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Friday, January 18, 2008

Top 10 of Winter...and a Prize Draw

The usual suspects are at it again with yet another seasonal list, this time a Winter one. But there can't be too many lists, can there be? With this comforting (and you can bet the word will be used in the post at least seven times; in winter, it's all about comfort) thought in mind, allow me to introduce to you my Top 10 of Winter:

1. Jubilation 25 by Amouage. Chic and comforting (1)...a sable coat worn over a slinky silk dress, on a starry, frosty nuit de noel...

2. Iris Poudre by Frederic Malle. Aldehydes positively blossom in cold air. Never are they more dazzlingly beautiful then when temperatures are below zero (below 30, for those more comfortable with Fahrenheit).

3. Chanel No 22. See above. This is my ultimate elegant winter scent. Because, awful weather or not, one has to be perfectly put together and smell like a lady.

4. Tango by Aftelier. Because it comforts (2) me , reminding that, in the midst of winter, there is in me "an invincible summer."

5. Poivre Piquant by L'Artisan. Ours is a story of how, when thrown together in immediate proximity by circumstances beyond their powers, two enemies (Poivre Piquant and moi) learned to tolerate each other and eventually fell passionately in love. Which goes to prove that love does not always happen at first sniff. Not even at one hundred first. And that milk and pepper do smell striking and comforting (3) together.

6. Coromandel by Chanel. Coromandel and I had a rocky relationship, the one that might be characterized as love-hate, with a little more emphasis on hate. But this winter something "clicked", and I fell head over heels in love with this oriental wonder. To me it always smells just a tad masculine, as if I am wearing a trace of my loved one's perfume. And I find that sexy and - you guessed it- comforting (4).

7. Black Tourmaline by Olivier Durbano. Newly-built wooden church in the midst of Siberian forest. Silence, serenity, safety, eternity, absolute comfort (5).

8. 1740 Marquis de Sade by Histoires de Parfums. Dark and delicious, sensual and comforting (6). With its warm, robust prune-like note, it is a joy to wear in cold weather.

9. Velvet Gardenia by Tom Ford. Ths gardenia smells thick, animalic, sinful. It is a warm perfume, I am not even sure I could wear it in summer. Right now it is like an additional layer protecting my skin form the cold.

10. White Aoud by Montale. I saved the best for last. White Aoud is a comfort (7) perfume extraordinaire. I am not sure I'd survive this winter without it. Fluffy, creamy and warm, it is an utter delight.

What are your Top 10 of Winter? Please share. If you would like to be entered into a sample prize draw, let me know in your comment. One winner will receive 3 samples of his or her choice from the list in this post.

Please remember to check out other Top 10s of Winter:

Bois de Jasmin :: Now Smell This :: Perfume Posse :: Scentzilla

117 Comments:

Blogger elle said...

I'm in such a black funk over winter right now, I'm not sure I can even make a winter list other than one which would consist entirely of scents suitable for a tropical island - the *only* place I want to be from December through March. But, if I *have* to endure cold weather, your list sounds divine. I'd also include Rousse, FT, Arabie, Opium parfum, Nuit Noire, SIP Heroine, DSH Hinoki, Chanel Cuir de Russie, En Avion, Rose Kashmirie, KJ and Diorling (because it gets on every list I ever make).

9:53 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm less than a year into my perfume obsession, so this is more a list of my favorites this blog and others have helped me discover (minus #'s 11 - 15)...

1. Jicky
2. Dzing!
3. Bvlgari Black
4. & 5. Chergui & Chene (layered)
6. MKK
7. Perfect Night
8. Vol de Nuit
9. Coromandel
10. L’air de Rien

Would love to be in the draw!

- Carol

10:26 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love winter 'fumes--partially since in Northern CA our winters are typically quite mild and winter fragrances help me mentally set a "wrap up, and burrow in mode". Here are mine: En Avion, Ormonde Woman, Quand Vient la Pluie, Ambre Fetiche, Prada Infusion d'Iris, Bois D'Armenie, Courtesan, Jolie Madame, TF Black Orchid, L'air de Desert Morocain and Fumerie Turque.
CindyN

10:34 PM EST  
Blogger Vida said...

I'm also a newbie, therefore I scurry to the nearest drawing!

The COMFORTING (did you say comforting?) winter scents: Chanel Bois des Iles and Cuir de Russie, Caron Parfum Sacre, Guerlain Mitsouko, Hermes Ambre Narguile and Vetiver Tonka, Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur, L'Artisan Bois Farine.

The SHINY winter scents: Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile and Andy Warhol Silver Factory.

10:45 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always and first, Chanel No5 parfum. Then No 22 and Coromandel, followed by YSL's Opium.
My current Lutens obsessions in this cold weather are Douce Amere and Chergui either alone or layered with Un Bois Vanille. For Guerlain - I just discovered Mitsouko and Jicky in perfume strength and am seriously hooked. Oh, plus Angelique Noire is serious love. Darn!@#%$ that doesn't leave room for any roses like Guerlain's Nahama or Lutens' Rose de Nuit!

