Favorite Things 2006

March and I are going to do a dual post on our Best Things of 2006, along with many other bloggers (listed at the bottom of the post). Please make sure to visit all of them, many of whom have been the primary source for lemmings! These aren’t necessarily new things for 2006, but they may be new to us.

Patty’s List, with musical accompaniment:

  1. You’re the First, the Last, the Everything (love ya, Barry)… The very top of my list has to start with Parfumerie Generale. This whole line has blown me away. From the Buttcrack Accord on the open of Aomassai drying down to one of the most beautiful, soft scents imaginable to Harmatan Noir, which is rich smoky tea and wood that just haunts me every day that I don’t wear it, there is something for everyone at this Perfume House. It will truly go down with Serge Lutens and Frederic Malle scents in what are now modern day classics. So what in the heck are you waiting for, go find one that you like! Best Perfume Line 2006.
  2. Once I was afraid, I was petrified… (Gloria Gaynor) that Armani would stop making the Luminous Silk Foundation. Now I get night sweats thinking they could discontinue their new Shaping Foundation, which is the most ground-breaking foundation I can recall in a very long time. You get less with more, which is to say, it has better coverage that makes you look like you have nothing on at all. How? Who knows…Italian fairies is my best guess. Best Cosmetic 2006.
  3. I wanna fly like an Eagle to the Sea, fly like an Eagle, let my Spirit Carry me…(Steve Miller, yes!) How could I have missed Guerlain’s Vol de Nuit parfum? I sniffed it briefly before and liked it, but I didn’t have enough to truly luxuriate in this classic beautiful scent. This is like the best of Sous le Vent and one of the sweeter Guerlains all wrapped up together. Stunning. Best Oldie but Goodie 2006.
  4. In my dream, I was drowning in sorrow, but my sorrows, they learned to swim. Surrounding me, going down on me, spinning over the brim. Waves of regret and waves of joy, I reached out for the one I tried to destroy… (U2, Actung Baby, only the best album ever made) Chocolate Martinis. the end. Drink enough of them, and you will feel beautiful and fragrant. Best Vacation 2006.
  5. Imagine me and you, I do, I think about you day and night, it’s only right to think about the girl you love and hold her tight, so happy together…(some band in the ’60s, Turtles?) Caron Poivre fills the slot of magnificent obsession for me quite well. There is nothing else quite like it, nor should there be. Best Obsession 2006.
  6. When I was a young boy
    I was honest and I had more self-control
    If I was tempted I would run
    Then, when I got older
    I began to lie to get exactly what I wanted
    When I wanted it
    – And I wanted it
    Now, I’m having trouble differentiating
    Between what I want
    And what I need
    To make me happy
    So instead of thinking I just act
    Before I have the chance to contemplate the
    Consequence of action …
    (Stabilo, Flawed Design) Best Perfumista’s Siren Song of Obsession 2006
  7. Help, I have done it again. I have been here many times before. Hurt myself again today. And the worst part is there’s no one else to blame…(Sia, Breathe Me) in a land full of candles, there can be only one Leather candle, and that is Assouline’s leather candle. At $45 apiece, there is pain involved. Best Sniffy that’s Not Perfume 2006.
  8. I feel the cold, loneliness unfold like from another world. Come what may, I won’t fade away, but I know I might change. Nothing comes easily, fill this empty space. Nothing is like it was. Turn my grief to grace…(Kate Havnevik, Grace) Serge Lutens Encens et Lavande and Iris Silver Mist. Encens is the grief, and Iris Silver Mist is the grace. Best Mood Scent Discoveries 2006.
  9. I feel like letting you know how much i love you today. I feel like letting it show, showing you rightly now, they’re never going away…(Open Heart Surgery, The Brian Jonestown Massacre) Frederic Malle Beurre Exquise (in any flavor). Nothing should feel this great or cost this much, but loving this exquisite butter that glides on like silk is easy…and insane. Best Ridiculously Priced Luxury of 2006
  10. Oh, the deeper I spin, Oh, the hunter will sin for your ivory skin. Took a drive in the dirty rain To a place where the wind calls your name. Under the trees the river laughing at you and me. Hallelujah, heaven’s white rose. The doors you open, I just can’t close…(Who’s Gonna Ride your Wild Horses from U2’s Achtung Baby, may I repeat, one of the best albums ever) Narcisse, as in Caron Narcisse Noir and L’Artisan Fleur de Narcisse. When you feel beautiful and free and strong and way wild. Best Scents to Make a Statement for 2006

March’s List, Without Musical Accompaniment:

Here´s my list of my Top 10 for 2006, in random order. Some of these weren´t released in 2006 but I´m including them because they were new to me.

