Perfume Chat Room, August 26

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, August 26, and I am choosing to focus on perfume rather than the multiple crazinesses that seem to be hovering about me this week: in the news, in my neighborhood, and at my job. Serenity now!!! Lately I’ve been regularly wearing Tzigana, a beautiful fragrance that I bought with Rosae in Florence, Italy, at Aquaflor, back in 2019. From the website:

Grapefruit and pink pepper tell the story of the first sun on the skin after a long winter. A flowery heart, the most precious absolutes of narcissus, jasmine and rose reveal themselves in their maximum splendor and seduce the sense of smell with magnetism. The impalpable sweet aftertaste reveals notes of heliotrope and vanilla, all accentuated by the unmistakable powdery touch of ambrette seeds. 

It is just lovely! I loved it when I tried it in their Florence store (which my nice husband had to find for me), but I hadn’t really been wearing it, focusing more on Rosae. But in the current state of affairs, Tzigana is both beautiful and comforting.

What are your comfort scents? Have you needed them lately?

Aquaflor Firenze

3 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, August 26

  1. I’m with you on fan & f*ces collisions at the moment!
    DH has been referred back to the Supraregional Cancer Centre for the opinion of the Sarcoma team. I worked there for many many years & know the Professor & Senior Specialist Nurse well. So I’ve pulled a few strings to speed thing up. In the meantime I’m spoiling him, he deserves it.

    From a perfume perspective, I could not face wearing Clarins Eau Extraordinaire for a single moment longer. I craved something HUGE, big & blousy with all the flowers.
    My eye fell on just the thing a vintage miniature of Beautiful from the 90’s. ALL the flowers underpinned by a honking note of drying tobacco leaves. So I’ve been living in a bright pink haze of every flower in existence & quite a few that aren’t & I have loved it!!!
    Estée Lauder really did used to get the whole package of their perfumery en pointe. From the packaging, the bottle, the ads, the colours used to support the fragrance. It’s so sad that they’ve gone down flankerville with their nondescript modern releases.


    • I agree! I loved Beautiful back in the day, and Knowing, and so many others. I always remember Luca Turin writing that Estée Lauder was the American Guerlain.

      I’m sorry to hear about your DH’s medical situation. My much-loved, younger BIL has just been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer; he has never smoked. He is about to start treatment. I hope your DH gets all the attention and the best treatment possible. Sending hugs.


    • Beautiful is indeed the full package. EL produced some superb perfumes without a doubt. I wore Beautiful for a few years in the 90s, but haven’t smelled it in recent times. My mum wore Youth Dew, as did my dance teacher so that is burnt into my olfactory memory. And who could forget the PC Amber Ylang Ylang that you (almost sure it’s you?) love! With all you have going on right now you need to care for yourself also, and best wishes to your hubby.

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