Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A quick update

Hello everyone!

Been so long or so it seems! For those wondering, I am very much alive and kicking! Settling down in a new apartment, in a new city with new climate. Downside, I have no proper access to Internet or television, not much entertainment. I am writing this post by using some kinda of thing called tethering (?!)from my iPhone. Our things are in transit and I am dreading the process of unpacking. Upside, I don't have to cook! Living on takeouts and dinner in the city. Really having fun exploring the Sydney, been to Darling Habour about 5 or 6 times in two weeks!

The most exciting thing is that I have been awarded the 'Beautiful Blogger' awards, two of them! Thanks Stef and Jade, I feel so validated! A post on it, coming soon!

Exploring so many perfumes, mostly summer scents. I have fallen in love with Pour Un Homme de Caron, very unexpectedly. I have been testing Acqua di Parma Mandorlo di Sicilia, beautiful almond scent. I have been naughty and bought a bottle of L'Occitane's Labdanum de Seville, it is just awesome!

I'm so excited that Lupercalia (valentine's day) LEs are live at BPAL! I have been holding my breath for Womb Furie to come back and yes, it is out! Have to get a bottle of it along with some Snake Oil.

But I will have cut down my expenses to a great extent. I have not bought a price of makeup or skin care in at least two months. Can't really say that about perfumes. I have to be careful with my purchases. Here's to frugal days, cheers!

I have missed talking about perfumes, really really missed writing the blog. Hope to get a proper Internet connection soon and start writing again. Till then, Ciao!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hermes: Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson ~ Review

Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson is my scent of New Year's Day! New Year, a new beginning, a great way to start the year with a great perfume. I chose to wear this fragrance because it is perfect for Australian summer. It also has a special meaning to me. And it signifies a new beginning, the Monsoon.

Monsoon in India is just magical. The rainy season begins at the end of summer, giving much needed relief from the heat. Indian monsoon has a charm of its own. It is one of the things that I miss. I have experienced the rain elsewhere in the world, it can be annoying, boring and even depressing (those SAD cloudy days in UK!) To me, nothing ever comes close to Indian monsoon. It is pure joy. The earth is freshly washed off from the summer heat and the dust. There is lush greenery everywhere, everything is vibrant and so full of life. It is revival.

Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson, a garden after monsoon, is a personification of Indian Monsoon. It is watery in the sense that it is transparent but not really aquatic or marine, which is just like the rain. It is so refreshing! It starts off with a burst of Musk Melon, which is more aromatic rock melon but as juicy and fresh. The melon is accompanied by a beautiful spicy cardamom note, it really adds 'flavour'. Ginger is like a zingy bite! All this fades to reveal something soft and green that is mixed with pepper, not sharp, just subtle. Vetiver is one of my favourite notes that most definitely says 'summer' is present in its cool and aromatic way. The base is slightly woody, with the muted spices still in the background. Very fresh, clean and enjoyable, perfect for a hot summer day!

The inspiration behind this fragrance is when Jean-Claude Ellena was enchanted by Kerala during the monsoon season. I totally get it why there are not-so-good reviews about this fragrance. With the mention of India, generally a perfume is expected to smell rich, oriental and strong. Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson is totally the opposite, it is serene, delicate and absolutely personifies the monsoon, in an abstract way.

Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom, Kerala
May 2006
Just add the sound of water drops,
the birds chirping and a breeze to the picture,
 you have
Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson!
When we got married, I had to stay in India, far away from my husband to complete an year long internship. We missed each other so much. The hour long phone calls only made the distance more. We were crazy about each other, we still are. It was the most romantic gesture by my husband to fly down to India and plan a wonderful journey through Kerala for our first wedding anniversary. It was after six months of separation and a hot summer. We got to see how beautiful the monsoon in Kerala is. The land was really filled with of water, we had to sail in boats across the backwaters. We spent our anniversary in Kumarakom, the very place where Un Jardin Apres la Mousson was born. It was here that we decided to move to Australia, to start fresh. This perfume reminds me of those crazy romantic times, the nostalgia, the heartache, the new beginning.....

My new year's day went well, I was smelling good! I hope everyone had a great start to 2011. I will be off for a while but promise to come back and write more about my much loved topic, perfumes, in a few weeks time.
Till then, ta-ta, cheerio!