Today, our twelfth annual Haiku Challenge (if you like, you can check out past years for inspiration). We're also happy to include other forms of poetry if haiku don't inspire you. Have a perfume-related limerick or a sonnet you'd like to share? Please do.
If you're writing a haiku, pick a perfume or a perfume house (or really, anything related to perfume), and write a haiku about it. OR, skip the perfume theme altogether, and write a (non-political, please!) haiku about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Either way, use the simplified English form — your haiku should have three lines, the first line with five syllables, the second line with seven syllables and the third line with five syllables. You can put the perfume name in the title if that makes it easier, and at any rate, don’t stress over the rules of traditional haiku — this is just for fun.
Note: top image shows Inro, Netsuke and Ojime ca. 1850-1900 Japan, signed Kakosai, via Victoria and Albert Museum.
Cartier Baiser Vole
A scent of lilies,
Delicate and luminous,
Lingers on my skin
Chanel Cuir de Russie
A leather jacket
Worn over lace and velvet,
Noble and refined
Heeley Iris de Nuit
A secret meeting
In the garden washed by rain –
Damp earth and lipstick
Memo Tiger’s Nest
Amber and incense
Purr like a big cuddly cat
Nestled in my heart
Wow! Especially Iris de Nuit& Cuir de Russie are spot on!
Thanks! The one about Iris de Nuit is my favorite.
Thank you for hosting the challenge, Robin. I love it!
These are wonderful! I especially love the first one with the repeating “l”-s.
Thank you! Alliterations were completely accidental. You have a good eye! ?
Good morning everyone! I’m terrible at this sort of thing, but here goes….
Smokey’s acute gaze.
Why not share breakfast with Me?
Hope springs eternal.
SOTD is Murasaki by Shiseido, perfect for today’s drizzly weather.
Oh, that look of expectancy! Perfectly captured.
I will not eat it.
I’ll sniff and lose interest.
This is how cats roll.
That’s the game cats are playing.
Gets me every time.
? I have recently read a Youtube comment saying that cats have three modes of behavior: 1) Be cute 2) Do nothing 3) Violence. And that the secret of their charm is that you never know which mode they will choose. ?
Oh, it’s so accurate!
Hilarious! That sounds like my Buddy.
Smokey turned up his nose at his (formerly) favorite breakfast this morning.
I share your pain! Kora keeps changing her mind about her favorite kinds of canned wet food. This makes buying wet food interesting. ?♀️
You smell lovely. My mom had me hunt down a bottle of Murasaki for her ages ago on a trip to Japan… most of the big department stores there push big name western fragrances (at least at the time), so it was a lot of wandering around.
In the 1980’s, I remember Fendi and Opium as my favorite scents to wear. Murasaki was such a departure, different, created with a light hand, delicate and compelling.
Opium is my aunt’s signature scent. My mom cycles through a number of different ones including Murasaki. Both evoke happy memories for me.
Aw, that’s a cute one.
Your haiku is accurate for little canine furballs as well! We get the “egg beg” several times a week.
Scent of timeless elegance
Chanel no. 5
Oh well done.
Hello perfume friends! I’ve been AWOL for a while due to intense stress & anxiety while shopping for a house on Vancouver Island during what is a truly insane real estate market. After a fierce bidding war yesterday, we emerged victorious with a house!! Yay!! Unfortunately closings are long here, 90 days, so it won’t actually be available to me until August, but having that to look forward to will keep my spirits up while I wait.
Now that the tension has dropped, I can finally think about perfume again. :-). Wearing Dusita Splendiris to celebrate.
Congratulations! Nice to have you back.
That’s great news and Splendiris is the perfect celebratory fragrance!
Oh, congratulations on winning the bidding war! The San Juan Islands is one of our target areas for retirement, and Mr. G and I have been watching home prices there just absolutely soar during the pandemic, with many properties going for tens of thousands of dollars above asking price. We’ve decided to put off trying to buy up there until all the over-bidders finally miss their former big cities and flee back to “civilization” (meaning “more than two decent restaurants nearby”), when prices might return to sanity.
I feel like that’s really possible. Especially as businesses decide they really don’t like having their workers working remotely, etc.
I wanted to bail out and go back to San Diego to wait out the madness, but my husband absolutely insisted we buy now. We will see in 10 years how that decision turns out. We had to pay a lot to get this house, I just hope it turns out to be the good investment he thinks it will be.
