Did you make any interesting discoveries over the past week–perfume, food, movies, books, etc?
In my futile attempts to keep up with the fast pace of the fragrance market, I often don’t have a chance to revisit older launches. So, over the past year I’ve decided to make more time for things that aren’t exactly brand new. In this spirit, I’ve rediscovered L’Artisan L’Eau de L’Artisan (1993), which is a zingy blend of verbena, lemon and grassy notes. It smells exactly the way your fingers do after you crush a basil leaf. It’s a cologne, so it lasts for only a couple of hours, but while it lingers, it has such an appealing verdant brightness that I don’t mind reapplying. It was created by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti, and it bears her delicate fingerprint.
And a few of the articles that caught my eye this morning.
Saveur’s article on incense used in Thai desserts, Smoky and Sweet, is inspiring me to try the recipe for Smoked Coconut Cheesecake. I’ve used a similar technique before to make an Indian-style biryani, a layered rice dish which is scented with some wood smoke. In Oman I also tasted water scented with frankincense smoke, which was refreshing and surprisingly soothing. But the idea of trying incense in a dessert intrigues me, so more on this later.
Just saw a New York Times T-Magazine article, The Samurai Shopper: Pepper Sprays, that I missed earlier. It features a variety of fragrances including Caron Poivre, Terre d’Hermes and Andy Tauer’s Vetiver Dance.
Basenotes reports that Dawn Spencer Hurwitz collaborates with Denver Art Museum for YSL Retrospective Collection. Sounds very interesting!
Image: Auguste Bernard d’Agesci, French, 1756–1829. Lady Reading the Letters of Heloise and Abelard, c. 1780 (a fragment of this painting from the Art Institute of Chicago collection). Photograph by Bois de Jasmin.