Hey Posse! Christmas Perfume! I reckon anyone who lives in most of the western world and quite a bit of the east you’ll have noticed the world’s greatest retail event is happening tomorrow. For all the Christians, practicing and non, this makes a lot of sense but for the rest of the worshipping world it’s a sparkly event in honour of our completely made up God, not nearly as good as their completely real one. Having been brought up in a Roman Catholic family, taught in primary school by nuns and then Jesuits in my senior years the Christ story runs deep, right to the bone. Jin was brought up in three religions, one of which was Christianity. So, we celebrate Christmas in a very non-religious way but with reference in our minds and hearts to Jesus. So I’m writing Christmas fragrances because that’s what we’ll be celebrating.
Should you have been celebrating anything else then please tell us what it was and what fragrances felt good and appropriate for your celebrations. We want to hear from you too. Perfume Posse is about 100% inclusion, so feel welcome, share, get involved.
I’m writing this in the past, 8pm December 23, and I’ve been wafting Madonna Truth or Dare since morning. It’s buttery white floral majesty is still pumping out. I love it so much and it’s been a perfect fit for catch ups and lunch at Sydney Opera House with a buddy. The sun was shining, 27C/80F, the place was very quiet (except for us) and the food was amazing.
Christmas Perfume: What Are You Wearing?
Jin is working this Christmas Eve. He’ll be gone from 5pm to around 7.30am. So I’ve invited a small crew of people over for a Chinese Take Away. Low fuss get together. We’ll hang out, eat, chat, reminisce and enjoy a night of chosen family.
Ubar by Amouage
Top: Litsea cubeba, Mandarin orange, Orange, Violet leaf
Heart: Freesia, Jasmine, Lily of the valley, Orange blossom, Rosewood, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang
Base: Copaiba balsam, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver, Amber
What do you wear when you want to smell like a dream of the Middle East. Ubar is a cross pollination for me that stretches from Africa to the far east and takes in stops everywhere in between. It is like a journey every time. A perfect fragrant substitute for the travel to Jerusalem by Joseph and Mary, and then the wise men.
Surrender To Chance has samples
Jin will come home and sleep for a few hours and I’ll be readying the place while wafting my first Christmas Perfume. Once he gets up he will do Roast Pork. I will have a small selection of salads already done and waiting for him. We will do our presents while the meat cooks and then sit down to a late lunch. Just us. Then he’ll go back to sleep for a couple of hours and I’ll trot upstairs to the party for a couple of drinks and some laughs in my second Christmas Perfume. Once he resurfaces I have a feeling we will both be too sapped to make dinner so will probably go hit one of the fast foods. A perfect Christmas Day.
Terracotta Le Parfum by Guerlain
Bergamot, Coconut, Tiaré, Orange blossom, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Vanilla, Musk
Starting the day in a tropical white floral extravaganza. It’s summer here so the mood will be laid back, hopefully.
Seville a l’Aube by L’Artisan
Top: Aldehydes, Lavender, Petitgrain, Plant juice
Heart: Benzoin, Beeswax, Jasmine, Orange blossom, White blossoms
Base: Amber, Resins, Rose, Frankincense
Orange blossom, honeycomb and incense rule this beauty. It was made around the story of an Easter romance but I still think it fits the Christmas story too. Wears like a dream, rich and beguiling.
Surrender To Chance has samples.
Our Boxing Day ritual is left overs lunch at BFF Kath’s Dad’s place. Usually just the close family. This year Kath is away so we are going around to hang with Dad. It will be a fun, very low key event. Watch some TV, eat, swim and spend a lazy day together. We will really miss Kath. It’s the first Xmas since 2001 that I’ve not been with her.
Exultat by Maria Candida Gentile
Top: Brazilian bitter orange, Brazilian lime, Sicilian orange, Somalian frankincense
Heart: Violet, Violet leaf
Base: Precious woods, Texas cedar, Haitian vetiver
HA! I wore Exultat last year for Boxing Day too. Talk about consistent. It seems like the perfect Christmas Perfume because it brings back so many memories of the smell of church for me. Woods and incense. Perfection.
What will you be wearing over the season? What have you particularly been reaching for?