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 April 3, and it is my sister’s birthday. I was able to talk with her by phone for a while, after my remote work day ended, and she is fine so far, and in good spirits, although her small town has had seven deaths from COVID-19. I am lifting my own spirits by starting a victory garden in my backyard, with help from my teenaged son. It’s a great way to get outside, get some exercise, avoid extra trips to the store (once my veggies come in, I hope!), relieve stress, and keep him busy! Added bonus: my garden is very fragrant right now, with a dwarf Korean lilac in full bloom, roses just starting, late narcissi still blooming. Update: by popular demand (okay, Brigitte MENTIONED it), I’ve added a photo of the raised beds under construction, with our dog Lucy posing in front. Doesn’t she look angelic? Sure, until she starts digging! I think I’ll have to put some light fencing around the beds to discourage her.
I also indulged myself in a 24-hour sale by indie perfumer House of Matriarch and bought one of their “quincunx” sets, which arrived this week! Can’t wait to play with my new toys! Right now, they are having a “buy one, get one free” sale on full bottles with the code SPRINGBOGO, so check them out! All self-indulgence aside, I do think it’s important to support local and small independent businesses when we can — these are very tough times for them. And I suspect that fragrance may be something many people will cut from their budgets when budgets get tight, so let’s support our independent perfumers if we can!
How was your week? Any new wearings of “not suitable for work” fragrances? I love the acronym that popped up in the comments last week: NSFW. This one isn’t NSFW, because I DO wear it to work, but it’s challenging for some people. I find it classic and weirdly comforting, just because it is so classic and familiar: Chanel No. 19. So it has gotten some skin time this week — with my decidedly non-elegant yoga pants. Here’s a silver lining for me: I’ve totally stopped wearing suits!