Hi all! I am working on the second installment of my medieval perfume story, trying to finish a draft of a dissertation chapter by Friday, teaching 3 hours a day, grading papers and finals for the super-intensive medical history class I have been TA-ing for the past three weeks, and frantically preparing for our upcoming anniversary voyage to Morocco and Spain (starting Saturday) so today’s post will be regrettably short. Luckily, you are all probably familiar with the lovely Eau d’Hadrien, so I needn’t go into great detail, only present my impressions of it.
It really is lovely is Eau d’Hadrien; its nose-tingling lemon zest—yes, a little like a lemon drop—reminds me of my trips to see concerts with my mother. She’d always buy me lemon drops at the orchestra hall, although she was fundamentally opposed to ‘store-bought’ sweets. That was the only time I was allowed to ‘buy candy’, and so the flavor of those lemon drops always reminds me of our happy and frequent visits to the symphony. I love the sharp acidity of the cypress, lending the fragrance a charming mustiness around the edges. Liquid Mediterranean sunlight. I only wish it lasted longer! Such fresh happiness!
I detect just the tiniest, most delicate lacing of green herbs around the edges. Nothing to push it into the green category (this is still super yellow) but adds just a little interest.
Hope you all are well.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, “Girl Holding Lemons” (1899), courtesy Wikimedia Commons