Don’t try and sell something. Ever. Just don’t do it. Either don’t try at all, or fearlessly sell it. That’s right. Sell it like there was no tomorrow (hear the zombies knockin’? This is the start of world war Z.)
I was watching Moulin Rouge, a favorite of mine (remember VHS tapes? I wore one out), when it became apparent to me that while Nicole Kidman doesn’t stand out to me as a great actress (never really “sparkles” as her Sateen character does) in the media or onscreen, she fearlessly sells it. She goes for broke. You’ve got love that.
Two thoughts followed:
1. Lilith was the first bitch to fearlessly sell it, (and damned if that broad didn’t go down in history);
2. I wonder what perfume Sateen was wearing?
Totally hypothetical, of course. I have no illusions about what that historical hen house was wafting.
Agent Provocateur came to mind first, but… Too obvious. My thoughts did stray towards L’Heure Bleue for a millisecond, but that’s not right either; close— with it’s cool melancholy, but ultimately too peaceful.
What would the archetypal Lilith’s fragrance be?
To me the choice is obvious (don’t roll your eyes at me!). Ormonde Jayne Woman! Yes, black hemlock! Yes, absinthe! An icy cold note right up top, to let you know where you stand: is that you, hemlock? Maybe the grass oil? The effect is Chilled green, hidden. The cool shadow of earth near a river—the pacific northwest is such a great setting—a little nook that has never met the sun directly, just knows him online.
Woman is the perfect name for this scent. I no longer think of it as “Ormonde Jayne Woman,” but as “Woman,” because it references not the signature of Linda Pilkington’s perfume house, but of primal woman (Rawr!). The first, rejected, wife of Adam (she had ideas) smells like this.
I wonder who the guy was, that guy who didn’t buy what she was selling? Lilith, I mean. I don’t think she ended up a lesbian. Succubi were inferiors, right? Lilith isn’t a gal to waste her time with inferiors. So the guy— who he was?
Why, the god of music. Of course.
Marina scented Lilith with Woman before I did; check out her take at PST.