I can't believe we're almost halfway through July and I haven't even posted a drawing for June yet. Time flies when you're, well, busier than a one-armed paper hanger, as my daddy used to say.
I'm lying. He never said that. Not in real life, anyway. But the dad I've constructed in my head did and since I like him better than the man I knew, I'm going with it. Less with the alcohol and violence, more with the folksy humor. But I digress...
As you may have recently read, I really liked the aroma M geisha scents. There are a lot of unique takes on notes that dominate the market like white floral scents or heavy vanillas, because Maria McElroy balances them against against unusual fruits or spices like anise or lychee. This results in a surprising twist when you think you know what to expect, and the results are largely delicate, smooth, and elegant.
I liked them enough that for my July drawing, one lucky winner will receive a set of twelve samples from aroma M perfumes, my treat, along with the every present mixed CD, carefully constructed and decorated by yours truly.
I have to say, the more I work with and smell the work of independent perfumes, the more I wonder why I'd ever step into a department store again. Of course, I'll shop those scents, too, because girlfriend don't discriminate when it comes to a pretty perfume, but I do find the need to try the neverending churn of celebrity scents and flankers receding further and further into the distance in the face of so many lovely perfumes made by perfumers who, like Maria, are intent on breaking down gender stereotypes in the industry and are trying to create scents that are less about mass appeal and more about olfactory artistic endeavor.
So thank you to all you independent perfumers out there, established and just beginning. I love you all, and my life is infinitely more interesting and artful and emotional and inspired for having met you via your work.
To enter, post here by 12:01 AM PST, Sunday, July 17, 2011 and tell me what your favorite scent is that is made by an independent perfumer, or your favorite independent perfume line is, or simply what independent perfumer's line you'd most like to try.
Drawing open to anyone, anywhere. I'll ship to you even if your postal workers are striking; we just need to figure out how best to get the scents to you.