Hey Posse. Of the billions of new releases and flankers of old releases I only got my sniff on a very few this year. Some of the things that were new to me were not even released in 2021 but that’s when they finally hit our Australian shores or came to my attention. This means Portia Best Of 2021 will be skewed towards my taste, YMMV. Most of my awareness of new things came from Australia’s Libertine Parfumerie seasonal launches, LKNU GWPs and Surrender To Chance. I am affiliated with these businesses in that the owners are my friends that I’ve known for years but get no advertising revenue from them. I’m also on a few Indie Perfumer lists and they send through their latest releases. So I do get to sniff a bit, but only a fraction of what’s out there.
Portia Best Of 2021
Best of Bottles
Here are the fragrances that I now have bottles of in my collection. For 8 months this year I was out of work and for four months I had no government support. There was considerably less play money to fritter on my addiction. Two of these bottles were gifts and one I bought on FragranceNet. The unopened boxes are waiting for me to finish my decants.
L’Esprit Libre Divine
A breath of sea salt air from well up the mountain.
Le Lion de Chanel
CHANEL does Shalimar but makes it ALL about labdanum.
Santal Pao Rosa Guerlain
Sandalwood with some floral adventures.
BIG white floral in metal vase of cold water.
Tears Of Iris Gucci
Dry iris and wind.
Tilleul Le Galion
Honeyed linden and amber.
Best of Samples
Couleur Vanille L’Artisan Parfumeur
Amber plus all the good shit
Under the boardwalk floral breeze
Joie de Vert by Aftelier
Gorgeously sweet green Christmassy warmth.
Osmanthe Kodoshan Maison Crivelli
Sweet spicy osmanthus
Une Verveine Obvious
Bright refreshing greenery and floral
New Year Resolution for 2022. Portia
Well that’s another Xmas season done and dusted here. I hope you all got through as intact as possible and that your familial wounds heal quick and clean. Ours was a chill couple of days at my BFFs Dad’s house. The usual happy combination of too much food, too many presents, heat, underlying drama currents and close quarters. All navigated safely and without the loss of life. Boxing Day was close though when I casually snarked the BFFs shithead sister and called her out on her inconsistence. She’s a nasty, selfish, stupid, brutish bully and when confronted goes into immediate victim mode. Fortunately she’s too scared of me to take it up face to face but there was a lot of hand wringing and moaning behind the scenes. TBH I’m glad it’s over. The event this year has inspired my New Year Resolution that I hope to have the courage and ability to do and continue.
New Year Resolution for 2022 and beyond. I’d really like for Jin and I to be interstate or overseas at Xmas time. Yes, I know it’s selfish and mean but the whole Christmas hoo haa is so overwhelming and depressing. I’d like to run away as far as possible and just hang out.
A few years ago I did a Fragrant New Years Resolutions post her on the Posse. Still very valid and I’m glad to have given them a rereading.
Over the Xmas period perfume wise I wore Caron Nuit de Noel on Xmas Eve. Xmas day was Serge Lutens Five O’Clock Gingembre and evening Gold Man by Amouage. Boxing Day CHANEL Paris-Riviera and evening Diamonds and Emeralds by Elizabeth Taylor. All excellent choices that fit each mood and things I love in my collection.
So, do you have a New Year Resolution for 2022? It can be fragrant or otherwise. Share. It’s not binding but sometimes it’s nice to formally put your wishes down. Gives life and the way we live it shape.
ALSO, fill me in on your Seasonal Celebration stories from last week or planning for this week please. I want all of them, the silly things that happened, how you coped with everything, what you ate, drank, said, did; the whole shemozzle!
LASTLY, Your turn. What did you all love (or HATE) this year? Do you agree with my Portia Best Of 2021?