Tuesday, March 23, 2010

You better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone...

DSH Perfumes Festive

Despite this being part of DSH's holiday scent line, and despite my happiness at the arrival of Spring here in the PNW, it got cold and wet again today, so I drove back into my inter samples to get a few more in before it seemed seasonally inappropriate.

Festive is a 2000 Holiday Fragrance from Dawn Spencer Horowitz's Parfums des Beaux Arts. According to the Parfums des Beaux Arts website,
This spicy green scent will put you in the Holiday mood! This not-too-heavy holiday fragrance is warm and sexy enough for parties, but is light enough for daily use…to make any day a holiday.

Composition -- Top notes: Spice Notes; Middle notes: Fir Needle, Spruce; Base notes: Incense Notes, Sandalwood.
I really enjoyed Festive. My immediate impression is of the smell that unscented, melted candle way smells. It has this slightly sweet, oily smell, that I find deeply pleasant, but then I was the kid who liked playing with candle wax whenever a strong thunder storm and attendant high winds knocked out the power. As I struggled to put my finger what I found unique and desirable about Festive, the first two comparable scents that came to mind were CB I Hate Perfumes In the Library and CB I Hate Perfumes Fire From Heaven. Comparing them to one another, Festive is slightly sweeter and has more medicinal and fir tree qualities than In the Library. Compared to Fire from Heaven, Festive is more fleshy in quality than fiery/smokey. It's sweeter, in a warm and yet floral way, than Fire from Heaven. Fire from Heaven, by comparison, is more acrid, making Festive far more comparable to In the Library, despite the similar flame-y themes.

Around the two hour mark, where In the Library smells light beige, like the faded pages of a book, Festive smells...blue. Light blue. I don't know how else to describe it. It's like the flame natural gas makes when it burns...blue and sort of cold looking, but it isn't cold, it's warm, and lovely and still sort of sweet in a way that In the Library isn't. Blue like a blue spruces are blue, light an undercoating of blue that is salty like sea salt and clean like nuzzling a well-soaped neck. Around the three hour mark, In the Library and Festive are still distinguishable, but less so. I'd say at this point they are more similar than different, which I think is a good thing.

This is a beautiful scent. If Fire From Heaven reminds me of the incense they use on Catholic High Holy Days, then Festive reminds me of the smell of taper wax that I've held and smelt and prayed over at so many events marking days of celebration, sadness, or remembrance -- from funerals to holiday celebrations to protests to vigils for sexual assault survivors or Iraq war veterans or soldiers and civilians that died in war or hundreds of other heartfelt/breaking causes. So when I smell this scent it reminds me of all the times I've stood in prayer and solidarity with other activists. Maybe not a "festive" mental image per say, but definitely a heartfelt one.

And I have to say, it's strange to write this review just days after the establishment of what is arguably the largest and most comprehensive entitlement program since the New Deal. While I have mixed feelings about the way this all went down, and tend to agree with those feminists and activists who feel that this step forward comes at the cost of a huge step backward for reproductive freedom particularly for poor women, I am nonetheless pleased that domestic violence victims will no longer be denied coverage, that children, who make up the largest segment of the uninsured population in this country, will have expanded access to health care, that lifetime caps will be illegal, that preventative care will not require a co-pay, and a host of other improvements will now be law. So my joy is tempered with some sadness, and the hope that feminists will see this as a call to put their representatives on notice that we expect to see the repeal of the Hyde amendment and other efforts to make abortion prohibitively expensive end in our lifetime.

While I am pleased that pregnant women who chose to carry their pregnancies to term will have greater access to health care for themselves and their children, I don't believe that creating an environment where someone has to carry a child to term because they cannot afford to terminate (particularly when financial hardship might be the very reason they are seeking to end the pregnancy) is any kind of choice. I also have to say that I was sadly unsurprised that House Rep. Neugebauer, who yelled "baby killer" at Rep. Stupak as he voted Yea on the bill, was from Texas. One more reason to be thrilled I no longer live there and one more sad moment of commentary on the state of discourse regarding reproductive freedom in America. Whatever my feelings toward Rep. Stupak are, and trust me when I say that he fills me with ill will, he doesn't deserve that. But then, that's my point, really. No one deserves it, particularly not women making the hardest decision they've ever had to make. But I digress...

Also, there are a number of ways this isn't a completely comprehensive bill, which I think is worth noting only so we can keep in mind that there are still improvements to be made. Again, all that nay-saying aside, I really am thrilled about the bill passing. It's a huge accomplishment, particularly for Democratic Party leadership, who have been working on a comprehensive health care solution for decades. It's proof positive that times really are changing.

Wow, that got all unexpectedly feminist. Guess I can't help myself. <grin>

You can buy Festive from DSH perfumes in a variety of forms -- EdP, perfume oil in a pulse roller, and in a shea body butter.

"Come senators, congressmen,
please heed the call.
Don't stand in the doorway.
Don't block up the hall.
For he that gets hurt,
will be he who has stalled.
There's a battle outside
and it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
and rattle your walls,
for the times they are a-changin'."

- "The Times They Are A-Changin'," Bob Dylan (You can listen to the song here)

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1 comment:

The Left Coast Nose said...

Ok. On vacation, so super late to all things in your blog, but I can't not stop and say a small, tired, but hearty *amen* to the health care bill. You are dead on on all the particulars-- I checked my disappointment at the door when the compromises were made to not pith private insurers of their licence to steal (Single payer? Public Option? Repeal anti-trust? Lower age of Medicare? No, no, no, and no.)

But there are excellent parts of the deal, as you pointed out, and this represents a sea-change in each American's relationship to citizenship-- health care is a right, not a priviledge. And you are right that the people who stand to gain the most are the poorest, the most disenfranchised, and women. (For the most part. We have to keep fighting the Good Fight.) Amen to that.