Unless I'm wearing perfume I feel undressed ~ I spray a little on every morning and evening, as soon as I jump out of the shower. And the perfume I wear is very important to me too ~ there is only one, nothing else will do, and it has become my “signature”. I love its scent, and I can never be without it ~ I always carry some with me wherever I go, indeed it has been a part of me since I started wearing it almost 30 yrs ago
Disaster struck the other week when I almost ran out of perfume! I always order two bottles at a time to ensure a constant supply, but my system clearly failed this time, and I was pondering my dilemma while I was playing the church organ at our Sunday service. As I played I had one of those rare (for me) “lightbulb” moments, when I saw a connection between the organ and the name of my perfume! On a pipe organ, En Chamade refers to pipes that are fitted horizontally instead of vertically, so they stick out on their sides like a klaxon horn rather than upright, and produce a very loud blast of sound
The word chamade was a French military term for a particular rhythm of drumbeat or trumpet call, which was sounded across the battlefield to communicate a signal to the enemy. Literature lovers may also recall that La chamade is the title of a novel by Françoise Sagan ~ a story of lost love, about a woman who chooses the man who loves her for who she is and doesn't try to change her. One of the phrases used to translate her title is “the rolling of the drums heralding defeat” which is interesting, as according to Guerlain, La Chamade was the rhythm sounded to beat a retreat. However, in his fascinating The Book of Perfumes, John Oakes writes that the word chamade “is ambivalent. It can mean the rapid beating of the heart as well as the total surrender of it”
|Chamade White Bee Bottle|
In brief, the perfume is “Oriental, fruity, floral, dynamic, assertive, seductive”. Oh yes, definitely me, LOL!!! Hmmmm - well, I can certainly be quite fruity! Oh, and this is how Guerlain describes the scent: “flowers in a thousand nuanced shades, this perfume speaks of romance. The green and fruity accent of cassis buds, freshened with a green harmony of hyacinth. Lastly, this symphony is embellished with Guerlinade, in which vanilla, iris and Tonka bean reign in majesty”
Purple prose indeed, but Chamade is a gorgeous scent that is always with me. Fortunately Escentual had 2 bottles of Chamade in stock and were able to deliver to me next day ~ phew! So what perfume do you wear and why? And what does your perfume say about you? I'd love to know!