I have this on now. I smell the supremely nostalgic salty and fruity warmth of the shore. I am transported. Wish you were here.
In the heat of a Greek summer, “to get to the sea,” recalls Yves, “you had to walk through a natural orchard of wild fig trees.” Returning from Paris, Desmond brought back a few leaves of these trees in a little box. Years later, the leaves had lost none of their fragrance. Philosykos, which in Greek means “friend of the fig tree,” is an ode to the entire tree: the green, pungent freshness of the leaves, the wood warmed in the sun, the milky flavor of the fruit.
I first experienced the Diptyque Philosykos scent in a beauty boutique in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Caught up suddenly in a waft of throwbacks memories resurfaced (like the moment in Ratatouille where the food critic tastes it) of my childhood summers spent at my paternal grandmother’s Guimaras beach home. It recalls warm fruit (which would be the fig), hints of grass, rolling waves and the salty sweetness of a sea breeze blown through beach trees.
Although the perfume notes are Mediterranean the memories this cologne drew out were remotely Filipino. It was for me the very first time a scent got personal and Mom’s eyes widened with nostalgia, too, upon one whiff. Love at first sniff ♥ This is the 50ml Eau de Toilette bottle mom got for me in Hong Kong late last year at the boutique in IFC mall for about Php3800-Php4000 or about USD$88. Diptyque scents are also sold in Rustan’s locally I’m just not 100% sure if they stock Philosykos.
What is a Travalo? Quite a few people have asked me that when I bring it up. I assumed a lot of people already knew what it was but apparently not everyone does. It’s a travel atomizer for perfume or liquids you can spray.
It’s a little vial encased in an atomizer for bringing travel portions of perfume, but what makes this popular abroad (mom tried to buy from on-board duty free but these were sold out) is how dead EASY it is to get perfume into it…no pouring, no fiddling with funnels. As long as your perfume comes with a standard spray dispenser cap, as almost all of them do, this will certainly work. Just watch…er, I mean look.
1. Remove the spray nozzle cap to reveal the pump nozzle.
2. Locate the fragrance entrance (LOL) right on the bottom of the Travalo.
3. Marry the Travalo with the nozzle and hold your perfume bottle with your other hand (to keep it stable) and pump vertically making sure the nozzle straw enters the Travalo as you pump. You will see the perfume level rise in the view slot as you pump. Fill it but not completely, leave a bit of air space so you can spray without difficulty.
See how wonderfully easy that is? Replace the nozzle cap, removing it does not destroy it so you can still prettily store your fragrance at home in its own bottle and just remove the nozzle cap again when you refill the Travalo. I think I scored the 4ml one, there’s one size bigger I believe and it comes in other colors like metallic silver, sandy gold, red, black, and a blue I think? I got mine for about $14 SGD, thats about Php450 from Watsons in Singapore but FOR YOU GALS/GUYS I found a local supplier. I met her at a bazaar in Ortigas 2 months ago and she was selling Travalo items at her booth there :) Go to stylistaph.multiply.com or contact the lovely Nikki Tamula at firstname.lastname@example.org or at her mobile # 09177162805.
I was unable to attend the event, but the team behind the launch of Charriol Paris’ latest young lady fragrance, Show-Off, were kind enough to send me my press package. I’m honestly not particularly fond of the name and the hyphen in the middle is peeving me to pieces, but the fragrance is not at all what I expected and it’s way better than I thought it would be. If you lean towards clean, non-complex scents like Cool Water Woman or Victoria’s Secret Bombshell (like me for instance) this scent isn’t far away from the youthful, clean, kissable scent stories those fragrances tell. What struck me about this is that Show-Off reminds me in a really good way of something I already own.
CHARRIOL Paris Show-Off, Fragrance Creators: Michel Almairac & Sidonie Lancesseur
TOP: The fragrance opens with fresh blackcurrant and bergamot enveloped in the delicate and elegant caress of peach. MIDDLE: At its core are elegant floral essences of Violet absolute and lotus blossom with the subtle blush of rose petals. BASE: Amber, musk and cedar leave a deeper sensual note at the end.
The scent has the soft creamy warmth of musk but is fragrant with blackcurrants. The woodsy notes from the cedar I discovered are what Show-Off and my body lotion have in common, and the light peach notes from Show-off give a bit of brightness to its sophistication. Read more to get the full post and see what lotion it is I’m comparing Charriol Show-off to.