Hello dear APJ! How are you doing?
Can you believe that Halloween is already here again? Halloween is when My mind switches into holiday mode. I can decorate for Halloween, celebrate Thanksgiving with my family and enjoy Christmas and New Year’s. It is a busy time of the year for most of us and I love every moment of it.
Florists around town are showing their most glorious bouquets all in the deep rich hues that I associate with autumn. The reds, oranges, yellows and purples are lovingly displayed and it is near impossible to not stop and drool. This is also the time of the year that we are greeted with stunning sunrises and sunsets where the skies are burning on fire.
Throughout the house I place autumnal accents in the form of candles, table cloths and flowers adding pops of colour here and there. My weekly meal plans get altered as I add spicy soups and pumpkin muffins full of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
The other day as I was cleaning up the house, I decided to go shopping in my perfume wardrobe.
Bouquet Ideale by Xerjoff Casamorati 1888
Not knowing what perfume I wanted to wear, I reached for the bright red bottle of Bouquet Ideale. The name alone conjures up images of colours in my mind.
Fragrantica lists the notes as: cinnamon, nutmeg, sandalwood, guaiac wood, virginia cedar, papyrus, musk, french labdanum, vanille, coumarin and tobacco blossom.
When I first spray Bouquet Ideale it is a spicy blast of cinnamon with a good dose of freshly grated nutmeg. Warmth surrounds me and gives me the comfort I crave as summer fades away. As my skin warms, the perfume sings. This is a perfume which intrigues me as it is without any florals in its composition. It is quite amazing that such a beautiful perfumes exists without the addition of a flower note.
Sandalwood and vanilla intertwine with the opening spices bringing in sweetness in the form of vanilla and woody notes. Bouquet Ideale is a sweety for sure, however the sandalwood makes it smooth and creamy. Some people might say that Bouquet Ideal is a pure vanilla scent. Thankfully my skin amps up the spices and the woods and it becomes a sensual, tender and enveloping perfume.
The late drydown enhances a slight powdery vibe to it, still spicy and laced with vanilla. I cannot smell any guaiac wood thankfully. The blend is a smooth oriental fragrance fit for this time of the year. Bouquet Ideale slowly shows me a wide spectrum of warming colours throughout the wear. It pairs beautifully with my mauve scarf which debuted this week. I have worn this every day this week and look forward to reaching for it frequently over the next couple of months.
Do you ever go shopping in your perfume wardrobe? Have you found anything in your cupboard worth pulling forward?
Wishing you a Happy Halloween if you celebrate it.