Thread: Why Mouchoir de Monsieur?
The use of a cotton batiste hand rolled handkerchief is somewhat of a forgotten thing to most people. All Fragonistas should thus far be armed with them at all times liberally sprayed with the eau de toilette of preference. This discussion will involve alternate means of enjoying fine fragrance in one's personal daily habits. I can suggest very many that may not be as obvious to most as they have been to me. To wit: Anybody brave enough and equipped the appropriate ingredients should try this in the immediate, and comment on their appreciation/lack there of: In a tall tumbler, pour one shot of vodka. There in carefully put ONE DROP of Shalimar parfum. Mix with a spoon. Fill the glass with ice, then plain soda water: Drink.
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It appears to me, having read so many fragrance reviews on basenotes, that few are those who are creative in their application of the juice, and with its' choice of concentration: One drop of perfume extract suspended in vodka or everclear can indeed make a sensational experience depending on which fragrance is chosen; Just one example--the usage of fragrant elixirs to stimulate the psyche is an underrated art to be sure: Notably, the scents of Lavender, Bergamot, "Menthe Crepue" (Mint) and rosemary are all cerebral awakeners that steady the thought process, allowing one to focus. Fragrances containing these, Mouchoir de Monsieur itself being an ironic example, seem to be made to perfume cotton handkerchiefs and linings: Spraying your handkerchief quite liberally with Mouchoir de Monsieur and then keeping it in your purse, breast pocket, or even in the back pocket of jeans, can allow for a kind of "secret weapon" in all circumstances, especially stressful and unpleasant ones: Any composition that contains large doses of lavender works beautifully for this application. The perfuming of linings of coats and jackets is another secret charm I would love to help others to discover. Stay tuned for point for point instructions on when, where, how much, and why.
Indeed. Follow these instructions to the letter, and you shall have an extraordinary drink. Most people don't stock "Everclear" in their liquor cabinets but it is better than plain vodka, or any vodka. Being straight grain alcohol it better diffuses the fragrant oils and minimizes the toxicity of the solvents inherent in the parfum. This works ONLY with parfum concentrations, and one need dispense precisely one drop into the shot of liquor, whichever it be, stir, add ice, then soda water: Garnish with some fresh parma violets or edible pansies if they are in season: Your guests won't believe how exquisite your secret house cocktail is. I used to serve these at parties in Paris, calling them "Flower Bombs" before Viktor and Rolf named their scent after them. This works with many of the sweet fragrances, like flower bomb, Joy or ones that contain quite a lot of violet: Shalimar is my pick because it is suave and very "gourmand." What not to try? Chypres are disasterous as oakmoss has an absolutely vile taste and anything too heavy weighted with musks or Coumarine: Think bright, feminine florals, or yummy gourmands like Angel which unveils a kind of mysterious white chocolate sensational surprise, tinged with the very unexpected taste of the etherial scents of flowers. Furthermore, bathing in fragrance, using only an eau de cologne concentration, while sipping one or two of these cocktails in preparation for a party can allow for a perfectly scented entrance: How to bathe in eau de cologne? Just ask.
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Another long forgotten art: The fragrant inhalation, used medicinally for centuries: In Scandinavia they sell essential oils to inhale dropped atop a bowl of boiling water over which one holds the head, covering it with a towel. Fragrances do have curative properties. One, Comme des Garcons (Original) "is" a medicament. I have cured colds with it by dousing my chest with two sprays and lightly misting my pillow before going to bed: Not only does it have remarkable soporific qualities it regulates body temperature. In France the usage of suppositories is still a very common means of delivery of curative substances, virtually ignored in Norh America. Could the nose be just as effective, connecting as it does directly to the brain and thus affecting the entire body? Thank you Lovely Ash for reminding us all of more gentle times with your fabulously well chosen quote from "Picture."
We all can see that Our Lady Ash has impeccable manners, is lovely to behold, and has an innate sense of decorum that becomes her well, along with remarkable scruples and very high moral standards. Ash knows that I, MDM, am a devout fan, and she puts up with my excesses because she is charitable, patient, and a loyal friend. Some of us, though, just have no self control. It really only takes about 120ml of eau de cologne to bathe in it, emerging fresh as a daisy, and one tiny wee drop of precious Guerlain extract? not a damnable indulgence. Were Ash to allow for it I would explain how soaking the filters of Turkish Blend cigarettes in Robert Piguet's "Bandit," letting them air-dry, then leaving them out on a table at parties can provide for a very sultry atmosphere indeed, as opposed to the usual suffocating ones with that dreadful smell of cheap prison cigarettes like malboros wafting about....
i'm enjoying this. :)
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oh wow. now thats an interesting idea.
did anyone from the party get food poisoning yet? coz if im not mistaken, most modern perfumes these days may contain synthetic stuff that may or may not be harmful. It's not a risk im willing to take.
