Val the Cookie Queen
Hey there APJ Fumeheads
I have just got back from the shop after baking up a few hundred cookies, semi-panicking because I am about to miss my APJ deadline, happy that the shop didn’t burn down last week. More of that in a minute. Hurray! Autumn, Fall, Herbst, whatever you call it, is finally here. Although to be honest you would not know it. It is the middle of October and still hovering around twenty-five degrees. It is finally time to change over to a different set of perfumes, and I cannot wait.
Autumn: Fragrance and Fire
I am pretty sure that most of my cooler weather perfumes are known to you. I am not gonna really review any of them. Just sharing my faves.
Although I sometimes wear these Chanels in the summer, it is only because I cannot bear to wait so long for the temperatures to drop. Leather, sandalwood, spices, ambrette, and iris, all notes that come alive in the cooler and damper weather.
The spiciness of the coriander, caraway, and chamomile, the richness of musk, leather, and oakmoss, make my treasured Hermès Doblis glow in the dark. The cold aldehydes and warm sweet myrrhe of Lutens; the saffron, hawthorn, orris root and birch of the Lancôme; beacons of light in the darker months.
Frederic Malle Dries Van Noten and Guerlain vintage Samsara, completely different interpretations of sandalwood, and Malle’s elegant Iris Poudre; autumn staples.
I wear all of the Vero Profumo Voiles in the fall and winter, but Naja and Onda probably the most.
I always make cookie dough on a Sunday evening. Last week, I got to work around 18.00 and plugged in my phone to charge. As I did so there was a strong smell of burning electrics. I thought the damn plug was on fire. I then turned around to see that there was a shit ton of black smoke pouring in through the wall at the front of the shop. I legged it out as fast as I could, and there was a guy out front already phoning the fire brigade. It was the shop next door to us, we are all connected, that was burning. A hair salon.
And no it was not a hairdryer, it was a coffee machine that had been on standby, that had a literal meltdown and basically trashed her whole shop. The fire brigade turned up in less than 10 minutes, 82 of them. Absolutely amazing. We got a considerable amount of smoke damage in our shop, but we’re insured and it is being cleaned and all the bike clothing being replaced. The neighbour is covered too. Thank goodness I was in the shop. I had not been in there two minutes, when the smoke started. There would have been a lot more damage had no one been there to see it. Whew. The deep clean started today.
Portia and I had a brief chat about smoky perfumes. I said I did not care for them, to which he replied, but you love Cuir de Russie. Got me thinking, Perhaps I should say that I do not like the heavy smoke found in a lot of niche perfumes? Hmmmmm. Never really considered CdR to be smoky. What do you guys think? Any tips?