Perfume Haiku Series: Youth-Dew by Estée Lauder

Youth-Dew by Estée Lauder

A spice-laden ship
Bearing tribute for a queen
Sails from the Orient

~ The Smelly Vagabond

Hermès – Un Jardin Après La Mousson

source: tradekerala

source: tradekerala

I usually dislike aquatic fragrances because I was overexposed to fragrances such as Acqua di GiocK One, and L’Eau d’Issey when I was growing up as a child and teenager. Even today, when I’m back in Sunny Singapore, I catch more than the occasional whiff of these marine-themed fragrances on guys and girls alike when walking along the streets. A well-dressed young man who’s probably an executive at some corporate firm walks by. Acqua di Gio. A guy in a singlet (sleeveless t-shirt, for those who aren’t familiar with this term) and flip-flops walks by. Acqua di Gio. What can I say, most Singaporeans like to smell ‘clean’ (this is a generalisation and I sincerely hope to be proven wrong). One can easily see how being so exposed to these fragrances so often makes me want to not wear them. It’s not that I don’t think they were brilliant for their time. I can appreciate their technical composition. It’s just that they are so ubiquitous that I have nary an aquatic-dominated fragrance in my perfume wardrobe… save for Un Jardin Après la Mousson by Hermès. Continue reading