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My family and other funny things… Tribal Black Tea by Illuminum The Perfumed Dandy’s Returning Sunday Scent


Travels and travails all done with, The Dandy has returned in time for an abbreviated Christmas Season.

One thing this time the yuletide inevitably brings with it are the visits to family members unseen or heard of for much of the rest of the year.

It is just such a figure – only part imaginary – that Illuminum’s Tribal Black Tea brings to mind.

This is an eccentric uncle of a scent.

A paisley smoking jacket and silk slippers sort of gent. Waxed moustache and silver slicked back hair.

He sits in a study lined with shelves of obscure, no doubt out of date books of ethnography and anthropology.

A map here and there of Africa, a tribal mask, a spear or other ‘souvenir’ of his former days ‘in the field’.

He knows he is a relic, an antique, a species on the brink of extinction and he revels in his own exotic curiosity.

The best, in fact the only time to call is tea.

He has a silver samovar: since there are no servants any more it waits on him instead, providing spicy, juicy liquid as required to retain an adequate degree of lubrication.

As the brew is never fresh, he forever adulterates the restorative beverage with a quartered lemon here, a pod or two of cardamom there and the odd pinch of nutmeg that has the smack of snuff.

There is fruitcake, though no one knows from where it comes, and fresh cut flowers too: perhaps, after all, there is a ‘woman that does’ that pops in now and then.

For half, maybe a whole hour, he is replete with anecdotes, some old, some borrowed, a few blue.

Then the eyes glaze, he is apt to forget the beginning of the story he has started and, just maybe, your name.

As the time for his nap comes he fades and folds elegantly into an old chesterfield armchair.

The visit over, you let yourself out with the feeling that you’re glad you came but not exactly sure why.

He is a sweet, gentle enigma, a scented riddle of a man.

An eccentric. And how the British love such things.

Until tomorrow.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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An Upcoming Event: Chandler Burr… In conversation at The Illuminum Fragrance Lounge

Dear Friends (especially those based in London, or at least Blighty)

One of the most popular posts that The Dandy has ever committed to the internet was an interview with Chandler Burr, way backing in the Summer heights of August (if you missed it just click on the link to take a peek).

Chandler, known, no doubt, to most if not all of us, is a journalist, author, critic and now ‘Curator of the Department of Olfactory Art’ at New York’s MAD (Museum of Art and Design).

Well, Mr Burr will be appearing in London this week as part of a season of installations and exhibitions on ‘Perfume as Art’ at the Illuminum Fragrance Lounge on Dover Street.

Doesn’t it looked dashed comfy there!?!

The salon discussion will be hosted by Laura Bailey, AnOthermag.com Editor and perfume writer and, what’s more, tickets are on sale right now….

In fact, as I thought you might be interested, all the relevant details are jotted down below.

When? 13th November 2013

What time? 6pm – 8pm

Where? The Illuminum Fragrance Lounge, 41-42 Dover St, Mayfair London

How does one get in?
Tickets @ £15 each are available from http://buytickets.at/illuminumfragrance/11596

I’ve also been told to tell you that the soiree will be topped off by a drinks reception and there’s a ‘fragrant surprise’ for all the guests.

How lovely.

Just like Wild Tobacco, an Illuminum scent The Dandy reflected upon just recently (click on the links or image to share my thoughts).

If you’re in or around town I do hope you’ll be able to pop in… oh and do drop by here afterwards to tell us all about it.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

Post Script…

My conversation with Chandler was one part of a series with a number of bloggers organised by the inimitable Lanier of Scents Memory. You can find the others (or keep an eye out for their forthcoming appearance) on the following estimable websites:

Australian Perfume Junkies: http://australianperfumejunkies.com/

Smelly Thoughts: http://smellythoughts.wordpress.com/

Another Perfume Blog: http://anotherperfumeblog.com/

EauMG: http://www.eaumg.net/

What Men Should Smell Like: http://whatmenshouldsmelllike.com/

The Scented Hound: http://thescentedhound.wordpress.com/

The Fragrant Man: http://thefragrantman.com/

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