Happy 2012

Happy New Year, dear Posse folks! Hope 2012 is off to a great start for you.

As for me, I have made my usual resolutions: to get more exercise/lose weight; be neater and more organized; and try to enjoy the scents I already have more, instead of rushing to try the latest thing. I’ve gotten better about this, but the pull of new fragrances is just so hard to resist. And I’ve already done my other New Year’s ritual, old fogey that I am — going through my checkbook (does anyone else still have one of these?) and writing 2012 in the date line for about the first 20 checks or so. Old habits die hard, dontcha know?

So share with us what you did to ring in the new year, what scent you wore, what you plan to buy in the new year, your perfume resolutions, or anything else that tickles your fancy.

And from all of us here at the Posse, thanks for being such great readers, and have a safe and happy New Year!!



  • Joanna says:

    I think I may have accidentally gotten two of my coworkers fired on New Years Eve so I spent it and New Years Day feeling very guilty. I wore vintage My Sin all weekend as that seemed appropriate. Other than that I’m feeling really positive about the new year. My resolution is give more, take less.

  • Lisa D says:

    New Year’s was rung in by snuggling on the bed with the BF and our dog, Maggi the wonder-doodle, watching movies. Same way we celebrated Christmas. And Thanksgiving. Hmmm. I wore SL Douce Amere, which I am convinced smells very similar to Fendi Theorema. In fact, I think I remember buying Theorema as a less expensive alternative to Douce Amere at one point (not knowing it was going the way of the buffalo, and would in a few years cost just as much as a bottle of SL).

    In the new year, I am making no resolutions to stop acquiring ridiculous amounts of perfume. It makes me happy. On my wish list to try are: PG Indochine, Lubin Black Jade, 10 Corso Como, Traversee du Bosphore, anything by Mandy Aftel, anything new by Andy Tauer, AG Mon Parfum Cheri, MDCI La Belle Helene, Frapin Caravelle Epicee. Possible FBWs from last year’s samples: Vero Profumo Rubj, Bottega Veneta, Coeur de Vetiver Sacre!

  • Musette says:

    Happy New Year, sweets! Thanks for helping make the Posse so fabulous!!!! My New Year’s resolution is to Take A Breath! or two. Seriously. I took a nap yesterday. 😮 It was GREAT! 😡

    I also resolved to be my own luck this year!!

    xo >-)

    • Ann says:

      Thank YOU!! You guys have been so wonderful and patient in giving me a chance to blog with you (in addition to being some of the nicest, most generous folks I’ve ever met). And I’m so happy you’re getting some nap time; you deserve it — you’re always on the go!

  • maggiecat says:

    I spent New Year’s Eve at church and then watching movies with DH – we stayed awaked till midnight, barely. We have several bottled of champagne but for one reason or another haven’t consumed any yet – perhaps tonight. I wore Tocca’s Colette, which I’ve be ome quite fond of, but alas not in time to request a bottle for Christmas. Sigh.

  • Julie says:

    Happy New Year all!
    Rang in the new year with friends, eating, drinking and playing games(and their kids who just couldn’t stay asleep with all the racket we were making!). Perfume resolutions are to not buy any more unsniffed decants and to use what I have – I’ve got boxes of samples and decants I need to try/wear, in addition to my full bottles. Other ones are the usual – lose weight/exercise, pay off credit cards.save money. Had some hoppin’ john last night for dinner, so hoping for good luck this year!

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    On New Year’s Eve and day, I wore Chanel no. 5 eau Premiere due to I was working both days and it was what I had in my purse. I know that I got a full bottle as a Christmas gift but don’t know how a 2.5 ounce bottle ended up there instead of my dresser. My goal for the new year is to use up 3 full bottles of perfume and sell the ones I don’t wear anymore.

