While watching television recently with Christopher Robin, we saw a commercial for a Manitou Springs perfume shop called Salus. It looked clean and elegant, and most surprising of all, it offered patrons the chance to make their own perfumes and add the fragrances to a wide variety of bath and body products.
CR and I looked at each other with our mouths open. "It’s The Scent of Hours!"
Which is, for those in the know, the name of the perfumery in Madame Mirabou’s School of Love (now also available for the Kindle, I just noticed!) which is the story of a woman who is searching for her place in life after a divorce. Her way of relating to the world has always been through scent, and each chapter begins with a recipe from her perfume journal. The shop she eventually opens is in Manitou Springs called the Scent of Hours.
Last Saturday, CR and I wandered over to Adam’s Cafe for lunch, and I remembered the ad. We stopped in, and it is gorgeous, well appointed and clean. A lovely place to go play, if you are in the area (or visiting), especially with a friend or sister or mother. I think I could spend a couple of days mixing scents and creating my own signature scent!
What’s funny is that I had never heard of such a shop, and it did not exist when I wrote the book. Now there is. You can visit in person, or on the Internet. Tell her I sent you.
PS. I’ll be talking about the book with Eloisa James at the Barnes and Noble Review site one week from today, January 24. Please stop by if you can. This is a great new thing they’re doing, and wouldn’t we all love to see it be successful?