Please enter me in the draw

Kim

11:09 PM EST  
Blogger Gaia, the non-blonde said...

I haven't tried most of these, which bothers me a lot. I guess I need to be in the draw.
My own 10 (only 10?) are (in no particular oreder):
From Serge- Fumerie Turque and Ambre Sultan
Tom Ford Black Orchid
Lea Extreme and Musc Maori because sometimes the only thing that would do is bathing in chocolate,
Caleche, because even I need some aldehydes
Dzing!
Andy's Le Maroc
Shalimar
Black Cashmere
(ask me next week and I'll have a different answer)

12:05 AM EST  
Anonymous Cathy said...

As another neo-perfumista, I've been collecting, wearing, and catching up on the classics.

Parfum Sacre
Mitsouko
Ambre Narguile
Feminite de Bois
BB Perfect Night
Black Aoud
Aoud Velvet
Dew Musk
A*Maze
Roses Musk


Must, must try the White Aoud. I find the aouds, while having an energetic start, dry down to the most glorious skin-scents!

12:17 AM EST  
Blogger Stacy said...

I would love to be in the drawing. I have on heavy rotation right now: Black Aoud, Theorema, Feminite du Bois, Chergui, A*Maze, new can't-stop-sniffing Cadjmere, Coromandel. That's only 7, but I did say HEAVY rotation. Honestly, since I got Black Aoud for xmas I almost don't have eyes for anything else. I'm in love...though a client told me there was a mild "ammonia" smell in my office yesterday...

12:40 AM EST  
Anonymous Jcparodi said...

1. Tubereuse 40 by Le labo
2. Silver Factory By bond no. 9
3.Lime Aoud by Montale
4.Coromandel by Chanel
5.Ambre Narguille by Hermes
6.Bergamot 22 by le Labo
7.L'Homme Sage by Divine
8.Lonestar Memories by Taurer
9.Outrageous! by FM (eventually some will get this masterpiece)
10.Gold for men by Amouage.

1:41 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm such a newbie i didn't think i had enough for 10, but when i started making the list, i realized i do:
1. nuit de noel
2. rose de nuit
3. l'heure bleue
4. bois et fruits
5. musk ravageur
6. attrape coeur
7. bulgari black
8. chinatown
9. fumerie turque
10. black cashmere

and like carol in the above comment, i want to thank all the reviewers and commenters on this site, because it's helped me find these amazing, uplifting, at times heartbreaking works of art.

please enter me in the drawing!

-- erin k

3:00 AM EST  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

I'm afraid, my winter choice would be almost the same as last winter was already (and probably the next winter will be the same as well..., oh, I'm so boring...):
- Fissore's Cashmere
- Caron Farnesiana (o.k., I didn't know this one last winter)
- Montale White oud (this one reacts on the temperature : the colder - the more roses...)
- Guerlain S.D.Vanille (a new one as well, I've hated vanilla in perfume since I can remember - but this one is that "comforting" vanilla coat, with some warming alcohol and incense).
Please enter me in the draw, Marina.

3:03 AM EST  
Blogger Klara said...

My favorites at this moment are: Ambre Russe, Ambre Extreme by L'Artisan, PG Aomassai and a little Safran Troublant before I go to bed :)
Oh, please enter me in the draw, too!

Klara

4:50 AM EST  
Anonymous Livia said...

I've got only six "real" winter fragrances (the first named), the other two I wear all year round:
Fendi Theorema
Guerlain Shalimar
Lolita Lempicka L
Lorenzo Villoresi Teint de Neige
Armani Code Femme
Armani Emporio She
Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

Orange, spice, vanilla and powder make the perfect winter scent for me.

4:53 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

L,
That's the only p[lace I want to be too. Year round. Love your list! Must investigate Hinoki.

6:46 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Carol,
You have a beautiful list, and 4+5 sounds like a great combo!
You are in the draw.

6:47 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Cindy,
I want your winters!
Love the list.

6:48 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Vida,
I think I might have said 'comforting" once. :-) Your list is certainly tat. I would love to know more about shiny scents, I love that idea.
You are in the draw.

6:49 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Kim,
Gorgeous list, so elegant!
You are in the draw.

6:50 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Gaia,
Ah, you made me crave Musc Maori!
You are in the draw.

6:51 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Cathy,
I love-love you list. Roses and classics!

6:53 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Stacy,
They say "ammonia" like it's a bad thing, eh? :-)
You are in the draw.

6:54 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

JCParodi,
Outrageously elegant list you have there.

6:55 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Erin,
I would totally wear 7 out of your 10. :-)
You are in the draw.

6:55 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Melinda,
With list like that, why would you need to change anything?
You are in the draw.

6:56 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Klara,
Warm, cuddly list, I love that!
You are in the draw.

6:57 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Livia,
Fleurs de Citronnier must be lovely in winter. Like a burst of summer in the midst of cold weather.

