I’ve been trying to do a Seasonal Picks post four times a year since I started blogging, and this is the first time I haven’t really kept on top of the concept. Why do I care about the Seasonals? Well, I do live in a place that has four distinct seasons, and it’s true that weather plays an enormous role in my scent selections. Too, I look forward to wearing certain fragrances at certain times of the year.
Last year, I posted my Winter Picks in January, mid-way through the season. This year, I thought I’d wait until the end of the season and look back at what I actually wore over the cold months. (I knew those Scent Diaries would come in handy for something…) At least, it appears to be the end of the season here in the Virginia mountains, although I wouldn’t put it past Mother Nature to zap us with another snow in March. The air is warmer, and it feels as if the earth is beginning to stretch and wake up: spring is, if not here yet, just around the corner.
Winter 2010-11 looks a lot like 2009-10 – not exactly the same fragrances, but the categories were very similar. This past winter I wore the following:
Mary Greenwell Plum: New this year, and one of the few year-round fragrances I have. Elegant yet friendly, weightless but with presence. I love this one too.
Woody and/or spicy fragrances: Sonoma Scent Studio Champagne de Bois, Chanel Bois des Iles, Givenchy Organza Indecence. These are all repeats of last year’s choices, too.
Dark Roses: another repeat category. Amouage Lyric Woman, Gres Cabaret, Caron Parfum Sacre. I wore Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady several times before deciding it wasn’t “me,” but it was entirely appropriate for winter.
Tuberose scents: this category wasn’t on the list last year, but it should have been, given all the tuberose reviews I did last January and February! I wore several different tuberose-heavy fragrances this winter, including Honore des Pres Vamp a NY and Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur, as well as many many samples.
And a category new to the list this year, Aldehydes. I’ve always liked them, but it seems I was drawn to them over the winter just as much as I was this past summer. I notice my decant collection is quite heavy on aldehydes: Chanel No. 5 parfum and Eau Premiere, Guerlain Vega, Le Labo Aldehydes 44, Serge Lutens La Myrrhe, Lancome Climat, Frederic Malle Iris Poudre, Mariella Burani, Ulric de Varens pour elle.
Anybody else notice going in a new direction with your fragrances choices over the past winter? Feel free to share what your Most Valuable Perfume was over the chilly months.