Another great guest post from dear friend and fellow perfume-obsessive Lisa Wordbird. Thank you Lisa!
All I want for Christmas…
I can’t be the only person for whom Christmas is about buying things for other people, not for yourself. I already gave some suggestions on what to buy for the perfume lovers in your life. But do you know what? I’m also going to offer a few thoughts on what I’d like to get myself. Just in case Santa is reading…
I have heard a lot about a new perfume called Maai this year, and I’d love Santa to drop off a sample for me to try. It’s from a tiny niche company called Bogue Profumo and is the creation of an indie perfumer named Antonio Gardoni, who is an architect in his ‘real life’ (just as our beloved Andy Tauer was once a commercial chemist in ‘real life’, before he went for it and became a full-time perfumer). Since Sam IScent passed me a little vial containing a sample of Serge Lutens’ Tubereuse Criminelle in the summer, I have discovered the strange joys of tuberose this year, and Maai is a retro animalic tuberose that has had nothing but praise from friends and bloggers who have tried it.
If Santa would like to bring a few full bottles down the chimney for me, I’d love a full bottle of Frederic Malle Iris Poudre, which for me is incredibly ladylike and feminine, even though Sam thinks it smells a little bit rude. (I like rude!) I would also adore a bottle of Serge Lutens Arabie; so rich, spiced and warm it is like wearing a Christmas feast. I tried some on our trip to Les Senteurs and was hard pushed not to nibble my arm. And while Santa is at Uncle Serge’s, he could also pick me up a bottle of the buttery-soft apricot suede fragrance that is Serge Lutens Daim Blond. (I’m wishing, not expecting, after all, and I’m terribly greedy.)
And finally, if Santa was feeling incredibly generous and could find me absolutely anything, I would kill for a bottle of the discontinued gem that was Creed’s Angelique Encens. Rumoured to have been worn by Marlene Dietrich, this floral incense was the perfect balance of light and shade and incredibly easy to wear. I once held a bottle in my hand and had the money in my pocket to buy it, but didn’t. I still kick myself about that.
But since Santa only brings presents for good girls and boys, and as you have probably guessed, I feature on the ‘Naughty’ list, I made a pre-emptive strike on our trip to London. Having recently come into a few bob, I splashed out on something I have wanted for a very long time: my first full bottle of a Frederic Malle. I am now the proud owner of my very own beautiful L’Eau d’Hiver, created by Jean Claude Ellena. Created with all of JCE’s signature transparency and lightness of touch, it is his homage to Guerlain’s sad beauty Après L’Ondée. The core notes of heliotrope and iris with a sweetener – vanilla for Guerlain, honey for Ellena – are fleeting and melancholy in Après l’Ondée, but by some deft juggling JCE has added both longevity and warmth to his Winter Water, making it a much more hopeful soul.
Have a cool Yule, and I hope Santa slips something fragrant into your stocking this year.