Well, it’s Winter. Still. Icy sidewalks and bone-chilling temps. Unless you live Down Under, where it’s 107F in the shade. But I don’t live there, so I sit HERE, shivering. But even I, Musette, Winter Hater Extraordinaire, admits there is some sublime beauty in crystalline ice-covered branches and snowy lawns…and I can carry my muff and pull off a red lippie without looking like a clown. So…okay. It’s Winter. I’ll deal with it.
But what to wear, scentwise? My own preferences are so bizarre…remember the Shattered Ice post from a few years ago, when I wore all those aldehydes in sub-freezing temps? Yah. Wel, I’m over that . It’s too cold. Those things would cut me like a shiv these days.
I know it’s a bit of a cheat – but it is debuting in late February, which is still in the full-on dead of Winter. So: Amouage Beloved Man. I would wear this every day, it’s so beautiful. But I prefer it on El O. So I make him wear it every day. It is just ..All That. I can’t wait for this perfume to release, so you can all know what I am yapping ON about!
Amouage Epic Body Wash and Body Cream. I waited all season for this, like one waits for Christmas because – whoo-hoooo! I now have the shower gel and body cream. That, plus a glass of red wine, makes for a perfect Winter night!
Mona diOrio Les Nombres d’Or Musc. You know, I really need to stop profilin’. Profilin’. Is. Wrong. I had written this off because I am the Musk Hater. I am now officially the Musc Moron. This is a lovely, warm, sparkling beauty, perfect for the chilly winter days. I suspect it’s all the pretties in the upfront that make me love it so. By the time my mind registers ‘musc’ I’m already comitted to the pretties!
Enchanted Forest by The Vagabond Prince. This reminds me of my favorite fairytale film, Three Wishes for Cinderella. No shy flower, Cinderella bests the prince in a gallop through the trees then, disguised as a boy, beats him in an archery competition, all set in the snowy Czechoslovakian forest. Redolent of crunchy berries and pine, it doesn’t warm against the cold, it embraces it. Gorgeously!
Portia, no fool, is off to Korea, to escape the oven that is currently Australia. Before dashing off, we got Portia’s best perfumes for winter list:
As I’ve been living in 35-45C Aussie summer heat lately I’m going to tell you what am I taking to Europe and Korea for my holiday. I hope that’s cool.
The only 2 new ones this year are Santal Majuscule and Interlude Man but this is what will be hitting high holiday rotation
Portia also makes mention of Enchanted Forest. I suspect we’re going to be hearing a lot about this scent, as we move through Winter!
TOM (who is lovin’ the cold in BH. I, who live in IL, think he’s NUTZ!\)
One of the good things about having chilly temps in the Hills of Beverly is that I can bring out the heavy hitters and the comport scents. My Scent Twin sent me a decant for Christmas of a few things, including JAR Fermez Tes Yeux (I had a decant I got from Surrender to Chance, but it’s lovely to have a squidge more.) It’s so deliciously rotten, so musky, so ALIVE that I still question whether I’d wear it out of the house. So far the answer is “he!! no!” But one of these days I will have a full bottle even if I have to give up cable. Runners up? MKK, l’Air de Rien and CB I Hate Perfume Musk Reinvention. Too bad temps today went back up to 80..
The lovely Ann sez:
Portrait of a Lady body butter:
The fragrance itself is lovely, but can be a little overpowering (at least for me), so I find the body butter absolute perfection — a softer veil of the scent’s wonderfully dark, spicy rose AND super-plush and moisturizing to boot!
Parfumerie Generale’s Indochine:
This has turned out to be one of my favorite comfort “blankies” again this winter. It reminds me a bit of Kenzo’s Amour (might be the thanaka wood ingredient that both share) but to my nose the Indochine is richer, less floral and more woody.
Neela Vermeire’s creation is incense done just right, softly spiced, yet with a little twist to let you know that this hails from India, baby.
Patty, who is going without a font, is all about the Frederic Malle Carnal Flower Hair Mist. Who knows? It’s just working for me. Serge Lutens de Profundis is in regular rotation because I really never get tired of it, no matter the season. Le Labo Vanille 44 has claimed the vanilla spot for the winter because I don’t want a vanilla that’s too heavy, and this one just lilts but oozes out comfort. This is also when I hit the Prada Candy habit. CB I Hate Perfume Winter 1972 is also on my best perfumes for winter this year because we are out of snow right now, and it keeps my snow-covered mitten smell going for as long as I want it. Last one? Amouage Interlude Woman. I just don’t get tired of this. If I get even slightly fatigued, I throw on Amouage Lyric or Amouage Beloved as a nice little break, then I resume my regular Interlude.