The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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Where in the World is The Scented Hound?

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!


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The Scented Hound Goes to Mexico…again!

Merida Mexico

The Scented Hound has finally returned from another trip to Mexico.  In our quest to solidify retirement havens, we have found that Merida, Mexico keeps calling us back.  This was our fourth visit and the one that solidified our resolve to turn our dreams into reality.  No, we’re not moving yet; we have a good year and a half before we make the plunge.  But we did decide this is the place for us.  To help us make up our minds, we rented a house for 2 weeks without a car so that we could see more realistically what living in the city would be like.  The visit included walks to the market, and the scouting of the various neighborhoods, as well as some house hunting to get an idea of what is available.  It was a great trip which included making some wonderful new friends.  Although it’s nice to be back home, we are looking forward to this coming new adventure in our lives.  I’ll be getting back into the perfume realm quickly, but in the meantime, here are some pics that help capture a little of the spirit of Merida.


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The Hound Goes to Mexico

Artwork of the Chicxulub asteroid impact

I guess if you’re going to pick a place to vacation, why not make it the epicenter of the largest global disaster in history.  The Hound is vacationing in Chicxulub Mexico, home of the Chicxulub Crater, where 66 million years ago, the largest asteroid ever to hit the earth, plunked down creating a crater over 180 km wide, which set off the global extinction of many of the earths creatures, including the dinosaurs.

Chicxulub266 million years later, the activity in the town of Chicxulub is far less eventful as it’s a small quiet and peaceful fishing village.  But that’s just fine with us as we rented a house for a couple of weeks where our goal is just to unwind and relax.  So far, so good as our first couple days have consisted of going for walks on the beach, reading by the pool and enjoying a few cervazas (beers).

Our temporary Mexican home, Casa Laura.

Our temporary Mexican home, Casa Laura.

I should point out that there was another disaster, albeit pale in comparison,  in Chicxulub upon our arrival.   When I opened my suitcase for the first time, I found that my small bottle of vintage Miss Dior had been half drained as the top came unscrewed during the trip.  My husband asked why I would bring a perfume like that on vacation.  Silly man I thought; never question what a perfumista carries with them on their travels.  Needless to say, my suitcase does smell fantastic.

The internet service here is as slow as the lifestyle, so my presence for the next couple of weeks will be spotty at best.  Besides, I really need to concentrate on important thoughts like when I’m going to have my next cervaza!

Hasta pronto – The Scented Hound