Category: Henri Robert

Why I’m Wearing Cristalle Today

There is a succinctness to Cristalle that appeals to me.  It makes me think about syntax and tense in language.  The past is perfect, the present is subjunctive and the future is conditional. My relationship to time has everything to do with the language I speak, English, which favors an analytical/logical view of dividing time.  Preterite, pluperfect, present, conditional, anterior,…

digging (into) vintage: Chanel 19, 1970

(Cardboard Heart by Bartek Elsner) Perfumer Henri Robert I agree with many of the characterizations of 19: venomous, aloof, off-putting. 19 has a wonderfully chilling scent of nail-polish remover and cardboard. The Eau de Toilette is a floral fragrance, but less so in the topnotes, where the iris root dominates, than in the heart. The chill remains, though the acetone recedes,…