Winter means different things depending on where you are. Right now we're all about snow here in the Northeast, and Valentine's Day has been a blizzard day more times than I can remember. Snow has its distinct smell that you can catch in the air hours before it actually starts. In residential areas it's mixed with the scent of wood-burning fireplaces from all around you. that is, to me, winter here at home. But I've also experienced winter in a couple of other places, and it's so different I could probably recognize it with my eyes closed.
Winter in Israel is more like spring here. That's the season when trees are in bloom and wildflowers pop up everywhere. It's also the season of fresh citrus fruit, so an Israeli winter to me will forever mean big juicy oranges, orange peels, and mandarin oranges that almost peel themselves for you. Winter is also the season for most fresh herbs, especially those that grow wild-- sage, marjoram, , and a native wild oregano known as za'atar.
The first couple of times I've been to London happened in the middle of winter, in January and February. It didn't stop me from falling deeply in love with the city. I didn't care that it rained and rained and rained some more. The rain-soaked concrete and cobblestone was different than that of the parks. And all around you there people in damp woolly coats and hats, stopping for roasted chestnuts from street vendor carts.
But back to the here and now, and to my ten perfume picks for the season. At this point of almost-mid-February I've already had enough. I may be a peaceful vegetarian and an animal lover, but I'm ready to skewer the rodent from Pennsylvania and his six more weeks of winter. I crave warmth and sunshine, lighter clothes, lighter meals, and have I already mentioned warmth? Here are the perfumes that have been providing me with just that:
Amber, incense, or amber plus incense:
Serge Lutens- Ambre Sultan, and Fille en Aiguilles
Juozas Statkevicius (Josef Statkus)
Aedes de Venustas- Copal Azur
L'Artisan- Tea For Two
Masque Milano- Russian Tea
Hot & Cold
Serge Lutens- L'Orpheline
Those furry animalic wonders of Bal a Versailles and Zibeline
The Obligatory Valentine's Day Roses
Amouage- Lyric Man
Vero Profumo- Rozy (Voile d'Extrait)
Please visit my friends at Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc, Now Smell This, and Perfume Posse for more winter perfume picks.
Image: Vogue cover from January 1919 by Georges Lepape via Condé Nast archives