  1. Donna Karan Chaos – I promise, this is the last time I mention Chaos on the blog (in 2006, anyway.) So I´m maybe four (?) years too late to buy it retail, but in this case – better late than never.
  2. Armani Prive Cuir Amethyst – an unconventional blend of leather and violet. I get compliments on this every time I wear it.
  3. Less is More – at the beginning of 2006 I didn´t want scent to comfort me – I wanted it to enthrall me, enchant me, disgust me … I get the idea of a low-key scent now. Random scents that comfort me by staying in the background when necessary: Jil Sander Sensations, KenzoAmour, Clinique Simply, Hermes Eau de Merveilles, Matthew Williamson Incense, Bvlgari The Blanc (or green, or red), Annayake Miyako… I´m sure I´ve forgotten five things I´ll feel guilty about later.
  4. Virtual Reality – another category I enjoyed playing around in. Perfumes that take you somewhere. My favorite virtual reality line: CB I Hate Perfume (Black March, Burning Leaves, Gathering Apples, Winter 1972, etc.). I´m also going to stick CB Musk on here in honor of my fellow fans of hardcore skank, although I´m still going to argue that it´s both sensual and beautiful.
  5. Andy Tauer Perfumes – both Lonestar Memories (virtual reality leather) and Orris (woody, incense, iris) are well worth smelling. The new lavender mod is shaping up to be another winner.
  6. Malle Carnal Flower – tuberose with just a bit of a chill. Stunning, and remember, I´m not the Queen of Big White Florals, either. My other favorite Malle is En Passant, which I´m sliding in here because, frankly, what list is complete without En Passant? The only one of my fragrances my daughter has ever asked for. She calls it “the sad lilac rain one,” which just about covers it.
  7. Parfumerie Generale — some of them (Iris Taizo, Hyperessence Matale, Ilang Ivohibe) I loved. Even the ones I hated (Aomassai) were interesting. I believe there´s now a coffret with samples of all 15 scents, which sounds perfect.
  8. Houbigant Apercu – if I wanted to be a pill I´d stick Mitsouko on here (have you noticed there´s no Guerlain on my list? And I´m not adding any from 2006, either.) Instead I´ll be a pill and stick in Apercu, which must be 80 years old at this point. If you´re looking for a classic woody chypre that doesn´t smell dated; if you can´t quite “get there” with Mitsouko; if you´d like to smell something that makes 98% of the perfume at Sephora look like crap – get some Apercu, which they still make, unlike a lot of other great vintage scents, so you don´t have to pay a fortune on eBay and then discover the bottle´s gone off. Although poking around online I´m nervous it´s now been d/c´d, because it´s getting harder to find…
  9. The men´s department — it took me forever to cross the aisle – I have an irrational fear of vetiver-heavy, cedar-forest, citrus-scarifying generic guy-cologne smells that all boil down in my mind to being drowned in a vat of Mennen Skin Bracer. What a dumbass. Considering how much I love a little dark and dirty, the men´s department is loaded with winners. A partial list of the men´s fragrances I discovered and fell in love with this year: the Carons, especially Yatagan (wave your big dagger at me, baby!); Hermes Rocabar and Equipage; Ralph Lauren Double Black (no, seriously); Guerlain Derby and L´Instant; Dior Eau Noire; Lanvin Arpege Pour Homme, and Prada Amber Pour Homme (which, let´s face it, is more femme than the woman´s by a mile).
  10. Smaller bottles — for about five weeks there, right before the holidays, a number of mainstream fragrance houses came out with miniaturized, usually roll-on versions of their scents. I´d prefer a small bottle instead of a rollerball — like the purse sprays of yore (did anyone else see those adorable teeny-weeny three-pack bottle sets of Kenzo Flower?!) but it´s a start. Sing along with me: Wouldn´t It Be Wonderful …. If we didn´t have to buy 100ml of something? Frankly, I don´t even want 50ml – 20 to 30ml would be plenty. No, I´m not holding my breath, given the opposite gigantism trend (exemplified, for instance, by the new Chanel Exclusifs coming out in February in 200ml bottles). That´s just … silly. How´m I gonna pick that thing up and spray – with my third hand? My super powers? The Cheese keeps complaining what we need around here is a wife. Hey, maybe we´ll get one! And then she can spray me with perfume…

Please Visit the other wonderful Bloggers participating in Favorite Things 2006:

