The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Where in the World is The Scented Hound?

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Related imageGreetings from Mexico.  So you may say to yourself that you’ve seen these greetings before….so you’re on vacation.  Actually, this time it’s a bit different; we have moved to Mexico!  After talking about this for several years, we finally executed our long thought out plan to start a new life and adventure.  This past spring, we put our house on the market, had an estate sale getting rid of 80% of our possessions, sold both of our cars, moved into temporary housing and quit our jobs (we are now retired).  Finally, last month we packed up our 2 furry kids and flew down with 2 suitcases each to start our new life in Merida.  The past 6 months seem like a blur at this point and to be honest, it kind of feels like we’re just on vacation as it really hasn’t sunk in that we’re retired.  But after all the craziness, it’s nice to have some down time and frankly we’re rather exhausted!

So what does this mean for The Scented Hound?  I’m not sure at this point how this blog will morph and develop; but it will.  We’re living in temporary housing right now so I don’t have a permanent address.  And I’ve heard that getting packages here in the country can be a bit tricky, so I’m not sure how I’ll get my hands on new releases, etc.  That may take some time.  Additionally, I’ve found that perfume in a hot tropical environment wears much differently and anything that seems to have any heft (orientals, etc.) just becomes incredibly cloying and heavy.  And those that do wear well, seem to disappear very quickly.  Maybe once I get used to the heat, I’ll get this dilemma settled.  Or maybe I’ll just have to ensure that I test perfumes in an air-conditioned environment.  Additionally, I don’t believe that niche perfume is very prevalent down here.  But maybe that makes for a business opportunity??!  In any case, now that I’m retired I’ll have time to work this all out.

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Duncan has taken up residence in the master bathroom of all places.

So with the move, out of all the things that needed to be done, there were two items that really stressed me out.  The first was getting the cats down here.  We had to ensure that they were certified by our veterinarian 10 days before departure.  We had heard horror stories of people getting down here only to have their pets put in quarantine for weeks because they didn’t have the right health certifications.  Thankfully, both kids managed their flight without issue and the customs inspectors were nothing but nice.  They’re still not thrilled with their new digs (the housecleaner is here as I write and they are not happy), but they’re adjusting as well as can be expected.

The other thing that gave me lots of anxiety was how to move my perfume collection.  Now, I have to admit that my collection is not huge (it can all fit on one gilded West Elm tray), but since we put all of our possessions that we were keeping in storage (could be up to 6 months) I couldn’t do that as they wouldn’t be temperature controlled.  Then I inquired into having them shipped down via DHL or some other service, but was told that they would be considered “dangerous goods” because they are flammable.  Thankfully, my brother and sister-in-law travel to Mexico and will plan on visiting us sometime this winter.  They said if we ship the perfumes to them, they’ll bring them down in their air-conditioned travel bus.  So we carefully packed up the perfumes and shipped them to Washington state (via UPS which was a no-no) and I am hoping that they’ll arrive safe and sound towards the end of the year.  I did manage to put at least 20 perfumes in my suitcase that were small and thanks to Undina they traveled without any issue.  So you ask, what did Undina do?  If it had not been for her post concerning how to seal perfumes with Parafilm, I don’t think my perfumes would have traveled nearly as well.  And BTW, on eBay you can purchase small amounts of Parafilm for a relatively small cost.   Trust me, it works well.

So in brief, that’s my story for now.  It’s an exciting time and I have no idea where this adventure is going to take us, but I’m sure it will be a fun journey!

For more information on securing your perfumes for shipping with Parafilm, check out Undina’s helpful post here.

Viva la Mexico!

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

24 thoughts on “Where in the World is The Scented Hound?

  1. Buenos dias! ❤️😘😘

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  2. What an exciting new chapter in your lives. I hope the cats adjust quickly- it sounds as if the people are right at home.

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  3. Best wishes on your new adventure. Mexico is beautiful, and I’m sure you will find a wonderful place to live. I suspect that perfumistas in hot steamy climates will appreciate a blog on which perfumes do well under those conditions. I know my perfume choices changed as I moved from New Orleans to Indianapolis to the upper peninsula of Michigan to Albuquerque. It’ll be a fun scent adventure for you. Mexico city is quite sophisticated so you can probably buy lovely scents there.

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  4. A couple of places in merida to explore. I haven’t been there so it’ll be an adventure: http://perfumesfactory.com/ http://www.coquicoqui.com/scents

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  5. What a pleasure to hear from you! You’ve been greatly missed here! ❤
    Great to hear that things are steadily going in the right direction. I bet that in no time everything will be settled and you'll be able to start to fully enjoy new life in Mexico. It will be the time for your "second youth" now that you're retired 🙂
    Here's to hope you'll figure out how to get some perfume samples to Mexico.

    Good luck in everything!

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  6. Missed you! I’m glad to hear that you solved two the most complex and important problems of the move – cats and perfumes. The rest should be a breeze 😉

    Perfumes that in my experience wear nicely in hot and humid weather (besides cologne that are nice but die even faster): Diptyque Volutes and Duel, Yosh Ginger Ciao and L’Artisan Traversee du Bosphor.

    I hope you’ll figure out how to get samples and new perfumes to you new location: the world gets smaller and smaller, it is much easier nowadays then it used to be to move things around the globe. One of the ideas: to find somebody who travels regularly between where you live now and some fixed location (office, family or friends) in the U.S. and have everything shipped there. I have a similar arrangement with the U.K., to where it became almost impossible to send perfume the regular way.

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    • I love your idea about having someone act as my intermediary…shipping down here can be difficult, but DHL is supposed to be great, albeit a bit expensive…but everything else down here seems to be so cheap so I guess it all balances itself out 🙂

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  7. Glad to see you back. I should look up where Merida is relative to the earthquake. I think we may have to rotate muling samples in exchange for a room for a night or two and some tequila 🙂

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  8. Dear S. Glad to read how you are doing! And your CAT’s as well. I hope you find a way to wear perfume . Great adventure you are having!

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  9. How exciting! I’ve never been to Merida but I’m curious so once you settle in please post photos and stories. I’ve never lived in Mexico but I’ve been an expat all over, mostly Asia, since 1988 so if I can offer you any advice or help please reach out. I totally get the no heavy perfumes in the heat thing. I’ve been in Singapore for 14 years and can’t wear (or write about) orientals, chypres, etc from this climate. I have to wait for trips back home. I am on the opposite end of the spectrum from you: I’ll be transitioning back home for good in the next 18 months. Very nervous about it!

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    • Thanks Cynthia…I know there’ll be some adjustment on my end, but I’m love the adventure. I’m sure it will be big for you too, a lot can change in 14 years! Thanks for the offer, I’ll certainly take you up on your wonderful offer at some point. xoxoxo

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  10. Do keep us posted!!
    Enjoy the new adventure!!

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  11. I moved to Chile beginning of the year and quickly found out no niche nor any of the more pricier mainstreams scents to be had. I havent tried ordering samples because it takes 3 months for packages to arrive if they ever do. funnily enough Ive thought about a business idea too but again post office issues 🙂 so at the moment waiting for trips to
    Brazil, Argentina and Europe.

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