Long overdue, but... um... the camera, the stairs, the sun was in my eyes...
[SUMMARY: Excuses, excuses.]
My first package from the auspiciously-numbered† Secret Pal 13.%
I did a piss-poor job of photographing, so allow me to narrate:
A skein of Fibra Natura Yummy in colour 41361,‡ some utterly luscious Ghirardelli Twilight§ Delight 72% chocolate squares and a book all y'all knitters recognise.
As is so often the case, the purple on my camera is broken. The in-person purple is much redder and much darker than it looks on my screen.¶
[SUMMARY: The purple of my prose is as washed out as the purple of my camera.]
This tickles me:
I accidentally forgot to turn my flash off for this picture. Doesn't it look like film noir? Alfred Hitchcock's sock yarn?
Remember The Heathers scarf? How much fun we# had posting Heathers quotes every time we# mentioned it?
[SUMMARY: Good times, good times.]
Just wait 'til I start my Hitchcock Socks.
Jade - Olivier Durbano (Bijoux de Pierres Poèmes)
Marin says: There was a LOT going on with this scent.
The first wave was an unpleasant blast of rubbing alcohol,†† which settled into... well, here's the chat version:*
me: I'm trying Durbano Jade.
Weird -- I can't quite pin down what I'm getting, but I keep thinking "ham."
Perhaps one should not test perfumes on an empty stomach.
Partner-in-Crime: ham? sexaaaay maybe something salty and camelized?
me: I liked camelized.
P-i-C: you would
me: Oh! I got it! It's pine.
With some mildly sweet woody stuff.
P-i-C: yeah, i totally make THAT leap
me: Once the word "ham" popped up, I couldn't get around it.
Yeah, I crack me up.^
Partner-in-Crime was right... something kinda salty, which I generally get with vetivers and something maple-ish, which could be any number of sweet or gourmand notes. I just couldn't stop thinking "ham" once I got it in my head.‡‡
I got something like lime& and... balsam? cedar? next, then licorice flowing into a sweet watercolour of patchouli,§§ with it finishing at a slightly cinamonny cedar.
As awkward as that all sounds, I enjoyed the entire ride.
Olivier Durbano produces the rock poems¶¶ line, including Amethyst, Black Tourmaline+ and Rock Crystal. This is the fourth. At bare minimum, they intrigue me and make me think twice about turning my nose up at fragrances listed as incense.##
The Perfumed Court says: Olivier Durbano Jade has notes of green tea, star anise,$ mint, cardamom, iris, jasmine, Chinese cinnamon,$ amber, patchouli,$ vetiver,$ moss, musk, immortale, mathé.@
†FOOTNOTE (crossed): Of course, any number can be auspicious when you can't count to four.
%FOOTNOTE (percented): For reasons both pretentious and divine, thirteen is my favourite number. You wouldn't have guessed otherwise.
‡FOOTNOTE (double-crossed): I feel sad for the yarn people who number their colourways instead of naming them. I would be thrilled to come up with a name like "Ice Wine" or "Malbec Splash" rather than 41361.
§FOOTNOTE (swerved): I checked -- It's not related to the stupid, sparkly vampires.
¶FOOTNOTE (paragraphed): I'm just a little smug to note the manufacturer's website has a photo that, while better than mine, still misses the mark by a bunch of red.
#FOOTNOTE (pounded): And by "we," I mean, "I."
††FOOTNOTE (ddouble-ccrossed): And now that I've read the purported notes, I believe I caught a little twist of mint in that alcohol phase.
*FOOTNOTE (asterisked -- how conventional): Edited slightly for clarity... not for content.
^FOOTNOTE (careted): And I like to think I entertained P-i-C too.
‡‡FOOTNOTE (doubble-crossssed): Oh, yeah? You try not thinking about a pink elephant.
&FOOTNOTE (ampresanded): Whoa! Late-breaking epiphany! I think that lime/not-quite-lime is how green tea reads to me. Filing away for future use...
§§FOOTNOTE (patchouli backpedal): Which is to say, "Not big ol' black, camphor-blasted patchouli." This is is a sort of charcoal grey, mildly itchy sweet woody patchouli.
¶¶FOOTNOTE (the ugly Americans rear their heads): My French is a little off.
+FOOTNOTE (plussed, which is the opposite of nonplussed): I coulda SWORN I already reviewed the Black Tourmaline. Loved it. Gotta post it one of these days.
##FOOTNOTE (pounding like a sitar beat): It's that headshopophobia thing I have going.
$FOOTNOTE (on the money!): See? There WAS a lot going on in this fragrance. I'm intrigued by the notes I missed -- gotta give it another go soon.
@FOOTNOTE (atted): Try as I might, I couldn't find anything to link to "mathé." Do you suppose it's like maté tea?