Archive for August, 2011

Smell like Marie-Antoinette!

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I’m very excited about this! My friend, Sissy, posted the picture on the left on my Facebook page earlier today. I looked closer and found that it was linked to The Ritz-Carolton in Buckhead (the wealthy area of Atlanta) and the caption read:

Liberte, egalite, fraternite–and fragrance! The storied House of Lubin, Paris revived Black Jade, a lush floral perfume originally created for Marie Antoinette. Find it in Georgia only in our Boutique, located just off the lobby in our hotel.

Naturally, I flipped my lid at the opportunity to own a perfume based on one that my favorite Queen favored in her lifetime. This is not the first time a product has been made based on things historical figures have used, of course. You can still bathe in the very same soap that Queen Victoria loved the best in her lifetime, for example, and I do believe another perfume manufacturer has attempted to recreate Marie-Antoinette’s scents in the past.

I did a little digging to see if I could find some confirmation about the origins of Black Jade before I took a hammer to my ceramic duck that holds my spare change. According to what I found, the original perfume was created by Jean-Louis Fargeon for the Queen based on her beloved Petit Trianon, a smaller estate that she used as her retreat at Versailles. The Queen’s perfume contained three main ingredients – rose, jasmine and bergamot. I discovered that Black Jade in its present incarnation has been updated by perfumer, Olivia Giacobetti, to include galbanum, cardamom, incense, cinnamon, Indian sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla, tonka bean, and amber notes, in addition to the original three ingredients worn by the Queen. It has been described as smelling like a spicy rose incense.

It was not called Black Jade in the Queen’s time. The name was inspired by the story that she carried this fragrance everywhere with her in a bottle made of black jade. She even carried it with her when she and the royal family were imprisoned in the French Revolution. The story goes that before she went off to her execution, the former Queen gave the black jade bottle to the Marquise de Tourzel, who was the last governess to care for the royal children. It is said that her descendants are still in possession of the black jade bottle today.

If you would like to smell like Queen Marie-Antoinette, you can go to The Ritz in Buckhead if you live here locally. Otherwise, I found it on in two sizes – 50 ml for $130, or 100 ml for $160. Click here to purchase Black Jade from Lucky Scent.

Vive la France!

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This man witnessed the Lincoln Assassination

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>My friend, Codie, sent me a clip from an old 1956 game show called I’ve Got a Secret in which this man was the only living witness left of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Samuel J. Seymour was 96-years-old at the time, making him 5-years-old when he went to Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865. It is noted that he watched John Wilkes Booth leap from the balcony to the stage and, not knowing the president had been shot, was very concerned that the man falling from the balcony was injured. If this doesn’t make that terrible night more real for you, I don’t know what will.

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Looking good in Blue Sky Scrubs!

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>Yesterday my home health aide was telling me about how she never has any scrubs that look nice. She is particular about how she presents herself and picky about these things because scrubs tend to either be scratchy and unattractive or printed with childish designs. Wearing scrubs every day can be boring for women who usually put a lot of effort into how they look.

I asked around to a few different people who have to wear scrubs in their jobs and the website for Blue Sky Scrubs came up at in discussion. The scrubs for women at come in a wide array of solid colors and stylish prints. As I was looking at the website, I didn’t see anything that looked childish or poorly constructed. It is difficult to find scrubs that aren’t boring but my home health aide actually liked the scrubs she saw on this website. She is going to order some as soon as she can.

I thought I would just pass on the information to you since there are a lot of you in the medical profession out there among my readers.

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