Breathe: Afternoon Of A Faun: Etat Libre d’Orange

Sometimes APJ,

You can merely tread water and breathe, stand still, look around you for a moment and breathe. Three deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. It’s interesting how this small thing can put a little perspective on the world you inhabit. It gives you time to remember that no matter how bad your predicament, others are much worse off. It also gives you a moment to say thank You for something, anything, the one thing good you may be able to recall.

Tonight I am wearing

Afternoon Of A Faun by Ralf Schwieger for Etat Libre d’Orange 2012

The Afternoon of a Faun Etat Libre d`Orange fragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Bergamot, pepper, cinnamon, incense, immortelle, orris root, myrrh, leather, benzoin, rose, jasmine, oakmoss

I like to spritz like crazy and just sit somewhere quiet and breathe in the green peppery leather that is both warm and cool on my skin and works perfectly in winter and summer, giving almost entirely different rides in disparate temperatures.

Today it’s been a fizzy green citrus floral that burned down to a slightly sweaty leather/woods/incense feel after wearing it to work. Now I’m home and changed I enjoyed the ride so much I am doing it again.

Double spritz on chest and Breathe



Aaaaaaah. Heaven.

I have been a super bitch this week. It’s the end of a completely fabulous year and I am tired, we are all cramped in this apartment, there is still masses of unpacking undone, Christmas is upon us and to be honest, I am a cranky ole bitch. It’s been a don’t even look at me the wrong way this week because I will gut you with a look and feed your entrails to the dogs with my words. Jin came and had a quiet word to me tonight about it and he is right.

Breathe sunset danigeza PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay


verb: breathe; 3rd person present: breathes; past tense: breathed; past participle: breathed; gerund or present participle: breathing
take air into the lungs and then expel it, especially as a regular physiological process.
“she was breathing deeply”
synonyms: inhale and exhale, respire, draw breath, puff, pant, blow, gasp, wheeze

Breathe Siam Sunset Steve Jurvetson FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Further reading: Chemist In A Bottle and The Non-Blonde
LuckyScent has $149/100ml
Etat Libre d’Orange has €110/100ml (Delivers to the world)
Surrender To Chance starts at $4.50/ml

What do you do when the world overwhelms you?

I could do with some hints……
Portia xxxx

I have written about Afternoon Of A Faun before and it was 22 December 2013!! How freaky is that?

22 thoughts on “Breathe: Afternoon Of A Faun: Etat Libre d’Orange

    • HA HA HA! I have over the years done the gym and other forms of exercise. I may even do so again Val. No promises of course.
      Portia xx


  1. Funny. I have had a horrible work week so I can commiserate with you completely. The only thing that keeps me sane in these situations is to breathe deeply and meditate and repeat as often as necessary. I haven’t tried this scent. Perhaps I should. It sounds like it might help too 🙂 Hang in there. It will get better.


    • Hi there Kandice,
      I am fine, just seriously grumpy and stabby. Everyone around me is suffering, that’s why Jin came and had a chat. He’s a good boy, and I am less than lovely in these situations.
      Hugs, I hope your bad week gets better.
      Portia xx


  2. Whenever I need to calm the down, I turn on the music and sing into my hairbrush, daydreaming I’m Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas. (Been on a massive Motown kick lately). Those songs are a) h-a-r-d to sing while practicing your 60s dance moves! 😉 Of course, sometimes, I’ll impersonate Johnny Rotten, and do you know, that works for me, too! I ALWAYS feel better afterward! 😀


    • AWESOME advice but I live with people, and in an apartment which would reverberate out my windows and down the street.
      A Motown kick sounds like just the ticket though. I LOVE so many of those tunes.
      Portia xx


  3. Hello you sweet darling. I understand this. I’m usually super grumpy when I am overwhelmed, my perfectionista inside gets flaming mad when my surroundings are all clogged and I can’t breathe and I can’t make it go away fast. Then I get even crabbier and more resistant. So I go outside and walk and try to focus on the little beauty of nature, even get lost in a flower or insect or the view. Then I go back, set a timer for 20 minutes and pick a small area to feng sheui (clean) and then stop. After that I feel more in control and less overwhelmed, even just a little. I put headphones on and find righteous music which helps me move and evaporates my crank. Be patient with yourself, this too shall pass. Happy Bloody Holidays


    • Barbara, great to see you. Yes I can see us being similar in this. A perfectionista I am not but clutter and closeness grinds me.
      You’re absolutely right, tomorrow I will take the dog to the park then come home and do a happy spot of re-arranging. Yes, maybe not headphones but some mid level music should be cool.
      Thanks lovely.
      Happy Holidays to you too.
      Portia xx


  4. Hello Portia,
    My first choice for pissy moods is to take it out on the piano. This has worked for me since I was a child. One of my younger sisters even did cartoon of me doing just this. Also, I used to keep really cheap melamine plates on hand to help me through. I would retreat to a quiet place and smash them. Another method, in a previous house, was taking a sledge hammer to a large boulder in the garden. I suppose for me anything that takes physical effort and focus will divert crabby remarks and outbursts away from the people I love. Singing also works. If I am past pissy and just plain overwhelmed I grab a box of cheese crackers and head for the sofa to watch a K drama.
    Azar xx


    • WOW! What great list.
      I love to smash plates, sadly it’s been decades since I played a piano and though it never cured my rage it certainly caused it in others, LOVE Cheese & Crackers, with all the trimmings.
      Portia xx


      • My singing is the probably the equivalent of your piano playing. It encourages people to leave the room really fast and get out of my way! Everyone knows it is time to go when I start warbling “Sa-am, You Made the Pants Too Long”. Listening to my own voice makes me laugh so hard that I forget about everything else. I sound like a large munchkin.
        Azar xx and X


  5. Sorry I am late to the party. I have been grumpy all weekend due to silly festive events which I am OVER.
    This morning I found spreading a load of mulch helped a lot. And wearing Santal Majuscule.
    Happy Christmas APJ!


    • HAHA HA!! JackieB,
      Yes, when I had a garden mulching, weeding, feeding the plants always made me feel better too.
      Santal Majuscule is a terrific choice for the grumps.
      Be well and happy,
      Portia xx


  6. De
    When all around is bleak and you want to scream and shout,
    There is nothing better ib this world to put your fire out……..
    Than the latest Fireman’s Calendar! Just select a month,close your eyes and take a deep breath. Just visualise the selected firey extinguishing your blaze of fury! Should this not work, start from January and work your way through!
    Hope this brings a little spark and giggle to your day!
    Ta ta for now
    Tina xxx


  7. Hi Portia.
    Sorry to hear you are so stressed. Hope you’ll find sometime to slow down to relax post your moving and the stressful festive season.

    In time of stress I need distraction(s) to take my thoughts away from matter at hand. A walk around the block when I am at work usually helps (I can always drop by a department store for a quick sniff since I work in the city) and a chat with friends not associated with the matter often helps too.

    I never thought of perfume as a remedy but Dzongkha or some incense focused scents have calming quality on me.

    A thought just came to me: light up an incense and sit in a garden might just be what the doctor ordered.

    Take care gorgeous.

    XXX… T


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