Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Winter 2013-2014: My Most Worn Perfumes

The weather app on my phone tells me that it's 29 degrees outside and feels like 15 with the windchill. Technically it's already spring, which means it's time to look at my notes and see what I wore this winter. As always, there are the staples, but the most exciting part is looking at the new discoveries that have become cherished friends.

The obvious:
Shalimar. In any formulation, from various years. If I can't think of anything else I wear Shalimar.
Mitsouko. Mostly in extrait, but also vintage PDT and EDT. As a matter of fact, I'm wearing it right now.
Balmain- Jolie Madame. I think the cats have begun to smell of it.

New(ish) Staples:
Parfum d'Empire- Musc Tonkin. Had been in my collection for over a year now, and I actually had cravings for it over the winter.
Aftelier- Cuir de Gardenia. At this point I think it's the best gardenia perfume I know.
Costume National- Scent Intense. I upgraded from the mini I had to a full bottle (which ended up to be the best cheap thrill of the season).
Scents by Alexis- Body Made Luminous. The husband surprised me with a bottle, which adds to the joy of this breathtaking chocolate perfume.
Etat Libre d'Orange- La Fin du Monde. I've been wearing it about twice a week since before Christmas, and can't see myself stopping.

Used up too many samples, must get a bottle NOW:
Masque Milano- Montecristo. The most exciting offering from one of the best new lines.
Parfums MDCI- Nuit Andalouse. A dream of summer nights saved several dreary winter days.

What were the perfumes that helped you deal with winter?


  1. I've worn Ambre by Mona di Orio and Ambre Fétiche by Goutal a lot! A little bit of Ambre Sultan by Lutens as well. Céline

  2. For work: Chanel no 5 eau premiere
    All other times: Chanel Coromandel, comme de carcones Avignon, Shalimar Ode de Vanille and it's boozy friend Sprituese Double Vanille. I did wear Hilde solaini conafetto to help uplift me during my diet. I wore Creed's Angelique Encens sometimes to bed on days below freezing.

  3. Serge Lutens: Fille en Aiguilles, Fleurs d'Oranger, Louve, Vétiver Oriental
    Miller Harris L'Air de Rien
    Les Néréides Impérial Opoponax

  4. Lots of Atelier Cologne Vanilla Insensee and SL's Fleurs d'Oranger (so basically, alternating between embracing the comfort foods/hunkering down side of wider and then lusting after hot summer nights). So done with the cold.

  5. Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan & MKK, Ginestet Botrytis, Bottega Veneta, Frapin Caravelle Epicee, DSH Le Smoking, Parfum d'Empire Wazamba & Cuir Ottoman.

  6. Have definitely needed perfumes as both armor/defense against the cold this winter and comfort when all I wanted to do was to go into deep hibernation mode and close my eyes until warmer weather would arrive. Wore many of the ones on your list, as well as the following.
    Guerlain Iris Ganache, Angelique Noire, PQJ and a full assortment of vintage Guerlains - my scented panacea for all evils, including this hideous, endless winter.
    Charenton Macerations' Christopher Street
    Masque Milano Montecristo
    Aftelier's Pear, Fir and Coffee and Chocolate and Saffron oils
    Diorling, Dioressence
    SL FLeurs de Citronnier, FdO, MKK, Santal Blanc and Santal de Mysore
    MPG Santal Noble, Iris Bleu Gris, Parfum d'Habit
    MdO Oiro, Jabu and Eau Absolue
    L'Artisan Orchidee Blanche, Tea for Two
    DSH Amouse Bouche, Mirabella
    Lanvin Scandal, My Sin
    Coty A'Suma, Le Vertige
    FM Bigarade Concentree
    No, not a short list and, frankly, there were quite a few more top rotation scents, but I needed a *lot* to get me through.


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