My latest post on Now Smell This is a review of Shimotsuki, a recent release from independent perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz.
You can read it here.
Reading: Graham Greene, Brighton Rock
Audio: A Spotify playlist called “The 80s All Lined Up.” Springsteen’s “The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle.”
Video: Mr. PP and I recently watched “Dunkirk” on TV.
Art: Thinking about the American Watercolor movement lately at work.
Drink: Kobrick’s coffee in a French press
Sometimes an advertisement is all we can know of a discontinued perfume. This is the case (for me, at least) for Natural de Myrurgia, a fragrance released by the Spanish house Myrurgia in 1982.
Myrurgia is best known for its classic Maja, still available worldwide, but all I’ve been able to learn about Natural comes from a page on the Fragrantica database, which describes Natural as a floral-chypre composition of sandalwood, patchouli, musk, violet, jasmine, pink peony, bergamot, and rose. The page also includes an ad for Natural de Myrurgia. The photo is too small and too low-resolution for me to read its text, but its imagery is clear enough…
I’ve just added a lecture to my schedule… I’ll be speaking about classic perfumes on July 19, as part of the “Hamilton Lectures” series in Manhattan.
For information and tickets ($40 each) to this “show & smell,” visit the Hamilton Lectures website.
Hope to see a few of you there!
This week, the exhibition “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The preview images are sumptuous, to say the least.
And, as usual, I can’t help making a few perfume connections. Here’s a list of fragrances that would be work well as olfactory companions for a Catholic-themed outing to “Heavenly Bodies.” (I’ve paired some of them with garments in the show and works elsewhere in the Met.)
I’ve just re-read Judith Leiber’s obituary (April 30) in The New York Times. I’ll never own a Leiber minaudière—they’re well beyond my financial ability—but I’ve always loved looking at them, either in photos or on the shelves of the Leiber niche in Bergdorf Goodman’s handbag department.
Leiber said in 1994, “I think everything we do should have whimsy in it.”
In keeping with our theme…let’s look at a few Leiber accessories inspired by perfume bottles!