The Penhaligon’s Invasion + A Rather Late Review of Iris Prima

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For those residing in London or those who keep up with perfume news on the blogosphere, the news that the only L’Artisan Parfumeur boutique in the UK (13 Market Building, The Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RB) has been replaced by a Penhaligon’s boutique must surely be old news. For those not in the know, you might wish to check out what the good Persolaise has written about the closing of L’Artisan Parfumeur and the opening of the Penhaligon’s boutique.

My intention with this post is not so much to rehash old news, but rather to present some of the thoughts that plagued me when I first found out that L’Artisan Parfumeur would be closing and when I paid a visit to the new Penhaligon’s boutique recently.

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May 1 – Labour Day and I’m Actually Labouring

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Guerlain Muguet 2013
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It’s the 1st of May, so countries around the world are celebrating May Day. Here in the UK and back in Singapore we celebrate Labour Day, a holiday meant to celebrate the achievements of workers.

Being a student, I, unlike all you workers out there, am actually labouring on Labour Day. You see, I’ve got major examinations the next day, so by labouring I really mean studying. Yet my thoughts are preoccupied not so much with my studies, but what fragrance I should wear into the examination hall. Should I wear Comme des Garçons Incense Avignon to put me in a meditative and relaxed mood? Or how about Frederic Malle‘s En Passant which will conjure images of spring and the park as I write my essays?

Or maybe I should wear something extremely bombastic, such as Carnal Flower to distract the other students in the examination hall. You see, we are marked on a bell curve, so the worse someone else does, the better my grade will be 😀 But I jest. I would never do that, and I’d much rather rely on my brains and my hard work to do well.

Still, it’s an interesting question: what perfume should someone who’s sitting for an examination wear?

Please pray for me as I sit for my exams.

~ The Smelly Vagabond

Perfumed Baths – a waste of money?

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Have you ever tried perfuming your bath using your own perfumes? I do so once in a while, especially when I’m feeling stressed and really need to relax. When the oils in the perfume are heated up by the warm water, the aroma fills the entire bathroom. Soaking in the perfumed water, I can’t help but be enveloped by a sense of calm. And when I leave the bath, I am coated all over with a thin layer of whatever perfume I sprayed in the bath, a shield against the stresses of the world.

Some people think that spraying perfume in baths is a waste of money. Let’s consider some reasons they might give:

  1. Perfumes are too expensive to waste on a bath, where the smell lasts for only the duration of the bath.
  2. Heat from the hot water spoils the perfume so you don’t get to enjoy the ‘real’ perfume.
  3. There are dedicated products that are meant for scenting your bath. Why not use those instead? E.g. Lush bath bombs [Oooooh I love those things, but let’s not go there for now]
  4. Baths are a waste of time and water to begin with, perfumed or not. Continue reading