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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mother's Day Fundraising, Prize Draw and Perfume Review: Lancome Climat

Happy Mother’s Day, everybody! This weekend Perfume Smellin’ Things is participating in a fundraising campaign. For each person who leaves a comment on today's, yesterday's or any of the previous posts, a $1 donation will be made to Orphan Foundation of America. Also, today, to celebrate Mother’s Day and to thank you for being a part of this event and for reading my blog, I am holding a prize draw. To take part in a draw, simply leave a comment on this post and indicate in some way that you do want to be included in a draw. The name of the winner will be picked at random by my little daughter tomorrow morning. Please do not hesitate to participate even if you do not reside in the States! Oh, and the prize…

The prize is a 1/6 ounce (5ml) decant of the fabulous Parfum des Merveilles by Hermès. Parfum des Merveilles is, as the name suggests, the pure perfume version of Eau des Merveilles. With notes of oak, patchouli, mosses, ambergris, Peru balsam, Siam resin, davana, Cognac, leaves and roots, this is a wonderfully rich, sumptuous rendition of Eau des Merveilles. In my humble opinion the parfum version is much superior to Eau de Toilette, so if you are a fan of Eau des Merveilles you are guaranteed to adore the parfum even more. And if you did not like Eau des Merveilles, there is a good chance that Parfum will change you mind.

And now for the Mother’s day perfume review:

Lancôme Climat


Climat is one of the perfumes my mother used to wear when I was little, along with Madame Rochas and Magie Noire. She does not wear them anymore having moved on to contemporary oriental and woody oriental fragrances like Sonya Rykiel and Wish by Chopard, but in my mind, she is forever associated with the supremely elegant classics I used to admire in childhood. Climat is perhaps my favorite of the scents my mother used to own and one of the easiest for me to wear. It is also an aspirational perfume for me; it paints an image of delicate, graceful femininity, a picture of me as I would love to be and a picture of my mom as she really was (and is) naturally and effortlessly.


My beautiful mama at 20


Climat was created in 1967 and I believe has been since reformulated. The fragrance I am reviewing, which came in the bottle identical to the one pictured here, smells more or less identical to the scent I remember from my childhood. It is a cool, “light green” (in feel as well as in actual color) fragrance of lily of the valley brightened by bergamot and sweetened by rose. A subtle violet note adds just the right amount of powderiness and brings a certain timeless elegance to the composition. The jasmine in the heart of the blend is sensual but gentle enough not to overpower the other notes. The drydown is warmed and softened by sandalwood, tonka bean and amber. The fragrance has a magical combination of subtlety and character, it is fresh and cool and yet wonderfully soft. To my forever enchanted mind, this gentle, refined scent is an epitome of truly “feminine”, of natural elegance, good taste and discretion.


Mom and yours truly twenty-some years ago


Climat is available on Lancome-USA.com, $100 for 50ml of Eau de Parfum. Older-style bottles of Eau de Toilette and Parfum can be found for significantly less on various online stores. I am not sure how different the new release is from the older version; if you are familiar with both, please comment!
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Please visit other blogs participating in Mother's Day fundraising:


Beauty Addict for Orphan Foundation of America
Blogdorf Goodman for FINCA International
Brain Trapped in Girl's Body for FINCA International
A Girl's Gotta Spa for Orphan Foundation of America
MonkeyPosh for Humane Society of the United States and Muscular Dystrophy Association
Mother Hen’s Place for Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Legerdenez for Orphan Foundation of America
One Child Left Behind for Heifer International
Perfume Posse for Orphan Foundation of America
Perfumery for FINCA International
The Scented Salamander for Orphan Foundation of America
Scenteur 7 for Orphan Foundation of America *Participating May 10th through the 15th
Scentzilla! for FINCA International
SmellyBlog for FINCA International
The Soap Blog for UNIQUE
That Obscure Object of Desire for FINCA International
Urban Chick for Womankind Worldwide *Participating May 12th 'til she returns from holidaying a few weeks*
Victoria's Own for FINCA International
Yankee Family goes South for Orphan Foundation of America

95 Comments:

Blogger tmp00 said...

