We’re enjoying some bouquets of very fragrant carnations and stock grown from seed; the carnations are especially nice, with more spicy scent than most varieties. They’re an heirloom type called “Enfant de Nice” from Renee’s seeds (I just added a link to Renee’s website in the garden link section of the blog). Her larkspur called “Alouette” have also been spectacular this year, very prolific in beautiful colors and wonderful as cut flowers, though not fragrant. Larkspur are an easier alternative to delphinium in our area.
I made some minor adjustments to Gardenia Musk today, decreasing the level of the new base notes I just added. I’m liking the extra oomph the additional ingredients have provided.
I tested Tom Ford’s Noir de Noir and liked it, though I think I liked Japan Noir better and will need to revisit it. The opening saffron notes in Noir de Noir were very nice and I liked the spiciness that lingered. When I tried the Japan Noir though, it seemed like a very nice soft spicy scent with an earthy woodsy base that really appealed to me. I need to try it again. The Noir de Noir seemed stronger, but I liked Japan better.
My main computer is running again, so that’s a relief. I can’t believe it is August 1st tomorrow!