But shalimar flavoured cocktails!! now thats nice! next i want l'instant PH flavoured bonbons.
Along with the release of Guerlain's Cologne du Parfumeur I remember reading that they made a drink (cocktail) with similar ingredients to the fragrance for guests to enjoy at its launch party at La Maison.
Guerlain also made (and might still make?) some extremely potent and tenacious bath oils - Shalimar being one of them I've seen on eBay. I've not experienced these vintage beauties, though some who have tried them have said they have the same strength as the extrait/parfum.
Well, to our friend Joey, and to all of you, I direct this observation. All substances that produce heightened senses of pleasure and euphoria are inherently poisonous: If you had access to the complete list of substances contained in most all common cigarettes, they share an astounding array of precisely the same fixatives and essences found and commonly used in modern perfumery. Self medicating is nothing more or less than purposely ingesting literal poison to entice a kind of trouble in the brain system that allows for pleasure to increase whilst pain subsides. Obvious examples of this would be Opium or even simple Codeine. Smoking a cigarette whose filter has been dipped in Robert Piguet's "Bandit" is merely smoking a cigarette that is just slightly more deadly than one that is not, but a whole lot more fun. Drinking a shot of "Everclear" is about as healthy as drinking the same amount of Isopropyl, and it will make you just as sick, except the illness is perceived as a kind of euphoria. Perfume's molecular structures that float in the air are all poisonous: Every one. There isn't one that isn't: That is precisely why we fall into a swoon over certain compositions,whilst others make us gag: "Mitsouko" does this to me--I simply can't breathe it in it's so noxious to my senses. Shalimar, on the other hand, I can quite literally drink, and find it sensual and intoxicating. Robert Piguet's "Bandit" I would never wear but it gives out a hell of a head buzz if you smoke the dried remnants of it: Once and for all know each and everyone of you, all fragrance is inherently poisonous, even when used properly, and that's precisely why it captivates us the way it does. If you drink 30ml of Shalimar parfum you might be in accident emergency before you know it. If you ingest one drop of it immersed in Everclear, guaranteed, the Everclear will hurt you more than the Shalimar, but it will make you feel a whole lot better!
No sense in trying to make anything out of an eau de toilette other than a fresh handkerchief or an attractive lilt of scent that follows you about. Eau de Toilette is useless for making pudding or for anything that one would ingest, very effective, though, as a refresher for the body and the mind. Food Quality Essential Oils, which you may be able to obtain, are what is required to make your Heritage Pudding: Study the composition, and attempt to re-create it with these oils, then use the resultant mixture very sparingly in a basic pudding recipe, suspending no more than one drop into the creme or the creme anglaise.
nope. won't work. Re-creating a "sketch" of something like Heritage is not as difficult as it sounds, you just need to make sure you're using good oils and remember that you work in 3's: 3 times more flight note quantity, 2 times more heart note quantity, and 1 unit of each basenote quantity as a rule of thumb, which will provide a sketch that you can then tweak by sniffing it: Example, assuming there were a very linear fragrance who's pyramid ran thus: Top note, Lavender Middle note, Vanilla Base Note, White Musk, to sketch this out, you'd combine 3 drops lavender, 2 drops vanilla, 1 drop white musk. By smelling it you'd suss out immediately that the white musk "took over," so you'd add another drop or two of vanilla, working backwards. At that point, in sniffing, you will find that you have lost your flight entirely, so you would then add about 5 drops of lavender, which would give you a pretty god oil version of this fragrance, but not replicate it. This mixture you can use to make cup cakes or whatever provided you use the smallest amount of it--1 drop is all it takes--and verify that you are not including the seriously dangerous oils like cinnamon bark oil which is labeled "fatal if ingested" Most good essential oil resources will label their oils if they are seriously poisonous.
EVERYBODY READING THIS: to achieve any kind of pleasant effect in the alternative usage of fragrance in igestables, keep in mind that "parfum" is the only thing to use, and to be used in extreme moderation, as in one drop at the most, and if that doesn't work it just means the composition is lacking in natural components, and the experiment should not be tweaked by adding more because that just becomes seriously dangerous. Anyone attempting to use Eau de Toilette or Eau de Parfum will just waste their time and their product: If you've ever got a bit of cologne in your mouth you'll know what I mean: the taste is inherently vile due to the high alcohol content and bumped up fixatives in what is called "fragrance" or "parfum" in the ingredients list, all of which taste a bit like gasoline.
