Week off is over

So. I’m back from my week off. And no, didn’t get either much sun, or much sea. I actually got into the sea once. Yesterday. And that’s it. Now I have to wait another 5 weeks to go for a real holiday. But, since there’s so much work to be done in the meantime, I guess the time will fly. The eternal optimist, me. šŸ™‚

The important point is that I rested, slept enough and read. Not that I read as much as I usually would, sometimes I relax by doing a lot of house work. And my boyfriend’s house is well, big enough to provide one with days of house work. So, for two days I relaxed by cleaning. Unfortunately though, this is not something I have any influence on. Most of the time, I don’t feel that cleaning the house is going to relax me, quite the contrary. šŸ™‚

Anyway, I got enough rest to survive the next 5 weeks and when I returned there was a nice package waiting for me on my desk. My MUA fix.

I got 3 decants, Missoni EdP, CSP Eau de Biarritz and Hermes Elixir de Merveilles. If I knew how much I was going to like Elixir, I would have sprayed it on my arm to see what it smells like on me, this way I’m smelling the strip and hoping it will be as wonderful on me tomorrow when I try it on. All that talk of orange-chocolate opening (which I read after smelling it) would have one thinking it is something too sweet but on the strip, it really smells citrusy enough not to be sweet and reminds me of cologne. Since it seems I lean toward ‘masculine’ smells, the cologne idea appeals to me. And I know I shouldn’t be writing about it smelling it only for half an hour, but I had to share my discovery.

I did try the other 2 today (I’m smelling my wrists for quite longer than Elixir strip) and neither of them made me smile. I mean, I like them well enough, Missoni reminds me of summer at a seaside town with this bitter-harsh note which my guess is a combination of bergamot, dewy rose and bitter orange and I love the part where chocolate wafts in (after Chocolate amber by Bath & Body works, I’m all for dark chocolate notes).

Eau de Biarritz smells like a white summer day (white sunlight if you understand what I’m trying to say) in a Biarritz type of town, very chic and expensive but summery fresh with some aquatic hints but nothing I’d find disturbing (I usually can’t stand those).

Notes for Elixir by Perfumed court: orange peel, vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood, incense and ambergris. This is a more gourmand version that is heavy on the chocolate and orange.

Missoni EdP: Italian bergamot, nespolo, magnolia petals, peonies, dewy rose, bitter orange, kaki, gianduia chocolate, amber

Getting notes for Eau de Biarritz proved difficult, all I found was features notes of magnolia, ylang-ylang and Indian sandalwood.

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2 thoughts on “Week off is over

  1. Divina June 30, 2009 at 21:03 Reply

    Hello my lovely. Yeah, I read about your cleaning 'relaxation' in the comments of the previous post and I was like, err, what? Oh, cleaning does NOT relax me! *grins* In fact even thinking about cleaning (you know those awful spring cleans? argh!) stresses me out. But cleaning when I am sad or angry or something like that helps. It's therapeutic, you know? I am so glad to read you got enough rest to tackle the next five weeks. Where are you going for your real holiday after? The bf and I are going to Mykonos in Greece. You are so lucky to live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Ines, you have the perfect vacation spot right there at your feet!!!I am thinking of visiting Croatia again next summer. Looking at all your pictures especially makes it a most attractive idea!*HUGS!*


  2. Ines July 2, 2009 at 10:58 Reply

    Dearest Divina, I always recommend visiting Croatia. šŸ™‚ I'll be spending my 3 weeks beginning with August 1 at the same place I was now – the house in a small village at Northern Adriatic (the village is so small it's not on any maps). :)One of things I would love to do soon is visit Greece – I find it fascinating, I keep thinking you actually breathe and live through history of civilization there. At one point, I wanted to learn Greek, but unfortunately, I have a serious case of lack of time, so I keep that wish in the back of my mind, waiting for more carefree days to come. But I eventually do all the things I set my mind to. šŸ˜‰


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