I am certainly not made for winter and I should not even complain. The weather is cold, yes, but not frigid like last year. I just do not like it. I find the grey skies and the cold air a challenge in my daily life. Dressing in layers, boots, added daily routines to fight the dry skin and dry hair are too cumbersome for this simplicity loving woman. Give me sunshine and 30 degrees celsius any day.
However, that being said, with winter come cashmere shawls, warm cuddly perfumes and right now the Christmas season. December is therefore my favorite month. I love the way Vienna dresses up for Christmas. In fact, I am so in love with Vienna at this time of the year that I refuse to leave the city during the holidays. If my family wants to celebrate together I ask them to come here.
The cold temperatures have me craving warm perfumes as I am always outside either in the parks or trolling the Christmas markets. Many people say that at this time of the year they prefer to wear perfume with frankincense. I on the other hand have discovered the beautiful warmth of myrrh. There are several myrrh centric perfumes out there that I like, but there is nothing like Serge Lutens La Myrrhe.
The Serge Lutens website introduces us the La Myrrhe with the following statement:
“Forgive this fragrance, because it knows not what it does!
You know about myrrh and the Three Kings.
What you don’t know is that, here, myrrh takes on the fragrance of the night.
I make it sparkle and fizz like champagne, sustained by a base note of mandarin orange. “
Fragrantica lists the notes as: mandarin, myrrh, lotus, bitter almond, sandalwood, honey, jasmine, amber, musk, various spices and pimento.
Serge Lutens does a magnificent job of creating myrrh into a ‘fragrance of the night’. The mandarin and spices bring a fire-crackling warmth to these dark and cold days.
The initial blast of the perfume is rather abrasive as it seems cold or sharp. But I spray lavishly on my skin before putting on my scarf and coat to greet the cold. Within half an hour I have the most beautiful skin-caressing scent that I can imagine. I inhale deeply and am instantly calmed and ready to battle the crowds downtown and the cold.
La Myrrhe is slightly sweet and I get myrrh and sandalwood and musk in the dry down. This is a mesmerizing perfume that I can only recommend. I was instructed by my friend to dab, not spray La Myrrhe and boy am I glad that I sprayed instead!
This perfume remains all day on my skin and before going to bed under a mountain of duvets and blankets, I spray lavishly again. It is the only thing I can do to stay warm, as I cannot leave Vienna for the three months of bitter cold darkness.
Now I only have to convince the husband that another trip to Palais Royale is essential. (Shhh – don’t tell him that I could order online.)