Oh, how funny – one of our other targets is the San Diego area. Mr. G grew up in southern California and misses the sunshine, and I’ve had him here in the often-grey Pacific Northwest for quite some time, sooooo … compromise? I hated SoCal all of the two years I was there, but that was LA. Yuck. Would you warn me off San Diego if I couldn’t hack LA?
No, I also hate LA, it’s very different from San Diego. I recommend you come for a long visit though before deciding.
Congrats on getting a house! Now you can relax and explore your new surroundings without hurry and stress. ?
Exactly – I couldn’t enjoy anything while the house-hunting anxiety was consuming all my energy.
Wow, 90 days?! I’m trying to imagine the crazy that ensues as you close on your former house and have months until you get into the next one. Are rent-backs common (and a thing up there)?
So happy for you, in any case! Excited to have another sniffy friend in our neck of the woods! Pre-COVID we tried to head up to Vancouver, BC every year or two. Such a great town.
I was shocked about that too. We are stuck in Airbnbs until this closes, not fun, but no other choice for us right now. Our other place sold before we got here to start looking. The agent said rent-backs are frowned upon here.
When we drive back down this fall I’m hoping we can stop by Portland to stop in at Fumerie and meet some internet friends.
When we sold my house a few years ago, my biggest worry was temporary housing with 3 cats. I didn’t even think of AirBnB! But that makes more sense then trying to find an apartment for a few months. Hard to find a landlord/landlady who’d be excited about that.
A visit in the fall to Fumerie would be lovely! I’ve been toying with the idea of hosting folks here for a local sniffa, but I don’t know how to make the timing make sense. I keep watching the local COVID situation and saying “maybe in a month or two” to myself.
Yep, we have a dog. Tried to get a short term rental but nobody would sign anything less than a 1 year lease.
YAY Happy for you
Thank you! I am soooo relieved, the stress was killing me.
Congrats, and yay for less stress!
Yes! Yhank you!
Wonderful news! New house. New start. Yay! And Vancouver Island. I’ve been having Moresby Island vacation fantasies throughout the entire pandemic. I totally agree with your husband—that area is so desirable with global warming, etc. making other island spots more subject to weather variances and excessive heat. Bummer about the 90 days though. But anyway, congratulations!!!!
Thank you! We should be okay for a while on the global warming front and we’re on the leeward side of the island away from the major tsunami zone.
Congratulations! That’s wonderful news!
Yes, the housing market is insane.
Wow! Congratulations! You’ll be settled in before you know it.
Glad you’re back! Congrats on the house! I don’t think I can stand a bidding war but who knows if and when I may encounter that!
We are Iris note twins!
It was a real nail-biter for sure!
Congratulations on the house!
Congratulations!! I was wondering how your house hunt was going. I’m thrilled that you were able to buy a house. I know that 90 days sounds like an insane amount of time, but it will pass. At this time next year, you can look back and toast your self of today for finding your home.
Yes indeed! The time will pass and this time next year it will all be a memory, we’ll be happily settled in our home.
Congratulations on the new house! Glad you were able to share happy news here. ?
This was the first place I came to share my joy!
Well done and congratulations. Vancouver Island – what a great place to live.
I think of you often as we now both live on large islands in the Pacific. There are so many beautiful bald eagles and huge trees, wild beaches and snow-capped mountains. I’ve never been to New Zealand but I imagine it to be similarly impressive.
Amazing and good for you! I think my sister has nearly given up on buying a place in DC.
I had a big meltdown last week and nearly gave up too! Only sheer desperation kept me going since I’m effectively homeless up here.
Wow, I’d be feeling anxious too! Congratulations! Hope you can make it to the closing date without too much more anxiety.
My anxiety level has dropped tremendously already. Whew!
Phew! What a relief! I hope you can now take a breath and enjoy the summer.
I am super relieved! Now we can just explore and get to know our new home. If they open the border we’ll be able to go down and get our camper too.
Yay for finding a house!!! I kept doing a find for “caz…” in the comments wondering where you were. eaheheh I am relieved you are back and wearing find fragrance! Such crazy times for the housing market. Glad you persevered! I can imagine it’s a huge relief.
Very relieved. Now back to our regularly scheduled perfume enjoyment!
Hey scent twin! Perfect perfume for the occasion, congratulations on getting the house. I hope everything will go smoothly.
Thank you, we hope so too!
Watching Queen’s Gambit
Seeing perfume bottles move
Fragrance is my chess
I am four episodes in!♕
No perfume yet…doing the Sniffapalooza shortly which is for candles.???♀️ Will update w/ perfume later! Happy weekend!
I missed that Sniffa email, which is sad, because candles might have been a fun topic. Let us know how it went!
