Sunday, November 27, 2011

Falling for Winter - my favourite perfumes

Winter is not my favourite season of the year. At all. It would have been fine if we had one month of winter but having below zero Celsius temperatures for three months or more is just a little bit annoying. As I can't change anything about the weather I can at least find things that I like about winter: snuggling under the duvet and refusing to get up (that's a favourite until I have to actually get up at which point I just want to cry), cups of morning tea to warm me up, less smelly people on the buses, thick and warm scarves in which I bury my head like a turtle, having a pot of hot golaž or chilli with sour cream while watching the snow falling down,  bright lights of December, doing more smokey eyes and wearing darker lipsticks, having a good excuse for anything glittery, the smell of cinnamon roasted almonds and of course perfumes: oriental, ambery, woody, all these delicious perfumes.

Kenzo Amour Le Parfum: not to be mistaken with the original Kenzo Amour Eau de Parfum in pink, orange and white bottles, Amour Le Parfum is a deeper and woodier scent than the Eau de Parfum and to be completely honest I actually don't find them to be all that similar. Amour Le Parfum is a simple blend of amber and incense with some obligatory vanilla thrown in. There isn't much development (at least according to my nose), and I find that even the beginning of the perfume smells already like a drydown of a perfume, if that makes any sense. A perfect cuddly scent to warm me up when I forgot my scarf at home.

Guerlain Shalimar Ode a la Vanille was last year's limited edition variation on the legendary Shalimar perfume. I never owned a full bottle of the original Shalimar - I always loved the drydown of the scent but found the top notes too sharp. Luckily for me, Ode a la Vanille keeps everything I love with the Shalimar: a hard-to-miss combination of bergamot and smokey vanilla, but adds some more warmth to the scent, turns down the volume of the citrus and overall softens the edges of the scent. It is still a very  powerful and dense fragrance so you need to be careful with those spritzes.

Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman: I have nothing new to say about this green, woody wonder since my review precisely a year ago (what a funny coincidence!). It is one of the most unique and surprisingly calming scents I've ever tried and there are no words good enough.

Serge Lutens Chergui: if a mix of smokey tobacco and honey doesn't appeal to you then please don't let it discourage you from trying Chergui. I actually hate honey but somehow in Chergui it works - probably because it is not a sweet fragrance at all and the honey note is not overwhelming or puke-inducing. I'm very grateful that Ines sent me a sample of Chergui and since then I've been hooked on this spicy goodness which makes a great "scarf scent" as well (I'm a little bit obsessed with scarves at the moment, can you tell?).

L'Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant was my first perfume purchase, I think (before that I would usually get perfume for birthdays but I never bought it by myself). Rose, vanilla and saffron, the ultimate cuddle in a bottle and it still makes me think of the book and the movie Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

This is my selection for this season and I'm sure I'll definitely find some other gems in the following months and I still have Amouage Lyric on my winter wishlist. What perfumes do you love wearing in the Winter?


  1. Shalimar in any variant is always on my list too. :)
    I also like anything ambery and warm patchoulis work very well for me.

  2. What a great selection you have here. I am actually struggling with writing a post about perfumes myself now and it takes me forever as I am not good at it.
    I have Serge Lutens perfumes 5 minutes away from my home so it is very strange that I haven't tried anything yet. I am pretty new to the world of fragrance...
    PS. I have the original Kenzo Amour if a fuchsia bottle and I am even wearing it today :)

  3. Okay, now I'm DYING to try Chergui. Sounds like heaven!! And I'm exactly like you in the winter time. NOT a good season at all.

    I'm still on the hunt for a good winter fragrance. All of yours sound awesome.

  4. Hi Ines! I remember that you like this version of Shalimar as well, I was so happy to see that it was still available in Muller even though it was a limited edition. I like ambers too, anything that smells warm (which sounds odd) usually works for me. x

    Hi Marina! I sometimes find it hard to write about perfumes as well, often I just want to write either "oh my god, this is amazing!" or "oh my god, this is awful!" I definitely recommend trying Chergui, I think it's one of the most likeable perfumes from the Lutens range (and I'm jealous that you only have 5 minutes to a SL perfumery:) What a coincedence re Amour, I never had the original but I do spray it on my wrists sometimes when I go to my local drugstore. Have you tried the Amour Le Parfum? x

    Liz, you *need* to try Chergui, honest! It's been surprisingly warm here these days, and I actually haven't even worn gloves this season which is very odd as I'm always cold! I'm afraid that this nice weather means that the beginning of 2012 might be very, very cold. At least I have some perfumes to warm me up! x



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