Here’s what I’ve been up to:
booty from the bead show last weekend
We had fun for a few hours at the bead show last Friday. I finally got my mitts on a strand of faceted ruby in fuschite, second strand from the top (not to be confused with the slightly less exciting and colorful ruby in zoisite). I’ve only seen it offered by Intrinsic Trading, and I was hoping they would be there this time so I could get a strand (last time I had already blown my budget before I discovered it.) I also found strands of oblong faceted agate (top and bottom), some dyed jade drops, oddly dyed grape colored chalcedony, what I’m guessing is chrysocolla, and a strand of watermelon quartz. Oh, and that little jumble of brilliant purple – I’m not sure what that is, I think they’re calling it hematite.
I’ve been exploring drugstore scents lately. Tabu, Ciara, Elizabeth Taylor’s Passion… as you can see here, I have bottles of Tabu in both vintage (80’s or 90’s) and new… Ciara in both vintage (I’m guessing 80’s or pre 80’s because hydrochlorofluorocarbon 22 is on the list of ingredients) and new. And way over there on the left is a vintage bottle of Avon Timeless. I’ve never been too big on Avon scents, but Timeless was one of my personal favorites on Grandma Wood’s vanity. It’s a little loud on the aldehydes and opopanax, but it fades to a nice powdery patchouli.
Ciara was new to me, I didn’t know about it until recently. Once I tried it I found I was completely unfamiliar with it as a fragrance, but it smells like the front bedroom closet in my house, a perfumed mustiness. Ciara is a powdery opopanax bomb, and when there’s that much powder I can’t find the incense that is allegedly there. I think I’m just not a fan of heavy opopanax. Ciara is a strange mixture of raspberry beer, raw cinnamon roll dough, Wildberry Copal incense (discontinued, unfortunately) and Comet bathroom cleaner. I’m still on the fence about Ciara. As usual, I think it could be repaired with a zing of patchouli.
Out of all of these, Tabu and Passion are my favorites. My bottle of Passion is also from the 90’s, and it is seriously beautiful. I see Passion at Ross/Marshalls/TJ Maxx all the time and never gave it a second thought, but I was at Walgreens to test Ciara and Tabu and figured I might as well try Passion. I was pleasantly surprised! It’s ladylike without being overly flowery or powdery, and applying with a light hand is preferable. It has incense and civet and a few white flowers, and a touch of honey and sandalwood. This will be in the top perfume drawer for the foreseeable future.
You should know that the new Passion is just as divine, although it doesn’t quite have the strength the vintage Passion does. Like most modern formulas, it gets right to the point – the scent of the first spray is practically identical to the far end of the fade. The older formulas go through several phases, with some phases being prettier than others, admittedly – and their staying power is better. I’m no scientist so I could be wrong about this, but it seems to me that individual body chemistry was a bigger factor before the introduction of synthetic EVERYTHING into perfumery – it’s like the older formulas had more natural ingredients, therefore giving your skin oils more to play with, if you will. Nowadays, most mainstream perfumes are wearable for most people and either they can’t soak into your skin due to their structure, or they simply don’t hang around long enough to. I don’t know. I do know that it’s not about making a beautiful fragrance anymore, it’s more about pleasing a certain demographic and selling as many bottles as possible.
I also LOVE Tabu, it’s right up my alley, what with all those cloves and spices and patchouli – and civet, of course. It’s delightfully eccentric. Like me. (Well actually, I’m definitely eccentric but the jury’s still out on my delightfulness.) I’m thinking Tabu might have been another one on Grandma’s vanity, although I don’t remember seeing it there. Maybe it smells like something that should have been there. My oldest sister drank a bottle of Tabu when she was a toddler. I was wearing it the other night when I went to her house and she grinned and asked “WHAT are you wearing!?” She must really like Tabu.
coming up on etsy
These are the beads I’ve been working on all week. I’ll be working on these listings all evening, probably until the wee hours… so I’m thinking it might be best to list them on Etsy early tomorrow (Saturday) evening so that you guys aren’t staying up way past your bedtimes tonight waiting for my nightcrawler ass to get it together. I probably would have been able to do it all this evening, but my sister is coming into town unexpectedly and I want to have a visit with her.
Thanks for letting me prattle on about perfume, and I’ll post here again tomorrow evening once everything is live on Etsy.