The best plans and all that. After a long week of training on top of Thanksgiving travel have found me sitting at my computer, contemplating what to review or even type abut and coming up empty of ideas and energy.
March’s comments about Penhaligon’s Amaranthine sent me to Luckyscent begging for a sample. How odd. In that way that Worth Courtesan is odd. Green tea, white freesia, banana tree leaf, coriander, cardamom, rose, carnation, clove, orange blossom, ylang ylang oil, Egyptian jasmin, musk, vanilla, sandalwood, condensed milk, tonka bean. This is some weird note mash-up that Tim Burton could have dreamed up. Perky leaves, languid florals, powdered over with spice notes. And there at the bottom is a little sweat note to make sure you’re paying attention. Duchafour was on some weird trip down the rabbit hole when he did this, but I think I want to come along with him. It make me think of Alice in Wonderland – beautiful, overblown, kinda sweet if you cross your eyes with the smell of desperation setting in.
Huh, I guess I did have something to say. I really wanted to ask you all, now that we are winding down the year, what perfume individually or line/presentation/collection do you feel made the best contribution to perfumery in 2009? I’m leaning towards Cartier and Byredo. Byredo because I wore Bal d’Afrique today and felt a tremendous amount of self-love/lust every time my scarf moved and wafted it upwards. Cartier because I admire that they came up with an idea that represents a integral part of their brand, the watch, and gave it vision and depth.
Okay, your turn!