Today we have the fifth and last part of the Top Five MQ series.
This will be the hardest list for everyone, I guess, but I ask you to please think hard and wrestle with your feelings to really narrow it down to five perfumes you simply cannot be without. It will never be enough, I know, I know, but for the sake of the game, let’s try!
What are your Top Five Favorite Perfumes?
First of all, aside from trying to exclude as many as possible to remain with only five perfumes for this list, I struggle with not only including Hermès, because I’m sure you can’t hear it any more. :)
So, here we go, my top five:
1. Hermès Rose Ikebana – works every time. My go to on a daily basis, beloved and complimented on by many people around me, always available, I just can’t be without it ever again. I’m on my third bottle.
2. Chanel 28 La Pausa – cool iris, elegance and style. I could say a lot, but one word shall suffice: Chanel
3. Armani Privée La Femme Bleue – I struggled a lot to bring this into the Top Five, because I cannot ever replace it and that definitely is a problem. I don’t use this as often as I would, if I could just go out and get another. And to be very honest, I wanted to include something that was not Hermès (like Vetiver Tonka, Eau de Narcisse Bleu or one of the Jardins) or Chanel (like Bois des Iles or Eau de Cologne). And I do love it dearly. (See how sneakily I got those others in? ;) )
4. Hermès L’Ambre des Merveilles – comfy and cosy, warm and tender, an everyday embrace of a perfume that is comfort in a bottle. I NEED it.
5. Hermès Calèche vintage extrait – my gorgeously packaged vintage extrait of Calèche was an amazingly generous gift from Neil, of The Black Narcissus. I adore it, I feel completely undeserving of it and I’m struggling for the longest time now to write about it and do it justice. For now, I’ll let the inimitable Neil tell you about it:
A taut, almost mouthpuckering – but somehow serene – lemon, fuses exquisitely with cypress (or Russian pine, according to some sources, increasing the crackwhipping troika motif if you let your imagination run away with you the way I do), over a white matinal soap of roses, jasmine and aldehydes. Neroli, bergamot, and vetiver buffet a rhythmic, almost athletic scent that is delectable and free, yet emotive, well-dressed, and extraordinarily elegant.
– Neil Chapman, The Black Narcissus
Now that wasn’t so bad, was it? I think it would have been much worse for me selecting only five when I was at the height of Perfumania, but nowadays it feels better to eliminate than to add on.
Today is my birthday, so please share a glass of virtual champagne with me as well as your top five perfumes! Cheers!