So, a new year. Hoping for good things.
As of 6 pm UK time today (Sunday) I’m officially retired.
Anyway, I was thinking about what to do with a first-of-the-year post and decided I didn’t feel the least like looking back or forecasting forward. At the moment, I just want to be. My plans for January are to think. In general, I’m an optimistic, hopeful person. So, for this year I’ll simply say I’m cautiously optimistic and cautiously hopeful.
I have a list of things I plan to do this year, plus there will be some travel late in the year but likely a London trip fairly soon. Otherwise, I need to adjust. Soon, there’s a flood group meeting in the village and the dog has a spa visit – and I have a Zoom meeting with my finance guy (what we need to talk about so early in the year I don’t get but we’re going to do it).
So instead of forward/backward, how about the three perfumes that made the biggest impression on you in 2023?
I’m not necessarily talking your favourite new finds or things that made it on to your want list (although maybe these did). Rather, this is about the fragrances that stayed in your head even if you are unlikely to ever buy or wear them.
So, here are mine.
Numero uno. Eris Perfumes Delta of Venus. I wrote about this here. This is skanky tropical fruit that might just be thinking about going off very soon. Sexy as hell. Is it on my want list? No, actually. But that may change. Who knows. In any case, it’s what I’m wearing today as I finish writing.
Number two. Victoria Beckham Suite 302. Apparently it took VB eight years to get to where she was happy to release the line. I wrote about this, Tom wrote of this. The beauty journalist in The Guardian newspaper wrote about this. We all had vastly different responses. Mine was ‘oh, my, this is the bomb’. More sexy as hell and also new to me in that I own nothing to do with cherry – and the cherry things I’ve tried (I am looking at you Tom Ford) have been really off-putting. This, however, sings on my skin. It is also stupid money and slides on and off my want list. It would be an immediate purchase if I won the lottery.
Nummer drei. Perfumer H Smoke. Ah, Smoke. Of the three perfumes I’ve chosen to focus on this to my mind is the most ‘perfumy’ – ie, the most ‘ah, this perfume smells great’. Plus, this smells gorgeous on me, especially the dry-down, which is sophisticated vaguely sweet smoky gingerbread. Delicious without being cutesy. Mouth-watering but not a true gourmand. This is actually at the top of my want list. But, I’m going to have to work my way there somehow as it’s also at the top of my even vaguely ok price point. I am, however, expecting that somehow, at some point this year, I’m going to justify a bottle of this. At some point it will happen.
There you go. Looking forward to reading your comments. And offering wishes for a new year that is … as you would wish.
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