Wednesday, June 30, 2010

adventures in sinaesthesia: the object of desire

440px-Ananas_comosus_Blanco2.458 I really like J-lo’s Deseo. I know we are supposed to scorn celebrity fragrances until they convince us otherwise with some exceptional quality or other, but I have liked this fragrance from the get-go.

You know how a pineapple’s acidity makes your tongue tingle in that weird way that only pineapples can accomplish? Well, Deseo makes that same thing happen in my mouth when  I smell it—isn’t that strange? It is pineapple on me, but not in a bonne belle type of way. It is pineapple in a difficult, acidic, slightly green, sour sort of way. I really love the composition, actually—lots of painful pineapple sitting atop a lovely chypre structure, with a little green coconut thrown in to make consumers realize (if they haven’t already, the dullards) that it is ‘tropical.’ I don’t think of this as a ‘fruity floral’ at all in fact—more of a sour chypre.

And then, there’s the bottle. I LOOVVEE this bottle. At first, I thought: tacky. Then I thought: hey, it’s kinda cool how it is designed—I love the way the cap fits on. Then I thought: wow, this feels so good when I hold it in my hand. It fits perfectly into my palm, like IMG_5152 it's meant to live there. Then I started really fetishizing this bottle, wondering if I could use it for massage, admiring the way its facets caught the light, etc. Then, I noticed how nice it looked in front of a pic of my then-boyfriend (now husband of almost five years!) in a picture I took of him in Mexico. Then I started keeping the two together on my desk, admiring the colors. Then I found myself taking a picture of the bottle sitting on the picture. Then….I started wondering: what’s wrong with me—why am I carrying on in this strange way with a bottle of celebrity perfume?

But honestly, you gotta hold this gem in your hand. If you don’t fall in love, then you must be immune to the elemental pull of enchantingly telluric gems and minerals—Frodo should entrust you with the One Ring, for its charms will be lost on you (LOL!) Ok, I am sounding all kinds of crazy with this post, so I’m gonna cut this party off, finishing with a new adventure:

SO, for this week’s official adventure in sinaesthesia, I suggest you:IMG_2820

  1. spritz on Deseo
  2. put some João Gilberto on the stereo
  3. make yourself a pina colada with real fresh pineapple and unsweetened coconut milk
  4. find a sunny spot near some green plants—make them as tropical looking as possible, please-- spread out a blanket or lawn chair and…
  5. pretend you are a tropical goddess (or god) being waited upon by scores of servants, who only want you to ‘unwind’ for a few hours from your super-intense and successful career.

And, because, I just can’t help myself……

CREDITS:

Pineapple plate from Flora de Filipinas [...] Gran edicion [...] [Atlas II], by Francisco Manuel Blanco courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Other pics mine (the third is of me and my hubby in Brazil)

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