6:58 AM EST  
Blogger Safran said...

Hello, another lurker here, who finally signed in ! My winter favourites are:

-T by Takashimaya, a bit of a weirdo, but still very comforting tar-y cold weather scent
- Folie de Rose, my rose chypre favourite for elegant matters
- Piper Nigrum, favourite scent, when it snows heavily
- Ambre Narguile, most loved on the x-mas holidays
- DSH's Cafe Noir, all time favourite for more than 10 years
- Oud Wood by Tom Ford, not a big Oud Fan (yet maybe !) but this one gives me an extra portion of self confidence
- Songes, new to me, deeply in love with it's slowly exposing magic
- Cuir Mauresque, hard to decide between this and Tabac Blond, they are so different, but I choose CM for it's more animalic quality and orange-y extras
- L'Ether by IUNX, powdery, soft and spicy incense
- Santal Noble, comforting warm rolls with coffee scent

I would also love to be in the draw ! Thank you !

7:19 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Safran,
Welcome!
Your description of Santal Noble is so appealing!
You are in the draw.

7:28 AM EST  
Blogger lilybp said...

You know, I love everything on your list, but I don't think I'm going to repeat any of them (my Amouage 25 love is steadily growing, though). Mine, at the moment: CdG Patchouli, Chergui, Fumerie Turque, Tabac Blond, Poivre, Chanel Cuir de Russie, Le Labo Patchouli, Kolnisch Juchten, Vanille Tonka, Ambre Narguile--and an extra of Diorling, b/c L. is right (of course:)

8:11 AM EST  
Anonymous Livia said...

Colombina,
you're perfectly right: Fleurs de Citronnier is a waft of summer in the midst of winter. It's the only scent with a good portion of citrus I can stand even at low temperatures: it warms so nicely and has this wonderful base of honey and musc.

8:28 AM EST  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

I love lists! I'm right there with you on the Chanels. My current winter faves are:

1. Chanel No. 22
2. Chanel Coromandel
3. Tea for Two
4. New Haarlem
5. Chene
6. Tabac Blond
7. Parfum Sacre
8. Black Aoud
9. Black Cashmere
10. Morabito Or Black

For some reason I'm craving "black" frags recently. Will have to order a sample of Black Tourmaline, it sounds exquisite.

8:53 AM EST  
Anonymous HikerChickNH said...

There's nothing like a drawing to bring out the newbies and lurkers, is there? I'd love to be entered...
I'm barely a year into what my man calls "the new hobby." Not long, but just long enough to know that I have a few idiosyncrosies when it comes to winter perfumes. I love all of the usual suspects; Black Cashmere, Le Maroc pour Elle, OJ Tolu, and now Rousse. However as a New Hampshirite, I've discovered that I adore the scents which emphasize or remind me of the cold snow. Laila is PERFECT for snowshoeing, because it just smells frozen. Along the same lines; Cristalle (!)(I know! I'm crazy, but it's gorgeous and SO chilly!)Acca Kappa Calycanthus; Bel Respiro; Barbara Bui I love because it is the fragrant equivalent of a barren, snowy landscape. But to be honest, Idole is my true winter comfort scent... Thanks for a great post and a beautiful blog, M! Happy weekend, y'all! - Heather

8:57 AM EST  
Blogger Debbie said...

I haven't tried enough fragrances to have 10 favorites, let alone 10 winter favorites. (BTW, I've been lurking...thanks for all the wonderful posts. I would LOVE to be entered in your drawing.) However, I have a few favorites so far:

Ginestet's Botrytis
Montale's White Aoud
AG's Amber Fetiche

I have a feeling I'll be wearing Botrytis year-round, however. And probably all of them. If I can't wear it out in public, I can always wear them in my house!

Debbie

9:20 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Livia,
I love when citrus scents have a honeyed base!

9:23 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Suzanne,
I love your list. There is nothing on it I wouldn't wear with much pleasure.

9:24 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

HikerChickNH,
Welcome!
I like some cold scents in winter too, the sing like little bells in the cold air :-)Eau d'Hadrian is one of those.

9:25 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Debbie,
Welcome!
Great, warm list you have! White Aoud is, as you may have noticed, a big favorite of mine :-)

9:26 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

J,
With the exveption of the 2 SLs, your list is my list :-)

9:27 AM EST  
Anonymous rachael said...

I somehow missed your initial review for velvet gardenia, it sounds fantastic. please enter me in the prize draw!

I like cold weather scents better than warm weather ones, and some of my favorites would be... fumerie turque, cuir ottoman, diptyque l'autre, bois de copaiba, ava luxe's kama, bandit, KM's loukhoum, christian celle ambre, 24 faubourg, and... tea for two.

