I love compiling lists; if I haven’t done one in a while, I become restless. So, with an excuse that spring deserves its own Top 10 List, here are my Top Ten Scents This Spring:
L by Lolita Lempicka. Yes, really. I have been wearing this lovely scent almost everyday for the last couple of weeks. Created by one of my favorite perfumers, Maurice Roucel, L has notes of gomphrena flower, bergamot, bitter orange, cinnamon, vanilla and musk. It is a subtly gourmand scent with a wonderful spicy-citrusy accord, not earth-shatteringly original, but I find it delightful and extremely wearable. One of my two most favorite new releases.
Terre d’Hermes by Hermes. The other favorite new release. Described as a “vegetable and mineral” scent, Terre d’Hermes has a wonderfully clear, uncluttered composition. This blend of vetiver, pepper, grapefruit, patchouli and cedar is fresh, clean, spicy and raw; it smells of roots, snones and earth.
Safran Troublant by L’Artisan. Part of L’Artisan’s trio Les Epices de la Passion, now also available separately, Safran Troublant to me is one of the most pleasurable and delightful fragrances. The creamy, spicy blend of saffron, vanilla and sandal is enriched further by the addition of a rose note. Comforting and exquisite. If this scent were a fabric, it would be golden velvet decorated with intricate red ornaments.
Safram by Laura Tonatto. I have heard complaints that this scent is too sweet and heavy on vanilla. I guess I am very lucky in that, on my skin, the saffron is most definitely the dominant note, the true star of the blend that eclipses the vanilla note. Safram is not as complex as Safran Troublant, however it is more spicy, drier than L’Artisan’s creation and I adore that quality as much as Troublant’s smooth creaminess.
Attrape-Coeur by Guerlain. From the first sniff, this exquisite blend of iris, violet, sandalwood and vanilla caught my heart in its gold, velvety snare. Elegant, soft, heartbreakingly beautiful, Attrape-Coeur will be a part of my Top Ten lists in all seasons.
Wenge by Donna Karan. Part of Donna Karan’s Essence collection, Wenge is a simple, clear-cut composition based on the wood native to Africa. I find Wenge to be centering, comforting and relaxing; it is a spicy, resinous fragrance that is remarkably subtle and wonderfully serene.
Labdanum by Donna Karan. Superb when layered with Wenge and marvelous on its own, Labdanum has a subtle incense undertone that I find extremely appealing and an even subtler hint of flowers that lifts and enlivens the composition. Like Wenge, this is an unfussy, minimalistic fragrance that I find soothing and comforting.
Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle. Another Marcel Roucel’s creation on my Top Ten list and perhaps my favorite of all Roucel’s scents. Musc Ravageur, how I love thee…let me count the ways…I love the citrus fireworks of your top notes, the dirty sensuality of your musc, the warmth of your spices…I love the fact that I can wear you anyplace, anytime, on any occasion. Putting you on is like stepping into a loving embrace. Signed, Forever Yours, M.
Fifi by Fifi Chachnil. I am going to shamlessly quote myself here, since my opinion on Fifi has not changed one bit since I wrote this in my Best of 2005 post: “A stunning fragrance, sexy and full of character, unconventional, playful and très féminin ; Fifi tops the list of my favorite "pinup scents".”
Diorella by Christian Dior. A very recent addition to my fragrance wardrobe that went striaght onto my Top 10 list. I discovered Diorella thanks to the blind fragrance testing experiment I’ve been doing with March and Patty from Perfume Posse. Diorella, alias Jaguar, was one of the samples that March sent me. Sophisticated and chic, Diorella blends lemon, bergamot, basil, melon, jasmine, rose, carantion, cyclamen, oakmoss, vetiver, musk and patchouli. It is a fresh yet warm and “deep” scent, its multifaceted, complex, very feminine composition reminds me of another Roudtnitska’s creation, Le Parfum de Therese, which I adore just as much as Diorella and which by all rights should join it on this list.
Honorary mentions are also given to Cologne Blanche by Christian Dior, 100 % Love by S-Perfume, Message from Orchids and Feminite du Bois by Shiseido, Idole de Lubin, Ambre Russe by Parfum d’Empire, Eau de Russe by Crown Perfumery, Angelique Encens by Creed, and Bois des Iles by Chanel.
I love to read lists as much as I love to write them, so please share your Top Ten Scents This Spring!
The painting is Candy by Tracy Dennison
Tomorrow – Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company.