Part V is here already and that makes me think I do have a lot of bottles… (See Parts I-IV here.)
Let us start with a line that was among my first to explore. Then last year in London I had the good fortune to meet Florian Pedemanaud who works for L’Artisan Parfumeur‘s Marketing and PR division and have him expertly lead me through the range. He is a true perfume lover and expert!
I also have a bottle of Bois Farine that didn’t make it onto the photo, it was absent for decanting reasons. L’Eau d’Ambre is a lovely amber I get to use almost never these days – this is my second bottle – although it hails back to the days of amber wimpiness (yes, I had such a phase too). I guess having a lot of ambers has its drawbacks. Fleur d’Oranger is among the best orange blossom perfumes ever. Sadly it is limited edition. Mure et Musc extrait was picked up in a sale last year, it is lovely, although I’m not entirely sure whether I would not prefer the Eau de Parfum. And finally Safran Troublant, a misnamed Giacobetti creation, it is really no trouble at all, but pure pleasure to wear.
Ah, the House of Hermès… I have enormous respect for them. Hermès is one of the few independent family-owned luxury businesses left and everything they make is imbued with that special nimbus of high quality. They have Jean-Claude Ellena as their house perfumer and leave him every creative freedom. I honestly think that he must be the luckiest perfumer in the world. He has a unique position and opportunities not many perfumers in today’s industry have, but I’m sure many, many would love.
I am a big fan of Ellena’s work and my collection shows that. Here are all the reviews of Hermès perfumes, if you want to take a look. My favorites are Voyage d’Hermès and the new Hermessence Santal Massoia has me thoroughly charmed.
And finally here comes the British perfumery Ormonde Jayne. I happily own four bottles and couldn’t pick a favorite. Ta’if and Tolu are wonderful in the evenings, while Frangipani is a perfect mood-lifter and amazing in hot weather. Ormonde Woman‘s charm eluded me for the longest time, but when I finally fell for it, I fell hard. It is truly unique.
A few things are still missing from my collection, so keep an eye out for next weeks post, among others, featuring the works of the industries prettiest perfumer…
This week I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow fumehead and regular reader and commenter Sandra, who also lives in Vienna. It was a lovely meeting, and I’m happy having met somebody not only like-minded, but also incredibly nice.
We talked about a Mini-Sniffapalooza at Le Parfum in Vienna on a Saturday. Lady Jane Grey, Georgy, if you would like to join us for such a sniffing adventure, please email me, so we can set up a date that is convenient for all. Anybody else from or near Vienna who reads this, is entirely welcome too! Just shoot me an email!
How was your week? Any interesting encounters? Any wonderful new perfumes you fell in love with? I’d love to hear from you!
Have a great weekend!