10:13 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are mine:
PdE Ambre Russe
LZ Sinti
LZ Grand Canyon
Idole de Lubin
L'Heuere Bleue
Madini Musk Pierre
LV Insenci
MdO Carnation
Cepes and Tuberoose
En Avion
Farnesiana
Parfum Sacre
POTL(sorry, Marina:)
Feminite du Bois
LT Amir
I'd love to be in the drawing, thanks. TF Gardenia sounds very interesting!
Veronica

10:16 AM EST  
Anonymous Janet in California said...

I have a love hate relationship with these lists. Love to hear of perfumes I have not heard of and hate that my list of things I need to try gets longer and longer.
This winter I have been wearing CB Russian Caravan, Fracas, Double vanille, and Pomegranite Noir. And Shiloh, Malle Eu de'Terese. Prada Infusion d'Iris for work is perfect.

But the weather here never gets too cold.

Please enter me in the drawing.

10:20 AM EST  
Anonymous Therese said...

Yes, please put me in the draw! My current winter favorites: ambers and ambers
Ambre Russe and Ambre Sultan
Chergui
Fumerie Turque
Mitsouko
Feminite du Bois
Musc Maori
Film Noir
Kama
Oooh, I get only one more choice:
Femme. After all, it is winter.

10:36 AM EST  
Anonymous Denise said...

*whispers* I kind of like winter. Coming in from the cold, snuggling under blankets...
What I've been wearing lately: Chanel No. 22, Dzing, Rochas Femme, Jubilation 25, Mitsouko EDP (to some extent; the opening is too much for me, but the drydown is wonderful. I need the parfum!)
FM Iris Poudre would be there too, but I've completely used up my decant! I think it's full-bottle time! Please enter me in the draw.

11:02 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another excited newbie here - I've never posted before, but a drawing sounds like fun! I've been reading and sampling like crazy...I've spent $$$ thus far, but have had a GREAT time finding new scents (new to me, that is) THANKS for all the posts that have enabled me. Still exploring the classics, so my favorites this winter:
L'Heure Bleue - Guerlain
Dolce Vita - Christian Dior
Feminite du Bois - Shiseido
Nuit de Noel - Caron
Narcisse Noir - Caron
Ferre' (new) - GianFranco Ferre
Le Dix - Balenciaga
Cristobal - Balenciaga
Rochas Absolu - Rochas
Allure Sensuelle - Chanel

Happy sniffing - Gwen

11:21 AM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

We have 2 loves in common: the OD & the Jubilation. Really 2 1/2: I'm working on truly loving Poivre Piquant. For some reason, I think I'd like it better in a lotion, with something else layered over it? They don't make one, do they?

11:43 AM EST  
Anonymous grizzlesnort said...

Please enter me in your drawing! This winter has been a lot about incense: Kamali incense, Zagorsk, Dzongkha, Gucci PH. Then there's new loves Ambre Russe, Habit Rouge. Then there's the not too often, thanks, but at the tight time perfect Black Orchid.

12:05 PM EST  
Blogger IrisLA said...

These are in my current rotation.
Le Labo Patchouli 24
Chanel Coromandel
Miller et Bertaux #1
SL Bois Oriental
Mazzolari Alessandro
Lady Vengeance
Guerlain Iris Ganache
Mitsouko
Fendi Theorema
S-Perfume 100% Love

12:05 PM EST  
Anonymous joe805 said...

I also don't have a large enough "repertoire" to come up with 10 favorites, and here on the central California coast it does get quite chilly when the sun is down, but would probably make others laugh to call it "winter". However, the scents I've been loving this chilly season are the following:
- L'Artisan Timbuktu & Voleur de Roses
- Comme de Garcons Zagorsk
- Burberry London for Men
- Amouage XXV (if only I could afford a full bottle!)
- L'Occitane Thé Vert (this surprises me because it's so sweet and springlike, but I think it's because it's actually a bit too sweet sometimes in warm weather)

Would love to be in your drawing.

12:09 PM EST  
Blogger IrisLA said...

P.S. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

12:12 PM EST  
Blogger Pia said...

I just tried, and am very impressed by, Jubilation 25. And FM Iris Poudre is definitely on my list as well--I'm utterly in love with that scent. I will, of course, continue to bang my Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille drum as well, lol. Ormonde Jayne Ta'if, in perfume form...

12:22 PM EST  
Blogger Pia said...

PS Will have to try the White Aoud at some point-your description sounds lovely. I just tried Chypre Fruite, and really enjoy it. I'm also somewhat ravished by Aoud Lime, although not bold enough to wear it. It's a delightful line of perfumes to have recently discovered!

12:25 PM EST  
Blogger risa said...

oh my - my perfume collection seems to invite more winter, even though mid-spring and late fall are my favorite times of year. so, my list is:

-Safran Troublant - though, to be honest, i love this ALL the time ;)
-Ambre Extreme
-Le Labo Ciste/Labdanum
-Chergui
-Opium Fleur de Shanghai
-Organza Indecence - much too intense on me when it's not frigid!
-Vol de Nuit
-Costes
-Ouarzazate

and one of my own, called so adored, which is a warm ambery-custard scent. i keep running out of it and having to make more!

i'd add my adored POTL, but it's really at its height of beauty on me during fall.