It was very interesting…for Harris Reed candles and we got to sniff two perfume oils based on the candles: Patchouli Fever and Charred Rose…both were nicely done. No affiliation to the brand. He was on the Zoom as was his mom (who made candles and had a store) and the actual candle perfumer as well. Karen did a great job w/ the questions. I love listening to people talk about perfume, fragrance and scent.?
Those Zoom calls have been one of my lifelines over the past fourteen months. Very informative and entertaining, plus reasonably priced!
Completely agree! And, if you believe in things such as budgets , these events clearly go against the Entertainment budget vs. the Perfume budget. I don’t have an Entertainment budget which is also convenient.
Ohhhh, enjoy! It was one of my favorites of 2020.
I saw your Zoom box ?. I enjoyed this one! Harris Reed is such a cutie.
The Beautyhabit Sniffa code SPRINGFF20 (with $100 and up purchase) works although I have not yet committed to it.
I missed the registration for the Creed event, but eh, not into it anyway.
Saw you too. Yes, he is quite cute . I really enjoyed the background w/ his mom and the perfumer too. And Karen did a great job w/ questions.
Debating what, if anything, I need from Beautyhabit too. I would have bought Sintra from them but have been OOS for a while so I got from ZGO Perfumery w/ a 20% off code in the interim. Sintra is one beautiful beast!…thanks again for sharing.
I also missed out the Creed event and then had the same thought! ehaeheh I don’t any of their stuff and not much has impressed me. I did get into the DefineMe one which is next week perhaps.
I made it to Define Me as well for Wednesday the 19.
I made it into that one as well. Already received my box of goodies in the mail!
Same here on the Creed. I love the vanilla one from them, but nothing else really grabbed me. Then again, I have studiously avoided testing anything from that house! ?
Evening’s orb rises
Blossoming thick white petals,
A verdant summer snow.
(I know I have an extra syllable, but I liked it better this way)
I am visualizing the painting to illustrate that haiku, and wish I were the artist able to do it! Beautiful!
Thanks, all! I forgot to say it’s Hiram Green’s Moon Bloom.
Hello, lovely and pleasantly-scented people!
Also, you’re such clever haiku composers. Even if my brain was working better than it is now, I couldn’t do that, but I admire NST folks’ skill and creativity with that.
It’s been a while again since I peeked in. I had rather different expectations for the day. Yesterday evening, my mother said, “Saturday is chocolate chip day, and we are totally prepared.” LOL! We found a day we can celebrate.
Thursday I managed to make my way well up north in the county, to pick up my herbs and scented geraniums from the Herb Sale. Properly, the Herb Society of America – Philadelphia Unit sale, which has been going on for many decades. Last year and this, they arranged it so one could order herbs through e-mail, and then go to a site where they could stick your order in the trunk of your car. Minimal contact, yummy herbs and other plants.
Some of the scented geraniums sold out fast, partly saving me from myself, but I managed to get a Pelargonium crispum, which has quite a realistic lemon fragrance, and Rober’s Lemon Rose. And I got a new pineapple sage and a couple of little lemon verbena plants. I’d gotten an apple scented geranium from Logee’s a couple of weeks ago, a couple of jasmines, a patchouli plant, and a ginger lily. I’ve got my spicy/fruity/flowery themes going with plants, though I haven’t worn perfume in some time.
Also I got culinary herbs. Then I get into that race against time as to whether the family eats the herbs first or rodents or what-have-you of a non-human variety get to them before we do. I already have areas fenced off with hardware cloth and poultry netting in several spots around the yard, so we’ll see how that goes. Wish me luck with the dill this year. Also, I hope to experiment with tarragon. I’ve heard it’s good with eggs and the like. Recipes involving that, or lovage, or foods flavored with fresh dill, or with fresh herbs like marjoram, oregano, chives, or the traditional folk song parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are welcome. My e-mail is neyronrose at gmail dot com. Also, I apologize if you have “Scarborough Fair” stuck in your heads now.
Have a good weekend!
Yay for fresh herbs! I always plant kitchen herbs alongside my flowers in my garden beds. Oregano, mints, and thyme become downright weedy here in Oregon, so once I get one started, all I have to do is pull out the extras when they get too abundant. I did plant a catnip last year that I worried the neighborhood kitties wouldn’t let get established, but they decided to mostly sit ON it, rather than nibble it down, and it seems to have survived to this year!
I use tarragon in small quantities with braised chicken. I like onions, carrots, mushrooms, red or white wine, maybe some canned, diced tomatoes, garlic and a pinch of tarragon. Too much becomes sort of soapy in flavor, but a little is nicely aromatic.
