Are you feeling under the weather? Pat explores a range of scented cures. (Bois de Jasmin will be back to its regular schedule on March 6th, Friday.)
It might start with a slight headache, or a small case of the sniffles, or just feeling somewhat unbalanced, then it progresses to general malaise and aching limbs. Time to face up to it, you’re sick, and you might as well cancel everything planned for the next three days to a week. Your best friends will be a cup of hot tea, a box of tissues, and a warm comforter on the sofa. Perfume won’t even be on your radar.
But what about when you start to recover and take an interest in life again? Just as you wouldn’t attempt a three-course meal before starting with a bowl of hot chicken soup, you won’t want to go right back to wearing a heavy application of your vintage Mitsouko. Transition fragrances are in order, and here are some of my favorites.
After weathering the storm of illness, Après l’Ondée by Guerlain, a gentle violet and orange blossom fragrance, is comforting and non-threatening and makes a good first perfume to wear after leaving the sickbed. Frédéric Malle’s L’Eau d’Hiver shares the same floral powdery softness that reminds you to take baby steps in your road to recovery.
For my sore throats, my grandmother used to make “hot lemonade” with hot water, fresh lemon juice, and honey. Annick Goutal’s Eau d’Hadrien, with its tart citrus opening reminds me of this old-fashioned remedy. Another good cologne that combines intensely green fig leaf with lemon and bitter orange is Ninféo Mio, also by Annick Goutal. Initially refreshing and bright, it becomes warmer as it wraps you in its woody dry down.
Ginger is noted for its ability to settle upset stomachs, and my favorite ginger/citrus fragrance is Bergamote by The Different Company. Very simply composed, this lovely perfume is clean and transparent with no unnecessary elements to roil the digestion or disturb the fevered head.
A classic comfort dessert, rice pudding, is also represented here. Parfum d’Empire’s Equistrius is a delectable woody rice pudding garnished with powdery iris and shavings of chocolate. Or if a savory dish is desired, L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Safran Troublant is saffron rice garnished with rose petals and ginger. Tam Dao by Diptyque provides the hand-carved sandalwood bowl in which to serve the dish.
See, aren’t you feeling better already? Go put on some of that Mitsouko and rejoin the world.
What are some of your favorite fragrances to wear when recovering from an illness?
Photography by Patricia