The Scent Of Music: Jingle Bells

Heya Blog and Fragrance lovers.

There are a crew of bloggers doing this fabulous theme at EXACTLY the same time. Scroll below the video to meet the rest. Everyone has been asked to pick a Christmas song or carol that resonates and perfume it. I think there will be some fun ones, and from all around the world.

For me there is a kind of madness associated with Christmas when we all listen to silly, often puerile, songs while wearing bakery/spicy/incense laden perfumes. This on top of the great crazy Christmas shopping, more food in one meal than many families eat in a month, seeing family with whom you may have little or nothing in common with and in Australia anyway, HEAT!!

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The Scent Of Music: L’Heure Bleue by Guerlain

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 Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Lemon, neroli, aniseed, bergamot, coriander
Heart: Bulgarian rose, carnation, tuberose, violet, cloves, ylang, orchid, heliotrope, neroli
Base: Vanilla, Tonka bean, iris, musk, vetiver, sandalwood, benzoin

Tonight in the 30+ celcius heat I wore 2010 L’Heure Bleue EdP. This fragrance is made for heat. A fluffy blue powder puff of tra-la-laaaaaaa. A perfect fit for the early years of Barbra Streisand and her incredible voice, while she was still fun, camp, hungry and sensational. I don’t have a live video of her performing Jingle Bells but I have been miming to it EVERY CHRISTMAS since 1989. The song feels like a part of me and I never listen to it in between but around December you can be guaranteed that if I have to do a number then this will be it.

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The Scent Of Music: Jingle Bells by Barbra Streisand



Just as a little extra Christmas cheer I have added another incredible favourite carol done by another one of the voices that has played soundtrack in my life.

Oh Holy Night: Patti LaBelle

34 thoughts on “The Scent Of Music: Jingle Bells

  1. Eeek! You have an extra layer of connection to the song, via performing. That’s fantastic. I wouldn’t have thought of L’Heure Bleue with Jingle Bells, but Babs makes it something else, doesn’t she. So frenetic! Happy holidays!


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  5. O Patti! I love O Holy Night best of all the Christmas songs. It is the reason that I avoid all shopping malls in December as I cannot stand hearing dreckish versions on inferior sound systems. Kiri Te Kanawa sings my favourite version and this Patti experience of O Holy Night is now a close second. Thank you for putting that in as a ‘closing show’ for this post.

    If I could find my footage of your Jingly Bells then I would be posting right now!


    • If you could find a video of me doing Jingle Bells I’d be thrilled to see it.
      Kiri’s version is not so freaked out as Patti’s but OMfreakingG, seriously. Patti LaBelle can make me cry.
      Portia xx


  6. Oh Holy Night. The greatest of all the American Christmas carols. Reminds me of my childhood.
    “Batmobile lost a wheel, and the Joker got away!” Alternative Jingle Bell Lyrics. Also childhood memories.
    Have never tried L’Heure Bleue.
    Bussis my dear Portia. xxxx


  7. I’ve never heard this version! I’m sitting here smiling. Thank you!

    Today it was +17C here – not too Christmassy either but still better than +30 😉 This is the only time when I miss snow: I wouldn’t mind to have it for a day or two just for holidays.

    Merry Christmas, Portia!


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  10. Merry Christmas, Portia!
    Many years ago one of my students introduced me to Bob River’s “I Came Upon a Roadkill Deer” and “Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire”. My take on Christmas carols has never been the same since. As much as I want to forget these parodies they always pop into my mind whenever I hear the original songs. The scent for these parodies? Something fatty and sizzling, suggesting roasting chipmunks and “Bambi Sloppy Joes”. Tough stuff for an erstwhile ethical vegetarian.
    Azar the Grinch


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    • He he he! Thank YOU Lucas.
      we’ll never know about Barbra but I am very proud and happy to be your buddy.
      Merry Christmas.
      Portia xx


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  13. You and La Streisand really lifted my spirits with this post, Portia. Thanks so much. I was getting rather too over emotional there for a moment. I bet you knock people’s socks off with your own rendition. Patti was great too.

    Have a great Christmas with your nearest and dearest.


    • YAY Tara,
      I used to knock their socks off but nowadays they clap and sing along. Patti is so good it makes me wish to be a better person.
      All the best to you and yours too.
      Portia xx


  14. That’s a gorgeous rendition of Oh Holy Night – and Ms. LaBelle’s ‘do is ultra glam!

    And I can definitely picture you singing Jingle Bells, Babs-style, and being great at it. Merry Christmas to you, Portia!


    • Merry Christmas to you too my friend Suzanne. Every time I spritz the room freshener I think of you with love.
      Portia xx


  15. Every time I hear Jingle Bells I can’t help but smile and think of my boyfriend’s niece singing it off key all the time in Croatian. It’s just too funny to hear her sing it. 🙂

    Pati, though, gave me goosebumps.


    • Heya Ines,
      Jingle Bells is full of fun, even when sung badly. I think most people have at least one good memory of it lurking in their past. I’m glad yours is so recent.
      Oh yes, Patti can sing. Spine tingling sometimes.
      Merry Christmas.
      Portia xx


  16. I live in Sweden but I’m originally from Iceland. The biggest differences between an Swedish and an Icelandic Christmas is that in Sweden everyone basically does the same (eats the same food, has similar traditions etc) while in Iceland every family has their own different traditions, they eat and do whatever that family happens to like – and take those things way over the top. And your Christmas strikes me as very Icelandic, I’d never thought of wearing L’Heure Bleue in 30+ weather, but in full bloom, at the center of a summery Southern Hemisphere Christmas, I bet it’s absolutely stunning 🙂


    • Heya Sigrun,
      Looks like a VERY Icelandic Christmas around here then. You have inspired me. I think I would like to see this pick & mix Christmas, someday I will come up and see what it’s like. Give me a couple of years, I have happy obligation.
      Thank you, I love to read about places where you get to chose anything and it’s welcomed.
      Portia xx


  17. I love O Holy Night too. It’s so beautiful when it’s done well. I’d never heard that version of Jingle Bells before. I’d love to see your rendition.


  18. Wow, I didn’t think Ms. Babs would be singing any Christmas songs but Jingle Bells is probably one of the more secular popular “Christmas ” songs out there — good choice of music AND the unique rendition!


    • Hey there Martha,
      Barbra knew how to sell a tune and it’s probably time you smelled the lovely L’Huere Bleue
      Portia xx


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