Val the Cookie Queen
Happy Spring or Autumn APJ!
Beginning of Spring and I woke up to a shitload of snow and minus temperatures. Headed off to take the 07.30 train to Vienna to meet up with Lady Jane Gray over brunch, calm my Oud Ispahan lemming, and go do a little sniffing on our Hermès to Haring day.
Hermès to Haring: A Day in Vienna
I think most of the pics are self explanatory. I got samples of the three new Hermessences. We had a serious spray down of Malle’s
Music for a While. And we discovered a new (to us) perfume house – Ella K Parfums. Both Lady Jane and I were very impressed with
the collection and I will get back to you all with more details at a later date. I need to wear them for a while.
Those of you who know that I had a serious lemming for Christian Dior´s Oud Ispahan might be pleased know that I now have about 25mls of the original perfume, decanted at the breakfast table. And if that isn’t exciting enough, an incredibly kind perfumista got in touch with me and has sent me the fantastic Christian Dior miniature of the Oud. Seriously, perfume people are the best.
As you can see in one of the pictures, LJG brought a couple of extra oud treats to have a sniff of. Most exciting was the chance to try one of the Amouage Attars, pictured in its own on the breakfast table. It was divine it made want to cry, I had to catch my breath. If Amouage would take all the crap out of their collection, and just bring back the attars we would be onto a winner.
The Hermessences. First Innings.
First stop on our Hermès to Haring day
Cédre Sambac EdT. A semi-transparent jasmine, the opening surprisingly indolic, wrapped around a sweet aromatic cedar. A match made
In heaven. Very warm, and quite grounding. As is befitting of Hermès, well appointed and elegant.
Myrrhe Églantine EdT. A fresh rose and myrrhe. A lively and slightly spicy opening – it reminds me very briefly of Galop. As long as you know
what myrrh smells like it is easy enough to pick it out. It slowly takes over from the rose. This could grow on me.
Agar Ébène EdT. Love at first sniff. I don’t expect for a second that the average non-pefumista Hermès customer will give a monkey’s
as to whether there is oud in this or not. It’s woods, fir balsam and leather. Restorative and stimulating. I will buy this.
I have no doubt that these will come in for perfumista criticism. Haters gonna hate. All three are enchanting and a great addition
to the distinguished collection.
Frédéric Malle. Music for a While. Second Innings.
I got to try this just before Christmas. The pineapple in it kind of freaked me out. Second wearing, the lavender conquered the early pineapple, and felt very resinous. Patchouli, vanilla and amber warm it up, creating a very seducitive dry down. Like every Malle, superbly crafted.
Keith Haring Exhibition
We went to the Keith Haring Exhibition at the Albertina, across the road from the Café Mozart, where I first met Portia.
Superb Hermès to Haring day with the Lady Jane Gray.
Do you ever take the time out of your regular grind to have a Hermès to Haring day?