  • Rena says:

    2012 is apparently going to be my year for carnations–my first perfume purchase of the year was Bellodgia extrait off ebay and I have a decant of Potion and a half-full bottle of Malmaison winging their way towards me, and L’ heure Convoitee will be my reward when I start acupuncture school in NYC in the fall

    • Ann says:

      Good for you, Rena! Congrats on school and your carnation scents. I’m so glad to see someone else thinking of the Convoitee that way, too. The minute I put it on, I thought, “The carnation lovers out there ought to give this a try.” On me, it had much more oomph than SL’s Vitriol, much as I liked that one.

      • Rena says:

        On me the combination of the strawberry flesh and rose supporting notes yeilded the carnation scent closest to living carnations (at least as I remember the mini carnations my Dad used to grow). The cosmetic smelling base doesn’t thrill me but since that takes about 14 hours to become prominent on me I don’t mind. Am also considering getting Dolce and Gabbana’s Velvet Love– a carnation with ridiculous lasting power on me–at least 24 hours wafting and detectable for 3 days (!)on skin (discovered when I lost hot water for a few days)

        • jen says:

          I’ve been looking for a carnation scent and even ordered one from ol Demeter, one of the Christmas ones. Today Im wearing Rocher Vanilla Noir and Iris Noir after reading a novel where the hero kept saying someone smelled like iris and vanilla. Its a good mix. Im also trying to decide between Cuba or Italy for our trip this year.

  • Ann says:

    Oops — I forgot to share what I had on for New Year’s Eve and Day. I wore Amouage Memoir for Women for one and Ysatis pure parfum for the other, ’cause I wanted to feel rich (and hopefully to bode well for a prosperous 2012).

  • Sherri M. says:

    My New Years resolutions read pretty much like Ann’s–lose weight, get organized, etc.–though no resolve to cut back on trying new perfumes (I enjoy it too much and as hobbies go it’s relatively inexpensive compared to golf or a boat or horses, etc.) I do resolve to be more careful selecting full bottles, because it bothers me to see things set; that seems so wasteful! (but then again that’s what swaps are for! :-)

    Best wishes for a beautiful, wonderful year for everyone!

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Sherri! You’re so right — our hobby, costly as it may be, could be a lot worse (please tell my husband that — ha!). I, too, hate to see things sit unused, so thank goodness for our swaps.

  • ElizabethW says:

    Good tip about the checkbook–I’m going to do that right now! :) My husband and I went to First Night in Rockport, MA. Most of the music acts were terrible, but it was nice to be with friends that we don’t get to see often enough. I wore Ormond Jayne Woman. We slept at our friends’ house and took a walk on the beach in the morning. I wore SL Fleurs d’Oranger because it’s so pretty but easy on the over-tired senses. We hadn’t consumed much alcohol on New Years Eve but we did have a lovely cocktail made with champagne and St. Germaine liqueur. I had never heard of this liqueur but apparently it is made with Elder flowers. Light, fragrant and delicious. Happy New Year everyone!:x

    • Ann says:

      What a nice way to ring in the new year! And such a treat to get up and stroll on the beach. That liqueur sounds lovely — just perfect for us perfumistas.

    • I found a small bottle of the St. Germain liqueur by accident–I was intrigued by the bottle. It’s lovely also woth a splash of white wine and soda!

  • March says:

    Happy New Year to you too, honey. You’ve been a great addition to the Posse. 😡 Drinking some of that winter chai right now…

    Lol, my nine-year-olds had more going on for New Year’s Eve than I did (they went to a friend’s for pizza and a movie.)

    Part of my New Year’s tradition is to write the wrong date on everything for a few weeks, not sure I’m ready to change that 😕

    I’ve been wearing Neil Morris’ Midnight Shadows and enjoying the smoky incense, along with Tauer Orris (in the long-neglected dept.)

    • Ann says:

      Hi, sweetie, and thanks. You guys have been so great! I’m happy that you’re enjoying the chai. I’ve found a cup of tea to be the antidote for just about anything life can throw at you. And glad you’ll be getting a little more “mileage” out of 2011 – LOL!