12:31 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Here are the ones that I am reaching for most this Winter:

1) SL Chene: Warm woods and a roaring fire. Yum. Of course, it's a perennial.

2) Dzing! Some of the circus aspects are tamed in the cold, leaving the sweet vanillic leather to come to the fore.

3) Christian Dior Eau Sauvage: Something about this one really sings in winter; the same notes that refresh in summer still chill in winter in a wonderfully spikey way.

4) Piguet Bandit: That whip-crack androgyne effect can be pulled off by me better in winter than in summer, when the leather softens to comfy chair.

5) Caron Yatagan: Another scent whose hairy-chested aspects are softened by the cold weather to become a warm hug of oakmoss and patch

6) CB I Hate Perfume Musk: Winters chill tames some of the sillage of this randy little beastie making it something of a gleeful little sectret. Still, not for the office. But one weekends? Va va voom!

7) SL Rahat Loukoum: Those boozy cherries and toasty almonds go a long way towards cheering up a gray Winters day..

8) PG Querelle: This is a lovely scent in spring and fall but in Winter the slightly brutal edges seem sanded down and the whole affair seems warmer.

9) Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire: Yes I just tried it, but it's instant love. i may have to get a FB this weekend

10) SL MKK: A lovers warm embrace after..

12:34 PM EST  
Anonymous melamici said...

What a lovely list! There are more than a few on there I haven't tried, so I'd love to be in the drawing. And I'm terribly excited to see Poivre Piquant getting some love -- I adore that scent, although I seem to crave and wear it most in the fall... This is what I've been wearing of late:

iPdF Ambra del Nepal
PG Cuir d'Iris (*love this*) and Cadjmere
Dior Homme
SL Chergui and Fumerie Turque
Fendi Theorema
Montale White Aoud
L'Artisan Tea for Two
Tauer L'air du desert marocain, but I happily wear this one all year...
and, call me crazy, but I adore No. 19 in the cold!

1:21 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to make lists. This winter winers are:
1. Dzing!
2. Coromandel Chanel
3. Musc Ravageur Malle
4. POTL
5. Chergui Lutens
6. Coco parfum Chanel
7. Guet Apens Guerlain
8. Angelique Encens Creed
9. Chinatown Bond 9
10. Fifi Chachnil

I would love to be in the drawing.

Genia. :-)

1:36 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Bandit, too, as well as it's more ladylike sister, Jolie Madame. Something about Bandit seems drinkable to me. Do you get that too, Tom? Other things I am turning to this winter are Madness, Cumming, Domenico Caraceni, Youth Dew (at my age you can wear these old lady scents) and, strangely, L'heure Bleu, which I always considered perfect for rainy days in warm weather. I am wearing it today and it has a magic now that I did not sense in the heat of September.

Please enter me in the draw! Thank you.

-Existentialist

1:50 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

I think Bandit would make a gorgeous cocktail...

2:07 PM EST  
Anonymous Malena said...

i´ll copy & paste my list that i posted on perfumeposse:
- guerlain angelique noire
- guerlain l´heure bleue extrait
- caron tabac blond extrait (this is whole year around wonderful)
- caron parfum sacre extrait (my new love )
- chanel coromandel
- serge lutens rose de nuit
- frédéric malle noir epices (strictly for really cold weather)
- roja dove enslaved
- andy tauer l´air au désert marocain
- annick goutal encens flamboyant

i really like your list & am dying to try amouage jubilation for women & montale white aoud - both sound wonderful. i already adore black aoud which is on my wishlist (with lots of others...*sigh*).
you also reminded me that up to now i´ve never tested my olivier durbano samples - i think i should do that tomorrow!
chanel no.22 is a strictly warm weather scent for me (though i usually don´t think in such categories as "winter/summer"). i love the incense in it - which i don´t get in the new huge bottle version anymore :((( - & it blooms so much better on me in the heat, the same as with patchouli!

2:08 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delurking here too. I love your list, M., most of which are on my to try list as well (chocolate covered prunes, can it get any better?). A lot of my old winter favorites are shared by others (I'm sentimental about them), such as:
Opium
Coco
KL
Chamade
Shalimar (sorry)
Femme
Magie Noir
but my current favorites are, in no particular order:
1. Nuit de Noel
2. Fath de Fath
3. Guerlain SDV
4. Mitsouko
5. L'Heure Bleu
6. Divine
7. L'ame soeur
8. SL Rahat Loukhoum
9. AT Le Maroc
10.Drole de Rose (which I hated in the summer, but now it sings to me)
11.Temple by Anya's Garden (beautiful oud)
Sabina (who'd love to be in the draw)

4:53 PM EST  
Anonymous Billy D said...

