Yeah, it’s that time again – crisp Colorado nights lead to boot shopping and falling back in love with perfume. This is my cyclical story. First, are those boots amazing? I’ve never had a pair of pointy toed western boots, but isn’t that the perfect pair? Every end of August, I start stalking new boot styles on Zappos. Six months earlier, I was so sick of last year’s boots, I could think of nothing but getting them off and shopping for new sandals. Once the sandals go on, the boots get stored, the perfumes seem to get stored too. Until August.
Two new pairs of boots – yeah, those red and black checked Sorels are beautiful!
And perfume! What showed up this last week that got me excited? Creed White Amber, Guerlain Joyeuse Tubereuse and that oud added to the Buterbaughs. The Guerlain doesn’t surprise me. Who doesn’t love a creamy vanilla tuberose? It’s everything you expect from the La Matiere series. Vanilla base, creamy florals. Nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering or freakish, but it’s just so preeeeeetty! Yeah, when did I stop being a critic? When something is pretty, of course. That’s all the description you get. You know what these are like, and this follows the signature, and you can wear it anywhere and be perfectly happy and content and know you smell gorgeous.
Creed White Amber was a surprise. I’m not sure what I expected, but this leans far, far feminine. It is a beautiful little floral, infused with some great resinous amber. Keeps it from being too “traditional.” But it is also really, reeeallllyy pretty. Probably derivative of something – don’t know what – but it’s made well, and I found myself catching whiffs of it as I walked around that were memorable and lovely. Price point is ridiculous on it because it’s in the Royals line, but price point is no worse than the Guerlain. Both pretty, and they’ll make you happy wearing them. Put them on together, you’re super happy (I seem to have a happy theme going for me tonight). I think the last Creed release I really loved was Creed Love in Black, which I think nobody else but me likes.
Last set of things that surprised me was the Oud infused Buterbaughs. They added oud to their rose, lily of the valley and Orange Blossom. Oud still seems to be the buzz word, the perfume change agent, and I think of it like musk or styrax or something a little stronger. It does stuff to perfume. But on these semi-soliflores, they are change agents. I really like the Buterbaughs. I think the price is steep on them for soliflores, but they are really great soliflores. Add some oud to it, and you have something special. The Floral Oud Orange Flower is amazing. I wore that around all day completely snuggled up in that. I would not have thought to put oud with lily of the valley, and it is surprisingly great and a little weird. Not my favorite of the three, but it’s fun and unique. The Floral Oud Rose is the most traditional because rose is so often paired so nicely with oud. Buterbaugh takes that great little rose soliflore and changes it into something slinky and hot.
See! I’m back in the perfume swing of things! It’s fall. Okay, it’s August, but in Colorado the temps drop at night mid-August (high desert) so you have to wear sweaters at night and warm robes in the morning when you take the puppies out, and curling up under blankets and that.means.fall. And boots! I’m happy, and I’ve got five new little perfume friends to keep me company on my return to perfume as I emerge from the hateful summer heat.
So of those, which intrigues you the most? Ignore the price point, all of them are just awful, really, truly. I can’t even talk about perfume pricing anymore because there’s almost nothing reasonable.
I’ll give away a sample sets of all five to two lucky, lucky commenters drawn at random. So just post a comment to be entered!