Boozy Monday: Bourbon overload


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Happy December!! Can’t believe the year is this far gone — how does this happen? Anyhoo, as I popped into Sephora on the last day of November to get my birthday gift, I spied a later addition to the Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen’s Elizabeth and James Nirvana line, called Bourbon. I rather liked several others in this series. Now I’m not much of a drinker at all, save for a bit of champagne on our anniversary and on New Year’s Eve. But I thought: this looks interesting, imagining a hit of bourbon booziness and some vanilla and woods, perhaps. So I took a small spritz.

Wowza! This baby started out with a boozy kick, jammed right on through the middle and on to the end: bourbon, indeed! I kept expecting some sweetening, a bit of softening, or some other interesting angles to pop up, but nothing doing. Notes per Sephora are tuberose, oak wood and bourbon vanilla. But any tuberose or vanilla in it was definitely MIA on my skin.

Bourbon grew a bit tedious for me, so I nabbed my sample of Indult Tihota to vanilla it up, and that made it more enjoyable for me. I think this one would work equally well on a guy, maybe even more so than for the ladies.

What boozy scents are your favorites? I know I like some, but after wracking my brain furiously, I can’t think of any. Maybe you all will jog my brain with your suggestions. Oh, wait — one did float to the top! I do get some champagne fizz action from Clinique’s Wrappings. Are they still making this and bringing it out just for the holidays, does anyone know? I haven’t been in a department store in a while, and no way am I setting foot in one this time of year, ha!

Hope everyone has a great week!!

  • Cara says:

    Ginestet Botrytis

  • sara says:

    Korrigan by Lubin is the best boozy scent I’ve ever smelled. Five stars from Turin/Sanchez.

  • hczerwiec says:

    Speakeasy smells like booze and wood shavings! I kinda think Cuir Beluga has that boozy, leathery smell that real vanilla bean has. And Tabac Blond has kind of a boozy edge to it.

  • eldarwen22 says:

    SDV definitely has a booze note in it. So does Frapin 1270 along with 1697. I don’t wear any of them often enough.

  • Brigitte says:

    Yes! They still make Wrappings! In fact you can purchase it online now directly from the Clinique website.
    This will sound odd but I just recently got a hold of Seville Lavender from Eden botanicals and it smells really boozy to me. Combined it with rose and labdanum and I have my own all natural boozy scent when I am in the mood for booze (which isn’t very often).

    Solstice Scents Estate Vetiver also has a boozy vanilla type of vibe…it’s thick and rich combined with dark patchouli and cocoa to my nose …I love it in the really cold weather.

  • chyprelynx says:

    Ambre Russe by Parfums d’Empire, Spirit of the Glen by D.S. & Durga, pre-reformulation Coven by Andrea Maack, and Fumidus by Profumum Roma. All very different, but interesting facets of booze in perfume. Ambre Russe was the first scent that sucked me down the rabbit hole, and I have special place in my heart for that particular skanky fur and leather soaked in vanilla tinged champagne scent.

    • rosarita says:

      Ambre Russe was my first thought, too, and I’ve loved it since I first fell down the rabbit hole 🙂

  • Tara C says:

    Nasomatto Baraonda, Atelier Cologne Gold Leather, Nobile Rudis and Frapin 1270 are quite boozy. 🙂

  • Kathleen says:

    Ahhh, Indult Tihota, my favorite vanilla and favorite Francis Kurkdijan fragrance. Looking forward to hearing responses regarding boozy fragrances! That’s not really my style, so I don’t have any bourbon fragrance suggestions sadly. But I’ve been madly in love with ambers this fall, and my favorites are Amber Russe, Tom Ford Amber and Fort & Manle Amber.