As light catches the snow, sparkling on the bough, and spiced eggnog lures everyone round the fire, it is time to break out my Dior and Chanel. Not clothes but perfumes. Winter fragrances need to be lavish, luxuriant. They compliment brocades, furs, and ball gowns. With an abundance of such fragrances out there, a few of my seasonal favorites are:
Tom Ford Black Orchid - you either love it or hate it. At my work the camps are pretty much split down the middle, but I myself am firmly in the "love it" group. This is an opulent oriental that actually contains the strange and rare black orchid note. With additional notes of black current, black truffle, dark chocolate, and incense, it is completely unique. A spritz of citrus and a whiff of white floral keep this perfume from being too dark. Whether you end up loving it or hating it, you owe it to yourself to at least give it a try.
Chanel Cuir de Russie is definitely one I turn to when the weather gets cold. The name means "Russian Leather" and the tang of fur pelts in a horse drawn sleigh is an image that immediately springs to mind. Significant jasmine and rose add to the romance of it all, and like many Chanel perfumes it contains some powdery notes too. Cuir was created in 1924 to celebrate the emancipation of women, allowing them to smoke in public with class. And this is certainly one classy perfume!
Oud Ispahan from the Dior Collection Privee is a unisex fragrance reminiscent of the lands of Arabia. In fact it smells very much like a few obscure perfumes I ordered directly from Kuwait. Sexy. Exotic. Erotic. Like many Middle Eastern perfumes it uses rose as a base note, along with sandalwood of course. However the oud is the superstar here and if you aren't sure what oud is; think incense, think resin, think woods of the Far East. But most of all with this perfume, think out side the box. Projection and longevity are well above average so use sparingly.
Versace Bright Crystal is the wild card. Neither heavy nor rich, it embodies the effervescence of the season. Most people probably think of this as a Summer fragrance but it reminds me of the holidays. To me it is tinkling silver bells, tinsel on the tree, and champagne flutes clinking in a toast. Bright Crystal is a citrusy floral, even with some aquatic notes, but amber extracted from redwood anchors the fragrance preventing it from being too flighty.
Caron Bellodgia Eau de Parfum is a mostly floral (with my fave carnation) slightly oriental perfume, grounded with base notes of musk, clove, vanilla, and sandalwood. Created in 1927 it carries the vibe of flappers and philosophers. Despite being a formal fragrance, I still think it is girlishly pretty. As always Caron is meant to be worn with elan, just like Dita Von Teese does.
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