I've been loving my Terre D'hermes in the cold, as well as my L'homme de coeur, Chene, Cologne Blanche and my little harbinger of spring, Fleur de Narcisse by L'artisan. I think if i were to wear it in the spring, it would be too overwhelming, but it's almost like looking at a picture of a field of daffodils in the worst of winter--it just smells like hope. Oh, and please enter me in the drawing!!! I need to try this Amouage that everyone is raving about.

5:08 PM EST  
Blogger Jen said...

Lurker here.
In no particular order:
24 Faubourg
L de Lolita Lempicka
Guerlain S.D. Vanille
Hanae Mori Magical Moon
Jill Sander No. 4 (but I love this all year round)
SL Ambre Sultan
Jaila
Chanel Allure
Narciso Rodriguez EDT
Bois de Isles

I'd love to be in the draw!

5:45 PM EST  
Anonymous mikeperez23 said...

Great list - wow Velvet Gardenia, huh? That did surprise me as one of your fav winter scents, but your description makes sense.

And you are not the only one with a love/hate relationship with Chanel (sigh) and a initial bad relationship with Poivre Piquant ( I was wondering what that combo was...milk and pepper, that's it!)

mikeperez23

6:01 PM EST  
Anonymous Lavanya said...

I live in So. Cal. where (thank god) there is hardly a winter(I miss fall..and maybe the first snow in winter..but don't really miss the cold..:))..However, I *do* like Tam Dao in december- very comforting..Other winter favorites would be: Caron Poivre (which I would and did wear in summer as well). Right now, for some reason, I am more in a mood for a fragrance I dont have to think much about, something that is quiet and pretty..hmm.
White Aoud sounds lovely(I *have* to try some Montales).
Do enter me in the draw!

6:07 PM EST  
Anonymous Lavanya said...

Forgot Chanel Bois de Isles- I just finished my sample- have to get some more.

6:09 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

rachael,
I love Bois de Copaiba and 24 Faubourg!
You are in the draw.

7:15 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Veronica,
It's OK...you balance POTL with so many good things :-)
You are in the draw.

7:16 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Janet,
I need to move to CA.
You are in the draw.

7:16 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Therese,
Don't say, Musc Maori, please! I am already craving it something awful.
You are in the draw.

7:17 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Denise,
(Respectfully) take out Mitsouko and your list could be my list! :-)
You are in the draw.

7:18 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Gwen,
You have a wonderful list, full of classics and modern classics!
You are in the draw.

7:18 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

R,
No, they don't. They should.
I was staring at "OD" for a long time, trying to figure out what it is Ormonde Djayne? :-) Duh!

7:19 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Grizzlesnort,
In winter, incense rules. Actually it rules. Period.
You are in the draw.

7:20 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Iris,
I 100% Love your list :-)
You are in the draw.

7:21 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Joe,
I actually have a bottle of The Vert and must revisit it asap!
You are in the draw.

7:22 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Pia,
Just judging by what you said you like, I think you'll like White Aoud too.

7:23 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Risa,
Your own sounds amazing!

7:24 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Tom,
Love all 10 of yours! All 10!

7:24 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Melamici,
Those will definitely keep you warm! I love me some L'Air du Desert too.
You are in the draw.

7:25 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Genia,
I missed you!!...despite all the POTL :-)
You are in the draw.

7:26 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Existentialist,
I smelled L'Heure on a colleague the other day and fell in love with it all over again.
You are in the draw.

7:27 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Tom,
Really? I'd rather drink Fracas :-)

7:27 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Malena,
I wouldn't kick a single one of your scents out of my perfume wardrobe :-)
You should totally give Durbanos a try, they are wonderful.

7:28 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Sabina,
Welcome!
What a chic list you have. Chic with an exotic twist. Love that.
You are in the draw.

7:30 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Billy,
What can I say...you have a wonderful list!Smell of hope, eh? I like that. Will wear it tomorrow.
You are in the draw.

7:31 PM EST  
Blogger knidonovan said...

Without pride I will do the job to represent the poor folk.
I don't have the $$$ to buy anything fancy right now my number one broke ass scent is
Body shop's Neroli Jasmine.

I have to make up my own winter scents of perfume and essential oils. When I make up these different creations it is a mess at first to be sure!

So I will be going to the Perfumed Court to pick up some favorites that I can afford. I am first going for my old favorite Fracas and then as a wild card try Serge Lutens, Chergui.

A favorite home-brew blend I have been wearing this winter is a

Bass of: vanilla, honey, benzoin, Rose bud, jasmine, mandarin and cypress

I have a crazy complicated winter blend which should make up for the whole top ten is :

vanilla, light amber, ylang ylang (with the tiniest bit of sandalwood vetiver, musk, pepper, clove and cedarwood, benzoin )orange blossom,
peony, rose, geranium, jasmine
cypress, mandarin, waterlily, blackberry sage



If the prize draw is still going. Please add me.

7:31 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Jen,
Welcome!
I see many favorites on your list!
You are in the draw.

7:31 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Mikeperez,
I will have to see if I can even wear VG in summer.
As for milk and pepper...that combo used to, well, not seem pleasant to me :-)

7:32 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Lavanya,
Quiet and pretty- that's White Aoud.
You are in the draw.