  • Afrobella
  • All About The Pretty
  • Aromascope
  • Beauty Addict
  • Beauty Blogging Junkie
  • Beauty by Nadine
  • Beautiful Makeup Search & Beauty Blog
  • Beauty Hatchery
  • Beauty Jones
  • Blogdorf Goodman
  • Bois de Jasmin
  • BonBons in the Bath
  • Brain Trapped in Girl’s Body
  • Capital Hill Barbie
  • C’est Chic
  • Coquette
  • Crazy Jay Blue
  • eBeautyDaily
  • Girl’s Handbook
  • Hautemommastuff
  • Koneko’s *Mostly* Beauty Diary!
  • Legerdenez
  • Makeup Bag
  • Monkeyposh
  • My Muse
  • No one knows why the wolf laughs
  • Now Smell This
  • Perfume Smellin’ Things
  • Peppermint Patty’s Perfume Posse
  • Platinum Blonde Life
  • Product Girl
  • Scentzilla!
  • She’ll Be Feverish After So Much Thinking
  • Slap of the Day
  • The Customer Is Always Right
  • The Daily Obsession
  • The Great She Elephant
  • The Life As A Ladybug
  • The Non-Blonde
  • Urbane Girl
  • Victoria’s Own
  • Jeanne Marie Auclair says:


    Love this blog! Wonderful descriptions of my favorite item in the whole world–perfume!

    This is going to have to become my weekend haunt!

    My favorite find of 2006 was a lovely bottle of Molinard’s Habanita. Last night I dreamed of Serge’s whole collection–I kid you not–I was viewing his French Web site before going to be last night. I feel compelled to buy at least 6 bottled in 2007, maybe every other month. He is my all-time favorite perfumer. I’ve only owned two; Ambre Sultan and Un Bois Vanille. I want to know each of his beauties personally!

    F. Malle is seducing me as well! Jeanne Marie Auclair

  • BBliss says:

    Happy New Year, ladies – and thank you for the great lists and the blog. And yes, Achtung is one of the best albums EVER – cutting edge at the time, and just plain good now. I really gotta get to the Chaos and the Cuir Amethyste this year and I will!

  • Carla says:

    I’m going to check out that foundation now. Happy New Year and thank you for the great list.

  • Beba Simo says:

    It has taken me two days to go thru all the bloggers in Fav Things 2006 list but I loved it!

    Thanks for including my favorite, that 73 year old ever young Vol de Nuit, and many thanks for introducing me to Andy Tauer L’Air and Parfumerie Generale Harmatan, both are at the top of my list with VdN.

    My best wishes for you and March for 2007.

  • Erika says:

    Happy New Year Patty & March ūüôā

  • beauty chick says:

    Congrats on the courage to “cross the aisle” into the men’s dept. I look forward to reading more of those discoveries in the coming new year!

  • Oh I am so with you on the smaller bottles! We can only wish I guess. And the new Chanels, well maybe if we boycot or complain enough? Loved your lists, Happy New Year! – Victoria

  • risa says:

    *giggle* what a fantastic list! i loved it both with and without, for different reasons. happy new year to you both!

  • Gretchen says:

    Love your lists! Great blog! Thanks for the inspiring reviews!!

  • Vetiveronica says:

    Re: March’s List, Item 9, Men’s Department. With Musical Accompaniment.

    Vetiver, vetiver, vetiver, vetiver, vetiver. (‘Star Star’, The Rolling Stones.)

  • trinity says:

    Late to the party, but wanted to say I enjoy the blog, one of my faves, thanks Patty and March!!!

    Hmm, 2006 scents, my faves that I purchased this year are Attrape Couer, Carnal Flower, and at the very top, Fleur de Narcisse. OMG, this scent is perfect, absolute heaven for me.

    Scent bombs, well, AT Orris can go to the head of the class in this catagory. Yuck is all I can say.

    On my list to try is the new shaping foundation from Armani. I am on my second bottle of LSF, and I love it, so have to try the new one soon.

    Cheers and Happy New Year!!!!!

  • Leopoldo says:

    Awesome as always. Too much to comment on; too much to try. I’m with Patty on Harmatan Noir (although it does go soapy on me once in a while), and with March on the assmassai warrior stink.

    I most want to try all three Assouline (man, I’m a butt-obsessive) candles, but most espcially the leather, but I’m unlikely to.

    Andy is my perfumer of the year, for his decency, charm and warmth, especially in the face of recent attacks online (poor lad).

    My favourite new things of 2006 are: discovering D√ɬ©claration, Terre d’Hermes, falling in love all over again with Poivre Samarcande (looks like I’m about to run off with your virtual bf, Patty), the ambiance range from Parfums Nicola√ɬĮ, Lonestar, and other stuff that I can’t remember.

