Perfume Chat Room, July 3

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 Friday, July 3. Happy Fourth of July! Do you have any special plans? Personally, I plan to stay home (except maybe a safely masked and distanced trip to the botanical garden?), given the ongoing surges of coronavirus infections here in the USA, and watch “Hamilton” on Disney Plus tonight with my family. If you haven’t yet seen that musical, OMG! I highly recommend it. We were lucky enough to see the show on tour two years ago, and it was stunning. Can’t wait to see the filmed version with Lin-Manuel himself in the title role! Tomorrow we will certainly continue our Fourth of July tradition of watching “1776”, one of my favorite musicals.John Adams: “I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a Congress!”.

What is a suitable scent to celebrate what must be one of the strangest Fourth of July holidays in many years?

Featured image of actors Daveed Diggs and Ken Howard from HowlRound Theatre Commons.

 

13 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, July 3

  1. No 4th of July plans here. My county in Western Pa is essentially locking down again. Doesn’t feel like there’s anything to celebrate. Perfume wise I’m currently wearing Nicolaï Fig-Tea, and will wear Seville a l’Aube later – I wore it earlier in the week and need to wear it again.

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    • Seville a l’Aube is beautiful! I think I have a sample of Fig-Tea, must pull it out. I hear you on the weird sense of non-celebration. I love fireworks shows, and of course they’ve all been canceled. Maybe some channel will rebroadcast recordings from last summer!

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  2. I love John Adams’ quote! I am so happy to celebrate Independence Day despite the hardships. Planned social distance fireworks are now banned due to fire risk. We plan to stay home and grill tomorrow. We are in the middle of packing for a move; my perfumes are boxed up and as a result I’ve sprayed many that haven’t had much wear time. Today Guerlain Champs Elysees, an old favorite from the late 90s. Happy July 4th to all!

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  3. So we thoroughly enjoyed watching “Hamilton” last night and I plan to watch it again at least once this weekend, after our usual showing of “1776.” The film version of “Hamilton” is really well done, captures visually what it was like to see it live, but with great close-ups of the actors’ faces when appropriate. If you can see it live at some point, I still recommend that, because the atmosphere in the theater is just electric, but wow, this was great.

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  4. I hope all of you in the US have a wonderful day, despite the unusual situation! Our Constitution Day in May was so different too, but we still managed some celebration.

    I am wearing Amyris Femme today (Kurkidjian), trying to wrap up some work projects which ought to have been finished yesterday, before the big vacation period. I have not been able to put in extra hours earlier in the week to finish it all, and there’s two apartments in my building being refurbished now, so not really peace and quite, but obviously they have to do the work at some time.Sounds like one Place is being totally gutted.

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    • Wow, I hope you can find a way to lessen the disturbance. We are soon to embark on a long overdue house “re-fresh” — we need to restore two old bathrooms to good working order, repair lots of exterior woodwork, etc. We’ll have to figure out protocols for workmen inside our house, which won’t be easy. Luckily construction workers are used to wearing masks, at least.

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  5. I got myself all settled down and was just on the opening bars of Alexander Hamilton when hubby came home from work. The conversation went a bit like
    “What’s that on the telly?”
    “It’s Hamilton.”
    “What?”
    “The live recording of Hamilton.”
    “Is that another musical? I don’t really want to watch that this evening.”
    “Ffs.”
    So I turned it off. I’ll watch it tomorrow while he’s at work 😉
    I would wish all you US dwellers a happy fourth, but it’s still not great news for you there so I will say make the best of the situation and keep yourselves safe above all. Create your own fireworks with lots of perfume.
    I’m in several sprays of Opium today.
    I just felt like it.

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  6. Undina has a great Saturday question on her blog, Undina’s Looking Glass, asking what is the best fireworks show you’ve seen, and what fragrance goes with it. The answers are so much fun, and literally span the globe! They got me thinking, though — I have some fragrances that are reputed to smell like gunpowder, in a discovery set from Beaufort London. Maybe I’ll pull those out this weekend! I think I also have Amazingreen from Comme des Garcons, which is also supposed to have a gunpowder notes. Do you have any fragrances that remind you of gunpowder?

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  7. Staying home here, just walking and swimming in our pool. It’s a pain to keep a pool clean with all our lovely trees, but very nice to have.
    Hubby and I wear masks everywhere. I even wear one during my massage and my massage therapist wears one, too. I urge everyone to wear a mask.

    I live in a smart city where there is now an ordinance requiring masks for everyone when they leave their home. Here’s my take on it for the 4th of July: Wearing a mask can be seen as a patriotic expression as we do our part to defend our country from a microscopic invader. Wear it with pride as you hold onto your liberties and keep everyone free from those invading viruses! I see the coronavirus as a bunch of evil little Daleks trying to take over the world. Those Daleks will never win!!!

    As for 4th of July perfumes I started the day with Keiko Mecheri’s Attar de Roses, like a shower of rose petals and a bath in rosewater. Mmmmm. I’ll end with Dipqyque’s Essences insensee’ Rose de Mai, which is like fireworks of rose petal exploding around me when I spray it on.
    Stay safe, everyone!!

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  8. I spent half of the evening watching different fireworks on YouTube following recommendations of the commenters in that Saturday Question post.
    Today I wore DelRae Bois des Paradise: great perfume! It’s sad that the brand is gone.

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