Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Undina's Blind Sniffing Project - Through A Looking Glass Darkly
Being of a thorough and scientific mindset, Undina had taken the precaution of wrapping the vials thoroughly in yellow and blue electrical tape, in case the colour of the juice might give us a clue. Speaking for myself that would be most unlikely, unless one of them had been Sarrasins, say. : - )
The other bloggers who took part were Natalie of anotherperfumeblog and Suzanne of Eiderdown Press. We each sniffed and resniffed the two vials on a number of occasions, and tried to figure out whether they were similar (very!), and what notes we might be smelling. (I was predictably rubbish at this, and tended to confine myself to descriptors of the scents' general character - "powdery", "retro" etc - while the other two detected a number of specific floral notes). We also had a go at guessing what perfumes they were exactly, again with mixed results, "mixed" being the operative word as you will see...!
Right before Undina published her post, she put us out of our misery and revealed the actual identity of each fragrance. One was new to me but the other I am pretty sure I have tried on a blotter once some years back. However, even if I had smelt both the scents recently, I am not at all sure that I could have placed them - it is extraordinarily tricky to recognise a perfume when it is divorced from all its usual trappings of brand and packaging. Suffice to say that I had a lot of fun trying, and would like to thank Undina for inviting me to join in this project.
For the full story, hop over to Undina's blog if you haven't already done so. There are also unmissable photos of Rusty, Undina's supremely photogenic cat, in fine vial-batting fettle!
Photo is of Charlie Bonkers not interacting with the yellow and blue vials. The eagle-eyed reader may detect a bit of yellow tape missing from the yellow one, but I would like to reassure people that it was removed AFTER the trial was over, out of idle curiosity as to the actual colour of the juice!