You haven’t heard much from my corner lately, but I assure you, I smell good!
I’ve been getting settled in to our new life here in Austin, Texas, including starting a new job at BookPeople, Austin’s beloved independent bookstore (since 1970!), which has kept me pleasantly busy with its exciting events and fun staff.
As one of the lucky recipients of the By Kilian sample set, I have tested and been impressed by the entire line (mini-reviews coming soon). I also just acquired Sonoma Scent Studio‘s two latest fragrances, Fig Tree, and To Dream.
I haven’t sampled To Dream on skin yet, but I’m smitten with Fig Tree, and the perfumer, Laurie Erickson, is working on a custom version for me; look here for a review of my first “bespoke” scent in the weeks to come! Another Laurie Erickson fragrance, Champagne de Bois, has come back into heavy rotation, and I remember why I fell for it so hard last year about this time. Birgit’s review on Olfactoria’s Travels inspired me to pull it out again, and I’m glad I did. It’s golden goodness is almost impossible to beat.
Also recently, I tested a few indie lines that are new to me: Plume Natural perfumery, who’s Vanilla Tuberose has me re-thinking my stance on the note, and Possetts perfume, who’s weird and wonderful creations have me anxious to try more.
I’m still looking forward to testing the Thiery Mugler Taste of Fragrance series (picked up samples of Alien and A*Men at Nordie’s) and the new Bottega Venteta too. I finally tested Chanel’s no. 19 Poudre: the DH thinks it’s great and wants a bottle, but on me it was a scrubber. His collection keeps growing…
This month I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the first time—this morning I’m at 15,255 words! Of course, the sci-fi thriller centers around perfume…
“Perfume is used to alter moods, take vacations, and to capture (and later revisit) personal memories. A woman uses a vintage perfume found in a thrift store and finds herself transported to a powerful memory not her own. Each time she wears this unusual fragrance, she sees more of the memory, and uses it to unravel a mystery and exact vengeance.”