Our sense of smell is probably more closely related to memory than any other of our senses. Scents are highly emotive having the power to trigger past memories and sentiments. Not only do they have the power to drift us into rippling waves of nostalgia, but also evoke certain emotions within us and the people around us, which is why perfumes play such an important role in my life.
I divide my perfumes into two sorts. One which I wear for myself and then some which are worn for others. The first type are very personal and precious. They are usually the ones that take me in the past to comforting happy memories, reminding me of special people in my life, or energise and accompany me through joyous activities such as gardening.
We have been having quite a cold and wet spring this year. I’m not complaining though as I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the fresh spring rain and the promise of life it brings with it. This has also given me the opportunity to enjoy a very special perfume in my collection, Après l’Ondée which means after the rain shower.
A magic potion that feels like taking a stroll through an enchanted garden. It begins with you stepping barefooted on green dew laden grass. At this point every thing is blurred, familiar and yet foreign. Like the earthy scent of newly dampened soil after the rain. As you wander further clarity sets in as notes of aniseed start to appear. Pure and transparent like rainwater itself. Just as you think things may be coming to an end powdery pastel violets and iris sprinkle in, while carnations line the borders. Sweet with just a tinge of spice. Spring, Renewal of life; Evanescent/ephemeral
“A violet in the youth of primy nature,
Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
The perfume and suppliance of a minute.”
– William Shakespeare
A garden of dewy delicate flowers that is predominantly palish purple in color and yet ever so lightly blue. And just like any enchanted garden there is a backdoor that leads you to a special place; as you inhale the different layers you are hit by a series of emotions. Joy, tranquility, melancholy.
This rapture continues for about a couple of hours and then, alas, its gone.
I usually wear Après l’Ondée in spring time or when I need something to rejuvenate or soothe. It remains for an hour on my skin during which time I like to spend some quiet time by myself, reminisce about the past and contemplate the future. My bottle of Après l’Ondée was a gift from a very special person, my best friend Ayesha, which makes it altogether even more special. A bottle of pure emotion that holds a piece of my heart.
Après l’Ondée created by Jacques Guerlain and launched in 1906 is today only available in Eau de Toilette form in selected stores. On Guerlain’s website it is described as a powdery floral that revolves around violet, iris and vanilla nuances.