Free Wifi hasn’t been as easy to find as I’d hoped, but I’m pleased to say that so far the holiday has gone very well (although I gather the situation in my beloved London isn't quite so happy). As ever, I’ve got so much to write and tell you about, that I’m sure I’ll never be able to cover it all when we return to Maison Persolaise, but I promise I’ll do my best.
One of the topics to which I may well devote a post is our recent visit to the International Perfumery Museum (MIP) in Grasse. For now, suffice it to say that although it’s well worth seeing, it isn’t nearly as comprehensive and insightful as it seems to think it is. A case in point: it devotes an entire screening room to depictions of perfume in the movies, but it doesn’t deem it necessary to mention the skills and achievements of history’s most accomplished perfumers. The overriding thought in my mind as I made my way through its many rooms was that last year's Perfume Diaries exhibition at Harrods really was wonderful. But like I said, perhaps I’ll return to this particular subject when our travels take us back across the Channel.
I’ll end today on a decidedly positive note: over the weekend, I managed to buy a small flacon of vintage Samsara and yes, everything you’ve read about its sandalwood drydown is true. The current version is distinctive and wearable, but there’s a synthetic quality to its base that’s hard to ignore. The few drops I purchased the other day conclude with an effect that’s effortlessly classy and rests much more comfortably with the jasmine heart.
I do hope August is being good to all of you. Please don’t forget that I’ve scheduled brand new reviews to pop up here every Friday… and if I can find some Wifi, I’ll post the odd message on Twitter.
That’s all for now,