2007 started off with a bang — six new scents from Chanel. One great, some good, some okay, some that needed to be made into parfum.
Tom Ford heated up the fragrance wars with an obscene excess of TWELVE new scents at the same time. Some good, a couple great, a couple that made my lip curl in disgust and revulsion. A weird, yet still stylish, bag to be sure.
By Kilian waded in with his gorgeous visage late in the year with six new scents… in stunning, cunning little boxes. Now, while I like very much a couple of them, the initial price point is a killer, though the beautiful box … I mean, really, what’s not to love?
Comme des Garcons had a miss with Play, but totally hit with LUXE Patchouli, other than the price, and I’m still anxiously awaiting the 888 to see how the year will end for them.
Prada made vats of Iris, and it’s nice enough, but clearly they were going for Purple Iris Haze in a Trash Can rather than a great perfume.
Serge’s Louve and Sarrasins were both good, though did they hit greatness? No.
Guerlain nailed greatness to the wall with three entries this year – Iris Ganache, Spiritueuse Double Vanille and Quand Vient la Pluie. Love or hate those three scents, they were not weak imitations or unoriginal — iris and sweets, who knew? Yeah, they really had a spectacular year! Well, except for that Vol de Nuit Evasion thing, which was asbolutely the most vile thing I’ve smelled in a couple of years.
Other standouts from new lines were Lann-ael from Lost’m’a’r’c’h and the Juliette has a Gun line Much of the year, though, was a whole lot of “yeah, they’re okay, I’d wear them, but where the hell is the greatness that should come with so many perfumes?!?!”
2007 is most notable for the sheer volume of entries.
But! Just in time for Christmas, there’s a whole lotta greatness goin’ on: Two new fantastic Amouage releases – dark incense for one and not just a little skank for the other; a release from Bond that is the most memorable perfume they’ve made, Silver Factory; the Roja Doves, which are a return to classic perfumery; and the three new incenses from Annick Goutal that are just amazing. They aren’t new, but those Private Reserve scents from the Perfume House also cheered me up.. a LOT.
Is it possible that this flurry of masterpieces at the end of 2007 will save this year in perfumery? It’s just what I wanted for Christmas.
Know what else I want? World peace, a football team that doesn’t suck, a fair college football team ranking system and for my youngest son to get into his first choice college. Well, yeah. Barring all that, I need to hone my best of 2007 list, and I’m close — no, I’m not telling you what’s on it, and I do have it mostly finished, but I want to make sure I don’t miss anything.
So because I have the flu – had it on my birthday last weekend – and my headache is the size of
Texas South America, in comments nominate your top five scents of 2007 because I’m depending on you guys to make sure I don’t miss anything. Bonus is… if you nominate five in comments, you get an entry into a drawing, and the winner will get all 25 samples of what makes my Best of 2007 list.
Winner of the samples of the Private Reserve six scents — Pattie! Hey, it’s not Pismo glass, but you’ll love them anyway. Just click on the Contact us button on the left, and I’ll send you off the samples once I have your address!