    Happy new year, all!

  • Terri S-B says:

    About the Narcisse Noir, since I love the EDT, how does it compare to the parfum? I assume the parfum is just that much more intense, but is it like some other fragrances where the differences between an EDT and parfum can be so great as to make them almost different scents altogether?

    Don’t know if I worded that question properly, but hopefully you know what I mean.


  • Bela says:

    Such a great list! Loved reading it all.

    Happy New Year!

  • koneko says:

    Great lists! I love reading about these fragrances, I have tons of new fragrances to try out in 2007.

    I have not heard about the magical FM body butters much, but now… I want!!!

  • Camilla says:

    From Patty, I’ll take the Caron and Parfumerie Generale nominations, especially Poivre, Narcisse Noir and Aomassai. Inspired by March’s list are my picks for a stinky foot & cheesy leather, Montale’s Oud Cuir d’ Arabie (layer this with anything, and you will see) and a classic from the men’s department: Dunhill Edition, a frosty treat for male and female incense lovers alike.

  • s’prazdnikom you darling girls!

    Thank you for the lovely blog & have a fragrant New Year.

  • Cait says:

    If I haven’t said this, my visits to this blog have been one of my favorite things of 2006 because you two are so great and fun and it’s really great conversation around here. :((

    I also like seeing both of your tastes metamorphosize with all your discoveries. I remain, as ever, your big lash batting floral gal.
    From Patty’s list, I must try many chocolate martinis, the assouline candle, and THE BEURRE THE BEURRE THE EVERLOVIN BEURRRRE!
    From March’s list, I need Cuir Amethyste and no, NOT A WIFE (they can be so much trouble!) but to try all those sexy colognes like Polo Double Black.
    Happy New Year to all of you who write and read this blog!

  • Katie says:

    Heh heh, impressions of CB Musk coming soon… Trying to gather my thoughts on it first, and hopefully in time for a year’s round-up of the 2006 releases.

  • March says:

    Katie — I’ve tried the new one and don’t like it, but I’ll keep an eye peeled for the new one.

    Hey, whadja think of the CB Musk?:d

  • March says:

    Gaia — ack!!!! That Assomassi! Lord, I hated that buttcrack-y thing. Everyone else lurved it. Let me know what happens.

  • March says:

    Gigi — have fun playing in the fragrance.

  • March says:

    Ina — it was YOU!!! I KNEW somebody else liked it. It’s not getting a lot of love in general, I don’t think. Hah. What do they know!

  • March says:

    Victoria — I have learned so much from you this year. Thanks.:”>

  • March says:

    Angela — I have you to thank for getting me into all sorts of trouble, particularly most recently with Femme — the new one (I’ve got a vintage on the way for comparison.) Oh. My. God. What a freaking bombshell.

  • March says:

    Tania — thanks for stopping by! I cannot WAIT for your new book, I am sooooo excited.

  • March says:

    Toya — I love the name of your blog.

  • March says:

    Maria — thanks! So sorry about the Encens et Lavande — it would be pretty pointless without the Encens part (I adore that one too.) If it makes you feel better, that PG Harmatan Noir they’re always going on about smells like watery soap on me.

  • March says:

    Annietown — thanks! We’re going to have lots of fun in 2007 too.

  • March says:

    mireille — we’re pleased to enable anyone’s addiction.:”>

  • March says:

    Christine — tiny tiny bottles. Let’s all keep visualizing them.

  • March says:

    Robin — I still owe you bigtime for a couple of new favorites — like Theorema — and for inspiring me to revisit Eau de Merveilles (I see from your list you had the same reevaluation that I did.)

  • March says:

    Elle — teeny weeny bottles! Really. 10 ml would be fine too, but ain’t gonna happen.

    Can’t wait to see what CB gets up to in 2007.

  • March says:

    Marina — can we do a mournful high-five?:-?

    The Cuir Amethyste (hey, look, I spelled it wrong in the post) is one of those funny stealth ones on me. Remember, I can’t even smell the entire silly thing. But it’s got … this weird Wonder-Woman type force-field attached to it. When I have it on, I feel powerful. Does that make any sense at all? I bet you have one like that … and men LOVE it. It’s funny how much they love it. That stupid Pheromone thing should be so alluring…

  • March says:

    Judith — ah, I’m looking forward to smelling 2007 with you!

