Today I’m joining several of my blog friends for festive posts in which we share holiday music from our personal music libraries and pair the music with fragrances. Naturally. As you do. It’s a wacky theme (for which I have to take responsibility), but it’s been really fun, and I can’t wait to read everyone’s posts and be introduced to some new music. I hope you enjoy, too!
Click to listen to The Soul Stirrers performing ‘Christmas Means Love.’
The sparkly and festive holiday season can be fun, or it can be one of the hardest and most difficult times of the year, as loneliness and depression may rear their ugly heads. In picking a song for this post, I not only wanted an American song from my own tradition (in keeping with the theme), I wanted something that felt universal, not tied to one religion or ideology. I chose ‘Christmas Means Love.’ Although it’s a generally Christian song, its main theme is that “Christmas means love, and joy to your neighbor.” Regardless of whether we feel loving or loved in the moment, I believe everyone is loved, at every moment. After all, if anything in the world isn’t bound by time, surely it would be love? (Another song lyric reference, from The National: “I missed you for 29 years, before I saw you”). It may be by someone we haven’t met yet, may never meet, or have forgotten — but we’re loved. And we can always choose to love other people.
The warm and affectionate Cacao, by Aftelier Perfumes, is my fragrant accompaniment for this idea. It opens on welcoming notes of orange, grapefruit, and cocoa. One of the most basic characteristics of this fragrance — its categorization as a spicy oriental — is most revealing. It isn’t a floral or a gourmand, which it could easily have been. Perfumer Mandy Aftel has said she wanted to avoid chocolate cliches, and she is so successful that you almost don’t notice you are smelling chocolate. The perfume smells like a warm embrace on a dark night; it is only incidental that it also smells like chocolate. With time, jasmine and vanilla join the opening notes, and the perfume projects its own subtle atmosphere of good cheer. When I wear it in summer, the jasmine is as fresh and lush as a garden full of blooms. In colder weather, the chocolate and vanilla ground the jasmine with subtle and sensual spice.
Whatever your plans for the rest of December, I hope your days are filled with love and good smells.
Please click through to the other bloggers who are sharing their Scents of Music.
- Jingle Bells on Australian Perfume Junkies
- Lulajze Jezuniu on Chemist in the Bottle
- Winter Wonderland on All I Am a Redhead
- O Come All Ye Faithful on Riktig Parfym
- In the Bleak Midwinter on Olfactoria’s Travels
- Carol of the Bells on Undina’s Looking Glass
- Christmas Time is Here on ChickenFreak’s Obsessions
- TBD on The Unseen Censer
P.S. See, I do like some perfumes containing grapefruit!
Credits: Music by The Soul Stirrers, an American gospel band producing music since the 1920s. Perfume sample was provided by Aftelier Perfumes. Reviews are never compensated, and posts are never sponsored. See my Media & Disclosure policy for details.