Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and a very merry Christmas Eve to those who celebrate it. On these festive days, I always think carefully about what scent to wear. And I’ve noticed that over the years, I’ve grouped a number of scents that I love together in a category I’ll loosely call “million-dollar babies.” These fragrances smell like no expense was spared, and are rich, lush and plush, with a capital P:
Givenchy’s Ysatis, a big, bold ’80s floriental, accompanied by a sly wink of coconut; Clive Christian C for Women’s seamlessly blended mix of tuberose, rose, violet and a slew of other lovelies; Hermes’ 24 Faubourg, with its Ms. Got Rocks’ nectar of orange blossom and jasmine; my newly rediscovered ’90s fave Faberge Imperial; the Queen Carnal Flower; any number of Amouages; and perhaps even the new floral beauty from Puredistance, Opardu, although I need to spend more quality time with it to see if it will qualify. Hey, I’ll even include Chanel Coromandel. It’s got patchouli, but it’s gorgeously put together and refined — not something that’s often said about patch. Of course, I’m sure I’m missing many others.
These are scents that make you (or at least me) want to don high heels, slip on a strand of pearls (or a tux, for the guys) and go out to some kind of oh-so-elegant affair, be it a grand party, dinner at a posh restaurant or an evening at the opera, theater or ballet. (Or maybe just playing dress-up at home, which I’ve been known to do, ha!)
Just spraying on one of these beauties makes me feel dressed to the nines, even if I’m wearing jeans. I stand a little taller, hold my head a little higher and reach for ravishing red lipstick.
Speaking of Carnal Flower, I wore it to our family’s Thanksgiving celebration this year and got several compliments on it, which is a rare occurrence, indeed. That day was two spritzes’ worth: one on my chest, then one on the wrist, which I then gently touched to the back of my neck and to the other wrist.
I usually apply my fragrance VERY lightly, one spritz or dab only, so is it any wonder I don’t get much feedback? (But that’s probably a good thing these days.) At any given time, you’d have to press your nose into my wrist to sniff what I’m wearing. Maybe this will teach me to be a bit more decadent, eh?
Anyway, what fragrances make you feel like a million bucks? What scents say rich, lush and plush
BTW, I’m still trying to decide what to wear tonight: Despite neither being on my rich, lush and plush list, I’m leaning toward Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant (for that lovely hit of balsam-y goodness) or a spray of drop-dead beautiful Ubar, sent to me by a generous perfume pal. Or a dollop of Amouage Memoir body cream, sent by another wonderful perfumista. I’ll definitely choose something from the list for Christmas Day though.