The Beauty of Scent, Scrutinized for Pleasure

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Mystery of The Miniature Green Flask (or, how I got my groove back)


I recently made a nice little vintage haul from an Etsy seller (robinsvintage) thanks to a heads-up from my lovely friend Joanne of Redolent of Spices. Everything was between $3-$5, so I felt liberated to take a few risks. One of the things I took a chance on was this vintage green glass flask, pictured above. The listing said "manufacturer unknown", but that it was full of, well, something. Well, color me intrigued. Even if I hated what was inside, I love the little flask. Nothing, and I mean nothing could have prepared me for what I discovered when I unscrewed the cap:
(imagine the following being read by the one guy whose voice is always on movie preview commercials)

Sandalwood oil.

It's Mysore, the real stuff. It's at least 20 years old, probably closer to 30, maybe more. And if I use it judiciously, it's potentially enough to last me for the rest of my life (approx. 5-7.5 ml). It cost me $3. 

Yes, what the flask contains is the one thing that I dared not dream it could be, something that is exceedingly rare and very expensive these days due to over-harvesting, the very thing I pine for every day (no exaggeration). It's potent and the longevity is startlingly good. Smelling it on my skin brings back so many good feelings while bypassing specific memories-- it's just a big happy, creamy blur, nuanced with spices particular to certain woods and resins. Many moons ago, straight-up headshop, good quality sandalwood was my signature scent, until the quality started to wane as  substitutions were inevitably made. 

Yesterday I made it out of the hospital a few gall stones lighter; today I awoke to this little Valentine's Day miracle. I received one of the greatest gifts possible, born purely out of chance. I'm playing tin-can telephone with the divine here, people. I can spin tales of passion involving complex and masterful blending and my love of "more is more" perfumery, but what really caused a spontaneous fit of ecstasy was this mystery miniature green flask, filled with positive energy, comfort, encouragement and child-like wonder. My sandalwood. 

[I'm not surprised that this beautiful bounty landed in my waiting hands in large part because of Joanne, as the best things seem to happen when she's around]

13 comments:

  1. Oh, so happy for you! May that magical sandalwood speed your healing and keep you strong. :)

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  2. What a serendipitous find...lovely!

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  3. What luck! I hope you have a lifetime of enjoyment from it and I hope you feel 100% better soon!

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  4. That sounds like fate...
    So happy you are feeling better. Good things come to good people, that is apparently true here. xoxo

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  5. What an amazing find, like it was meant for you. How generous of Joanne to share her discovery with you too. It must be wonderful to have the real deal Sandalwood oil and such a beautiful flask too - not to mention the bargain price!

    It sounds like just what you needed at the perfect time. Enjoy it.

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  6. Thank you ladies! I'm still tickled by the whole thing. :)

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  7. Carrie, what a great find! I hope positive emotions will help you heal faster.

    (Are you back to your regular color yet?)

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    1. Thank you Undina! Yes, I believe I am back to my normal pale self, with neutral/cool undertones... no more yellow! I've been hiding away from the world since this started, now I'm ready to get dolled up and go out this weekend. :)

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  8. Wow!!!! I'm so happy for you, Carrie. This story is one of those incredible reminders that there are indeed beautiful mysteries in the world, and you never know...a gift might just fall into your hands from out of the broad blue.

    (And I'm not surprised that JoanElaine was somehow connected to this. She's such a doll...how could the Universe not want to wink at her?)

    Relieved to hear that you are now "a few gallstones lighter" and starting to feel good again. This post was full of great news all-around. <3

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    1. Thank you so much Suzanne! Encouraging words from you and everyone else have made a big difference in my healing. xoxo!

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  9. Carrie, how did you find the Mysore Sandalwood different from the variations here?

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    1. Well, it's so rare to find anyone who is using natural Mysore sandalwood with any regularity, so many have turned to either Australian sandalwood or synthetics. In the case of Australian sandalwood, it's a much sharper scent, it makes me think of wood splinters. The synthetics are getting better and better, and I prefer a smooth and creamy synthetic Mysore doppelganger to the natural Australian variety. If I want a sharp woody scent, I prefer cedarwood in almost all of its varieties.

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