Do you list? I don’t in any other walk of life except my obsessions hobbies. And these days the listing is not generally of what to try, but what to buy. You see, I attempt to limit myself to one new bottle a season, and summer seems like the season for which I have least. I need something, and I need to whittle down the choices.
For the UK, it’s been quite sultry, as poor Nicolas Mahut and John Isner can no doubt attest, and my lack of crisp’n’clean scents is disappointing. So I’ve been listing. Here’s the shortlist, including those perfumes that have since been withdrawn and the reasons for that withdrawal.
Humiecki and Daft Bosque – I’m loving the memory of this, now my sample vial is long since drained, but perhaps it’s too odd for refreshment. Maybe straightforward refreshment isn’t what I’m after though, if it’s still on the list… Good bit of warped logic, that.
Editions de Parfum Bigarade Concentree – dude, you’ve got a 20 ml decant of this in sample box 4. Just because the sprayer’s feeble, doesn’t mean you need to go splashing out on a bottle.
Terre d’Hermes parfum – your EdT bottle is almost drained by your pesky live-in lover. You could buy him the parfum and still not be breaking your rules about one bottle a season. I like your my thinking!
Nuit de Tubereuse – in spite of all the loving, I’m finding this just okay and way too sweetly femme for me. I’d rather shock with the Criminelle, myself.
Diptyque Oyedo – I love the fun of this, but maybe I’ll smell like a melting popsicle/ice lolly when I wear it. Bugs will stick to me. And nestless wasps will hone in on me as their food source til death. And I’m not sure if I mean them or me.
Ninfeo Mio – sniffing it would help me decide, but I like the idea of a green figgy citrussy garden – like that Hermes series, but different?
Mandragore – lovely, sour, disappearing.
Caron Eau de Reglisse – the lemon and licorice popsicle to Oyedo’s sherbet orange?
Parfumerie Generale Bois Naufrage – not love enough. Nava is this one’s BFF.
l’Occitane Verbena – the cheap and cheerful option. It’s oh so chirpy, but sweet again and perhaps I need more atringency, even at this price.
Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel- probably my favourite on the list? I love it so. But it only comes in 100 ml bottles, and that may be too much for me and I’m too lazy to enter into all the splitting business. Clary sage herbality and salt. Oh my. You siren, calling me to the Bay of Biscay for foamy frolics!
Creed Selection Verte – replace the 100ml above with 250mls. Oh but it’s lovely – the most refreshing of refreshing smells ever made.
The Different Company de Baschmakov – they sent me a sample, but the envelope arrived, sans sample, but in a La Poste transparent plastic bag. Envelope torn. Nothing to be sniffed. For me, the one that got away. The idea remains lovely; the scent an enigma. French postal service – heading the way of its soccer/football team?
Hermes Vetiver Tonka – it’s time I bought you. You’ve been on every list for the past 4-5 years.
So, help me decide. Do you have a preference? Something not on this list that you think I might not have tried? Lemme know. And, just because, I’ve got a partly used 30ml bottle of Tom Ford’s loud and tropical Black Orchid to give away to one lucky commenter. Let me know if you are interested.
I might be slow to reply tomorrow. Allergies and asthma permitting (the bane of this week), I’m planning to be here for much of the day. I’ll be dealing with a very different – and much longer – list. The photo is from last year, I think.