Thanks for the idea! That sounds yummy. “A little tarragon goes a long way” seems to be the consensus here. I’ll keep that in mind.
Happy gardening. Sounds like you have a lovely selection.
If you are looking for recipes, the LCBO (liquor control board of Ontario) has a free food and drink magazine recipe archive online, just punch in tarragon as a search term. Their recipes are some of my favorites to make.
Just wandered over to this site and found a recipe for garlicky buttermilk-marinade chicken. I think that might be my next dinner! Thank you!
Thank you for the suggestion. I’ll take a look.
Your shopping trip sounds so lovely. Enjoy the new plant friends!
I am enjoying them, thank you. It was a nice day for a drive, so that was good, too. After I picked up the plants, I visited with friends up that way who had recently gotten vaccinated. We sat out in their garden and chatted. They were very careful this past year+ in interacting with other people, and now they can feel more comfortable about socializing a little more.
I learned the hard way that a little bit of tarragon goes a long way, especially if it is dried. It does make for a nice addition into an Herbs de Province blend. Also works well with fish and chicken.
Good to know. Thank you!
If all the herb-growers have a good year, here is an excellent recipe from Bois de Jasmin:
Noted. Thank you! That sounds interesting.
This is actually my confessions to Donatella ?
Lipstick, evening gown
few spritzes of Splendiris.
Not going anywhere.
Explosion of fruits,
My dear Chameleon.
Orange in my tea,
another beautiful day
in Winter Palace
too pretty to be opened.
The box of Sintra.
Orange Peel, rhubarb
joyous spring day, husband sings
And a travel spray (for Donatella to sneer at):
I said no blind buys
but got lured by pretty box.
Damn Hibiscus Palm.
Oh wow! You did not just write several haiku(s). You made a story from them. Very cool!!
Two thumbs up for Splendiris, twin!
I bet Donatella is a fan of travel sprays too!
Love the tie-in; I think Donatella will appreciate an overlay of the poetic to your confession – you will get perfumed indulgences for next quarter, maybe?!
“Husband sings lady marmalade” is so funny and perfect!
Oh no, brainfarted in the Splendiris one. The last line should be:
just going nowhere
So difficult to write these in foreign language but thank you for your kind comments:) I hope StD will appreciate this?
I’m terrible at haiku. Sad, being of Japanese descent and all. That inro in the photo is gorgeous — I do wish we made more things like that in today’s world, with care and artistry.
My semester ended yesterday, and now it’s a frenzied three days of grading, then a few weeks of tying up loose administrative ends. I’m going to fortify myself today with a lot of Vietnamese coffee and the scent of Anarchy, Irma Shorell’s dupe for DK Chaos, both perfumes long discontinued.
Been thinking about the concept of becoming more unapologetic. It’s a thought that’s been coming up with frequency for me lately, particularly in the work sphere. I’m going to start training myself with this goal in mind. Thoughts on the subject, my scented friends?
Wow, I love the goal of becoming more unapologetic! I know I find myself saying, “I’m sorry” out of reflex, even if it’s say, someone else running into *me* while we’re walking past each other, etc. The fact that the other person rarely corrects me and says, “Oh, no, it was my fault,” has helped me to cut back on that behavior, but it’s definitely a work in progress.
“Unapologetic” to me means being more accepting of the way I am and not feeling sad or pressured if other people think I should be different somehow. It has gone on throughout my whole life (religion or not, parenthood or not, etc) and I’m still working on it. I was lucky enough to have parents who believe I have a reasonably good head on my shoulders and who gave me the freedom to chart my own course, but there was the occasional chill of unspoken disapproval or disappointment. Ultimately, we all have to live with ourselves and find a way to be happy doing it.
It’s definitely worth living authentically. Being unapologetic in that sense is 100% a good goal, because when you feel good about letting go of the weight of others’ judgment they often soften it themselves because they can see that you’re genuinely happy and unconflicted about your choices. It may not be the same ones they would have made in your position, but you’re not them, and that’s okay!
In the past 14 months, all my meetings have all been via Zoom and it’s easier to focus on the speaker. One particular speaker kept saying “I’m sorry…” to “apologize” for what someone said is not on the screen (he demos prototypes for comment). He had been sending out surveys to confirm what he heard in the call and to solicit other feedback. On the last survey, I made a comment that he should stop apologizing because there is absolutely nothing for which he needs to apologize. He definitely did less of that at the next meeting.
