Another episode of Mood Scent 4 is here and this time around we’re featuring Wellbeing Wonders. My scented partners are Portia who is now with A Bottled Rose, L’Esperessence and I Scent You A Day. We are your selectors for perfumes for various occasions.
We chose this topic due to the unsettling COVID19 times we all find ourselves in. The crazy world of lockdowns, quarantines and social isolation. You are probably just getting used to being at home all day and every day, whether alone, with flatmates, a partner or your family. It can be a testing time with all of that home schooling to top things off. On the other hand you may be enjoying the peace and quiet. Personally I’m finding that it’s starting to feel like groundhog day although I am keeping it together for now. The French lockdown is relatively strict and we are allowed out of the home only for food shopping or for medical reasons. Plus we’re allowed one hour’s exercise a day, as long as you maintain social distancing and don’t go and meet your friends. If you’re from the same household you can go together, so we’ve done this a few times now. We are also required to fill out a form each time we leave the house as we may be checked by police and there are fines if you don’t have the correct documentation. Those who can work from home are doing so and it’s really only essential services workers who are going to their place of work now.
Whatever your situation, whether you live in a house, on a farm or in an apartment we will all have a need to calm our mood, temperament and general wellbeing and fragrance may give you a lift in the spirits right now.
Shalimar Ode à la Vanille sur la route de Madagascar : Guerlain : Thierry Wasser : 2012
Vanilla is one of those feel good scents, that can be absolutely essential in times like these, depending on personal tastes of course. Guerlain’s classic Shalimar has been reworked a few times and I have the Shalimar Ode à la Vanille sur la route de Madagascar (surely the longest name in fragrance) version with a beautiful swirl of vanilla that seductively haunts this perfume. I bought this in the early days of my perfume love when I frequently wore Shalimar and needed another version to keep me company. It’s a nice take on the classic scent and a quick glance at Fragrantica shows that there have been other versions including a Mexican edition. If you like the vintage glow of Shalimar amped up with more vanilla then I suggest you try and track this one down.
Larmes du Désert : Atelier Des Ors : Marie Salamagne : 2015
We definitely need an incense perfume on the list. I tend to like most incense fragrances and find them both contemplative and calming with a soulful feel. I wrote about this perfume when the brand launched at Esxence back in 2015. It wasn’t my favourite of the five releases but I liked the dryness and the fact that it seemed quite a straightforward incense meaning that it’s easy to wear with not much frippery. Over time I’ve come to appreciate Larmes du Désert more and more as it’s very warm, dry and comforting. There’s an interesting interplay between the woods, amber and incense for a glowing desert styled scent.
Maharadjah candle : Parfums de Nicolai
This is an incredible candle and one that will definitely make you feel cocooned and comforted in your home. The candle is a blend of patchouli, cinnamon and lavender that make for a robust scented combination. Maharadjah is definitely one of my favourites and you can also buy it in an oil format to use with a burner. I can attest that this candle has a good throw and scents a room when the cover is removed. Apparently Carla Bruni is a huge fan as it not only smells great but masks the smell of cigarette smoke.
Bohemian Spice : April Aromatics : Tanja Bochnig : 2011
April Aromatics makes a frequent appearance on Mood Scent 4 and this is because I genuinely love Tanja‘s fragrances and feel they have hit the zeitgeist of these times. Bohemian Spice is like a finely aged wine with a beautiful layer of natural aged patchouli wrapped around orange and frankincense. There’s a sweeter layer too with a vanilla accord that is gorgeously subtle. The fragrance has a real bohemian vibe as expected so you can imagine you’re wafting around somewhere far flung and exotic wearing a caftan Instead of being confined to your home.
Thank you so much for reading and let me know your Wellbeing Wonder fragrances.
I’ll leave you with some Sam Neill who is reading poetry and playing his ukulele among other things on lockdown. He also has a winery called Two Paddocks in Central Otago in New Zealand where he makes some lovely pinot noir. On this session he’s reading the kiwi classic children’s book Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd that I read probably hundreds of times to my boys. Personally I find his voice very beguiling and could listen to him forever.
Notes : Cover Image Canva : Fragrance images from the brand websites or sellers.
Disclosure : Perfumes Larmes du Désert, Bohemian Spice and the candle Maharadjah gratefully received by the brands and I provide services to Atelier Des Ors.