any knowledgable phoenician 5th grader will happily recount arizona’s famous 5 Cs - cooper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate – the historical driving forces of the state’s economy. they helped turn the desert into a city. but what most 5th graders will take for granted is the smell of those citrus trees come spring.
Oh how I’ve always wanted to go Down Under!Does that sound dirty?No matter, the point is Australia is on the bucket list and part of the fun of Leisure Cruise is that I get to “spiritually” visit places I otherwise have no place being.
I would like to talk about bottles for a minute though.Perfume bottles are perhaps, these days or maybe they always have been, as important as the contents they house.Bottle collectors are a breed of their own and are happy to dump the contents of a beautiful flacon down the drain.Sometimes a brilliant bottle is enough to justify a purchase.
I am happy to admit that I am quite sensitive to smells.I would venture to guess that most people drawn into collecting or making fragrances probably are.This is both a blessing and a curse.While I may notice a particular scent more readily than someone else, I’m also more prone to be irritated by something you may not be aware of at all.I am speaking very generally here, of course.
Perfume lets me experience all sorts of things I don’t get to enjoy in real life.In fact, I’ve never been to any of the places in the Leisure Cruise collection.I remember Isaac Mizrahi, in the documentary ‘Unzipped’, saying that he didn’t have to go to Australia to do a collection about it – he could just watch a Flintstones episode about it.
I can’t think of a more famous perfume than Chanel nº5.Just look at its staying power – the stuff went on the market in 1922 and hasn’t been off it since.When Ernest Beaux mixed up the formula for Ms. Chanel, he did something quite novel at the time and over-dosed the scent with chemicals known as aldehydes.