Saturday, July 14, 2012

Floating Gold - Christopher Kemp

I just finished reading Christopher Kemps book Floating Gold A Natural (& Unnatural) History of Ambergris. Christopher wrote the book on ambergris, that weird substance that despite synthetic analogs still lends its complex smell to some perfumes.

I think it's a great book, very informative and well written. I didn't know the trade in ambergris is shrouded in secrecy. Weird stuff, the book makes me wanna smell real ambergris... To smell for myself what it's all about.

Does anybody know if someone ever found ambergris on the Dutch coast?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Perfume deal & Patrick Süskind's famous book

I've seen the movie. Now I am reading the book. This time in my native tongue. I usually read books in English, good for my foreign language skills and good for my wallet too. Most of the books I read are from English and American writers. Their books translated into Dutch are more expensive.

So this one in Dutch, I figured reading it in English would be too much of a challenge and I'd miss out on its beautiful prose.

Got a nice little perfume deal today. I found a tiny 15ml bottle of Tommy Girl in a department store today. Thought it would make a nice little gift for my wife. No special occasion, just because I love her. I like Tommy Girl very much, it reminds me a bit of Dior's Escale á Pondichéry. We both like Pondichéry. At the cash register the barcode of the bottle couldn't be recognised. It turned out to be a not for individual sale bottle that shouldn't be on a shelf. The sales lady cut me a nice deal: buy a larger 30ml bottle and receive the 15ml bottle for free. No-brainer.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


After the IMO disappointing Free album Marcus Miller has released a great album with Renaissance. Great album showcasing different playing styles and sounds. Great groove in CEE-TEE-EYE and awesome unisono bits with the horn section. Nice bit of clarinet in Gorée.
Disappointing track:  Michael Jackson's  I'll be there. His music didn't float my boat and I doubt it ever will.