Perfume Chat Room, May 5

Welcome to the Friday 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, May 5 — happy Cinco de Mayo! We had drama a few days ago that has a happy ending. Our sweet dog Lucy slipped out of our back yard and went missing for the rest of that day and overnight. We searched the whole neighborhood and the next one over on foot and by car. Our three young adult children, several friends, and passersby joined in. Night fell, and still no sign of Lucy. She is 10 years old but in excellent health, so we worried on multiple fronts, including, has she gotten sick or injured and can’t get home; or, has she gone so far, given her good health, that she can’t safely find her way back? She has only ever gotten out of our fenced, gated, locked back garden a few times in her ten years, and has never gone further than a block or two away, at most. Once, she went to the end of our block; and once, she got to the sidewalk and then ran back up our driveway and into the back yard! We only knew she had been gone because friends of our had seen her on the sidewalk and came to our door to tell us.

So this overnight disappearance was very alarming, to say the least. Happily, our next door neighbor let us know early the next morning that he had found her, trapped in the small locked enclosure where his HVAC unit sits in their back yard. He had been away all day, didn’t see our email to neighbors until late that night, and didn’t see her until the next morning. We think she jumped down there (it’s on a slope) and then couldn’t get out. She’s not a big barker, and she wouldn’t have been able to hear us calling her with the unit’s fan running. So my husband rushed next door to get her, and the prodigal returned, safe and sound.

I need a calming scent this week! I think I’ll wear DSH’s Smudge Nebula, which isn’t, strictly speaking, a body fragrance but which works beautifully as one. We’re looking forward to our upcoming trip to Bermuda, when we’ll visit the Lili Bermuda perfumery, among other sites.

Now that it’s May, and we’ve had lots of “April showers”, do you have May flowers? Real, or perfume?

21 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, May 5

  1. Poor Lucy!! We had a beagle who was a runner (rescue, trained to hunt and then dumped because he was skittish with loud noises). He got away numerous times – I would get a call from people several streets away that they had found him, usually after he had tired himself out. A few times, being a scent hound, he sniffed his way back on his own, thankfully. My SOTD is Philosykos. Was craving a little fig for some reason.

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    • Fig sounds ideal for this time of year! We think Lucy got out because the old gate lock actually fell apart. So now we have a full cable securing the gate with a new lock, and an even better one on its way (we need one with a combination so the guys who come once monthly to help me manage the gardens can get in without a key).

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  2. I’m so glad Lucy got home without incident. You all must have been frantic. The mind can’t help going to the worst case scenario in that instance. My dog got out our front gate once and had a little visit with the neighbours down the road. Their door was open and she just waltzed in and sat in their kitchen and waited for treats. They sent her home and she ran back up as I was out calling her. No harm done, thankfully.

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  3. No SotD. Turns out my nasal exhaustion is Covid. Both DH & I have avoided it until this week. Just a week before his surgery. His surgeon & anaesthetist are happy to proceed but he’ll be admitted on Thursday afternoon/ evening rather than early Friday.
    Lucy must have been as worried as you all were. So pleased you got her back safely.
    Jarvis does sneak out occasionally, the window cleaners aren’t very good at locking the gate behind them. Usually he goes to his “frenemy’s” & steal their blue Angel garden ornaments, that he piles up on our front lawn. If their door is open he trots in & gobbles up Jackson’s food!


    • I’m so sorry about the COVID! I had it in November for the first time, but as I was fully vaxed and boosted, it was very mild. I hope you’re not feeling too badly! And that’s good news that the surgery can proceed.
      Yes, I think Lucy was worried; she was thrilled to be back home. Jarvis sounds like a character! I’ve never heard of a dog stealing garden ornaments, lol!

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  4. OH, I’m so glad your dog came home safely. Mine never went farther than the neighbor’s yard when they escaped, but it’s very frightening, nonetheless.
    I’m going for rose florals this week, Parfums de Rosine Ballerina #1 and Parfums de Rosine Rose Griotte, a cherry blossom and peony beauty.

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  5. OMG! So glad your baby is home safe. I can’t even imagine.
    Funnily a lot of the azaleas and camellias are already blooming here in Sydney. So weird. Looking like the earliest spring ever. My BFFs Dad just emailed this morning saying one of his cymbidiums has shot out a spike.
    Not familiar with that particular DSH but I love Dawn’s work.
    Portia xx

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