I snapped a few photos in the garden today and posted one above of the very fragrant hybrid tea rose called Elle. I’ll post the other pics next Saturday as part of my May Flowers group post — photos of clematis, roses, poppies, and heuchera.
My new cap press arrived and I will try it tonight or tomorrow. My order for gold foil came, but it was silver rather than gold so I had to reorder and won’t get the correct foil until next Thursday. I’ll take the foil to the printer next Friday to finally try the first labels for the new bottles.
I’m testing samples of frangipani absolute from several sources and they are all pretty, but it is interesting to see the differences. One is especially beautiful and smells more like distinct floral notes with jasmine, orange blossom, and gardenia. Another sample is floral too but the notes are more mixed and less distinct, and it has more green nuances. I’ve tried growing frangipani here a few times in pots but they just don’t thrive here.
I did some quick sniff testing of a few perfumes over the last couple weeks and loved the Grossmith samples. You might enjoy sampling these if you are a fan of vintage scents. The ingredients are high quality and they do smell very much like scents of the past, which will either appeal to you or not. They are expensive if you want a full bottle but are fun to sample. Here were some reviews on Perfume Shrine. I also tried the new Parfumerie Generale Gardenia Grand Soir, but it did not do well on me. I was curious to sniff it since I’m working on a related theme of white florals on a sandalwood base. The orange blossom note in Gardenia Grand Soir had grapey and soapy aspects that came out on me, unfortunately. I’m really looking forward to trying the new L’Artisan tuberose scent!