Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Sensuous date with destiny (30/6/11)

A Review - Estee Lauder Sensuous EDP
Adelaide today: 18°c/65°f

It has been a long time since I visited an Estee Lauder fragrance. White Linen and Youth Dew have been popular here for many years and in my younger years I found them too heavy for my taste. I was eager to try Beyond Paradise when it was released, party due to the Eden project connection. I was mostly underwhelmed by it.  The lovely Carrie Meredith recommended Sensuous and after reading current discussions about it, I decided to give it a try.

The sample sat on my desk all day yesterday and most of today, for some reason I was apprehensive about it. Then I took a deep breathe and said “Ok, just do it”.  The creamy sandalwood comes through right at the beginning with ylang and gentle songbirds doing a sugar plum fairy dance around it. This captured me immediately. Ylang and sandalwood are among my favourite essential oils. Sensuous feels like a kindred spirit softening the edges, adding nuance and subtlety with light floral spicy notes, bringing out the soul and essence then fixing it in place with warming amber. It is a lovely almost linear harmony. L’air du desert marocain is my current amber love, Sensuous has just nestled along side it and given it a warm embrace.  Sensuous is sitting around the fire drinking Grenache and listening to Leonard Cohen’s, First We Take Manhattan and chattering on about things of yore.

I feel I now need to revisit those earlier Estee Lauder fragrances and add Cinnabar to the list. What is old can be new again.

Notes per the Estee Lauder website: Warm - Molten Woods, Amber, Feminine – Jasmine, Ghost Lily, Magnolia, Ylang Luminous - Black Pepper, Sandalwood, Honey,Mandarin, Orange Pulp

Sample was purchased by me.

Thanks for reading
Sharryn ~♥~

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Start the way you mean to finish..

Adelaide today: 18°c/65°f

Welcome to my inaugural post. I am nervous and excited at the same time. I will be posting as often as my work and lifestyle permits. I have decided to note the temperature at the time of my post for comparison of how a fragrance behaves in variations of temperature. The temperature variables here in Adelaide are:

winter (daily maximum) 15.9°c/60.62°f
summer 28.3°c/82.96°f

However, we can experience heat waves of 40°/104°+ for 7 days or more, ours is a very dry heat unless we have a milder/wetter summer, then it can be slightly humid.  

I am eager to try L’air du desert marocain and Ambre Sultan in a heatwave that should be an interesting experience. If anyone has any perfume suggestions for the hot weather I’d love you to share them with me.

Thanks for reading - Sharryn

Friday, June 17, 2011