I have just been diagnosed with anemia caused by iron deficiency. A common problem especially among women, it is nothing that iron supplements and more red meat in my diet won’t fix.
Still, I spent a day wearing a portable device that monitored my heart rate for 24 hours. Faster heart rate can be one of the symptoms of anemia because the heart works harder to get oxygen around the body. The monitor is cumbersome I was glad to be rid of it, although I have increased respect now for people with chronic illnesses who spend half their lives hooked up to machines.
Even free of the monitor I was still feeling low and in need of comfort and that, as I’m sure we all know, is a dangerous state for the perfume enthusiast. I was wearing my 2 ml sample Sonoma Scent Studio’s Nostalgie and it would have been so easy to click my way into ownership of a full bottle. (I resisted, and bought a pot plant instead.)
There have been a number of superb reviews of Nostalgie: have a look here for links to them, including Dee’s review for BOTO. I was struck in particular by Elena’s remark on Perfume Shrine that Nostalgie’s rose-jasmine-mimosa accord links it with a number of classics, including Estée Lauder’s Beautiful.
I had noticed that resemblance too, Beautiful having been on my mind recently. But possessed as I am of a lifetime supply of Beautiful, do I need a full bottle of Nostalgie? Well you know, perhaps I do.
Beautiful is like a sunshiny clean morning that promises a glorious, bright afternoon. In Nostalgie that afternoon is dimming. The sun has hardly slipped in the sky and yet as you glance away from the laughter of your friends you realise that suddenly the shadows are longer and the light has deepened to gold. Where I live this time is short-lived, as even in the summer the evenings are often cool.
I love this touch of sweet melancholy before evening draws in, and that is why I need both perfumes, both the bright morning of Beautiful, and late afternoon glow of Nostalgie.
Beautiful was released in 1985, 27 years earlier than Nostalgie, but Nostalgie feels much more retro. Beautiful seems like a last hurrah, a cleaned up version of the complex, mossy, womanly fragrances of an earlier era. Fragrances of that earlier era are now looked upon by some of us with – well – nostalgia.
Nostalgie is beautifully composed out of the finest quality materials. There is no need to whine about poverty of vision or materials in modern perfumery when someone is producing something as fine as this. As Dee says in her review for BOTO, Nostalgie is:
a modern woman with an old-fashioned taste for masterfully artisan-crafted things.