Friday, January 29, 2010
Winter Picks 2010
Teo Cabanel Alahine - I continue to insist that this is happiness in a bottle.
I always have a Dark Rose on hand, like Caron Parfum Sacre or Amouage Lyric Woman. Dark Roses like these seem particularly lovely in cold weather. Both of these have a beautiful translucent rose, some cool, deep incense, and the warmth of woods.
Chanel Bois des Iles - warm, woody, elegant. Acceptable substitute: SSS Champagne de Bois is a remarkably similar fragrance, and it's reasonably priced, which is a blessing in these times when that 200ml bottle of Les Exclusifs runs $210, and the parfum is both difficult to obtain and horrendously expensive. It may not have all the cachet of the Chanel (oh, that Chanel iris!), but Champagne de Bois is beautiful, and my second favorite in the Sonoma Scent Studio Line.
Parfums de Nicolai Vanille Tonka - totally unserious, totally joy-making. Wearing it is like drinking Heritage Dr. Pepper (made with, gasp, sugar! the utter decadence of it!) - always a treat. This one makes me giddy: aromatic lime and tangerine, spicy-floral carnation, a rummy vanilla, the smoky tang of frankincense. This was my very first decant purchase, and I just love it all to pieces.
There are days when I need the promise of spring, and that's when I want to wear a lovely Chilly Floral, like Diorissimo or Lancome Climat or (yeah, like I own this!) Frederic Malle Carnal Flower. I love the cool florist-freshness I get out of them - I can almost feel the silky petals against my face. Please note: I'd actually love to own some Carnal Flower. Send me all your spare stash...
Other stuff I'm enjoying: Floral orientals like Amaranthine and Ubar and LeLong pour Femme, spicefests like Organza Indecence and Mauboussin, and the occasional dab of Shalimar. Oh, yes, and tuberose... (at this stage, my tuberose choices would be Beyond Love or Carnal Flower - but I haven't tried everything yet.)
Image is Barn in Winter by James Jordan at flickr.