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Let It Rock! - YOLO - July 28, 2014 New Fragrance Listing



“It’s good to be home, Mom” my son said as he hugged me tightly.

“Six months away is too long” I said, hugging him back.

As he pulled back from me, the sleeve of my blouse slipped up my arm.

“Hey, Mom, what’s that on your arm?” he asked.

“It’s my new ink” I said brightly.

“WHAT? A NEW tattoo, like, you have other tattoos?” he said in disbelief.

“Well, yeah” I said.

“You always told me that your body was a temple!”
“Well, it used to be. Now it’s a playground.”

“Explain please” he said, looking perplexed.
“Well, things change and if you are open to change and to trying new things, new experiences, then you evolve, you grow and you change. Besides, you only live once, you know, YOLO.”

“Huh” he said, as if considering something. Then he asked, “Is this about perfume?”

“Absolutely. Hey, wanna see my new piercing?” I said reaching for the top button of my blouse.


Kids. They’re allowed to try new things, experiment and grow but they want their parents to stay the same. Waddya gonna do?

Truth is, I’m not the same person I was five years ago one year ago or even six months ago. Things I thought I wouldn’t like then, I do now – like Let it Rock eau de parfum by Vivienne Westwood.

The whole 70’s biker/punk rock esthetic of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, and her music promoter husband Malcolm McClaren, never much appealed to me, so I was never really drawn to explore her fragrances, like Boudoir which Kay loves.

But when I learned that Let it Rock was created by Marie Salamagne, the nose behind two of my fave frags: 22 Settembre 2007 ore 8 Vaporetto per il Lido Venezia and 6 Marzo 2008 ore 11 - Piazza Duomo Ortigia Siracusa – Sicilia, I had to take a chance, try something new, open myself up to new possibilities. What if it smelled like nasty/biker punk…stuff? Smelling, and then loving, Let it Rock made me reconsider the whole scene.

Named for the King’s Road shop Westwood and McClaren opened in the 1971. Let it Rock, starts off with citrusy, bitter, bergamot along with juicy, sweet, mandarin, that gives way to a peppery note of freesia. Beautifully fresh and floral, there is a whiff of anise-like tarragon from the freesia that is just heart-grabbing. As it develops, the freesia blooms and leads to a wild heart of sweet, narcotic, animalic jasmine, it’s floral aspect highlighted by a touch of lush rose. Skin heat brings amber up from the base – sweet, warm and resinous, it’s joined by earthy, woody, patchouli that’s been dirtied up, just a bit, with coumarin.

The drydown is a little sweet, a little dirty, warm and, surprisingly, not at all naughty. The only sin in this juice is how much I love wearing it, especially in warmer weather when the heat just seems to open it up.

Life is all about chances and choices and change – even when it comes to fragrance – because you only live once.

Let it Rock is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.