One way to avoid apologizing is to take a few additional seconds to consider your response instead of trying to answer right away.
Good advice at the end, and it’s good that you told him that.
A long time ago a friend told me to stop saying something of mine was “little”–such as my “little essay” or “little lecture” and so on. I was really shocked that I was doing that and it made such a difference to become aware of it!
I do the same thing with the opening phrase, “I think…” Your work is not little, and my perspective isn’t just a trivial thought.
Thanks. Now I need to think about my speech mannerisms ?.
Those few seconds will give me enough time to ponder, “What would hajusuuri say?” That should do the trick.
LOL…may not be PC all the time.
I have been known to tell friends that sometimes I am fully on board with the expression “Zero (bleeps) given.” To me that means sorting out the important from the background noise that permeates everyday life. Don’t apologize for knowing your own mind.
I too am down for not apologizing. I believe women in general will apologize for things they have no control over and to be caretakers/protectors. I have made an effort at work and in personal relationships to notice if/when people apologize and what for and it can be quite interesting. I stopped using the word “just” in emails a couple years ago as I read people (often women) use it to soften the blow but it diminishes what you’re saying. Now I deliver the blows as intended. ehaeheh
Also confessing to Donatella like Finanna above…
Sweet rose on neck and skin
A new lovers first bite
SOTD Love Extreme by Killian ( I bought a bottle)
Repotting plants on my NYC balcony. Kids are helping water everything. Some from a florist others from the farmers market.
Vegan sushi for lunch and hopefully reading more Crescent City by SJMaas.
You smell great!
I love it
Congrats on the new purchase, sounds delicious! I love the regular Love, didn’t realise there was an extreme version. Into the sampling list it goes…
SOTM is some leftover Zeta from last night. I mourn a little bit every time I wear it. There’s no way I’ll be stingy enough to make my bottle last the rest of my lifetime!
Family BBQ was lovely yesterday, and the cake turned out well–White cake with lemon curd and 7 minute frosting–it was like a cake version of lemon meringue pie. And now on to the next one–my brother’s birthday is this week, and he’s requested a banana cake. I’m thinking I’ll make it with walnuts and cream cheese frosting.
Yay for lovely time with family and those cakes are making me want those cakes!
If I’m lucky, I’ll get a slice of the banana cake. My brother can be funny about not sharing. I mean, it’s a gift and I don’t think he’s obligated to share, but I can’t really imagine receiving a cake from someone and not inviting them to have a slice with me.
That cake sounds fabulous! I need to make that for my dad, he loves lemon meringue pie but I prefer cake.
I found the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. I’ve had very good luck with their desserts!
I am drooling at the thought of that lemon cake. Yum! I’m glad you had such a nice visit with your family.
Thank you, sistine! Baking a cake for a gathering is really my favorite way to bake. It gives me an excuse to make a beautiful cake, and then I get to share it with others!
Glad to hear that your family BBQ went well, and that your cake was a smashing success!
Thanks, Jalapeno! It is so good to be able to connect with folks in person a bit again!
Nothin’ Lasts For Long
Oh discontinued fragrance
you elusive fortune
my smell and touch
I could have known and had you
I love reading haiku, but am hopelessly bad at creating it – I’m too rigid or something. Same with photography and any other kind of writing – I’m a much better editor than creator. Ah well, we all have our talents. My SOTM is Paris-Deauville.
Editors are important, and under-rated!
I’m the same way – I’m an amazing editor, but terrible creator. And I don’t come up with huge “big picture” ideas but I can figure out the logistics to make them work. Need a crazy plan implemented? Come up with the idea and then hand it over to me.
Without folks like us, there’d be so many amazing ideas that didn’t ever make it to the finish line.
I’m not a haiku sort of person, so I’ll just enjoy everyone else’s efforts. I took the winter comforter off the bed this morning as it looks like temps will be getting more summerlike. The heat hasn’t come on in a while, either. I’m wearing Limed, a deliciously tart/woody composition from MadHat Scents.
Caz, I’m so happy you found something. Prices are crazy everywhere, multiple offers, no contingencies, no inspections, it’s nuts. I got beaten out by someone who wrote an offer that guaranteed they would pay 5K over the next highest offer!
I should take the winter comforter off, I feel like I am always kicking it off anyways…
Thank you, it was the same here: no contingencies, no inspection, all cash, multiple offer bidding wars. We got beat out several times. Yesterday I went for broke and barely squeaked it out. So very relieved it’s over.
I’d like to take the down comforter off too but we’re in an Airbnb that has no other bedding. I will tough it out but often wake up sweating.
