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June 20th, 2006
So Far…

…so good on the Hylexin. At least, it hasn’t caused any zits to pop up. I’m not noticing any dark-circle reduction, but I’m supposing two days is a *little* too soon to judge.

Back in the day, in the summer of 1996, I spent a month in Charlottesville Virginia. I was at the University of Virginia campus with the LEAD program. It was a defining month in my life. But, this post isn’t about all about that…

It’s about the perfume I bought at a The Body Shop in Georgetown, Washington DC. We spent a weekend in DC, I had made a close girlfriend, and we went shopping. As far as I remember, The Body Shop had not come to any of the malls in Oregon, yet. It was a revelation. I think my obsession with all things bath and body and cosmetic started when I visited The Body Shop and Bath & Body Works for the first time that summer. When I discovered Garden Botanika some time later, it sealed the deal. I was seriously hooked on these products.

At that first visit, I was exhilarated. I’d been dumped by my emotionally abusive boyfriend of two years a few months earlier, I had a couple of nice boys interested in me at home, and more nice boys interested in me in this group I was with. Nice boys! Who liked *me*! I had a little money to spend (they gave us a per diem allowance!) and this perfume called Ananya caught my eye (and nose). With top notes of bergamot, peach, melon, coconut, and violet, heart notes of jasmine, rose, freesia, tuberose, and ylang ylang, and base notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, vanilla, and musk, the scent was wholly unique.

I experienced true humidity for the first time – it is seriously muggy in Virginia and DC. It was hot, I was learning tons about both myself and the world outside the rather insular community of my high school and my group of friends. Wearing Ananya takes me back to that time – I can feel the moisture on my skin, smell the heavy air scented with my perfume rising off my skin, and remember how exciting it all was being away from parents and on my (supervised) own for a month. I can remember how good it felt when we were caught in a thunderstorm outdoors and felt the coolness on our skin, laughing and running, a welcome break from the incessant humidity. I started drinking coffee for the first time, that summer, when I began staying up so late talking with my new friends about everything, and having to be up and alert very early each morning. The business school had coffee service set up in the lobby – good coffee, with half and half. I got hooked on that too. The perfume conjures up all that, a feeling of freedom like I’d never experienced before.

That summer was ten years ago, and I returned home to start dating one of those nice boys, returned to Washington DC a year later to go to college… and continued my obsession with bath products. I left DC, came home, got married… started a business… and recently, The Body Shop brought back Ananya. I still love it. It’s a scent that has very good connotations for me.

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