Your mother was lovely, as was her choice in scents. I've never smelled Climat, but, as usual, you make me want to run out and sniff. I am so happy for you that you had such a long and happy relationship with your mother.My parents sadly died before I ever got the chance to know them as actual people, rather than just "parents": perhaps that is why I remember those scents so much; Mom's Joy as she leaned in to kiss me goodnight before going out to a dinner party; her blue-black hair, white skin and light green eyes (I got the latter two, as well as a disturbing resemblance to Joan Crawford), or Dad's Kolnisch Juchten and pipe (tobacco). I can still remember watching Some idiotic scary movie with him as a kid and hiding in his blazer, and the smell of that cologne with Dunhill London Mixture and Harris tweed. I still have one of those coats, and at 6'2", I don't fill it out.

Mind you, I'm not bitter, or even terribly sad about it. It's just the way thigs have worked out. But for anyone wihi may be reading this and have parents who are still around, I hope that this weekend (and Dad's weekend in June) that you will take a moment to inwardly thank whomever that you have a paretn to love, live with, or even be annoyed by.

12:01 AM EDT  
Anonymous Flora said...

Why have I never seen Climat at MY Lancome counter? Is it only in the "big" cities? I must investigate at once!

I would love to be included in the prize drawing, what a generous idea! :-D

2:01 AM EDT  
Blogger Cait Shortell said...

What a beautiful mama you have! And I loved the review. It unfurls the components of Climat for me better than other reviews I have read. I bought a bottle of the parfum like the one you have pictured. It's unique and always strikes me as a real period piece.

3:30 AM EDT  
Anonymous Prince Barry said...

I agree with the other posters. Such a beautiful lady.

Fabulous review too!

3:36 AM EDT  
Blogger deleted said...

Your mother was gorgeous...

Great review as always, I like your writing style.

3:53 AM EDT  
Blogger andy said...

Dear Columbina
Thank you for this angel-like picture of your mom. Beautiful and with a wonderful charismatic shine.
I send you fragrant wishes and congratulate you to your blog which always is a pleasure to visit

4:34 AM EDT  
Anonymous Amy K said...

Happy Mother's Day! Thank you for sharing the lovely tribute to your mom. I don't think I've ever had the pleasure of smelling Climat, but now I'll be sure to look for it.

Please add my name to the drawing list.

4:59 AM EDT  
Blogger katiedid said...

M, those are wonderful photos. Your mom was stunningly beautiful. And I love that pic with the two of you - what happiness is suffused through your whole faces.

The Parfum des Merveilles sounds fanatstic. You do have a sneaky way of making me want all these scents I've yet to smell.

Climat is oh so lovely. As is Magie Noire. Goupy did wonders for the Lancome house with his two contributions. (Well, the two that I know of, anyhow.)

Flora - I have had the same durned problem. Grrr. Try eBay for this one - I got a bottle of the Climat parfum that is pictured in Marina's post on the cheap there, so to speak.

Happy Mother's Day, and I hope it is wonderful for you.

5:49 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the informative blog - I have been lurking for a while now.

Count me in on the prize draw as well, thanks.

Mark from Adelaide, South Australia

6:12 AM EDT  
Blogger marlen said...

I fell in love with the new climat (lmtd edtn) immediately and can only imagine what the original must have smelled like...oh, to have been alive in the 50's and 60's...if only to sniff...

6:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Jenny said...

Happy mothers day!
Funny the first thing I was thinking when I saw the pictures of your mother was: 'what a beautiful lady' and I see, everyone agree. She looks beautiful but also sweet and kind. I think Climate wil suite here perfectly.

7:28 AM EDT  
Blogger lilyofbp said...

Your mother is beautiful, and so is your review. I love Climat, too. I also love PdM, but don't need any more of it, for reasons of which you are aware (and indirectly responsible:) Happy Mother's Day!

8:50 AM EDT  
Blogger Christina H. said...

