Thanks for your 'get well' comments. I'm almost completely back in the land of the living.
I had one high point during the feverish episode of the past days and that was when my package from LuckyScent arrived. I can barely smell my lovely samples due to a blocked nose but Perfect Veil is one that I think could be a new favourite. Another of the samples is described as the perfumer's vision of a flower with leather petals, dark, intoxicating and sublimely sophisticated. I'm impressed by LuckyScent - they shipped promptly and have given me access to a world of bespoke fragrance that I can try in small doses first.