DJEDI ON THE BEACH: : GUERLAIN’S MYTHICAL, MUTABLE VETIVER, DJEDI (1927)

I never like to do the same thing twice on Christmas Day.
This year we are having friends round for the first time for a party at our house.

 

Three years ago we were on the white sands of windy Sarasota, and I was trying Djedi.

 

I wonder where we will be next year…

 

 

Whatever your holiday, I hope it is a good one. I’ll be back with a vengeance soon.

 
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The Black Narcissus

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Duncan and family on the beach on Christmas Day

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Duncan and little Ruby:

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Edward’s beautiful shell shrine:

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I must admit to being disappointed upon first smelling Djedi. If there was any scent that I was intensely curious to smell, it was this: Guerlain’s mystical, almost mythical, long-gone vetiver from 1927 that was said to be one of the strangest, driest and earthiest perfumes ever made – a pungent, leathery, and boscous forest of vetiver, rose, civet, musk and patchouli that dragged you down into gloom and entombed ambience of a twilit, Egyptian mummy.

From a brief and excited sniff of the sample vial, I knew immediately that this could not be the much fêted and unobtainable vintage, as it smells so niche and contemporary: a taut and light animalic vetiver that in its initial stages reminded me for a moment of a chest-bulging eighties masculine ( beautifully impossible to imagine…

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