A summer of violets

Violet beauty products, 1

After writing last week’s review of Fabergé Straw Hat, I took a look around and realized that my violet obsession isn’t restricted to perfumes. I’m applying and ingesting and inhaling other violet-perfumed products on a regular basis, too. Here’s a quick round-up of some favorites.

Lush Daddy-O shampoo (top center image) is anything but a “shrinking violet” —its floral aroma is rich and vibrant, with added notes of ylang ylang and violet leaf to add complexity. The scent will linger in your hair all day…

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Parfums Raffy

Edible perfume

Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams makes (and eats) an ice cream sundae inspired by Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. She uses cherries cold-poached in orange blossom water and peach liqueur, Salty Caramel ice cream, toasted coconut flakes and honey whipped cream; you can find the recipe here.

Proust had his madeleines

Proust had his madeleines; I have the holy trinity. That smell immediately ushers forth countless memories of youth, my mother dutifully sauteeing the trinity to begin something that, inevitably, would be enjoyed by the family with unsparing alacrity and glee. If we were lucky, it’d be her famous crawfish etouffee. I have friends from college who to this day still ask me for her recipe. It’s that good. And it all starts with that inimitable punch to the smell center of the brain...which just happens to be the same part of your brain that processes memories. There is no small coincidence there, friends.

— Scott Gold writes about the smell of the holy trinity in New Orleans cooking, in An Ode To The Olfactory: The Best And Worst Smells In New Orleans at New Orleans Public Radio.

Sensation Chloe

Master pastry chef Pierre Hermé makes Sensation Chloé, “a dessert that captures the contrasting combinations of unctuousness, density of chocolate and freshness of raspberry”, to mark White Day. The “moreish delicacy” was served at the Café Dior in Seoul.* In French, but chocolate is easy to understand in any language.

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