I love the pictures!!!!You were so cute and your mom was a real blonde beauty!Love the photos!Oh, I like the review too,lol!Climat is one of my new found loves.It's such a happy spring-y scent.Please, also include me for the 5ml parfum drawing!Thank you so much for sharing.

9:24 AM EDT  
Blogger greeneyes said...

Oh, your mother is so pretty! Happy Mother's Day to you both, and best of luck with the fundraising.

9:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

Happy Mother's Day to you Dear C!!

I love the photos or you and your mom. The one of just your mother reminds me of Chloe Sevigney (sp?)
So beautiful.

Enjoy your day!!

9:55 AM EDT  
Blogger Tania said...

What a beautiful mom! Thanks for that post.

10:14 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

T,
Your comments brought tears to my eyes. And you are so right, this is the day to be thankful for having had wonderful parents and especially for still having them with us. Thank you!

10:18 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anya said...

You have increased my lemming plunge for Climat. Your mother has such a serene beauty about her, and you seem to have inherited it. Happy Mother's Day!

10:19 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Flora,
If it's any consolation, there is no Climat, Magie, Sikkim and of course no Sagamore at my lancome counter at the local Macy's. Ugh!

(added your name to the draw)

10:20 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Cait,
Thank you! And Climat is a period piece, but like all wonderful classics, it also feels doesn't seem out of place right here, right now.

10:21 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Prince Barry,
Thank you very much and it is a pleasure "seeing" you here!

10:22 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

B,
Hi, welcome and thank you!

10:23 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Andy,
Thank you very much!!

10:23 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Amy,
Thank you!!
(name added to the draw)

10:24 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Katie,
Climat in the older bottles is insanely cheap on ebay, isn't it, including the pure parfum.

Do I take your comment that Merveilles sounds fantastic as a wish to be entered as a draw, o enigmatic Katie? :-) Well, that's how I interpreted it, so your name is entered :-)

10:26 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Mark,
Thank you for reading my blog!!

(your name is entered)

10:27 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Marlen,
I haven't smelled the new Climat, but I really lie the bottle...and now that you said it is lovely...I want it!

10:28 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Jenny,
Thank you! She really the sweetest and the kindest person I know.

10:29 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Judith,
He he. Well, my big thanks to Imagination Perfumery for being...um...clueless? LOL I thought that PdM was the perfect thing to share for this occasion.

10:31 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Christina,
Thank you!! My mum is the blondest blonde I know. Her got a little darker with time, but she is still a natural uber-blonde *sigh*

(your name is entered!)

10:32 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Greeneyes,
Thank you very much, happy Mother's Day!

10:33 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

J,
Thank you!! And what an interesting comparison, my mum would be flattered to be compared to a star!

10:34 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Tania,
Thanky ou very much!

10:35 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Anya,
Climat is a worthy lemming! :-)Thank you, Happy Mother's day!

10:35 AM EDT  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Thanks so much for sharing those lovely pictures, M.

11:58 AM EDT  
Blogger Heather said...

I wished my Mum had been half that gorgeous; stunning Lady.

To be honest, my Mum was actually worth a second look and she has even now a wonderful radiant skin.

But she has always battled her weight - but decided, after way too many unsuccessful diest that she could diet be miserable and look wrinkly or sit down a lot and radiant plump beauty!!

She chose the latter!!

Reubens would have appreciated her I know!

Heather

12:13 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Thank you, R! Very Happy Mother's Day to you!!

12:28 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Heather,
Here is a quote for you that I love, by Dawn french:
"If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush."
So there!
Very Happy Mother's Day to you!!

12:29 PM EDT  
Anonymous Emerald Market Girl said...

Wonderful cause -- Happy Mother's Day!

12:31 PM EDT  
Blogger Annieytown said...

Your mother was stunning. Like a young Catherine Deneuve.
This was a beautiful post. Love Climat and wished it worked on me.
Love that Lancome is reissuing their great fragrances. Remember to visit your local Lancome soon to test the 2000 et une Rose reissue. It is beyond lovely.

Have a wonderful mothers Day!

12:33 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Emerald Market Girl,
Happy Mother's Day and thank you!

