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Long Weekend: Games, Gatherings, Fragrance [Sep. 8th, 2016|08:22 pm]
Today is apparently Thursday, but my brain doesn't really believe that. A good long weekend often throws me off like that.

Got two nights of boardgames in: on Friday night we went over to Bob & Jeff & Douglas's and introduced them to Sentinels of the Multiverse. (Well, to Bob & Douglas -- Jeff was napping off the effects of work crises the day before. But we got to say hello.) We won, which was neat because things were looking grim near the end and I really was not expecting to. And then on Sunday night the Gamaches had folks over and I played some Dominion with Joe & Zanon & Malachi, and first-timer Malachi beat everyone by being the only one to have bought a Colony when three piles ran out unexpectedly early.

Saturday afternoon we also dropped by Timothy's BBQ for a while. And then Monday was an end-of-summer pool party & Bob & Pyro's, which was social and relaxing and enjoyable. And Monkey didn't get sunburned, hooray!

But the big thing we did was on Saturday we went up to Boulder and did a consultation at that perfume shop I talked about before. The thing that she does in a consultation is that she has this proprietary blend ("Special Formula X") that's a mix of a bunch of components that enhance your personal scent. So she rubs a bit of that on your arm, and then sniffs it, and tells you what notes your personal skin-scent has. (My skin is woody, sweet, and green. Jerry's is fruity and sweet.) And then that determines what kinds of fragrances will work on you, and she pulls out a couple dozen to consider. The "woody and green" thing is why most men's fragrances smell awful on me; the popular ones usually have elements that don't work with that.

There was also a big educational component to it; we now understand what terms like "woody" and "green" and "aldehydic" mean. (Some of the stuff she brought out was like "okay, try this. I predict you'll hate it, but it'll be informative.") And we learned that "musk" is not a funky animal smell; it's a soapy clean smell.

So, amazingly, she was actually able to find a couple different scents that would work for both of us! The interesting thing is that they smell very different depending on which of us is wearing them. The combinations work really well, too, and rather than having her mix them, we just got a little (1 dram) bottle of each, so we can play around with just using different proportions when we put them on. We got bottles of Special Formula X (because actually, just skin smells pretty good), and Arabian Sandalwood (sandalwood is my friend), and one called Hippie Chic. (Which you would never believe has patchouli in it, but it does. Also burnt coconut, which is also my friend.) Jerry also got some beard oil with a personal, just-for-him blend. It's Hinoki with I think Ambre and Exotic Wood, but I'd have to check.

We spent like two and a half hours at it, and it was a really novel and enjoyable experience. The thing that I found most interesting about it is that I don't really like perfumey smells, and I have no interest in smelling like Mr. Hello I Am Wearing Cologne. So the fact that there exist subtle fragrances that can make you smell like yourself, just a little bit more so and a little bit more complex and interesting, opens up a whole new realm of expression and presentation, and that's pretty keen.

[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2016-09-09 02:25 am (UTC)
Because that's what folks like us need, really. To present as more complex.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2016-09-09 05:02 pm (UTC)
Well, let's be honest. It's not like we're going to present as simple. Think of it as aposematism.

(Case in point: I was going to say "warning coloration", but in Googling to see if that was the right phrasing, I discovered that there's a precise technical term, so OF COURSE I'm going to say it THAT way instead.)
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2016-09-09 05:19 pm (UTC)
The thing I love about that sort of lexical obscurantism is that it evolved at a time when it really was a way of testing erudition. Now, all obscure references are just a Google away, so it's more like playing frisbee.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2016-09-09 06:50 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tdjohnsn
2016-09-09 03:35 am (UTC)
That's really neat. I would love to do that.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2016-09-09 05:03 pm (UTC)
It was! Put it on the list for when you guys come out to visit us sometime. :)
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[User Picture]From: pink_halen
2016-09-09 04:04 am (UTC)
It is interesting that the goal is to make you smell more like yourself and less like you were just hit by a passing flower truck. All too often people wear cologne to mask their perception that they have bad body odor when smelling human is nice and preferable.

We think some people like our neighbor marinate themselves in cologne rather than "heaven forbid" they smell human. I never appreciate hugging someone then smelling like their perfume for hours or days after that because of one casual hug.

I think there needs to be a bit of education about how much to wear. I am far more likely to be put off by people who use far to much than just a touch. And I am just enough of a pig to like the smell of a sweaty man.

Many people don't realize that the word cologne comes from the name of the city Koln in Germany where a citrus blend was developed in 1799 and called 4711.

My favorite cologne/perfume joke is about the little boy who asked, "Why are we giving Grandma Toilet water? Don't we like her?"

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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2016-09-09 05:07 pm (UTC)
I definitely feel a LOT more educated about the subject now.

And I would bet that Dawn could totally do a post-exercise scent (assuming she hasn't already). That's more of a special-occasion type fragrance, though... ;)
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