Saturday, October 22, 2011

My holiday in Greece

Magrigialos, Crete

Ages ago me and my husband booked a holiday on Crete for this October and last week it was finally time to go. The vacation started with a patch of uphill though. The Greeks are very unhappy about the saving actions their governemty is taking and dicided to manifest this in a huge strike the day before our planned arrival. We thought we'd just escape but when we came to the airport it was announced that the Greek airport personnel hadn't arrived to work yet but would probably showed up later during the day(!)

But an airport isn't the worst place to be stranded if yuo're into perfume. I got to explore the perfume counters there for 4 hours. I remember sampling Prada Candy and Shalimar with flankers and liking them all but most of the time I spent chasing my 1 y.o. girl who is also into perfume, but more along the lines of displacing the bottles, licking them or running away with them...

But after that things went smooth. October is a great time to visit the Mediterrainian. The weather was warm enough to wear shorts and a t-shirt but not as scorching as it can be during hight summer. The sea was still warm enough for swimming. We had one day of rain and thunder but we just cozied up indoors, watching some amazing lightenings over the sea.

Before going I had planned to pack all my favorite summer scents, but when the time came to actually pack I felt "I've been wearing those for all summer, I'm sick of them,. I want something else", and I went for a little bag of not very much tried Serge Lutens samples.

The ones I wore (in order for how suitable I found them to be on a beach holiday) were:

A la Nuit - the winner of the week. Absolutely stunning! Starts off with a big blast of dirty white flowers and then gently settles into a great rendition of jasmine. We had real blooming jasmine on the premises and they smelled gergous, but, I have to say, "A la Nuit" smelled better! And, as an unexpected bonus, it worked perfectly with the coconut scented soap our hotel provided in all bathrooms.

Fleurs d'Oranger - a naugty little orange blossom sticking out her toungue. I don't love this one as a lot of others seem do, but it did make me smile.

Ambre Sultan - vanilla and oregano, who would have thought that they make such a stunning match? I'm dying to try this combo in ice cream, I bet it would turn out very unique. About the perfume,  I will have to try this one many many more times before I'm anywhere ready to write a review.

Claire de Musc - a very wearable, non-dirty musk. Liked it. Don't know what more to say.

Douce Amère - smells like the taste of those little sugar coated fennel seeds you get at Indian restaurants after finishing your meal. A disappointment. It's not that it smells bad, it's just that I 'd expected something more of the absinthe and anise. Meek and inoffensive.

Fille en Aiguilles - I love it on my husband but any more than a fraction of a drop on myself gets very tiresome. This one is now labeled "his".

Claire Gris - absolutely lovely but very strange on someone wearing a bikini on the beach. Smokey lavender, half masculine. Short listed for winter.

Miel de Bois  - dolled up ear wax. Note to self: Don't ever try this one again!

So, what happened more? I do complain a lot how, as I live in Sweden, never have the chance to smell lots of those plants frequently used in perfumesry. So now I thought I should really use the opportunity to smell as much as I possibly could. The biggest revelation was fig. I had no idea how those trees can scent up a whole street! I finally do understand why fig perfumes smell the way they do :) And those jasmines I've already mentioned. So many times i thought, what is that perfume? And every time there were some of those little white flowers somewhere with in reach...



  1. I am so sorry you had to suffer from our strikes and I am glad that you enjoyed your time in Crete. Did you get to smell the little plants labdanum comes from? They are small,bright pink with their petals shiny but creased. They are native in Crete.

  2. I had no idea you are Greek :) I hope that you're doing ok in spite of the strikes and economic problems in Greece! I loved Crete but I didn't know about about the labdanum plant. I wish there was a "Flora for Perfumers"-book. I'd love to bring something like that on vacations :)

  3. blogger ate my comment!

    Anyway, welcome back!

  4. Thank you :) (and raising my fist at blogger)

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation despite the current situation in Greece.

    I also was testing SL recently (it must be in the air - Muse in wooden shoes did it as well and published a great article).

    Has any new perfume made it back with you?

    ~ Undina ~

  6. Unfortunately I didn't buy any perfume. We stayed in a very small village that had a bakery and that was pretty much it. Also, with the kids it felt as to big a project to go anywhere else, we mostly relaxed by the beach. B

  7. During our stay in Crete, in the region of Rethymnon, we visited a beautiful renovated villa Villa Maroulas in the old classified village of Maroulas.

    We had a chat with the owner who adviced us to go to Taverna Fantastico, where we eat very good food in front of a breathtaking view.
    And if you want to meet local people, you can also have a drink in Caffe Mixalis in Maroulas !
    Maroulas seems to be a wonderful spot for holidays.

  8. Thanks for your wonderful suggestions! This time I travelled with two, very car sick, kids that needed constant supervision (ages 1 and 5), so we didn't get around very much. But at some point in the future I want to return and discover more of the Creatan countryside, food and people :)