On a less dangerous note, does anyone out there know that perfuming natural fibers such as cotton and linen is a fantastic was to enjoy them all day long, without the adverse effects of your body chemistry? People who long to wear a fragrance that just doesn't suit their skin can feel very safe spraying it other places than on their body: The tick is to know which fibers will co-operate with the fragrance. In general, silk, cotton and linen linings accept any eau de toilette beautifully, as do suede, leather, calf skin and most all tanned exotic skins provided they are not sealed water-repellent, which exotic skins often are: The best tanned skin to use as a delivery method for your favorite eau de toilette is pig suede--notably gloves: Spraying the inside of unlined kid or pig suede gloves is a remarkable way to use fragrance. Spraying the leather lined interior of your handbag, equally delicious. Those of you who try this will note that even highly evolving perfumes become somewhat linear in this application. Your hair, your beard, another fantastic place to spritz. Health buffs out there, the previous habits are much kinder to the body than the usual spray on the pulse points, which then absorb all of the poisons and solvents in even the best fragrant compositions straight into the blood stream. The current mania of the EU to destroy the perfume industry is "about" Science finally realizing that perfume is poison: It's not for as much that we'll stop using it, though. Thoughts?
im allergic to one of my favourite scents, Egoiste, so it goes on my shirt, mostly. Sillage sacrificed, but it still smells good
Joey--what exactly happens that you know you're allergic to Egoiste? I ask because I feel as though I may have developed an allergy toward Jo Malone's Amber Lavender Bath Oil--something I've used everyday for years--and in the recent past I started developing a kind of rash around my shoulder area--no derm could figure what it was--and then I ran out of Jo malone: Mysteriously, the itchy rash went away.
All, take note. A superb description of an allergic reaction to an eau de toilette. My oil allergy was less obvious: I developed over time a scratchy area around the top of my shoulders and at the base of my neck--with red patches on the top of my chest and under my arms--all very itchy. Thanks Joey! MDM
So, drink Shalimar extrait?
I wonder what kind of adverse effects might arise from drinking Jicky....
SEEKING BOTTLES OF:
Aramis New West (preferably old bottle)
Patrick by Fragrances of Ireland
Gloria by Cacharel
PM me if you have bottles that you're willing to sell or trade!
The best time to take a perfumed bath is after giving a good drubbing to an unruly young man, in defence of his sister and mother.
Afterwards, reach for that eau de jasmin and Macassar oil before donning your clean linen and exquisitely tailored clothes.
I know that some perfumes were made with potable alcohol, and have heard of women touching perfumes on a finger with their tongues.
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"...her fragrance all in my keeping; softly she comes in the night." Lyrics, Gordon Lightfoot, "Softly."
Indeed: Excellent advice. Jicky tastes absolutely vile. It makes for a truly unappealing aroma in a glass, and even used per the shalimar recipe upstairs, it's disgusting. Rare are the fragrances that can be toyed with in this manner without being repulsive. It is very true that in times past certain perfumes, then made with vinegar, were used on the tongue. Be absolutely certain one and all that any application of fragrance of any kind, including the finest, will not be pleasant on the tongue, and not remotely effective against halitosis. rubbing "parfum" on the nostrils is a very effective way to disguise certain kinds of halitosis, but sometimes just makes it worse.
I am enjoying reading these insights offered my Le Mouchoir de Monsieur. Thank you!
There you have it: Finally a great suggestion--the vaporizing of unwanted perfumes that are pleasant but not wearable on one's lace or voile curtains, and in the hoover bag. It's amazing just how well fragrances hold up on fibers. Even though certain houses seem to be shrugging the old fashioned litmus papers in favour of viscose/rayon blend bits of satin ribbon, I personally find that the only fibers that truly "hold" the fragrance without disrupting it are the plant based fibers of cotton, linen, ramie, even hemp: For some reason the animal based ones, wool, cashmere and camel or mohair seem to not want to "grab" the scent, which makes sense considering these are made from animal fur, which, by nature, repels. Of all the fibers I feel the "fausses soies" of rayon, polyester, viscose, etc to be the least welcoming to scent: Some may even deteriorate with consistent re-application. I've witnessed this in some of my overcoats lined in heavy satin, whilst the fur one I have, which is lined in silk charmeuse, has held up much better. Sheer draperies are usually polyester or rayon, but may obviously be used since they are not so close to the wearer and will act as a means of delivery for our true outer-outer shell: The home! Some excellent advice all the way from Perth--way way down under. Thank you, Sorcerer of Scent: You clearly merit your exalted title. Further tips will be equally appreciated. MDM