Winter storm Kenan blasted us in earnest today, but we have been fortunate, as with past storms, not to lose power in our building. I watched more black-and-white films and the 2013 documentary Being Poirot, in which actor David Suchet revisits his 25 years of bringing Agatha Christie’s famous detective to life—an amazing achievement. I believe I’ve watched all of his Poirot episodes except one or two that I couldn’t find online, and despite the formulaic progression of many of the stories, I could never tire of it.
One thing I found very interesting was Suchet’s observation that the voice was integral to the character:
Poirot is not really connected with his emotions. He’s connected with his head. And therefore, I decided to give him a head sound.
Now, I’m wondering whether our own voices change perceptibly when we are thinking with our heads versus our hearts…
Today’s fragrance was Masque Milano Ray-Flection—I had received a sample of it in my ScentXplore 2021 goodie bag and bought a bottle after only one wear. To me, it’s tea and dried fruits, and it makes me happy.
Funnily enough, neither tea nor fruits are listed as notes, except for mandarin essence. I think I smell blackcurrant bud, but it’s probably the violet leaf toying with the mimosa. I see cardamom listed, but I don’t detect it. If this is meant to be an “alien flower,” as the creative minds at Masque Milano have determined, I believe it. It’s nothing I can dissect; all I can do is surrender to the enjoyment of this creation.
Ray-Flection by perfumer Alex Lee is Act IV, Scene II of the OPERA collection. The mimosa is meant to be “basking in the sun and melting into honey” by way of beeswax absolute in the base, accompanied by cedar and musk. This isn’t the honeyed floral I’ve gotten used to expecting from the gentle heart phase of some vintage perfumes—to me, it’s a bundle of fruits and flowers that have been sitting in the sun all day, and the heat has concentrated their aromas.
A perfect antidote to the whiteout conditions that left us with over a foot of snow.