Then green, sheer bitter modern
Nice, I like that!
I love a good dated aldehyde!
Then let me be clear, the Haiku is about the original Private Collection, not the widely celebrated Tuberose Gardenia flanker.
How you dance across my skin
Lovely, and I want to get out a bottle now of my Love Tuberose and spray it on myself!
The spinster sense
Unseen, but she’s secretly
I like this one!
Ooh, that is so true, and great job with all of the “s”-es!
Had a friend come over so I couldn’t drop by to say hi earlier.
You smell of jasmine, don’t you
Sotd is California Reverie.
You smell gorgeous, and I love your poem!
I’m impressed with your writing haiku in another language, no less! Well done!
That’s what I was going to say!
Not really feeling the haiku today, but maybe tomorrow. I’m in Profumi del Forte Roma Imperiale, and my fragrance is dressier than I am, methinks. A very pretty citrus tinged white floral. Calypso, I’m saving the rest of this small decant for you. It has your name all over it!
Finally found some flat leaf parsley and put it in the ground this morning. The two plants are pretty small, so I hope they grow like gangbusters, just as last year’s did.
To report back on the rehab experiment…
I picked up a 200ml bottle of everclear last week and rehabbed several syrupy samples/decants. It worked well! It’s easy to add too much and inadvertently make a cologne splash, though. I tried it on a sample of something that I also have a full bottle of, and skin tested both. The sample might not have lasted as long as the juice from the bottle, but I may have added too much everclear. At any rate, it’s a reasonable option for evaporating samples and decants!
How often does one see “rehab” and “picked up a 200mL bottle of everclear” in one sentence?
Thanks for sharing your experiment – planning to try it buoyed by your success!
Oh I didn’t even think about the correlation! Kinda laughing and cringing at the same time.
Yup, that was pretty funny. Like a gardener saying they’re growing poppies for the pretty flowers. Then again, when I’m looking for something to put very small flowers in, I grab a shot glass to use as a tiny vase. LOL! I don’t think we’ve used the shot glasses for their intended purpose in years.
But I’m glad you succeeded in your mission to rehab the perfumes, and I’m glad you found the kind of parsley you wanted.
I was a bit like “I think maybe you’re doing rehab wrong?” until I read further too! ?
Yay, thank you!
Hooray for the rehab experiment and that it worked! Some tweaks and we’ll start calling you the rehab master ?.
Perfume restoration achievement unlocked! ?
This made me LOL!
Cue Amy Winehouse… https://youtu.be/KUmZp8pR1uc
Wore Bee’s Bliss this a.m. as we did our community clean up stint. (Wonder if the lovely, big bumblebee I saw was interested in me…). Met a very nice former teacher who retired up here 18 years ago. And took out an actual book from the library. First time in forever I did that instead of download. And…our vanity lights for the guest bath arrived!
Off to shower. May just stick with the same scent.
No haiku. I’m clueless.
I went to the recently re-opened public library last week, too! Although not many people were about, it was nice just to be able to go in and pick up my book on hold, rather than having to call for curbside delivery.
I love the item in the picture!
SOTD = Hermès Hermessence Iris Ukiyoe
Love! Soft floral iris.
And I shared this Caturday post:
Will be back later for the haikus!
Perfect color match between owl and bottle! ?
Thanks! It came out even better in the photo!
Love the composition on your perfume pic today!
Never thought about this until seeing this post, but Caturday is the one thing that might tempt me to social media: so far, I am on the outside! I do always enjoy your posts, H.!
Do it, do it ?
I love the haiku challenge – so many beautiful descriptions of perfumes. I wore Serge Lutens’ Rose de Nuit last night, I bought it in Paris six years ago, that’s starting to feel like a long time ago.
Dark secretive rose
Treasure from Palais Royal
You smell wonderful! Paris seems so long ago and far away.
Totally didn’t make it to comment in the thread yesterday on my bday, but many thanks to everyone who encouraged the idea of sushi/sake indulgence – I went for it, and it was delicious after an 8h work day!
Yesterday’s scent of the day was also a spritz from my b-day decant of MFK Grand Soir, and today I got an amazing belated present – a pop-up vaccination clinic was listed accepting people in my postal code with no line-up! First dose done and dusted.
In Cuir de Russie from le Jardin Retrouvé today:
The ballet is done
Triumph of clean sweat, flowers
And leather slippers
Wow, what a great birthday!! Good food and a vaccine are a fabulous combo. Happy belated birthday!
Happy belated birthday!
