SPRING IS HERE!!! (Make sure to check above or below this for Ari’s first post – you really, really don’t want to miss it! Yes, it’s two posts today!)
Never mind that it’s a blustery 39F, with a gale-force wind. The lilacs are out, the robins are fighting….time for some Spring Scents! I’m thinking about Iris – a lot. It’s just cool enough to hone the stainless steel blade of that beautiful root (iris always smells, to me, a bit like a freshly sharpened knife). Now is the time for Xerjoff’s gorgeous Irisss. Cool, chic, soignee – but still firmly grounded. One spritz makes me feel like I lost 20 lbs and gained several inches (and a hefty trust fund). And yet I’m grounded enough to pick up my own drycleaning. Did you know Maserati makes an SUV? And Xerjoff makes Irisss.
Iris 39, with that carrot! I always think of this as a green/brown scent rather than the typical midnight blues and purples that iris usually conjures. As the weather warms this becomes difficult for me to wear – the heat brings out that buttery smell that carrots have and gives my stomach nerves some anxiety. But in this cooler weather (35F at night/ 50s daytime) it’s just perfect. It is that pale bronzey-green shantung sheath I would wear, if that color looked good on me (it doesn’t). Since I can’t wear the color, I wear the fragrance instead.
Delrae Mythique. Patty and I just talked about this scent – we both love it but think it’s a bit heavy for warmer weather. Which means a cool Spring day (or a nippy night) is the perfect time to celebrate this gorgeous homage to Iris. It took me awhile to understand this one – at first I thought Delrae Roth had lost her everlovin’ mind – but third try? I was hooked. I remember testing it last year, then going outside to mulch flower beds and rake leaves. 50degree temps and a slight elevation in body heat made this one just blossom!!
Byredo La Tulipe: I’m not the world’s biggest floral fan, but this is just so
sheer and pretty — how can I resist? Serge Lutens’ Bas de Soie: Didn’t care that much for this when it first came out,
but found myself craving it a while back and had to snag a sample. It creates a
cool, crisp aura on warm days when I need a bit of professional chill.
Three-way tie between original Cristalle, Cristalle Eau Verte and Maison Margiela Untitled:
Gotta have my greens and any one of these is a great way to get my fix.
I’m thinking about pairing the MMM body lotion with the other two (not together)
to see what happens.
(btw – the italics and breaks are because I liked it! I think it’s pretty!)
: Spring, schming. I wear what I want. My “office fragrance” dignity lasted about six weeks (I know, right? Huge surprise.) Now I wear anything I want, and if they think I smell weird, so be it. We’ve had the typical mid-Atlantic spring where I am literally switching the house from heat to A/C to heat to A/C to heat…. it’s been cold-ish recently. You know what I’m loving? Mitsouko
. Yep, good ol’ Mitsy. Probably not everyone’s first choice for the office, but I put on a tiny dab of the extrait (which is all you need) and I’m ready for pretty much anything. My daughter Diva wore a vintage-style dress to the prom, which she had made for her on Etsy. That’s her to the left, with her posse, they go to the prom in packs these days. I’m sure a bunch of you remember my original post years ago about how crappy the dress options were for teenagers. Anyhoo, her dress had a cherry pattern, shaped bodice and halter-style top, flared skirt (with crinoline), and some killer heels. She wore deep-wine-colored roses in her hair instead of a corsage… and she wore Mitsouko, because her mama dabbed it on her. I was fascinated by how it smelled on her. Mitsy on me is lovely, really, but it’s take-no-prisoners. You’re not cuddling up to Mitsy. On Diva, it was the smell of peaches, collected by angels at dawn, with a little moss. It was stunning.
Patty’s picks (Dammit, Musette, do NOT give me colors, italics or anything else!)
Totally going with Byredo La Tulipe FTW! I don’t know what kind of Spring Crack they put in this, but once the weather starts heating up a little and the pollen and lilacs are blooming, I huff this like there is no tomorrow.
And my new fragrance obsessions – Mary Chess vintage soliflores – tuberose, caranation, white lilac. I read that the Tuberose was Lana Turner’s go-to fragrance and she ordered it by the case. Um, HFS, I can see why. I don’t know if it’s spring or not, but this little bit I have must be 4o years old and smells stunning. Now, do not go out on eBay and start bidding against me this stuff or I will be quite vexed. What, What? I didn’t say anything about something that I don’t want anyone else hunting for. And Musette sent me some Beloved. I really should just choke her. It’s mesmerizing in all the best ways. I admire the Amouage fragrances, but Lyric is the only one that’s a big winner for me, the one I crave. But Beloved, with it’s Really Beloved Price Tag is on the list. More to come next week, if I can stay off the phone with Bergdorf asking them if they have it in yet.
And from our sweetie, Tom:
I chose as my favorite of spring Malle’s French Lover on PST but I’m going to mention a second one that’s like French Lover’s evil twin: Lutens’ Musc Kublai Kahn. During the day when I want to project an air of “respectable person” at meetings I love French Lover (and love telling people what I’m wearing) but in the evening when I’m dealing with LA’s famous “May Greys” I can curl up in the warm, feral embrace of MKK and all is right in the world..
photo: Laburnum Walk at my house. Yah. Okay, Laburnum Walk at Barnsley Housse. Dang.
For more Top Spring picks, go over to our friends at Perfume Smellin’ Things, Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc and Now Smell This