“Follow every rainbow”… so many of us will remember those magical words from The Sound of Music. Personally, I don’t know whether it’s a wish or a curse. Can you imagine following every rainbow? Not easy. And let’s not forget that rainbows only appear when there is rain. No rain… no rainbow! You’d think that people would wish for a rainbow-free life.
Don’t you think that we’re all just a little neurotic? I mean… normal people don’t collect perfume. Normal people don’t write about perfume. Normal people don’t read about perfume! Let’s face it! So what is it about perfume enthusiasts that keep us chasing… trying out different fragrances. Are we searching for the Holy Grail of perfumes… or is it all about the the thrill of the pursuit? And, if it IS the pursuit… are we all modern-day versions of Sisyphus… pushing the boulder up the hill only to watch it fall down the hill… so we can start all over again… although looking for the perfect perfume is A LOT more fun than pushing a boulder up a hill, no doubt about it.
Recently in the absence of writing about perfume, I’ve been wearing perfume… a lot of it… Pour Monsieur by Chanel, Estée Lauder’s Azurée, Stetson and Chanel No. 5, of course. Today I wore Guerlain’s Mitsouko. Tomorrow I’ll wear Knowing or Shalimar… something big.
Looking back on 2012, I don’t remember any really great perfumes… no new launches that really threw me. Oh yes… Séville à l’aube by L’Artisan Parfumeur… but I didn’t actually receive it until December 31st (although I had a sample which I refused to wear in case I loved it and couldn’t refill it). So, I’ll come back to Séville with a proper review in spring when The Perfume Lover book comes out, the book that documents its creation.
As for 2012, it wasn’t very memorable except for that grand, sunny and hot summer! Oddly enough, no rain. And no rainbows.
So in 2013… if you see a rainbow… follow it… and send me an email.
Top image : Sisyphus (1549) by Titian
Bottom image : Climb Every Mountain from The Sound of Music