Welcome to the weekly Perfume Chat Room, perfumistas! I envision this chat room as a weekly drop-in spot online, where readers may ask questions, suggest fragrances, tell others their SOTD, comment on new releases or old favorites, and respond to each other. The perennial theme is fragrance, but we can interpret that broadly. This is meant to be a kind space, so please try not to give or take offense, and let’s all agree to disagree when opinions differ. In fragrance as in life, your mileage may vary! YMMV.
Today is March 20, and it’s been a week, as they say. My academic workplace is now empty of all students and almost all faculty. We started out the week with most staff still onsite; by Wednesday, that number had gone down too. I continue to go into the office but I’ve encouraged my small team to work remotely. I feel pretty safe going in myself as our cleaning crews wipe down and disinfect the building every night, it’s easy to keep “social distance” when there are so few people around, and I have disinfectant spray and wipes in my own office (plus the essential oil diffuser I described last week!).
We will launch a fully remote learning environment on Monday when classes resume. It’s truly amazing what our technology tools make possible! We expect challenges like overloaded internet access, but we’re optimistic. I do find I need periodic pick-me-ups to remain cheerful — this week, my fragrance pick-me-up has been Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’ Smudge Nebula. It comes in a room spray and a roll-on oil, and it’s currently on sale on her website, so check it out! Here’s what she says about it: use it “for clearing rooms, blessing spaces, gems, and people with one journey through the mist. An ‘Eau de Protection’ to carry with you for those moments you need a little something extra…” Some of its notes are: Bulgarian Rose Absolute, Conifer, Frankincense, French Lavender, Green Rose Leaves, Hiba Cedarwood, Hinoki, Lemon, Rosewater, Spruce, Texas Cedarwood, White Sagebrush. It is a skin scent, very light and refreshing. It doesn’t last long, but it lasts longer if you spray it on fabric like a scarf or sweater. I find it quite uplifting!
How was your week? Have you turned to any comfort scents? Are you managing okay during this pandemic? I raise a virtual glass to you all!
Featured image: the Hubble telescope’s image of the Lagoon Nebula, from http://www.spacetelescope.org.