12:34 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Annie,
I am so happy you mentioned Deneuve. Beauce my mum used to be told that she looked like her all the time when she was younger, and that made her incredibly happy. :-)
1001 Roses is so gorgeous!

12:35 PM EDT  
Blogger Emotenote said...

What a beautiful post. My mother hasn't really allowed us to take her picture for a while since she was pretty heavy. BUT she has now slimmed down and looks gorgeous, so I've got to get a picture. She has always worn Oscar de la Renta, which I introduced her to about 30 years ago. I've tried since to introduce others but its Oscar or nothing. (Do you think they're having an affair?) My dad is taking her to Sturgis this year, so maybe she'll pick up some patchoulli.

12:39 PM EDT  
Blogger Sticky Keys said...

I'm a friend of Katie's. Your mommy is gorgeous! Happy Mother's Day to her! Good luck, and thanks for doing this, it's really great!

12:42 PM EDT  
Blogger boisdejasmin said...

Tvoja mama prosto krasavitsa (i ty tozhe, ja uverena). :)

Happy Mother's Day!

12:48 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Contemplate16,
LOL at "having an affair" with Oscar. It's great that your mom has found her perfect scent!

12:50 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Sticky Keys,
Thank you for visiting! And Happy Mother's Day!!

12:51 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Vika,
Ogromnoe spasibo! :-)

Happy Mother's Day to you!

12:51 PM EDT  
Blogger Cait Shortell said...

Dear Marina,
Oh, by the way, I am quite interested in the prize draw! Thank you!

1:15 PM EDT  
Blogger Sali said...

Happy Mother's Day, Marina! Your mother is gorgeous.

1:15 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Cait,
Goody goody!
(name added)

1:16 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Sali,
Thank you! Happy Mother's Day!

1:17 PM EDT  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Happy Mother's Day to your beautiful mama!

1:36 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Thank you, Jennifer!

1:38 PM EDT  
Anonymous timam said...

hello m.,
your mother was a true beauty with a mermaid blonde hair and ours truly ;) looks as to be developed in her mother-lookalike. lovely review, as always, and I'm happy to see the large number of comments on your blog. of course, I would not object much if maybe, by some strange coincidence, I was a winner in your prize draw. looking forward to tomorrow's review, and the next, and the one after that...

2:14 PM EDT  
Blogger Sexy Sadie said...

What a cute baby you were!

2:59 PM EDT  
Blogger Chris said...

Good luck with benevolent blogging.

3:08 PM EDT  
Anonymous Martika said...

I have been lurking for months. What a nice tribute to your mother (such a beauty!) and an excellent perfume choice: I love Climat! Happy Mother's Day!

Martika from Belgium

3:54 PM EDT  
Blogger ducklet said...

happy mama's day!

i'm a huge sucker for family photos, btw, and these were nicely done.

4:03 PM EDT  
Blogger marchlion said...

Oh, what a beautiful post! That is just a stunning photo. Climat is a lovely composition that deserves more attention. I wish Lancome would quit hiding them behind the counter like they were shameful.

Happy Benevolent Blogging!

5:14 PM EDT  
Blogger Minka said...

Wow, I am number 61 and glad I came. Happy Mother´s day to everybody!

5:35 PM EDT  
Blogger LotionBarBunny said...

Hi there! Stopping by for the fundraising! ;)

6:08 PM EDT  
Blogger carmencanada said...

Hello, dear M. What can I add after all these commments? I'm glad to have discovered your lovely mother and your lovely child-self... Slavic women really are the most beautiful in the world.

6:20 PM EDT  
Anonymous vashopper said...

Your mother was so beautiful! Happy Mother's day & thank you for benevolent blogging!

6:58 PM EDT  
Anonymous sybil said...

Once again, I'm so enthralled by your blog. You write so beautifully! Thank you!

7:38 PM EDT  
Blogger Luke 1:45 said...

What lovely photos and an even lovlier read! I'm so glad I happened upon your thread.
...definitely interested in the drawing.

Madame M~

8:40 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

T,
Thank you so much, you are so sweet!
(your name is added to the draw!)

