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Friday, December 31, 2010

Like This

"If anyone wants to know what "spirit" is,
or what "God’s fragrance" means,
lean your head toward him or her.
Keep your face there close.
Like this."

It took me a while to figure out WHAT Like This reminded me of, and after the association came, I loved Tilda Swinton's Etat Libre d'Orange fragrance all the more for it. The perfume reminds me of the smell of home-made "lollipops" of my Soviet childhood, the kind that you make by dissolving sugar in some water and heating the mix in a spoon over a burner on the stove...I invariably burned the "lollipops" a little bit and rather enjoyed the bitter sweetness that resulted from that...The burnt, caramelized feel is my favorite characteristic of Like This.

The home-made "lollipop" association might be responsible for the fact that everything about Like This strikes me as touchingly, endearingly child-like...from orange blossom (baby products) to pumpkin (Halloween) to ginger (Christmas) to mandarins (New Year's Eve)...Immortelle, when not in an overdose, has a certain cuddly, fluffy quality and heliotrope is an epitome of tenderness..."It’s an idea that makes me very, very warm and happy," Swinton said about the perfume. And that is an effect it has on me. Because of the delicate spiciness of ginger, slight earthiness of immortelle and vetiver and that burnt effect, there is also something undeniably quirky, slightly off-kilter about Like This...if it were a film about a childhood, it would be by Tim Burton... starring Tilda Swinton, of course...

(I also adore the orange color association of the fragrance; from the packaging to the notes, it is a visual joy to this fan of the hue.)

I cannot think of a better perfume in which to see off this year. (What will YOU be wearing on New Year's eve?) In fact, this is the first full bottle that I wanted to own in what feels like ages, and, thanks to my Santa, now I do; the first scent I felt "twirly" about (a term borrowed from this wonderful post on a wonderful blog, Notes from Josephine). Happy New Year, everybody! May 2011 take it easy on us and be sweet, exciting and happy. Like This.

Image, my very own. :)



Anonymous Scent Hive said...

Lovely review Marina, but an even lovelier image of your little one's feet!!


12:45 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are only 2 ELd'Os that I really love, the Rossy de Palma rose, and Like This. Gorgeous! But tonight I'll be wearing my always-favorite, HM's Magical Moon. Happy New Year, Marina!

2:20 AM EST  
Blogger Tama said...

Lovely post! I have not decided about Like This. I try it now and then and there is just something I can't quite wrap my nose around. Something off-putting. I need to really really try it again - I have a decant, so I can take my time.

Tomorrow night I will either wear Coromandel, if I can get my bottle tomorrow at Chanel, or my newly-rediscovered long-lost Chanel No. 5. I had thought I could never wear it again because I wore it when I was 13, but I wound up with a bottle of vintage edc and it is so delicious, I love it all over again.

2:55 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the feet, love Like This.
I am wearing Bellodgia tonight. Happy New Year, Marina!
All the best, B

3:32 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you, Trish!

6:58 AM EST  
Blogger Beth Schreibman Gehring said...

This is lovely M.! Especially the adorable little feet!
You've made me want to try this badly!
For me tonight..Nuit de Noel as it's the last night I wear it before putting it away until next year ( if I can bear it!)

6:59 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I don't think I've tried it, must remedy that!
Happy New Year!

7:00 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I hope you do get Coromandel! Of course, No 5 is always perfect.

7:01 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Bellodgia is gorgeous!
Happy New Year!

7:02 AM EST  
Blogger Ines said...

I want to feel twirly as well! :) Such a great word to use in perfume context.
I have no idea what I'll wear tonight, I haven't even given it any thought. There's not much time left, I'll start thinking now. :)

7:12 AM EST  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

I simply adore Tilda S. - and I would love to like "Like this". It's very light on me and disappears very quickly. Still trying...

Happy 2011, Marina.

9:23 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

thank you!
so Nuit de Noel is strictly seasonal for you?

9:49 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Such an important decision! Please let us know!

9:52 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

It's not a powerhouse for sure, still love it though.
Happy New year!!

9:53 AM EST  
Blogger StyleSpy said...

Delicious wee toesies! It's amazing you can stop nibbling them long enough to blog!

10:06 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

There is also a nose, a chin, two chubby cheeks, tiny many temptations :)
Happy New Year!

10:18 AM EST  
Blogger Katy Josephine said...

Marina, thanks for your kind comments about my blog! Great review. Tonight is a White Aoud night for sure. Since I got my full bottle for Christmas, I can't stop twirling about it!

Happy New Year to you!

10:27 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you! Yay for the bottle of White Oud, this could be a contender for tonight for me for sure.

10:31 AM EST  
Anonymous RusticDove said...

