The first three questions are poll suggestions from readers, the last two questions cover my own personal concerns — after all, man cannot live by perfume alone. Answer as many or as few as you like.
1. Name a great perfume for a first date.
2. Name a great perfume to wear to church.
3. Name a great perfume to wear to bed or to spray on sheets.
4. Had any good chocolate lately?
5. What book are you reading?
1. Name a great perfume for a first date. There are different ways to go about this. You could look for something inoffensive, or you could wear your absolute favorite as a screening mechanism: if your date can't stand it, that's the end of that.
2. Name a great perfume to wear to church. Here, I'd say go for relaxing yet inoffensive, which for me means a dab of Egyptian musk or a very light classic cologne.
3. Name a great perfume to wear to bed or to spray on sheets. Still Philosykos, after all these years.
4. Had any good chocolate lately? My son and I agree that the raspberry M&Ms are not as good as the cherry M&Ms. The Madécasse cinnamon & sakay bar (63% cocoa with cinnamon and sakay pepper1) is excellent.
5. What book are you reading? All Our Worldly Goods by Irène Némirovsky.
1. Sakay is a hot pepper condiment from Madagascar. Madécasse was founded by two former Peace Corps volunteers who worked in Madagascar; they source and produce the bars there, which is rare even with companies who try to follow fair trade practices. I will review a few of their bars soon.