Happy belated birthday yesterday and happy vax day today!
Congrats on getting your first shot! Hope that you have minimal side effects.
Happy birthday, and I love your haiku!
Congratulations on the vaccine and it sounds like you had a great birthday!
Yay for your birthday, first shot, sushi and especially sake!!!
Congrats on the shot and hurray on your birthday celebration!
I’m sampling Gold Leaves by Regime des Fleurs. It is lovely – it reminds me of California Reverie but with an herbal element thrown in.
Could it be? For real?
Divine liquid drips from nozzle
Oh yes! Gasoline!
Extremely stoked to have found gas today. Not going to deny, I did a happy dance.
Huzzah for finding gas in your area!
More than a year now
Since the world changed forever
Unknown what lies ahead.
A metallic chirp
Red feathers flash into my sight
Spring song of renewal. ?
These two haiku came tumbling out in a rush. Maybe I’ll have more later on this weekend, if the Muse graces me with her presence.
SOTD = back in FM Superstitious.
Rises and everything now covers
My car with pollen.
I like that perfume a lot and was very sorry to read that designer Alber Elbaz had died of Covid
Yeah me too. I’m considering a travel spray if I thunk this second sample/decant I have.
Yay for tribute to Cardinal Bird, as his red-feather self is known at chez-MossyBerry.
One male cardinal here recently landed only about 12 feet away from me. I was rather excited about that!
Love the haikus and of course, your perfume!
As the nurse leans close
I breathe deep her sweet perfume
And brace for the pain
One of the nurses who takes blood at the hospital wears a tiny dash of Angel and when she enters the room I always recognise her by her perfume. For a while I was giving blood twice a week or more and I found her scent always relaxed me before the infamous words “just a little scratch” were uttered.
Autumn turning winter now. The orange and golden leaves are sparse on the trees in our garden and the mornings are cold. I have finished my 5 weeks of radiation, and whimpered through the radiation burns and now am recovering for surgery in June. Last night the moon was just a sliver in the sky and so beautiful.
Happy weekend everyone!
Hello there! Glad to hear from you. It sounds like you are feeling a little better now (I hope!).
Stunning haiku. “Just a little scratch”… no, not so.
That’s great you have gotten through radiation. I’m glad this stage has passed and wish you the very best for your surgery next month.
Hello! So nice to see you and hear you are on to the next phase of treatment.
Angel really has moved into modern classic status, imo. I don’t love it on myself, but it makes me happy to smell it on other people from time to time.
Thank you for stopping in – you’ve been in my thoughts and prayers. I’ve had a “mixed media” day: Myths for my decolletage (always my best testing area, excuse if TMI) and Mahora on my left arm. They are playing nicely together, but maybe that’s why I am blank on any possible haikus! Did I mention that I LOVE Mahora?? I think my pristine vintage bottle consoles me for missing the boat on Iris Ganache or other such vaunted Guerlains! Wishing you Winter joys as Indiana slips into a cool start to Summer.
Kanuka, I am so glad you are feeling well enough to post! I’ve been thinking of you and hoping you are able to walk outdoors and watch the seasons change. Wishing you a speedy recovery following your surgery.
Hello Kanuka! It’s lovely to see you. I think of you every morning as I walk/ play with my dog in an oak: pine forest. Your descriptions of what can be observed if you only look have really made me stop, pay attention and savour the experience.
I hope you are comfortable. Enjoy the fall turning into winter – it’s always been my favorite time of year. Hugs to you.
Kanuka, the birds are waking me up now and I think of you every morning. I am glad to see you post and wish you good luck with your surgery. I will wear Angel tomorrow.
Angel is indeed distinct. Very happy to see your post with beautiful images of nature as always. Hope the surgery goes well. We are all thinking of you and sending love and light.
It’s wonderful to see your post, Kanuka! I have been thinking of you often.
We’ve had lots of pinecones dropping on the lawn recently. I’ve been piling them up in a corner of my little yard. We also have a neighbour’s Sheltie dog bringing some over for us to throw for him.
Gail – your second paragraph is like a haiku!
I’m so glad to see you post, Kanuka! Continued well wishes for your treatments, surgery and recovery.
Dear Kanuka, I’ve been here infrequently lately and totally missed that you were ill. When I stopped by last week, I did immediately wonder what was up when I saw no posts from you. Yikes! I will be keeping you in my thoughts. ❤️?
Kanuka, so happy that radiation is done with, that is excellent news.
We never did start
The scent took me to a place
Where we should have been
That one is making me tear up a little bit… just reminds me of things.
