Just look at those wanton pink blossoms! A lilac scent ample with cream and sugar.
This time of year makes me want to put my nose in, ahem, everything. Now I'm over here loosening my proverbial tie, like Rodney Dangerfield.
Before I got into essential oils, as a young teen my favorite spring perfume was Yves Saint Laurent’s Paris, created in 1983, by Sophia Grojsman. You might not know Grojsman’s name but, if you were a big ‘fume-head like I was as a pre-teen in the 80s and 90s, (or grown woman, let’s be honest), her creations probably graced your precious wrists and neck. I’m talking Trésor, Eternity for Women, Calyx (remember its green, Sauvignon Blanc tang?), and that Coty exuberance in the fun black and white bottle: Ex`cla-ma`tion.
I almost can’t think of these perfumes without also recalling in my mind's nose the hallways and dry cafeteria pizza of my high school. I yearned to get out of there and spring perfume was the exact perfect thing that hinted to me all day, suggesting freedom was right around the corner. It lured me with the scent of escape (and yes, Escape) from that building and from the ache of being a teen and even seduced me with the promise of environs full of more romantic and artistic possibility than Ramsey, New Jersey.
I think perfume seduced me more than any boy ever did back then, but sometimes it’s easy to mix up who — or what — is doing the seducing. But a really good perfume should do that.
I get that same feeling of promise the second spring starts to glimmer on the breeze by diffusing some Ylang Ylang essential oil. She’s called the “Queen of Florals” for a reason. What I love about botanicals such as Ylang Ylang is they aren’t perfectly clean like so much we’re used to smelling in our culture. And that’s what’s awesome about Ylang Ylang and Jasmine Absolute, etc. They are the sex organs of the plant and they smell like it. And they look like it, too — if you ever get to visit The Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Glass Flowers exhibit, do it! (I mean, don't like, do IT in the museum. Or do, whatever you want, lover!)
Spring is the time of new life! And you know how that happens, don’t you? As Jemaine Clement of “Flight of the Conchords” sings, “It’s business time (oooh)!”
What are some of your favorite spring fragrances? Essential oils, perfumes or otherwise? Kirstie Alley once tweeted back at me that she likes to listen to Led Zeppelin’s “In the Evening” when she makes love. What’s your scent equivalent to that? Don’t be shy, it’s spring! Let’s dish, you dish!