Saturday, 29 December 2012
Scented Santa 2012 - The Inventory
Presents come in a variety of categories: first off there are the ones with an immediate wow factor (an axe!, a beautiful scarf!, a set of funky cheese knives!, a packet of fudge (briefly) pre-owned by Tom Cruise!).
FUNKY CHEESE KNIVES - DIDN'T I DO WELL FOR CUTTING IMPLEMENTS THIS CHRISTMAS!
Next up you have gifts that you really need and of which you will make extensive use, but which don't make the heart sing in quite the same way (a large mixing bowl!, a set of Russian doll measuring cups!). That said, the mixing bowl is just about as beautiful as a functional item of kitchenware can be, and I have already christened it with the stuffing.
Then there are the ones that you haven't worked out if they are really you or not, but you aspire to like them (a jar of antipasti aubergines!, facsimiles of vintage seed packets!).
And then there is inevitably the odd gift that is a complete non-starter for reasons too numerous to mention; these may actually bypass the bed display stage and go straight to the recycling box. I will draw a veil over the specifics of this year's (happily very few) "straight to box" candidates, but I can perhaps mention my mother's worse ever Christmas present, which was a pair of punctured rubber gloves.
A PAIR JUST LIKE THESE, BUT WITH A HOLE IN THEM
And perhaps I should create a separate category for my fragrant presents, which pretty much all fall in the wow factor category. It is a measure of how entrenched this perfume hobby has become that friends automatically think to buy me something in the "smellies" department in the broadest sense of the term, and that is absolutely fine by me.
(PICTURED AT THE TOP OF THE POST) A PERSONALISED SQUIRT AND SNIFF MUG FROM MY FRIEND GILLIE, WHO MADE THE COMMEMORATIVE CHARLIE BONKERS TILE.
If that lady is meant to represent me, I feel duty bound to point out that Gillie has been more than generous in the bosom department. ; - )
A DECANT OF LE LABO POIVRE 23 FROM THE VERY PSYCHIC LOVETHESCENTS!
A LIZ EARLE SKINCARE STARTER KIT
The Instant Boost Skin Tonic which comes with it has a delicate scent that is so nuanced and fresh that it would make a charming perfume in its own right. In fact I may do a post about the Liz Earle range at some point, as I have also recently tried her perfumes - I didn't even know she had any - but a friend had bottles of both!
Notes: organic aloe vera, calendula, rose-scented geranium, cucumber
FANCY SOAP - LIKE TOWELS, TEASPOONS AND WOOL, YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH
Note that one of the bars has an intriguing metal embellishment.
A FRAGRANT SWEDISH OWL
No prizes for guessing what he smells of - unless your Swedish is even worse than mine - and mine is seriously rudimentary.
I would be interested to hear about your perfume-themed presents this Christmas - and if you dare tell me, your worst gifts generally, and why they were so awful if it is not immediately apparent.
Photo of rubber gloves from thriftyfun.com