jitterbug perfume


i just went back and read this book again.  i love tom robbins and going back to read them few years down the road has proved quite enjoyable.  jitterbug has always been one of my favorites and , as with most of tom's novels is light but hearty. going back you find a story of an 8th century king names alobar , the dying got god Pan, cross time to paris to the best perfumery in the world and end in grand old new orleans during mardi gras.  while the themes are a mix of religion, transcendental meditation and rituals that push the limits of mortality, you still feel like its a simple love story, and one with a powerful scent.  

there is a merchant in new orleans named bingo pajama and he smells of jasmine and is followed by a swarm of bees.
the jamaican jasmine he carries is the quality needed to try and recreate a blend from long ago.
jasmine theme, citrus top but its the base note that stops everyone in their tracks.  

see when blending oils,  there is a little more rhyme and reason than pouring smells you like in a bottle.  most all blends contain three components.  the first is a top note.  the top note usually evaporates quickly but leaves the first impression of the smell.  oils with a citrus or a ginger scent are top notes.  

the second is a middle note.  some call them the "heart notes" and they are mellow,  well rounded and you smell them right at the end of smelling the top note.  they stay with you a little longer.  the most famous of middle notes are rose and lavender.  they hold the scent together and should never be underestimated.

the third element to a blend is the ever elusive base note.  these ones are very dense and bring solidarity and depth to all the blends you make.  the middle note might keep you from smelling the trueness of the base note right away but the bases stay a lot longer and some are known to only be smelled hours after you put it on.  never the less,  they hold the whole blend together and are very important.  famous base notes are frankincense and patchouli.  they are very grounding and my favorite.

though the characters in the book are all somewhat different they are all on the same path to find the elusive base note that brings back the most amazing scent ever known to man and the gods.  

wonderful summer read folks!

“He was becoming unstuck, he was sure of that - his bones were no longer wrapped in flesh but in clouds of dust, in hummingbirds, dragonflies, and luminous moths - but so perfect was his equilibrium that he felt no fear. He was vast, he was many, he was dynamic, he was eternal.” 
― Tom RobbinsJitterbug Perfume