Retrospective: On the road with Carbone de Balmain
As you may remember from my earlier post on Carbone de Balmain, I chose it as my “travel to Texas” scent. We packed all our worldly goods into a U-Haul in Oregon, then hit the road for… Hotter pastures.
I wanted to select just one fragrance for the whole trip, since on the emotional side, that fragrance would forever be associated with the trip, and on the physical side, which ever fragrance won the honor would be subjected to untold horrors: baking sun, heat, humidity, being thrown into the bottom of a huge purse, tossed around hotel rooms… While the rest of the collection would be nestled safely in a giant cooler in the back of the moving truck.
The travel scent needed to be something that would work well in a small, enclosed space. It had to be something interesting, but highly wearable. Carbone de Balmain, I can affirm, fit the bill perfectly.
When the bottle accidentally got left too close to a hot spot in the truck, and became over-heated to the point that the bottle was physically sizzling to the touch, I sprayed to see if the juice had survived: the heat really brought out the pepper note! It cooled off (and I was much more careful after that lesson), and returned to the familiar scratchy-weird-vanilla that’s won me over.
Mr. Howe and I both wore it through the whole trip, and it never felt overwhelming, or became boring. Would I liked to have stopped at various shopping venues along the way to score a bottle of the new 19? Yes. But I never had that over whelming feeling of “I need something different, NOW.” Through the heat, the air-conditioning, the truck, and the hotels, CdB held it’s own nicely.
Worth $50, and another un-sniffed purchase victory!