D.Stone is back from holiday!!
I vowed not to have my Canon plastered to my face during this long over due vacation. And I stuck to that, experiencing great things in real life, not behind the lens or cell. It was hard, everywhere I went, I kept echoing " I wish I bought my camera". But I love that we have these secret memories, that no one else can view! I did venture out with my canon and sigma on one day of the trip...
Going on vacation with a child, is not a vacation... I love my kid to the end of the earth and back, but I needed one day of pure relaxation. No tieing shoes, or wiping tushes, or chasing beasts through elevators. The day after mothers day, my son was going on a 6 hour dolphin excursion in Anguilla. I was prepped and ready to go, camera in tow, to document the whole thing, but last minute decided to venture off on my own. A little selfishness on my part.
I had the best time! Moonshine, speed boats, cat smuggling...... don't ask, don't tell. What happens in Grand Case, stays in Grand Case.....
Our tour began by splitting into two groups and hoping on board a set of bright yellow speed boats. Of course I was late, and ended up on the second half of the tour group, which incidentally was the better half. Sorry yall. We had the better boat, fun tour guides, and most importantly the stronger Rum Punches...
We sped around the Dutch side of the island, and landed in the French side, as the tour guide Pierre exclaimed, "isn't the air fresher over here". Kinda like us when we leave jersey, and head back to NY.
We headed to Creole Rock, near Anguilla, for some snorkeling.
With gorgeous weather, an empty dive area, and many fish/sea creatures under foot, we had a great time
After rubbing my flipper onto a bunch of very large sea urchins, which we were blatantly warned not to touch, I decided I was ready to hop back into the boat for a cocktail, or 5.
We took off after everyone had their fill of tropical fish, and rum, and ended up on the shores of Grand Case.
I had quickly researched the area before we left, and found a large number of tourists raving about a Perfumerie in town. I asked around and found out it was walking distance, maybe 1 minute, from where our guides left us off.
Rum induced I traipsed around solo, with a very expensive camera dangling off my arm. Passed the "grilled lobster" sign like I was told, and stumbled upon an unassuming white stucco building.
I asked the girl who greeted me, if she had a "quick" class that I could partake in. I hate cruising, I'm leisurely by nature, and dislike any kind of rushing around that Cruises abide by. But Milie, who greeted me at the door, was gracious enough to offer me a 30 minute perfumerie class.
Walking in, there were so many scent options. Parsley, tomato, wisteria, yarrow, maple pecan, tobacco...
I learned that intoxicated me, really enjoys musty, aggressive fragrances, and proceeded to choose, Neroli, Patchouli, Cedar wood, and Lavender Sage.....
I donned a lab coat, and watched as Milie determined which fragrance out of the bunch I chose, would be my main component in the mixture. She had me go outside, with each scent, and choose which one I liked best. When I came back in, she expertly mixed my fragrances in sequential order, creating my signature scent. I helped of course, but left most of the work in the hands of the professional!
We added the water and alcohol, and Milie reminded me to store my fragrance in the fridge for 3 hours. I was able to choose from 2 glass bottles, and she printed my fragrance name on a label: D.Stone.... This was a great option while Island hoping! Fun to get away from hair braiding, and sea urchins for a while!
Total cost for the mini class was 68 euros, they also accept USD, and Dutch Guilders.
I cannot wait to go back to Grand Case, and make a sober scent.
Click the link below to check out Tijon, Thanks Milie for a great class!