As the kids say, “I have the feels”.
The Badlands today
Sweet and spicy, smokehouse queen
Hot little number
That would work as ad copy, excellent!
This is such a talented group of haiku writers! I want to do one but have been having brain fog all day, and so perhaps I’ll hope for a better head tomorrow. SOTD is Chanel Paris-Deauville. I actually went shopping this afternoon to a favorite little boutique here in town with “affordable French fashion” and bought two tops and some jewelry on half-price sale. Ooh la la! As I was leaving I saw a white jeep outside the store with a Texas license plate that said “Voiture.” LOL! There were in fact two French women in the store shopping while I was there.
The voice of the deep
Whispers melodies, stops time
This is all I need
Your smile brings back
Years. Prayers, songs fill my spirit.
Love? See you in June:).
Spent a fair chunk of my day cleaning without any kind of thought of poetry. Currently in Coco Mademoiselle today. Might either wear Lyric or go with vintage BaV tomorrow.
You nuzzle, comfort
The most sincere, gentle ways
New joy of my home
Did you recently get a new kitten? If so, congrats!
No but was cuddling with my cat and was thinking of when I first took her home lol:)
Stargazing with you
Fingertips warmed by the sand
We rest, hope, wonder.
Garage door opens
Your leather coat around me
We ride to the lake
Love this one!
Both are very evocative, Omega. ❤
Ooooohhh haiku challenge! I will think of something for tomorrow. Today I wore the last of my VCA Bois d’Iris decant. I then bought a bottle because I don’t want to be without it! ?
Congrats on your new bottle, and on waiting to finish the decant first!
Thank You NST
I love my NST friends
So generous, kind, and sweet
Always smelling great!
Sotd was Chance eau Vive.
PSA that Aveda’s offering 25% off and Nordstrom is matching. Initially noticed on the Nordstrom site–had to unsubscribe from Aveda last year after receiving incessant (daily!) emails.
Everyone is so clever and poetic — love it!
I’m in Neroli Outrenoir again — really loving this one and getting lots of compliments.
This weekend we had two gatherings for different occasions and it felt so so good to be with others socially. Although I noticed that no one did touch greetings, including myself. The rational part of my brain knows it’s safe to do so with vaccinated others, but I just can’t bring myself to do it! I hope that eventually it will feel different
I accidentally went to hug someone today that I had not seen in a long time — without asking! I just forgot! She cringed and then felt bad about it, and I still feel bad for making her feel that way.
It’s gonna be awhile before what used to feel so natural feels so again but maybe little accidents like this will help get us there sooner!
Today’s scent is Sunday. Here is my haiku to match:
Biggest decision of the week
Brunch or beach today?
Feeling wistful for truly carefree days.
I’m with you on that sistine.
I’m not feeling creative today, so I did some research, reading up on Calice Becker. If you are a fan of DK Gold, you will enjoy this quote from Rodrigo Flores Roux and Yann Vasnier:
RODRIGO AND YANN: Donna Karan Gold is actually the fruit of a “trifecta perfecta”: Calice Becker originated the gorgeous lily accord,Yann made it wearable and domesticated it, and Rodrigo worked ad nauseam on the wet, dewy, lush top note. We three brought something important and priceless to this fragrance that unfortunately was overlooked. Too edgy for its time???
It’s from this 2011 interview with Ms. Becker on Ca Fleur Bon:
I’m frustrated though, because I can’t identify the perfume with “a beautiful quality of orange flower blended with a special Benzoin material from Laos.”
It doesn’t seem to match the By Killians issued in 2012 or 2013. ?
I suggest writing to Michelyn to find out.
Tauer Incense Flash
Perfect for meditation
What will I wear next?
Chanel Allure Homme
Edition Blanche EDP
Lemonade Iced Tea
(I may have used this before ??♀️)
Mmm Puredistance M
Spicy, leather and incense
It’s by Roja Dove!
Ooooh, I like the Tauer one!
That’s mr. Yasmina’s signature scent!
And now. an actual perfume-related haiku
Oh no, a scrubber!
Perfumed mistake keeps getting worse
Where is the Ladies’ Room?!?
SOTD = kept on keeping on with FM Superstitious.
In Tunisian Amber today.
I’m in TDC Oriental Lounge, a rehabbed sample. I tried one spray a couple of days ago and it was nice, but this benefits from hajusuuri levels of application. ? ?
Under the sideboard
Sample of Agar de Noir
First spritz in new place
Congrats on the move!
Hope you feel settled in soon!
This is great!