If anyone is wondering why I haven’t been writing much about scents lately that’s because I was reminiscing about the days when I used to be healthy and didn’t have a runny nose. 🙂 As you can guess, I have a cold (again!) and my sense of smell isn’t really as good as usual. Which is not stopping me anymore. I decided to just apply larger sample quantities so they can force their way through my congested nose. It’s working so I won’t be reminiscing on my missing health but talk about 2 Reminiscence scents I got.

My best friend was in London last week so I decided to use the opportunity to get a charm from Reminiscence and with it I got samples of Patchouli and Etoile de Rem. I’ve been smelling some Bonds recently and was left disappointed so I wasn’t expecting that I’d like both Reminiscences.
Notes for Patchouli: cedar, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla, tonka bean, labdanum.
As you might remember, I’m trying to figure notes before actually reading and this time I was very happy once I read the list of notes. All those I was able to register on my own were there (along with some others I should have recognized, but, hey, small steps). 🙂
Anyway, it started boozy sweet which pointed me straight at vanilla and labdanum. You know it smelled like rum patchouli. I wish it remained so but the rest wasn’t bad either. At some point I realized that sweetness went away and what I was getting was a rougher version of this scent, no longer rum playful but more serious and I realized that green hinting wood note was vetiver. Then it was time for the notes and when I read cedar I realized I was smelling it all along but didn’t realize it. Well, like I said, small steps. 🙂
The second one was Etoile de Rem (which I thought spelled Rien and kept wondering how come google can’t find it). 🙂 Then I went to Reminiscence site and realized my mistake.
This is one of their summer scents and it is described as a marine scent. That didn’t sound promising. Marine sounds too much like aquatic and I run in the other direction when I smell that. The strange thing is this one wafts around and you think you get an aquatic accord in the air but when I smell my wrist, I don’t get it. That’s really good.
So, I tried figuring out notes before reading them for this as well. No luck. The best I could come up with was airy and nice, not aquatic. And then (this is turning into a problem for me), I thought I was getting hints of tuberose. So, I checked the notes: citruses, bergamot, orange blossom, coconut, ylang-ylang, jasmine, sea water, coumarin, musk, vanilla.
I completely missed the citruses. I mean it did smell airy and light but I can’t believe that citrus didn’t occur to me. Anyway, I read all those white flowers and the list as you can see doesn’t contain tuberose. The only thing I can say is that perhaps the combination of ylang-ylang and jasmine reminds me of tuberose? Or I just can’t distinguish between jasmine and tuberose.
My collection does not contain a cool, fresh, non-aquatic summer fragrance. I think this might be it – it smells like tuberose/jasmine wafting on a sea breeze. Lovely really.
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6 thoughts on “Reminiscing

  1. The Left Coast Nose December 3, 2009 at 15:22 Reply

    I haven't heard of this yet– it sounds truly lovely!!I've somehow managed to avoid a true head-cold yet this season, but the thought of you applying larger and larger doses of perfume to cut through your congestion made me laugh…


  2. Renee December 5, 2009 at 00:43 Reply

    I am a fan of Patchouli, but never thought to find it in a bottle. What a unique blog. I'm glad Simone pointed me in this direction.


  3. Enzie Shahmiri December 5, 2009 at 00:57 Reply

    Congratulations on your blog award!


  4. Ines December 6, 2009 at 12:52 Reply

    Rita, I think I can finally say I'm fine. Still a bit exhausted but working my way into full health.At least my nose is up and running (the usual way not the cold way).


  5. Ines December 6, 2009 at 12:55 Reply

    Renee, thank you for stopping by. I'm really glad Simone included me in her award, I admire the way she writes and I'll be checking all her nominees – your blog is interesting as well. I will be spending more time there in the future. 🙂


  6. Ines December 6, 2009 at 12:58 Reply

    Hey Enzie, thank you very much. And congratulations to you as well! 🙂


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