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?(...)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Visit this blog tomorrow morning for the official announcement of the winner of one Tauer Perfume, following the benevolent blogging! Maybe it is you…?

A warm thank you to all who participated and made this a big success. I think I will round the number of comments up to come out with a round sum for FINCA. It feels good to look back at yesterday’s comments flood and I am glad I participated.

And now: Back to perfumery. I got an interesting book on Saturday, Moschus im Tintenfass (“ Musk in the ink well”) by Kai Borrmann, about scents in the islamic literature; that is going to be some interesting reading for sure and I will probable post about some things later. I got a pdf copy of a rather scientific condensation about rose oil distillation in Islamic Andalusia, that was quite interesting, too (thanks to Mr. Borrmann). But, I have to admit it, bringing me at the limit of what my nervous tissue can handle in French. Most interesting: The direct distillation of rose oil, without water involved (contrary to the water steam distillation process). It looks to me like a rather harsh process, delicate to master and urging for a tight temperature control regime. I wonder what this oil might have smelled liked, for sure different to the modern absolutes or essential oils that are produced by steam distillation. I haven’t seen something comparable offered nowadays.

Then, there is the Bois farine by artisan parfumeur. Leopoldo….I perfectly understand your description of this scent. A gigantic cumulus of well-being, tender loving care and comfort comes with this crystal clear perfume. I tested it right away on my skin, without checking any references beforehand. I got a first sniff of powder with a touch citrus, but just a touch and it was gone immediately. Then I got the most powdery woods you can imagine, together with the yellow sweetness of saffron. Not that saffron would be in there, but there is one aspect of saffron, that I recognized. It reminded me of the powdery, saffron like line within myrrh oil, that I like so much. Thus, I’d swear there is myrrh in it (or a substitute). Then I got the most powdery cedar wood you can imagine combined with a caramel sweetness of baked bread or cookies. But, contrary to the Cuir de Beluge which I still consider to be Cuir de Cookie, the sweetness of bois farine fits much better.
Well, ok, I have to be honest with you. For me, this is much too sweet, but I can see how it fits together with the wood and the composition is well done (I’d guess it’s Maltol or derivatives that introduce this bread, cookie comfort line. A compound that I so far never dared using). Bois farine has also an excellent recognition factor. You smell it once and you will remember it. What I really liked about it was …. It is a new idea, something I haven’t seen before. And it lasts, hours and hours and hours of comfort blanket, but…… it does not develop much, it is just there.
Do I like Bois farine? Yes, indeed, I like it. Do I love it? Hmmm…not really. I want my blankets coloured in all colours of the rainbow, I want a vivid surrounding for an exciting night. Bois farine won’t give you that. It is a beige fabric, carrying you through a dreamless and peaceful night.


Anonymous Leopoldo said...

it Is a beige fabric - and sometimes I don't want stars, blinding flashes, transformation, vibrant buzzes, orchestral strings and beeps and bleeps. I just want beige fluff. I seem to only wear Bois Farine when I need a good night's sleep. It does the business.

shame I missed the Mother's Day blogathon. No online access where I was...

11:00 AM  
Blogger andy said...

Yes, dear Leopoldo.... you missed the chance to win a perfume and we all missed you!
But glad you are back.

11:20 AM  

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