Rodin was a lumbersexual

I took a bit of a break from writing about perfume but nothing kick starts a perfume blogger back into action like a sniffing expedition with FiveoaksBouquet. What a day that was! Misia, La Religieuse, Modern Muse Chic, Santal Royal, Pivoine Souzhou and L’Heure Convoitée by Cartier… so THAT’S what carnation smells like! We also hit Crabtree and Evelyn for their lily of the valley, violet and jasmine scents AND we got a full presentation of Chance but we both fell in love with Chanel No. 5 parfum… again.

It got me thinking that if anyone is coming to Montreal this summer for the Jazz Festival… or the Just for Laughs Festival… or Les Francofolies… or the Rodin exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, then you might be interested in checking out my best places to buy perfume.  So what I’ll do is interview the supervisor or owner of some perfume spots in the downtown area and present them to you over the course of the following month.

As to my rather enigmatic title to this post, it was while researching Auguste Rodin that I noticed with his “short back and sides” haircut and that long beard, today he would be considered a lumbersexual.  All he needs is a Ralph Lauren flannel shirt and I bet he could get a date on a Saturday night.  (By the way, Auguste, great look!)

Auguste Rodin (1891)

Auguste Rodin (1891)

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  1. Anonymous

     /  April 4, 2015

    Agh, I prefer the pic of Constantin his famous disciple:)
    And look forward for all the interviews! Welcome back blogging!

  2. Tu es allé respirer les printemps du monde!

  3. FiveoaksBouquet

     /  April 5, 2015

    Thinking…which perfume would go well in that beard…Cuir de Russie? Chyprissime? French Kiss? 😀

    Perfume sniffing with Normand is serious fun. That sounds like an oxymoron but it is both at the same time due to the combination of rigorous focus and being transported by aromas. In love with No 5 again for sure and wearing it since. In six years it will be 100!

    • Oh absolutely! All of those! Are those young men we see everywhere with the long beards scenting them? If not, they should! I think you may have started a new trend. I think a drop or two of almost any extract would be fantastic.

    • And, it will be interesting to see what Chanel does for No. 5’s 100th. Should be very interesting.

  4. Tara C

     /  April 6, 2015

    Looking forward to joining you both this summer! 🙂 I can only picture Rodin wearing Cuir de Russie.

    • Yessss!!! Absolutely. The abstract, of course.

      I had a friend in the 90s who would bury one drop of patchouli oil in his thick black beard halfway between his lower lip and his chin. He was Greek and had this great big throaty laugh and you would get this shot of patchouli scent every time. Very fetching.


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