During the past 10 weeks I had enough time to go through my perfume bottles and samples, making an inventory of a kind. I ended up playing like a little kid with perfume and desert sand, and just sniffing certain fragrances made me close my eyes: I traveled in time and space to deserts I long for, or the ones I’ve always dreamt about.

I wanted to share them with you, and maybe inspire you to do the same, so here are the 5  desert-themed fragrances I wore the most this spring! I’m not (never) saying that these are the TOP5 ever or anything like that – you’ll make your own choices. I’ll try to explain why I singled out these five, and what makes them special.

“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”
― Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard

Eresia. Heresy.

It has been with me for some time, this bottle of Eresia. I wore it, tested it, and planned to write about it sooner than this: I let the fragrance sink in my skin and listened to its fragrant language. And just as I was getting ready to sit down and write my review, an earthquake shook the cabinet with my collection proudly displayed, and one perfume bottle fell upon the others, broke and leaked all over the bottom shelf. Eresia was drenched with another perfume, and it took me quite a while to clean the bottle, wash out the remains of perfume lingering in the red tassel threads, and try to rub out any leftover traces with Ethanol.

When I finally succeeded, the bottle looked slightly soiled, patinated, and battered: strange, but this seemed to befit the perfume well…adding it a touch of patina.

Let me share some good news with you!

The finalists for the Perfumed Plume Awards 2020 are announced and guess what?

The Plum Girl Blog is a finalist in THREE categories: Perfume Stories in Mainstream Media – Digital – Magazines, Newspapers, Blog Postings, Webzines – with Jean Claude Ellena -The Man Who Stole The Show/Pitti Fragranze Retrospective; Short ‘n Sweet Perfume Stories – Print or Digital – with Jungle Jezebel Review/Miguel Matos for Sarah Baker Perfumes and INSTApost — Perfume Stories on Instagram – with Lover’s Tale / Francesca Bianchi!

Here comes my second #sprayathome #sprayitforward Newsflash: I hope you are all at home and well. Times are complicated but our love for perfumes unites us, so I’ll keep sharing news that small perfume brands have sent me. We’re at war. The enemy is invisible. I truly believe that we should all share our resources with the community, and support each other in times of need. I hope you’ll find something for yourself: if you’re looking for a perfume to make you feel better, help you endure or make you feel glamourous,  make sure to shop online and from niche/indie/artisan brands!