9:37 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Sadie,
Thank you! :-D

9:38 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Chris,
Thank you very much!

9:38 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Martika,
Hi and welcome, so nice to hear from you!!

9:39 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Brando,
Thank you!

9:39 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

March,
Is that what Lancome does?! How weird of them. So perhaps my local macy's *does* have Climat et al and just keeps them behind the counter? Hrmph!

9:40 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Minka,
hi and welcome! Happy Mother's day!

9:41 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear LotionBarBunny,
Thank you very much for stopping by and Happy Mothers Day!

10:08 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Carmen,
You are too kind, thank you! :-) And happy Mother's Day!

10:09 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Vashopper,
Thank you, Happy Mother's Day!

10:10 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Sybil,
Thank *you* for your kind words and Happy Mother's Day!

10:10 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Madame M,
Thank you very much!

(your name is eneterd into the draw)

10:11 PM EDT  
Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Colombina, I often visit your blog and lurke, what a better opportunity than this to comment? Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of your mother - and yourself! You must be as beautiful as she was, as you did look like her as a child.

Your review of Climat make me want to smell it. I never had the opportunity, but now I can imagine quite well what this beauty smells like based on your review. And what a lovely scent to remember your mother by!

Parfum de Marveilles sounds enchanting too. I should try it again at the Hermes counter next time I am around. I heard lots of good things about it lately. Is the parfum the one that comes in the silver bottle?

Happy Mother's Day!

All the beast,

Ayala

10:40 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Ayala,
Thank you so much for your kind words and for visiting!!

Parfum des Merveilles is the one in the silver box, and the bottle is silver too (a pendant). If ever you decide to buy it, I would recommend stalking Imagination Perfumery (they do deliver to Canada, right?) They have some amazing deals on that scent there.

10:46 PM EDT  
Blogger The Scented Salamander said...

Your mama was beautiful and charming!

And this huge ribbon in your hair, it is so typical of the fashion for little girls in the Soviet period! Prosto ocharovatel'nyj!

I'll include myself in the drawing.

11:32 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Mimi,
Bol'shoe spasibo!
I wonder if little girls still wear those huge ribbons to school and for special occasions...probably not :-)

(your name is entered in the draw)

11:34 PM EDT  
Blogger IrisLA said...

De-Lurking to say how much I enjoy reading you every day! I found one scent I adore from your blog: S-Perfume 100% Love.

Please add my name to your drawing (if I'm not too late!).

12:12 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Iris,
Thank you very much for de-lurking! :-) It is so nice to "see" you here!
I love100% Love. S-Perfume now has a "stronger" version 100% {More}- also to die for :-)

(your name is added to the draw)

12:15 AM EDT  
Blogger Madelyn E said...

Dear Columbina'
Thank you for everything: the fabulous review of Climat, the gorgeous family photos and , yes, I would love to be in the drawing for Merveilles !
My fragrant best wishes to you and all your readers!
Warmest regards from Long Island -
Madelyn E

12:42 AM EDT  
Blogger Patty said...

Your mother is just beautiful, but of course she would be.

Normally I stay out of drawings, but parfum? Okay, I'm in for a chance.

Happy MOther's Day!

1:37 AM EDT  
Anonymous anna said...

Happy Mother's Day

4:57 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear madelyne,
thank yuo! Your name is enetered in the draw.

9:16 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Patty,
You are the sweetest!
(your names is entered in the draw)

9:17 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Anna,
Happy Mother's Day!

9:17 AM EDT  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

Hi M, I had to miss out yesterday since I was away most of the day. I hope you had a great day.

I loved the photos of you and your lovely Mom!!

xox
Laura

10:34 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Thank you, L, I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

10:44 AM EDT  
Blogger Dusan said...

Marina, am I crazy or did I forget to hit the *login and publish* button yesterday while posting or was my post so long it had to be deleted? Just curious to know. Hm.

10:06 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dusan,
It's there! Under the Saturday's post. Was there another one and the stupid blogger swallowed it?

12:49 AM EDT  
Blogger whoami123 said...

.
We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami


P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

8:49 PM EDT  

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