The last time I wrote about Borneo 1834, I focused on its adventurousness, which goes hand-in-hand with the alluring but discomforting shadow of orientalism that is such a such a big part of how I experience this fragrance.
But as we all know, part of what makes fragrances so fascinating is that they are both old and new, in different degrees, each time we wear them. And so I thought, why can’t I have two “reviews” of Borneo on my blog? Or three, or four, if it strikes me?
Today, instead of cutting my way through a tropic jungle in 19th Century Borneo, I’m marching down the corporate hallway. It’s cold, and it’s very early in the morning. I’m carrying a coffee and a stack of papers, and I feel the way I always want to feel at work: calm, focused, able to enjoy all the things I love about my job. My mood is being helped by my perfume. Borneo 1834 feels either like a projection of the “real” me or a projection of who I want to be, and it’s nice to be able to package this persona up and take her to work in the form of a fragrance. It becomes a kind of compass when all the minutiae of the corporate world feel overwhelming.
I’m so grateful for perfumes like this. Do you have a fragrance that strikes you similarly?
For a real review of Borneo 1834, click over to Bois de Jasmin.
Photo of limited edition bell jar of Borneo 1834 courtesy of Scentsate.