Heidi Ho APJ folk!
This is my last post for this year and it finds me a little emotional. It has been a hard year in many ways and I am at the very tail end of my 4 year apprenticeship. That time will never repeat itself and things cannot be undone. Nevertheless, I have almost achieved something I never dreamed possible – becoming a qualified diesel mechanic.
On my tool box, I have a few photos of my boys, a few postcards of John Biebel’s artworks, a couple of of other motivational objects. But what might be of more interest to you is what I keep inside one of my drawers of said tool box.
I have to wear gloves at work. Those nasty black latex type gloves. It is not mandatory for me to do so, but I have an intense physical reaction to fine particles coming in contact with my feet or hands. Things like earth (dirt), flour, talcum powder, ground up alkalines etc make me retch and almost lose my mind if I touch them. I have no idea where this comes from, but good guess is it is autism related.
Two favourite scented finds of 2018
So, my hands get sweaty and quite dry as a result of wearing the gloves for long periods of time. I found a most brilliant hand cream. I cannot stand the feeling of creams laying on my skin, so any hand cream I use MUST absorb completely. And I found just the one! Took me by surprise, it did. It is L’Eau No. 5 hand cream by Chanel.
This nifty smelling cream comes in the most novel container. It is a flattened egg shape and has a little cap that clips off and the cream is squeezed out the end via a one way valve type hole. Apparently, NASA had some hand in designing the container. It would not surprise me. The guys at work take a second look when I remove this from my tool box. They are not quite sure what the object is…
The cream is exactly what it says it is. It smells like L’Eau. No 5, absorbs exceptionally well, a little goes a very long way and it is the perfect hand bag size. I admit it cost more than I would like to spend on a hand cream, but I have used it pretty much daily since May and it shows no sign of giving up. I do not have to squeeze the container any more than I did back in May to expel the cream. The scent does not last more than 10 minutes, but by that stage, I have applied a perfume.
Which leads me to the other scented item I keep in my tool box. I came across a gorgeous musty musky scent via another purchase. It came as a free gift with another perfume I bought. I had only vaguely heard of the manufacturer, but I am very keen to learn more about their other products now. It is a cute rollerball of oil by Aromantik, called Cabinet of Curiosities.
I have no idea of what notes this contains, but I can tell you it has the most unique musk and citrus. It is very dusty, making me think it has a vintage kind of lean to it. Given the viscosity of the oil and the sheen it leaves on my skin, it must contain a high degree of essential oils. There is nothing aldehydic or alcohol like in the make up or smell. Given the oil is housed in a dark opaque 10 ml glass container, it confirms my feelings.
Just a light roll over my wrists leaves me with an aura that I do not find cloying or claustrophobic. It lingers for hours with a feminine lilt and engages my mind with curiosity as to what is actually in it. I quite like the guessing game! The scent also acts like a smelling salts for when I have to work in cigarette smelling cabs. Some trucks have some incredibly challenging smells to them, as many cabs have sleepers in the rear of them. This little Aromantik’s scent cuts through it all and allows my mind to focus on the musk instead.
These are two products I really would never have found on my own. They just happened to find me and challenged me to try them, much to my delight, I might add.
Please do not go to the Aromantik’s website and tell me what is in Curiosities! No bursting my bubble, I beg of you. Let me keep the magic of the unknown.
Now, I want to know what scented delights 2018 has sent your way. And what do you keep in your work drawers or lockers. Sneak peek please!
Season’s greetings to you and your family. Be safe and enjoy yourself. See you in 2019!