Scent Diary: 3/12/2013

The second of my three automated wake-up calls wakes me up at 6:09 AM. My physics midterm starts at 8. I eat Fruit Loops and pound a Five Hour Energy. It is deeply unpleasant.

I have literally six Lush body washes (The Olive Branch, Grass, Ro’s Argan, Dream Wash, and two varieties of Lush FUN), but I choose The Olive Branch for my shower this morning because citrus scents are supposed to be all energizing. I do not feel particularly energized, but it is hard to say whether it is my fault or The Olive Branch’s. One of my medications causes very vivid nightmares, so my sleep is never all that restful anyway.

The physics building is a fifteen minute walk away. It is raining. The cat mangled my last umbrella. I put on my Kate Nash Pandora station for the very wet walk. Mumford & Sons comes on. I hurriedly switch to my Disney Pandora station.

Normally I wear Jo Malone Black Vetyver Cafe when taking tests, the theory being that a coffee scent should keep me energized. But I was wearing Idole de Lubin EDT (sent to me by my gracious reader Allison) when I was studying last night, and we all know the studies about how you should wear the same scent when you prepare for and then subsequently take a test.

The midterm goes bizarrely well. I feel prouder of myself than I have in months, and reward myself with Pokemon and beauty blogs.

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Around 9:30, I realize that I need cookie dough more than I have ever needed anything in my life. I buy it at a nearby grocery store run by a Palestinian family. They sell lots of Middle Eastern food items, including rosewater. Last weekend I tried to make a cocktail with gin and rosewater, inspired by the gorgeous and effervescent TokyoMilk Gin & Rosewater. It was wretched, and I do not know if I will ever be able to trust TokyoMilk again.

Idole EDT has everything I could ever want in a perfume- warmth, spices, a prominent saffron note- except for lasting power. By 9:40, it was already time for a new SOTD. I chose creamy, peanut butter-y L’Artisan Bois Farine. Bois Farine is an excellent bedtime scent, but Five Hour Energies are not conducive to napping. I lay in bed and shake like an overexcited chihuahua for a good 45 minutes before finally giving up.

I test the new Jo Malone Ginger Biscuit during lunch. I am even less impressed than I was when I first tried it at Nordstrom. The ginger top note is attractive, but a generic Spicy Man Smell haunts the fragrance all the way down to the base notes. I am genuinely curious why the Sugar & Spice collection is so much worse than the Tea collection just a year before.

Lunch is tom yum soup and genmaicha tea, which tastes just like rice steam. I am still not very good at this whole taking pictures of your food thing.


15 thoughts on “Scent Diary: 3/12/2013

  1. Sounds like Lubin’s Idole was just the thing. Glad to hear that your midterm went well!

    And food photography is tough. It’s all about angles, but in a way, it’s easier than people since plates don’t normally move around!

    1. Thank you, BB! I got a C in high school photography (and NO ONE gets a C in high school photography), so I do not have the highest hopes for my food photography.

  2. Thanks sweetie, I needed that laugh. Glad your exam went well. Sorry that your gin and rose water experiment did not.

  3. Fruit Loops and Five Hour Energy? ***shudders*** 😉 On the other hand, what do I know; after all, your midterm went well – maybe Fruit Loops and Five Hour Energy is the breakfast of champions!

  4. Ari – I didn’t know about the studies that say you should wear the same scent when you prepare for and then take a test, but that seems logical. Glad it went well. I love Idole and it lasts forever on me!!

    I came home from work to find a trainer Pokemon card called Erika’s perfume on my desk. My son left it there as a joke because of my perfume obsession.

  5. I gave my brother Idole for his birthday once – it also ticks the “Star Trek bottle” box I should imagine. : – ) Anyway, I was on the edge of my seat reading about your tense exam day, and am so pleased you pulled it off. And I think your photography looks pretty accomplished, personally. I would certainly happily eat that soup!

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