What a lovely review for my favorite new release this year. I really adore LT and funnily enough, it has lasting power on me too. Me and my scent devouring skin - go figure! I was planning to wear Champagne de Bois for NYE, but since the husbnad recently decided he hates it - :( - I'm rethinking it and haven't come up with the perfect substitute yet. Since we're spending a cozy night in , by the fire, and I'll be cooking and we'll be sharing a REALLY good champagne, perhaps Tonka Imperiale or maybe Ava Luxe Kashmir Spice... Happy New Year everyone!

10:38 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

So glad we agree, it's my favorite release too.
What is Champagne de Bois? I am intrigued.

10:41 AM EST  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

Love the little feet, love the writing! Haven't tried Like This yet, but your review makes me want some now!

I'll be wearing Malle's Iris Poudre tonight: elegant, soft, dreamy. Happy New Year, Marina!

10:59 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you, Happy New Year to you too, love your blog! Iris Poudre is perfect for NYE.

11:01 AM EST  
Blogger Kelley said...

Marina, have you seen Ms. Swinton's movie "I am love" or in Italian, "Io sono l'amore" (2009)??? It is shockingly wonderful. Great review, by the way. I can't wait to try it! I will be wearing SL Gris Clair.

Happy New Year!

11:07 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Happy New Year!
Must check the movie out, thank you!

11:31 AM EST  
Anonymous Victoria said...

I have not smelled the fragrance, but those little feet drew my attention. They are too adorable! :)

11:40 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

well, it does not smell of feet, not even baby feet...although somebody should bottle the smell of baby feet...:)

11:46 AM EST  
Anonymous RusticDove said...

Hi Marina - Champagne de Bois is by
Sonoma Scent Studio and I think it's Laurie's best, though I do appreciate several of her scents.

1:23 PM EST  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Happiest of New Year's M! And to those sweet feet as well, what a terrific picture. Pretty great review, too. ;) Haven't gotten my head around the imortelle, but you make me want to try again.

7:45 PM EST  
Blogger Flora said...

Who needs perfume when you've got those feet? :-)

It's still early here, not sure what to wear - maybe I will follow Beth's lead and get out my little vial of vintage Nuit de Noel. It's cold and blustery here so I need something cozy!

10:56 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

On the list to try now!

11:21 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Happy New Year to you too! I know it will be an exciting one for you!

11:22 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I have to re-try Nuit de Noel, it is one of the Carons that I just don't get, so to say. So what did you wear in the end?

11:23 AM EST  
Blogger Vintage Lady said...

I have so much enjoyed your description of Like this. It's a scent I want to try this year when possible. As for me, I started the New Year wearing Grand Amour by Annick Goutal. The way you describe Like this takes me back in time and full of joy. Happy New Year!

12:05 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Vintage Lady
Happy New Year! Grand Amour is incredibly elegant!

12:06 PM EST  
Blogger Amy K said...

Happy New Year! I haven't decided yet if I need a bottle or not, but Like This was definitely one of the more memorable scents I sampled in 2010. I entered 2011 wearing the last few drops from my bottle of Theorema extrait, probably never to be replaced. Hopefully this year will bring some new fragrance loves for all of us. Does the adorable picture mean that Little Miss Colombina has a new sibling? If so, congratulations!

6:08 PM EST  
Blogger Flora said...

I ended up with my new sample of Puredistance M - it's very warm and perfect for winter.

7:17 PM EST  
Anonymous Sturdishious said...

Am late, as usual, and scentless, but just wanted to wish you a joy and loved-filled coming year!

11:01 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Happy New Year! Oh, Theorema is gorgeous , I can only imagine how gorgeous in extrait.

12:35 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Wishing the same to you, much happiness in 2011!!

12:35 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Can't wait to try that one too!

12:36 PM EST  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

Oh, the little toes. (Heart breaks and swells a little, all at once.)

I missed New Year's Eve with you here, but am so glad to hear more love for Like This. I think it is a quiet, but not simple, delight. I know this one bothers some ELd'O fans...but me, not at all; of course, I am a fan of understated confidence.

To be honest, ELd'O seemed to be becoming all about the gimmick, and a screaming one at that. Nice to hear they can play a ballad every now and then, though I won't be surprised if there's a screaming power rock chord in the next offering. :)

Wishing everybody a little "twirly" in the new year.

6:30 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Why are fans disappointed, what did I miss? Not weird enough?

6:35 PM EST  
Anonymous hongkongmom said...

love, love, love the photo!!!!!fills my soul> very creative

1:23 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you! :)

7:05 AM EST  
Blogger Ines said...

A quick note, I wore Chanel 18. I wanted to feel sparkly like champagne and everything else realted to New Year's eve. :)

9:21 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

what a perfect choice!

9:38 AM EST  

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