Thursday, November 13, 2008


My perfume of choice, the one I go back to every time I wander off with some alluring cheap scent in a pretty bottle that promises everything and delivers nothing.

Yves Saint Laurent's Opium.
A soft oriental. A delicious liquid cloud of incense, amber, spices and flowers. It's not as sweet or as heavy as a true oriental but its combination of rose, carnation, sandalwood, pepper, lily of the valley and clove makes me feel happy (and thin and wealthy).

YSL's Opium Pour Homme.
A quarter of the price of women's perfume or half depending on which fragrance counter I'm currently haunting.
It's a fresh oriental. It has vanilla, black currant, star anise, galangal, ginger and sichuan pepper.
It has woody undertones of Tolu balsam and Atlas cedar.

With no-one around to put this under lock and key which they do whenever I approach the women's Opium tester. I mean it's for testing, right, and that's what I'm doing, testing to see if it's fresh. I just happen to do it every time I go shopping. They shouldn't put it out for testing if they don't want it tested.

So there I was, in front of a full bottle of Opium Pour Homme and no-one to ruin the testing. So here I am now, thinking that if I run into a bloke who smells this good, my run as a born-again virgin will be at an end. There won't be much of him left either. Mind you it might'n smell as good on a male as it does on me. Top notes were nice, middle notes, a bit strong but now the bottom notes are mellowing into a vanillaryspicy
Iwanttoripyourclothesoffandlockyouinthebedroomforaweek type of fragrance.

Now to make it much better, they should remove Mr. Luscious from the Nautica aftershave gift box and put him with Opium Pour Homme. That's a package I'd welcome under the Christmas tree 52 weeks of the year.

I think I have to have a shower, I'm drooling over my arm and falling in lust with myself.


Lord Sedgwick said...

Need some showery olfactory assistance, petal?

Happy to assist - as long as you have installed a perpendicular enhancing stainless steel handrail.

JahTeh said...

So, MiLord, it's true about you being bionic. What's the warranty on your perpendicular enhancing stainless steet handrail?

JahTeh said...

'steet'? That's steel you perfumed up Declan.

Andrew said...

You have to sample the perfume regularly to make sure that you really like it and that they don't change the recipe.

JahTeh said...

Absolutely true, Hot Andrew, and what is your favourite, may one ask?

River said...

YSL's Pour Homme? I'll check it out next time I'm in town. I don't mind the YSL Opium, but not on me. I used to have a favourite scent but it was discontinued. Took me YEARS to find another that I was happy with, it too was discontinued. Now I just smell like me. In all the years since Venezia was discontinued I haven't found a replacement.I do really like The Body Shop's Vanilla Oil.

Lad Litter said...

Exactly. Fragrance is crucial. Apparently Michael Hutchence lost the will to live after his sense of smell and taste disappeared when he was belted by a taxi-driver in Copenhagen.

And I have an aftershave that I'm only allowed to use for TLOML. It's not available at Safeway.

Lord Sedgwick said...

"So, MiLord, it's true about you being bionic. "

and Byronic to boot. (With a dash of Eau de Sauvage and a soupcon the sadly departed Pancake de Chine ... Lady L's all time favourite.)

Nowadays I dab a little Phenyl behind my shell-likes.

JahTeh said...

River, when I was a way lot younger, I wore a perfume that was basically mandarin and on me it smelt like a Brandy Cruster cocktail.

Intrigued I am, Lad Litter. What delight in a bottle are you hiding from the world's adoring women?

More like a dash of Formaldahyde, Your Ancientness.

Lord Sedgwick said...

More your Jekyllnhyde meets Dorian Gray.

Cameraface has hacked your word verification ... "quenus"

On second thoughts, it was probably Quentin Crisp - via the ouija board.

(Dammit why don't we have wonderful eccentrics - bent or straight - like that anymore?)

JahTeh said...

Of course we still have them, Hughes, yerself and MadRobbert the Bard.

Middle Child said...

Haa bloody haaa. you made my day...I have a perfume which don bought for me in 1975...snot top notch but I seem to be allergic to most perfumes...he bought me Coty's Wild musk Oil.... not spray or other rubbish and when i sniff it i'm 27 again and he's a walkin in the door with that big smile... I'm young and he's young and that perfume takes me back to dark nights with the sea sounds in my ears...s'lovely...thanks for the memories...still got a little left in a bottle...might go and sniff it...mmmm

Ann O'Dyne said...

Dear Middle Child - that's because olfactory memory is hardwired in mammal brains.
none of the other senses are.
its how lambs know their own mum from all the other sheep in the paddock.
Coppy, I like the spicy scents too - Chanel's black label Coco is similar to Opium and so is Vivienne Westwood's Boudoir.
Today I have brushed 3 horses and I sure smell spicy now, but not like any of the above.

JahTeh said...

Therese, I haven't thought of Coty for years and I'm sure that perfume of mine was by Coty. Sniff away the years, glorious idea.

Annie O, I'll have to look up Coco. Chanel's perfumes have never been kind to me nor have Dior.
I like the smell of horses, especially winning ones.