There are quite a few things I could lose sleep over: general insomnia, stress, heartbreak, hunger, etc.
I never realized I could lose sleep over a perfume. Yes, a perfume.
The other night, my normally terrible sleep schedule suffered a larger than normal blow: I was up for literally half the night, tossing and turning: my senses heightened, my skin aflame, my mind racing. I kept sitting up in my bed gasping, my brain desperate for oxygen.
Literally, my nose and mind had been clogged by one of the most delicious and intoxicating scents I had ever come across.
I’d like to introduce you all to Opus Oils’ Flapper, from perfumer Kedra Hart’s “Les Bohemes” collection.
(picture borrowed from the Opus Oils website)
My night had started innocently enough, I swear! I was getting ready for bed - my schedule in Florida has been much different than my schedule in NYC, and I go to sleep much earlier than I normally would. I always like to go to bed wearing a fragrance. Ever since my encounter with Aroma M’s Geisha Blue, I realized that scent does make a huge difference in my quality of sleep. Yay for something better than Ambien!
Anyway, I digress.
I chose Flapper from my large assortment of Opus Oils fragrances. I had much success with Dapper (Carrie’s recommendation, and one of the loveliest violets I know), so I thought it’d be cute to chose Flapper next. Y’know, the names rhyme, and I’m a cheesy bunny. I liberally dabbed on Flapper and climbed into bed, ready to sleep.
I always sleep with my head resting on bent arms, so my nose was near my wrist. I caught a lovely whiff of a green, sweetly hesperidic note: tangerines and clementines, with a hint of lemony zing. Cheerful, bright, but with a hint of an underlying milky creaminess. Pleasant but nothing out of the ordinary.
Fast forward to fifteen minutes later, when a dozed-off Bun-Bun is jolted out of her sleep because - oh hell! - she smells something that she’s never actually smelled before. Creamy like a rich vanilla custard, obscenely indolic whitest flowers (gardenia, oh what a gardenia!), and something else she had never smelled before. It was almost sugary sweet, but not quite. Strong but not with obnoxious sillage, this mystery scent stayed agonizingly close to the skin. Quite frankly, it was redolent of sex, passion, and drugs.
I initially thought that maybe I was smelling poppy/opium, but I knew that couldn’t be it. I had no bloody clue what the smell was, but it drove me crazy. All I could do was curse Kedra and wish that my boyfriend was within grabbing distance (Oh Ilusionisto, I cannot wait to wear this around you…). I was so unbelievably frustrated, but I wanted more. As the hours melted away at an agonizingly slow pace, the fragrance took on a warmer, powdery tone. That mystery note was wrapped in a gorgeous musk and tobacco note, which only served to increase its carnal feel. Perfume to get naughty to: who knew?
I spent half of the night smelling myself and vacillating between having x-rated fantasies and wanting to throttle myself for thinking it’d be a good idea to test an Opus Oils fragrance before bed. Kedra Hart makes some of the most gorgeous - but dizzyingly addictive - fragrances on the market. She has a bit of naughty fairy dust in her veins, for sure. Flapper is chock full of desire and addiction. This is not a scent to wear alone to bed. I learned this the hard way, when I had to cake on the undereye concealer the next day.
So, what was the mystery scent? It took a visit to the genius wordsmith Sheila’s blog (Scent Less Sensibilities) to find out: DATURA.
(picture borrowed from www.seedman.com)
I should have known! Datura is a plant known to be highly poisonous: it can cause delirium and death, and as Sheila pointed out, even its scent can make a person mad. Well then, that explains my crazed, sleepless night. Kedra and Sheila had a good laugh at my expense on Twitter that day.
Have I learned any lessons from this experiment? Yeah, I’m not going to test any Opus Oils’ fragrances when alone in bed!
Have I found my own personal Love Potion No.9? Definitely.
Flapper can be found on the Opus Oils’ website, in a range of size/product options, and is quite affordable. I highly recommend starting with the entire sample pack of Les Bohemes - vials of 10 scents for only $20USD.
Wear it at your own risk.