7:33 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

knidonovan,
Both of your blends sound gorgeous, especially the winter one!
You are in the draw.

7:35 PM EST  
Anonymous GGS said...

Winter favorites include the spicy and orangey: S.Lutens Rousse, Anne Pliska, DSH Cimabue, Fendi Theorema, Ayala Moriel Finjan or her Epice Sauvage. I like Shalimar best in the winter. This evening I have on Lost Marc'h Lann-Ael.I also like ambers in winter, like I Profumi di Firenze Ambra Del Nepal or L’Artisan L'Eau Ambre.
Please enter me in your draw!

7:55 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

GGS,
Mmm, I love Lann-ael.
You are in the draw.

8:00 PM EST  
Blogger cynthia3403 said...

That White Aoud sounds interesting! Most of these are new to me. If it's really cold I like to wear Clinique Aromatics Elixir. It takes me back to the 80's when power perfumes were in. One spray of that, and I was a career newbie, ready to conquer the world. (Yes, I'm old now!) The cold seems to temper the strength of the perfume. I also like Estee Lauder Private Collection. It smells like "Old Money" to me!

10:27 PM EST  
Blogger Disteza said...

Well, if all the other lurkers are coming out of hiding, guess I should too...if there's any space left in the drawing please enter me.
1.SL-La Myrrhe. Like walking around in a golden cloud; brings a little warmth to even the coldest days.
2.Dzing. Too perfect with the leather coat and gloves.
3. SIP-Arunima. Warm and reminiscent of Christmas gingerbread and pies with a hint of incense.
4.Black Tourmaline. It reminds me of the woods around my house.
5.SL-Mandarine Mandarin. Lovely for those 70-degree days in January for which DC is so famous. It's spring in a bottle, with just enough depth to gently remind you it’s still winter.
6. Ambre Narguile. Because there’s nothing warmer than amber.
7. SIP-Black Rosette. Sometimes you have to appease the inner melancholy and be one with the cold. The mint and leather love to beat the rose down to a wispy little ghost on me; the result is frosty and haughty at the same time.
8. CB -Cradle of Light. This one’s a little too heady to wear any other time of year—I like to think of it as a gorgeous white flower blooming in the middle of the snow.
9. CdG-888. Reminds me of the cold winter sun straining through grey clouds; the perfect mix of warm and cold.
10. The much-maligned Chocolate Greedy. My quirky, oddly-spiced, but entirely consolatory cuppa hot chocolate. It's the ultimate wrap-yourself-up-and-nest-awhile scent for me; I refuse to wear it when the temperature’s above 40 though.

10:51 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone, my perfume obsession is very new, although I've always enjoyed perfume. So I've not yet tried a huge variety of scents, but I'm getting there!
That being said, here's my (not-yet-very-advanced) top 10 for now, in no order:

-YSL Opium
-Fendi Theorema
-DK Black Cashmere
-Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu
-CdG Avignon
-Robert Piguet Fracas
-Parfumerie Generale Corps et Ames
-Ormande Jayne Ormonde
-Tom Ford Black Orchid
-Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison

*I'd like to be in the drawing!

~Molly~

12:28 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Molly,
Welcome! You have a beautiful list. I love Black Orchid.
You are in the draw.

6:50 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

cynthia3403,
I agree, it does smell like Old Money :-) I love that :-)

6:52 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Disteza,
Welcome!
Who maligns Chocolate Greedy?! :-) Personally, I love that one, yum :-)

6:53 AM EST  
Anonymous Delfina said...

Hi,
I'm new here and very excited to put my very first list (not counting, obviously, the hundreds handwritten daily. How can one be so obsessed?)
So, my perfume-mania is a rather recent thing, but I worked hard on sniffing these months... If I was payed to do this I'd be rich in a couple of years. But these, I imagine, are common thoughts in a blog like this. Anyway, thanks very much for the daily enjoyment your blog grants me. And here is my list of cold time favourites.

1. Dzing!
2. Black cashmere
3. Chinatown
4. Féminité du bois
5. Datura noir
6. The dreamer
7. Tabac blond
8. Ormonde woman
9. Comme des Garçons Eau de parfum
10. Fleurs d'oranger

If it's still open, please enter me in the draw.
Thanks again

12:55 PM EST  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

1) L'Artisan's Tea For Two (comforting and smoky)
2) Parfumerie Generale's Bois de Copaiba (love the resins)
3) Montale's Black Aoud (How "aoud" art thou?)
4) Tauer's L'Air du Desert Marocain (gotta love the birch tar)
5) Domenico Caraceni's Domenico Caraceni (a new kid on the block for me)
6) Serge Lutens' Chergui (definitely screams "here are my top, mid, base -notes!)
7) Serge Lutens' Fumerie Turque (who needs a fireplace to smell smoke in the winter)
8) TDC's Rose Poivree (when a rose is not just a rose)
9) Czech & Speake's No. 88 (no need to trudge through the snow to the barbershop)
10) Creed's Angélique Encens (incense and garden angelica, promises for a great spring)

Please enter me into the drawing as well.

