The main thing other than the pleasurable fragrance and the development of olfactory part of the consciousness, is the way it makes you feel like you are traveling to or are already in a very beautiful place, probably far away from where you may be now (fighting the crowds in the subway, traffic, boiling under florescent lights, etc.)
My past couple of weeks of a certain immersion level, and all the samples I have left from the Sniffa, will be hits of that world over the next weeks, which will remind me of the parallel experiences going on elsewhere. Such as the life of the South of France, or the tropical islands fragranced with orchids exuding vanilla, or among the aromatic woods and grasses from the Far East, or the resins and balsams, memories of what used to be the beautiful ancient civilizations of the Middle East.
Currently I am mentally and sensually inhabiting the world created by Molinard through Habanita, alternating with Nirmala. It seems that Habanita has been rediscovered by the young, recognized to be a classic since it was created in 1921 and still seen as relevant and alluring today. They are both very good for my chemistry; Habanita has an air of old Havana (or what one would imagine an ideal old Havana to be) a soft dry powder, clean but married to the essence of a very fine cigar, mellowed with a dried fruit tone, and very lasting. Nirmala is far more European, floral and melon, the esscense of 50s feminine glamour girl, and for me works the way Angel (so oft compared to) is supposed to for everyone else (terrible on me).
As it happens, Molinard along with two other old houses, Fragonard and Galimard, open their doors to the public for tours and seminars on perfume making. This would make a great destination when visiting the South of France (see this link for on visiting Molinard, and this one for the city and its perfumers in general from the French Tourist Board).
Above, sunny villas in Grasse.
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