  • Katie says:

    March, now that you’ve ventured over to the boys’ side, I insist you try VINTAGE Lanvin Vetyver… I have this weird hunch you’ll enjoy it. (Not sure if you’ll like the reformulated current version, though.) And if there’s testers for Xeryus Rouge, try that, it’s delish: don’t think it’s one you’d like for yourself, but again, it’s delish.

    Patty, love the list in song. Especially because I too love Barry :d Happy New Year!<:-p

  • The two of you are responsible to a great part of my perfume education (and to several of the bottles on my dresser).
    I have several Parfumerie Generale samples to work my way through. I’ll start with Aomassai.

    Happy New Year!

  • Gigi says:

    I love the GA designer shaping foundation, too — it really is unlike anything else I’ve used before.

    I’ve decided to try new types of fragrances this year. Ever since I was traumatized in the ’80s by Giorgio BH and CK Obsession (I was in fashion school and all the girls seemed to wear so much of the stuff — so much so that once during a test I had to excuse myself from the room because I was choking!), I’ve been surrounding myself only with fresh and citrusy scents. I’m taking both lists and running to the nearest fragrance specialty store. It’s time to explore!

  • Ina says:

    Patty, I rediscovered Vol de Nuit parfum this year, too. It’s gorgeous!

    March, I can’t believe I’ve left out Cuir Amethyste! Totally agree with you.

  • Victoria says:

    You two are gems in your own right. It is such a pleasure to read your posts, and I look forward to more in 2007!

    Happy New Year!

  • AngelaS says:

    Patty and March, you two are on my top ten best of 2006 (right in there with Vol de Nuit, Le Labo Iris, and ribeye steaks). I’ve been spending my mornings with you, coffee at my side, gearing up for a day of work, and it’s been terrific. Thanks!

  • Maria B. says:

    Oops. Sorry. Under my category of classy chypre that formerly reminded me of my aunt, I should have written Caron Alpona!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry, I’m in the middle of moving. The brain is on long trips and cleaning supplies.


  • Tania says:

    Love the lists! Yay for the bombshell fragrances that disrupt conversation (Poivre, Narcisse Noir, Carnal Flower, I’m looking at you) and the sly wallflower fragrances when you just feel like eavesdropping. Happy New Year to you both!

  • Toya says:

    Hi! I had a great time reading both lists. I’m not a perfume expert, but reading these lists make me wanna be!

    Could you please correct my blog address? The Life of a Ladybug can be found at http://lifeofaladybug.typepad.com.

    Thank you!

  • Maria B. says:

    Most interesting lists, ladies! If there were a category for Best-Smelling Comedy Divas of 2006, you’d be it.

    About Serge Lutens Encens et Lavande: On me it’s all cold lavender, no incense. On my husband it didn’t work either. Big disappointment because I love incense.

    Classy chypre: I now don’t know how it could have reminded me of my aunt. I love it! It’s elegant and deep, and, weirdly enough, it has become a comfort scent for me (and not at all because of the aunt thing).

  • Annieytown says:

    I have never tried any of the PG scents but you have hooked me with the description of Harmatan Noir as a smokey tea. OMG.
    I really need to get back on track with trying and seeking out new scents.

    I think that the Armani foundation might be the most mentioned product on all the bloggers list.

    Thanks P and M and have a wonderful New Year!!!

  • mireille says:

    P, Vol de Nuit … yes, yes, yes! (thanks to you) … and Armani foundation, must see this for myself. Patty, thanks for all you’ve done to encourage my perfume habit … and Happy New Year! xoxo

  • Christine says:

    Amen Patty on “Achtung Baby”!

    And good lord, if bottles came smaller I could afford so much more.

  • Robin says:

    *wails* I want some of that FM body butter stuff! Ain’t gonna pay for it though. Great lists, both of you, and hope you both have a perfect 2007!

  • Elle says:

    Fabulous lists! Nods head in sad agreement w/ that perfume obsession song. And I *have* to try that leather candle.
    *Love* my CBs!!! His musk really is gorgeous on me and layers beautifully w/ other scents. And I’m so w/ you in wanting smaller bottles. Please! People no longer have a soul commitment to just one scent. I’d need to live for approximately 746 years (and have major, choking sillage) to actually get through my bottles. Thank God and ebay for decants. And do the people at Chanel think I am in need of handy substitutes for weights to do curls w/?? Ugh.

  • Marina says:

    Patty, High Five for Parfumerie Generale. March, (a slightly sad) High Five for Chaos.

    March, I can’t believe you love Cuir Amethyste so much! Maybe I should give it another chance…

  • Judith says:

    Love both these lists, and I really can’t decide between them. I’ll take some of both, please!8-|