Lonestar Memories: Colombina on Perfumesmellingthings. (...)Lonestar Memories makes me want to escape the mundane confines of my everyday world(...)

Lonestar Memories: Katie on Scentzilla. (...) Lonestar Memories smells of the examined life. Inside there is joy, and there is tiny heartbreak, e xisting only in reverie. The scent unravels into the consideration of past experiences, and pinings for future joys and heartbreaks(...)

Lonestar Memories: Marlen Harrison's review on PerfumeCritic.com (...) If you're a lover of leather or richer wood fragrances, this is gonna be a holy grail scent and in that case, better get two bottles.(...)

Lonestar Memories: Cait Shortell's review on Legerdenez. (...) Do you appreciate scent because you identify with the scent and its image? Does a scent have the ability to create a memory outside one’s own experience?(...)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Mr. C

One of my favourite perfume blogs features again Mister Colombina reviewing a scent: Today on http://www.perfumesmellinthings.blogspot.com/. Not to miss and as refreshing as a May rain after a humid pre-summer day, washing off yellow layers of pollen and cleaning a lilac saturated air. I love Mr.’s post for his naturalness and the questions that he raises. Reading his comments and following a little debate on basenotes about the influence of forums like basenote on the industry yesterday… here a few thoughts:

- Some perfumers give strange (French) names to perfumes that people do not understand. Like L’air du désert marocain. Now, the sun king Louis XIV left this planet long ago. You remember him from school? This was stinky Louis, who never washed, because it was considered unhealthy back then, but he perfumed himself and his surroundings to compensate, a king who said that the sun would never go down in his empire, the king with the many mistresses and his lengthy toilette routine. Hence, French isn’t understood anymore all around the world. I got this comment a few times, like “ how to pronounce this name air du…”. I promise to do better the next time. Lonestar memories will be shorter and very english. But still, who knows what “Lonestar” really means?

- An untrained nose brings things to the point. Like “Where’s the beef?” Or.. “where’s the hemp?”… (No offence, Mr. Colombina…) I appreciate a certain naivety very much (my dictionary tells me that I could also call it simplicity… back to Luca Turin’s line of thinking….). Why? Approaching a piece of art or craftsmanship without much knowledge about how and why it was produced, you will approach it without searching for a hidden message, without your x-ray glasses on in search for a sublime line of associations, a formula that secretly introduces a twist and you will not wonder what the artist’s message and inner motivation was. You rather look at it and you like it or you don’t. The question that comes up is of course: Why do people like certain fragrances more (AND LONGER!) , like for instance Eau sauvage, than other scents? Because Eau sauvage is truly beautiful, beauty being harmony and asymmetry at once, being elegance and simplicity joined, and composition with love and care, and an untrained nose will see this inner beauty, too.

- Finally. Some perfumes carry names that evoke scent expectations that are not fulfilled. This is, of course, a very personal matter, depending on the background and experience of an individual. On the other hand… do you really expect Angels to smell like Angel?


Blogger colombina said...

Dear Andy,
Thank you so much for mentioning my dear Mr. C. He will be so pleased and it will surely motivate him to write more posts for me. Selfish, moi? :-)

I personally love long French perfume names. In my foreign opinion, French language can make the most mundane things sound glamorous and romantic.

As for names and expectation, well, it is half of the fun to expect one scent based on its name and get something completely different in real life. Mugler is definitely a master of misnomers. Angel did not smell like angels, and Alien did not smell like aliens either, unless they were from a planet of 1000 white flowers :-)

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Blogger andy said...

Well, who knows? planète blanche fleur ou même planète muguet ....I would visit!

10:00 PM  

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