  • Alison says:

    DH and I had a group of our good friends over for dinner. Great time was had by all. I wore Montale’s Powder Flowers. I bought a decant on a lark from TPC and was immediately bowled over before I even got the envelope open, and haven’t been able to put it down since.

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Alison! Now that really was love at first sniff, wasn’t it? It’s so cool when a scent just takes you by surprise like that.

  • Mrs.Honey says:

    I wore a tiny bit of Baghari to church. I smelled Shalimar on someone else at church. Otherwise, I made greens and hoppin john for the new year. Also, I wrote out a list of what I will buy this year and where. I also have things I want to sample, but have learned the hard way to live with a sample for a long time before being.

    • Ann says:

      Mmmm, Baghari, such a luscious scent. We didn’t do greens, hoppin’ John or black-eyed peas this year because DH had to work all weekend, so my son and I just did pizza. Good for you for being organized and keeping a list and also very good for your wallet that you buy carefully. Samples and small decants are really about all I do anymore, at least until my income goes up. :)

  • Meg says:

    I spent New Years Eve at my brother’s wedding, surrounded by family, dancing and feasting. It was a really wonderful and festive atmoshere and I can’t think of how else I would prefer to ring in a new year. I wore N. 22 which I like to think was an elegant counterpoint to the quirky suit I was sporting.

    My perfume resolution is to buy fewer cheap thrills/passing fascinations this year and hold off for my true perfume-loves that inspire devotion, even if they are significantly more expensive/harder to find. I’m sure I will break this though!

    • Ann says:

      Meg, what a wonderful way to ring in the new year, surrounded by so much love and fun and good food! And No. 22 was an excellent choice to accompany it. I’m with you on the perfume resolution — I need to do the same and quit giving in to every passing fancy and just concentrate on my favorites. It’s just that you never know: That new or offbeat fragrance could turn out to be a brand-new love. :)

      • Meg says:

        I know, it’s true, you never know which will stick! Yet, somehow this year I managed to more than double my collection (from 11 bottles to 24) and still somehow not buy the two at the top of my buy list because in my mind they were too expensive/the shipping was too much. However, looking back, all of those other comparatively-cheap seeming bottles which I am not as crazy about easily add up to more then my top two!

  • Daniela says:

    Happy New Year! My NYE was spent in bed surrounded by kleenex and loopy on cold meds. Yes, I had the unenviable pleasure of starting a new year completely stuffed up and sick. Other than that, I actually had a relaxing evening of catching up on TV shows (Warehouse 13 – brilliant show). No perfumes in my vicinity since I couldn’t smell them even if I wanted to. A few small decants are waiting to be properly tested though – L’Artisan’s Batucada, PG Coze, and PG Musc Maori. I gave them all a little sniff before the cold had set in, and they are great. Batucada smells very much like the Caipirinha drink that it was based on, all lime and fizz. PG Coze is just… special. I had a small sample of this one that I would dab onto the skin, and it smelled warm and cozy and harmless. But now, with the spray decant, I spritzed a healthy dose and had to shallow-breathe for a few minutes. Whoa, that’s some powerful stuff! And finally, Musc Maori, it’s just melted chocolate on skin. Delicious. Anyway, good luck with your resolutions and all the best for 2012!

    • Ann says:

      Oh, Daniela, so sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Hope you’re feeling much, much better soon so you can fully enjoy those new lovelies. I like PG’s Coze, Cadjmere, and especially Indochine, but haven’t tried the Maori. Guess that’ll be next on my list now, and the Batucada, too, as I love me some lime and fizz. Hang in there!

  • nozknoz says:

    Oh, that’s such a good idea with the checkbook – saves the chronic embarrassment of writing 2011 on the first few checks of the year!

    Happy 2012 to all!

    • Ann says:

      Thanks, Nozknoz! So glad to hear I’m not the only one still using an old-fashioned checkbook. Hope you, too, are having a great 2012 so far!

    • KirstenMarie says:

      Seriously! Ingeniously simple…and yet first heard for me!