I think most of us would agree that 2020 has been a challenging year at best. The year for me thus far seems to have come to a crescendo in October. October ended with the 3rd Tropical Storm/Hurricane of the season, thankfully none of which caused too much damage besides record setting amounts of rain. Some friends found their houses leaking with water damage and/or flooding. Ours managed to maintain. But at the same time, and during storm 3, we had to move out of our house because we sold it. Yes, people do buy homes in foreign lands during a pandemic. And yes, we too were surprised. Add to the stress of moving, our movers decided at the last minute they could not store our belongings as they said they could. That’s a challenge because there is not any climate controlled storage here in Merida and the heat combined with antiques is not a good combination. So, at the last minute we were able to find a rental that worked out perfectly. But as 2020 keeps giving; two weeks prior to our move on a quiet Sunday afternoon someone decided to run a stop sign and broadside our car. Thankfully we weren’t hurt, but the car is still on the shop. So needless to say, this is why I haven’t posted in a month. It has been stressful to say the least.
But now it’s November, we’re settled into our beautiful rental. We’re starting the process for building our new house which is to be completed in a year. We’re happy and healthy and we have a new President-elect which will hopefully bring promise for a better 2021. So no complaints because we have plenty to be thankful for. And add just a bit of a cherry on top to it all, I managed to find an unopened vintage bottle of Guerlain Chant d’Arômes. I love the vintage Guerlain colognes and this is no exception and a great way to slide into November and a promise of a new beginning.
WHAT I SMELL: Chant d’Arômes opens with soft and lightly sweetened florals which are greeted with bright aldehydes. There’s a light powder and a slight metallic edge that seems to drift off rather quickly as the soft, light and bright florals take center stage. The perfume is more of a collection of flowers than of compartmentalized notes. The florals meld together to make for a spring bouquet of warm and enticing beauty. Never harsh, nor too strong, the perfume is softness personified.
Guerlain Chant d’Aromes was created by Jean-Paul Guerlain in 1962. This is a fragrance for a woman which wears perfume for the sake of her pleasures only. It is a floral bouquet that talks a language of flowers. This perfume contains natural essences and belongs to the ‘chypre’ olfactory group. The main notes are aldehydes, gardenia, mirabelle, jasmine, cloves, honeysuckle, ylang-ylang, heliotrope, benzoin, oliban and vetiver.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Contentment.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE CHANT D’ARÔMES: light, happy, innocent
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CHANT D’ARÔMES: The Black Narcissus, The Non-Blonde, Perfume Shrine
BOTTOM LINE: Chant d’Arômes is a soft and pretty perfume that is infinitely easy to wear. In reading other reviews of the perfume, it seems like the EDT and extrait have essences of peach, which I don’t find with the EDC version. Instead, I just get a delightfully calming spread of innocent florals.
- Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Chypre Floral
- Nose: Jean-Paul Guerlain
- Classification: Leans feminine
- Expense: Varies for vintage
November 16, 2020 at 10:58 pm
Oh, Steve… It sounds exhausting, both physically and mentally. I’m glad it all worked out. And it’s great that you found perfume that brings you joy.
If you do not mind me asking: was it always a plan to sell the previous house and build a new one while renting?
December 4, 2020 at 5:44 pm
Sorry U – didn’t mean to ignore your comment. Mexico doesn’t work like the US in so many ways. The real estate market is hot and we wanted to take advantage of it just to ensure that we didn’t have two homes on our hands. Ideally we would have moved from one to the other when it was finished, but the property that we bought took over 1.5 years to purchase as it was owned by 12 different members of one family (very common down here). So we weren’t quite sure when it would finally close. But is has and we’re going to start the build soon one the city approves the plans. 2021 is looking up 🙂
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