At this time of the year, I always find myself torn between a little sadness at the passing of summer and the prospect of a long, cold winter full of muddy boots and runny noses, and a happiness, a giddiness almost when I think about all the options my perfume closet offers.
My favorite perfumes are predominately winter scents, so I look forward to indulging daily. Classics like Shalimar, L’Heure Bleue, Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit and Nuit de Noel, as well as everything starting with Ambre comes into rotation again. So will all the gorgeous gourmands, anyone Like This perfume?
My colognes and fresh summer scents go into the back of my closet, surely to be searched for again frantically in February, when a bit of sunshine is sorely needed. I love living in a place with distinct seasons, it makes the perfumed life so much more interesting.
As for the last week in Perfumeland – let’s see what was in store:
Dee of Beauty on the Outside inspired a massive, what am I saying, a huuuuuge lemming in me for something so very hard to obtain… Roja Dove Unspoken, oh please, how can I get my hands on some without breaking the bank??? (Ideas welcome!)
Ines of All I Am – A Redhead comes to Serge Lutens’s rescue, does he need it? Does he deserve it?
Tarleisio of Scent Less Sensibilities attended a swell party indeed…
Vanessa of Bonkers About Perfume takes us on her Grand Tour and stops in Hungary this time. I love her travelogues!
Tommy, The Candy Perfume Boy is going for Gold, are you?
Sigrun of Fragrantfanatic wrote an unusual and lovely review of Le Labo Neroli, take a look!
This week two of my favorite lines have been featured on Olfactoria’s Travels, Kilian’s Love and Tears and Vanille by the fabulous Mona di Orio.
At the moment I am most curious to thoroughly test the new Pierre Guillaume creation, Indochine and Bottega Veneta‘s eponymous scent. For now I’m wearing a lovely and surprisingly unique gourmand, what it is? You’ll see next week…
What is on your radar right now?
Hmm, what’s on my radar? That’s hard to say because I just got my bottle of MFK Absolue Pour le Soir and now I don’t want to wear anything else! 🙂 But I’ve enough samples lying about that I’ll figure it out soon.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Birgit. Yay, autumn!!!
It’s great when there is one perfume one wants to wear all the time… But (for me at least) sooner rather than later the lure of the samples wins again! 🙂
Good morning! Sadness is always a part of the beginning of autumn for me as well. However, I am very much looking forward to Huitieme Art Myrrhiad. It will be perfect for the winter months. I also love love love Mona di Orio’s Vanille and Oud. Wishing you a fabulous Sunday!
Thank you, Sandra! A great Sunday to you too. Myrrhiad is on my list as well…
Don’t you find that there are just so many scents you want to wear in Autumn/Winter, the summer makes it hard to wear a lot of the best.
What’s on my radar? Lots! But specifically all of the PG’s because your reviews have piqued my interest. I also want to get hold of an Amouage sample scent, I NEED to try them all.
Thank you for the link love!
I agree, there are more glorious fall/winter scents around!
Amouage Epic and Lyric are amazing!
Aha, Candy Perfume Boy, a traditional speller of “piqued”! : – ) The term is morphing into “peaked” on the Interwebs, I have noticed.
Thanks, B, for the namecheck!
I am still testing loads of stuff people have given me over the summer. Just finished a big batch from Olfactoria herself and completed another from my friend Lovethescents yesterday, highlights of which were Diorissimo Parfum (Vintage), the not very vitriolic Vitriol d’Oeillet and Guerlain Floral Romantique. Seasonality doesn’t really come into it for me at the moment – it more about being home and having time to rummage in large piles rather than grab a single business-appropriate scent and go. : – )
Peaked – how horrifying! I’m for traditional spelling as well.
It must be great to come home to all your fragrant stuff after such a long absence. 🙂
I am glad that this week was still more “transition” than fall weather. I like fall for the same reasons you have but I tested several green-floral fragrances this week and it was good to have still some late summer feeling while wearing them.
So far, I have learnt that I like floral perfumes more than I thought I would and I now look forward to receiving my sample package including Carillon pur un Ange. 🙂 Is there a perfume you would recommend to me, a must-try perhaps?
Ormonde Jayne makes wonderful florals, maybe that is a line to explore for you. A great classic is Chanel no19 of course. If anything else comes to mind, I’ll add it later.
Thanks for your tip! The Ormonde Jayne Discovery Set is on my Christmas wishlist (which seems to lie in a very distant future) and I’m very curious about the OJs.
I have tried no 19 a few times now and have changed my mind with each try (it’s getting better and better). I need to give it another try soon and especially pay attention to the longevity which, sadly, I remember as below average.
You are welcome, Marie! The OJ set is definitely a great buy!
There is nothing at all on my radar at the moment, except I’m working on a ginger cologne, since there really aren’t any ginger colognes out there. But I’m excited, as next week, my samples of Pentachords, Amouage Honors, and Mona di’s Oud are coming!! Woot, woot! Are any of those current favorites of yours?
I love Honor and Oud, great perfumes! The Pentachords, hmm, I only tried White and I find it a bit chemical smelling… but that is just a first impression. Your ginger project sounds great, Marla!
I was travelling last week, so now I’m trying out the things I snatched up at the airport (almost unsnifffed since I was in a hurry…). Terre d’Hermes yesterday,lovely, and today Shalimar Perfume Initial. I’ve never been able to wear the original, but this one fits me better, and it feels perfect for fall. Next one to try Cartier Baiser Vole.
Airport duty free shopping is the best! I love it, sadly I get to do it not nearly
often enough! 🙂
I haven’t made up my mind about Initial yet, I need to do more testing…
Great purchases, Eva!
Thank you for the mention 🙂 I’m about to start working in a month after a very long maternity leave, so I’ve ordered samples of all the Chanel Exclusifs, hoping that they will help making the transition into working life easier… And they also feel very appropriate for winter.
Hmmm, the Exclusifs, many great perfumes in the lot. I love Coromandel in winter.
I hope all goes well for you, when you go back to work. 🙂
Botega is on my radar as well! 🙂 Hope it arrives here soon.
I’m also looking forward to wearing my “warm” perfumes, although my boyfriend is already complaining about short, cold days that are coming. He does that after every summer. 🙂
Thank you for the link! 🙂
I smelled Bottega on Friday, it is great! I really like it (first impression only), of all the mainstream releases I have been anticipating, this is the only one that did not disappoint me. (Looking at you, Chanel 19 Poudre, Prada Candy, Shalimar Initial)
I’m jealous! 🙂
I’ll check the stores this week to see if it might have arrived somewhere.
I must say I wasn’t disappointed by Candy and Initial (wasn’t bowled over either), but Poudre was a huge disappointment.
My favorite scents are probably best worn in cold weather. But, since I live in a tropical climate here in the South, I tend to bend those rules. Our seasons go from hot (spring) to hotter (summer) to mild (autumn and winter). Actually, I think that most of my wardrobe can be worn all year without much problem. If not, I do it anyway 🙂
That’s the spirit! 🙂
But perfume aside, I’m still glad I live in a climate with distinct seasons. Hot and hotter would not be ideal for me.
Oh, it isn’t ideal for me either. Mild, cool and cold would be my ideal climate. Along with fragrances, my favorite clothes are my long-sleeve shirts, sweaters, etc- that I don’t get to wear much.