I thought my perfumed discoveries in 2014 might be a fun topic of discussion but boy was I wrong…
Sitting in front of me now are so many fragrances, so many more than I thought I’d acquired this year. I haven’t even worn a few of them yet!
Where do I start? I’ll start with the most precious….
Guerlain’s Habit Rouge Extrait
When Portia and I visited Guerlain HQ in January I had only one definite purchase on my list – Habit Rouge Extrait.
This version of Habit Rouge pushes clean slightly powdered patchouli and soft clean woods with a hefty dose of botanical musk. It’s cleaner, heavier and more rounded than the EdT and foregoes the originals aggressive citrus opening. Easily unisex. Wonderful.
Possibly the best resinous amber I’ve experienced.
Incense, warm spices, honey, labdanum, patchouli and rose all working in perfect harmony to produce a wonderfully textured, long lasting and easy to wear amber perfume.
Mitzah also has that little extra something to make you smile.
Some say it’s boring. Oh well, it’s hard being perfect.
Cool and clean aldehydes somewhat warmed by neroli, yellow florals and sandalwood. The jasmine and rose are there in the background but very much tamed.
Most women will happily claim this Vega for their own but it’s equally at home on a clean pressed shirt.
Bam! Fresh galbanum and citrus wake you up with a lemongrass so strong it’s almost smoky. Champaca , magnolia and moss underline the freshness but never dominate or make the fragrance particularly floral.
Mito is bitter and green with just the right touches to keep it of the body.
I love this fragrance so very much. It reignited my love of perfumery just when I was in a lull.
The Voile is on my shopping list…
Putain des Palaces opens with ginger and a touch of lily but the smell of sweet, pink and powdery cosmetics make this provocative fragrance.
There are fruity berries that escape being too girly with rose and violets and naughty musks lurking underneath.
On the right skin in the right weather Putain des Palaces smells very, very naughty.
Comme des Garcons Odeur 71
Paper robots fastened with brown tape and dabs of craft glue in a huge room of metal and glass.
Odeur 71 is a weird scent and so difficult to describe.
From a practical perspective it wears like a traditional cologne – a fresh pick me up in the warmer weather. It smells nothing like a cologne foregoing almost all the typical cologne smells.
Spray it with abandon and enjoy a completely different smelling freshness.
Odeur 71 was released in 2000 and somehow is still unique.
You owe it to yourself to try this if enjoy avant-gardeperfumery or the weirder side of Comme’s creations.
I know I’ve already written about this but I will mention it once more.
Like dirty-clean contrasts? Try MAAI.
Like vintage chypres? Try MAAI.
Like barbershop fragrances? Try MAAI.
Seriously, have you tried this yet?
MAAI is a challenging fragrance but very rewarding to wear.
There are so many facets and they slowly unfold over so many hours – just perfect on a cold winters day.
So tell me, have you tried any of these?
What did you think?
What are some of your fragrant discoveries in 2014?