be inoffensive, but thereís a point where you can probably just do without it altogether. To be honest, I havenít worn it as anything other than a layering agent, which it does rather well (I typically layered it with Calvin Klein Euphoria). But itís otherwise just a kiss, a whiff of orange, and then itís gone.

    Kotaro silently scaled the side of the ship. His target was finally trapped, with no way out. Hattori Hanzo, the legend in the flesh. He peeked over the side of the ship and spotted a sentry on the opposite side, his patrol taking him out of sight. Fuma Kotaro reached down, his hands grasping a shuriken. With a grunt, he loosed the weapon at an angle, the four-pointed shuriken whistling and suddenly making a bank to the right. He heard it connect with a muffled thunk and the man let out a surprised yell, flailing wildly and falling over the side.


    Fuma raised an eyebrow and lifted himself over the side, taking cover in the shadows of the deck. The confusion raised by the drowning man would present the perfect opportunity. There was one ritual to complete before the death, though. Kotaro reached into his robe and pulled out a small bottle of Clinique Happy For Men. He tilted his head back and poured fully half of the bottle over his body, allowing the liquid to coat him from head to toe. He opened his eyes and crept below-decks while the pandemonium on the other end of the ship distracted the guards.


    Maybe Iím wrong, and there is some other, redeeming quality to the stuff. But inoffensive has itís limits and when all is said and done, Iím not all that happy.

    Kotaro unsheathed his katana, his prey now within striking distance. Where subterfuge and surprise had failed before, there was only one option. He knocked. The door slowly opened, and Hattori Hanzo and Fuma Kotaro locked eyes for the first and last time. Kotaro exploded forward, the katana taking Hanzo through the chest.

    As Hanzo died, he never even smelled the oranges.
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    I do not know what you were smoking... but I want some of that
    very funny post, I bit too long though. And the end reminds me the begining of my favorite book A hundred years of solitude.

    'Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.'
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    Default Re: Clinique Happy - Perfume For Ninjas

    Oh No! One Hundred Years Of Solitude!
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    Sadly, Hatori Hanzo died of natural causes at the age of 55. Arguably the greatest ninja of his day.
    However, it's cool to believe in the legend that he met his death at the hands of another famous ninja, Fuma Kotaro. Hatori would probably have preferred it that way . . .

    If the name Hatori Hanzo sounds familiar, it's because he was resurrected by Quentin Terentino in Kill Bill One. That's the name he chose, as an in-joke--or an in--tribute---to the 16th century ninja.

    In the film, Hatori Hanzo is the master swordmaker from Okinawa, who has taken a blood oath never to make another instrument of violence again----until he meets Uma Thurman/ The Bride and feels honor bound to forsake his sushi-shop in Okinawa ( another in-joke Okinawa is renowned for the worst sushi ) as he takes a month to create his greatest sword, ever--and ceremoniously presents it to Uma.

    Clinique Happy makes me morose, because it's the best orange scent readily found.
    Milller Harris Cuir d'Oranger is superb, however it's not "pure" orange scent but a combination of leather and woods.

    And I completely missed out on the discontinued L'Occitane's Neroli.

    Though legend has it that a retired classical fencing master in Provence has hidden a hoard of the stuff inside wine cellar-- which he will only share with anyone who can track him down, and best him with a rapier . . .

    Damn!
    What have I been smoking?

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    Default Re: Clinique Happy - Perfume For Ninjas

    Quote Originally Posted by Mario Justiniani View Post
    Sadly, Hatori Hanzo died of natural causes at the age of 55. Arguably the greatest ninja of his day.
    However, it's cool to believe in the legend that he met his death at the hands of another famous ninja, Fuma Kotaro. Hatori would probably have preferred it that way . . .
    Yes, the truth is much more depressing. But this way I got to combine perfume and ninjas. :bounce:
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    If you like pure orange, try a decant of Bigarade Concentree.
    "When he shook hands with me my nostrils were assailed by all the perfumes of Arabia."
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    Default Re: Clinique Happy - Perfume For Ninjas

    Honestly, I totally missed the homoerotic reference from the name 'Happy for Men' until reading your post.

    Thanks!

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