Tuesday, April 27, 2010

full moon fever

It is a full moon today, and I feel myself becoming owly. Question: is there such a thing as a lunar note in perfume. Lately I've seen a lot of frags list solar accord in their notes, which is supposed to smell like the sun on skin, but is there one that captures the clammy, mystical fragrance of the full moon?

Arguably, the whole genre of white flowers combined with exotic woods is intended to evoke the feeling of a luminous night of love on the full moon, but these are all very Southerly visions of what a walk in a garden in the moonlight in India or the deep South or Persia might smell like, with night-blooming jasmine, moonflower, lotus, gardenia, camellia, rose, etc. Is there an equivalent 'lunar' scent for, say, an English garden, or more perversely, a winter solstice night in the far North?

My dad, who used to be a choral director in a high school, says that he would always notice the kids acting strangely at certain times of the month. There would be more fights, less concentration, more love-related drama, the whole works. He would fins himself wondering every time--what the hell is going on?-- and then realize that it was a full moon that night.

I have read that violent crimes and felonies increase noticeably in the days surrounding the full moon, and I, myself, have fallen prey to some pretty weird feelings on these days as well. It's like whatever I am feeling is intensified, heightened. I have found myself curled up in a corner of the kitchen, suddenly, unaccountably, sobbing. Or I have felt extremely amorous. Or really restless.

A perfume that heightens all these emotions, that captures the dark side of the brightest lunar night, has to exist. What is it?

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