Monday, December 01, 2008

The Greatest Loves Of All (for now)

Fragrance enthusiast (AKA "crazy perfume-people") tend to have certain common habits and quirks. We go through similar phases in our scent journey and we make personal discoveries. An experience that many, especially those of us with large collections, seem to share is the "Why do I even bother wearing anything else?" moments we feel when wearing a much-beloved perfume after not visiting it in a while.

Only it's not just that one bottle. We tend to have several Big Loves that never fail, never disappoint and wearing them always feels like coming home. They bring out the best in us.

Here's my short list:

1. L'Air du Desert Marocain- Tauer Perfumes. My holiest of grails.
2. Shalimar (parfum) and Shalimar Light- Guerlain (yes, a heresy to put them together. I don't care).
3. Revelation- CB I Hate Perfume. I am a fig tree.
4. Douce Amere, Muscs Koublai Khan, Ambre Sultan, Cuir Mauresque- Serge Lutens. I'm cheating here, as these are my current Serge obsessions. While I couldn't pick just one, they can change and vary.
5. Organza Indecence- Givenchy. The most elusive (purchase-wise) and least floral from this house.
6. Black Orchid- Tom Ford. Yes, seriously. A gourmand gardenia, and it loves me like no other.
7. Sage Machado- Onyx (perfume oil). It's thick, it's sweet and it works.
8. Lei- Mazzolari. Who's the powderiest of them all?
9. Musc Ravageur- Frederic Malle. No surprises here.
10. Onda- Vero Profumo. No list of mine can be complete without this one. She only comes out at night...
11. Jil Sander no. 4 (especially the parfum)- Apparently, I'm Alexis Carrington.
12. Regina Harris- Amber Vanilla. Variation on a favorite theme.

What are your "why do I bother with anything else" perfumes?

Image: Heather Murray Art. Chosen simply because of the adorableness factor. It was either this or a fluffy bunny.


  1. Easy, for me it's Ambre Narguile and Rose Ikebana by Hermes, Douce Amere and Fumerie Turque by Lutens, Angeliques sous la pluie and Cologne Bigarade by Frederic Malle...

  2. Chanel Cuir de Russie
    SMN Melograno
    Sinfonia Fleur de Santal

    Believe it or not I just sniffed FM Musc Ravaguer...very gourmand reminded me of L de Lolita !!

  3. X by Clive Christian
    Ambre Narguile
    Gucci Rush
    and all things Frederic Malle (especially Musc Ravageur, Carnal Flower, Theresa, En Passant and L'Eau d'Hiver)

  4. Hmmm, a fun one.

    Guerlain Mitsouko (of course)
    Malle La Parfum de Therese
    Malle Noir Epices
    Hermes Eau des Merveilles
    Delrae Bois de Paradis
    Delrae Amoureuse
    Commes des Garcons Palisander
    Commes des Garcons Luxe Patchouli


  5. Ooh, forgot one--Yosh Ginger Ciao.


  6. hmmm... which do I reach for most often? I actually have to think hard about this...

    CdG Avignon
    Escentric Molecule 01
    Diptyque Do Son
    Madini Santal Blanc or Alma de Alma
    Sonoma Scent Studios Winter Woods
    Ava Luxe Film Noir
    SJP Covet
    Calvin Klein Secret Obsession
    Montale Aoud Lime
    Montale Black Aoud
    Jo Malone Black Vetyver & Cafe
    Marc Jacobs Grapefruit splash

    .... yeah, I clearly have far too many scents! ;-)

  7. You may be right about our being evil scent twins. I used to wear Organza Indecence exclusively in high school, but it's too sweet to go near now (though I keep a bottle for nostalgia's sake). The only perfume you and I have common on our greatest-loves list is Onda. Otherwise:
    Cuir de Russie
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Apres L'Ondee
    L'Heuere Bleue
    any some floral, currently Tubereuse Criminelle

  8. (in alphabetical order...)
    Caron "Farnesiana"
    Chanel Excl. "Bel Respiro" & "Bois des Iles"
    L'artisan "Dzonghka" & "Dzing"
    Lutens "Gris Clair"
    Montale "White Aoud"
    Malle "Fleur de Cassie" & "Noir d'Epices"

  9. We share our holiest of grails! Mine is also LDDM. ♥ I also love Ambre Sultan. I'll have to try some of the others.

  10. For now: (and thank you for that distinction...)

    Chanel Bois des Isles
    L'Artisan Fleur de Narcisse
    Serge Lutens Chergui
    Parfumerie Generale Bois Blond
    Annick Goutal Mandragore
    Shiseido Feminite du Bois
    BBW Sandalwood Rose (surprise!)
    Guerlain L'Heure Bleu
    Hermes Hiris

    I share your love of Organza Indecence, but it let me down recently, so I'm punishing it by not including it on one of these lists for the first time ever. I also find Bel Respiro has not let me down once, but I have such a precious small amount, I choose not to think of it in such essential terms.

  11. Great post. We share some of the same favs: Black Orchid, Organza Indecence, L'Air Desert Marocain. My other true loves are: Ormonde Woman (#1), Courtesean, Cuir Amethyst, Violette Precieuse, Lipstick Rose, Jasmin de Nuit


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