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Fragrance on the Brain

Sometime in the last ten years I came to the realization that everything I observe, hear, taste, inhale, process,  digest, or soak up through osmosis I do in a sensory way. Translation: virtually everything makes me think of fragrance!

I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this out, I’ve been doing it since I’m four years old… when my grandmother Rose first brought me a little wrapped, triple-milled, highly fragranced soap from the Ritz Hotel in Paris and my sense of smell stood at attention, saluted and my potent attraction to scent was born.

 

 

I’m in the Strand bookstore – the sweet, damp smell of vintage books and brittle, yellowing newspaper wafting to my nostrils. And my thoughts immediately gravitate to CB I Hate Perfume In the Library, which really *does* smell like a room full of well-loved tomes. Or Chanel Cuir de Russie, a beautiful portrayal of pungent, tanned leather, worthy to bind   the      complete works of Shakespeare or Dickens.

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Moment de Bonheur

Scents can magically transport you to another place and time. High above Madison Avenue, steps from a rooftop garden, Yves Rocher whisked us away to a Parisian street for a Moment de Bonheur. Having spent my teen years wafting in Chevrefeuille it was very exciting to attend the launch of this new fragrance. François Bousquet, Vice President Fine Fragrance Development and Consumer Insight at Firmenich, helped present Moment de Bonheur. We sampled the finished fragrance, as well as the individual scent notes, on blotters – rose centefolia, violet, patchouli & cedar. Perfumer Annick Menardo created the fragrance to provoke an instant of true happiness. Moment de Bonheur will be available in October 2011.

The cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were as pleasing to the eye as to the taste. The pink -green-yellow descending hues of the bottle are also reflected in the cocktail.

The Madras – Vodka, Grapefruit Juice & Cranberry Juice.

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Tending Garden

Nothing makes me happier than being surrounded by wonderful scents. And one of the best ways to do it is by tending a garden. After several years of growing vegetables in containers, I figured that starting a backyard vegetable garden was the natural next step. I put my thoughts out into the universe, and amazingly enough, my guys made the garden a reality. Mothers’ Day found them preparing a 10 x 10 plot of land, tilling the soil, digging holes for the seedlings, and installing a deer-proof fence.  With the preliminary work done, I joined in and planted my crops, adding a moderate sprinkling of dehydrated manure (which, thankfully, has very little scent!)

 

Now that my garden’s growing – the corn was knee-high by the 4th of July – so are the weeds. Which means the tending is very hands-on, dirt-under-the-fingernails (ok, I do wear gardening gloves!) maintenance that keeps your nose close to the soil and all the glorious earthy & green smells. Many of these scents can be enjoyed year round, thanks to the talented perfumers who have recreated them.