1:44 PM EST  
Anonymous Katie said...

I would love if you put me in the draw !
Some winter winners for me (but here it is summer, so I'm not wearing them so much by now) : Alamut, Tea For Two, Passage D'Enfer, Cita de Kyoto, Grand Amour, Miel du Bois (nobody likes it but me), Kenzo Jungle, Bandit, Black Cashmere, Rose Kashmirie.

2:04 PM EST  
Blogger benvenuta said...

Mine: TBS Woody Sandalwood, YR Rose Absolue, Shalimar EDP, Paris EDT, Dioressence, Parfum Sacre, DSH Ceylon, Olene (so joyful in the dead of winter ), Cabaret, Omnia.

Please enter me in the draw.

6:01 PM EST  
Blogger chayaruchama said...

Dear LORD.

Amber anything- Nargulie, Russe, Blue, di Tibet, Nepal, Essense, Dark, Golden...

Tabac Blond
Kenzo Jungle Elephant [aka- The Big Chai]
L'Heure Bleue
Guet-Apens
Habanita
Angelique encens
Madini Henna
Sortilege
L'Air du Desert Marocain

6:09 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Delfina,
Welcome! I really love your list, so many favorites there.
You are in the draw.

8:35 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Zeram,
"How "aoud" art thou?". Oh, I am so using this :-)
I am very aoud. How about you? :-)

8:36 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Katie,
Tom likes it too :-)
You are in the draw.

8:39 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

B,
Dioressence! I need some asap!
You are in the draw.

8:39 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Ida,
...and Burnt :-)

8:40 PM EST  
Anonymous SaraDCole said...

This hard to narrow down. Is it fair to cheat by 'honorably mentioning' my finalists that made others' lists? Iris Poudre, Chanel 22, Coromandel, FM Parfum de Therese, Bois de Iles, (my husband wears this)... or to count Crabtree and Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy and Burt's Bees Hand Salve as one?

Ok, my real list: Chanel 31 Rue Cambon, AG Nuits d'Hadrien (I need EDT and EDP,) Infusion d'Iris, AG Eau de Charlotte, CrazyLibellule Musc & Patchouli, Apres L'Ondee, Safran Troublant, Serge Lutens Lily, and Royal Bain de Caron.

Ok, Ok, I have to add... husband also wore CK obsession for years-- neither of us can stand it too much now, but I sniff the bottle sometimes and it's comforting. But I don't wear it so it doesn't count. Heh. Also love Tuvara from Jeffrey Dame. I'm not familiar with the original but bought it on a whim b/c I had a best friend in school by that name. Bizarrely, when it came, it smelled exactly like I expected.

I won the last prize draw and that leaves me way too lucky to be greedy-- I'll skip this one. :)

(I'm muttering, Habanita, Parfum Sacre, under my breath. I love comfort scents. )

10:09 PM EST  
Anonymous Flora said...

I must agree on the White Aoud - it is sublime, and so wearable, unlike some of the more assertive aouds that take a more daring approach.

I would have Parfum Sacre, Rochas Absolu, Lady Caron, Magie Noire and SL Arabie on my winter list, among others. I would also choose Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie, as it reminds me of the very earliest hints of spring in the air on a cold day - there is always hope!

12:51 AM EST  
Anonymous QuinnCreative said...

I'd love to be in the drawing. Provided I actually can get this to post. (Have chronic trouble with that.)

1. Serge Lutens Arabie
2. Creed Virgin Island Water (to bring back summer)
3. Frapin Caravelle Epicee (pure comfort)
4. L'Occitane Honey & Lemon. A bit on the sweet side, so it needs brisk weather.
5. Prada's Iris scent. Great when it lingers on coat or scarf.
6. Chanel's Bois des Iles because it is always perfect.
7. Frederick Malle's Lipstick Rose
8. Montale's Amandes Orientale
9. Caron's Nuit de Noel. Always.
10. Ormond Woman, which doesn't work for me, but I love the smell in the bottle, and I wish it would smell the same on my skin.

3:00 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

QuinnCreative,
Virgin Island Water is just The Perfect "summer-in-the-midst-of-winter" scents.
You are in the draw.

9:14 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Donna,
If only I had more space, Fleur de Cassie would have been on my list too...

9:14 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Sara,
Wow, wow, he wears Bois des Iles? How wonderful!!

9:16 AM EST  
Anonymous Maitreyi1978 said...

Please enter me in the drawing! I think Bal a Versailles is perfect for winter. I also like Rykiel Woman and Gaultier's Le Classique.

1:06 PM EST  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

"How 'aoud' art thee?" - If I had a choice, aoud thy would always be! ;-)

2:09 PM EST  
Blogger sheilaR said...

Hello all, hope you dont mind another novice joining the orgy.

In no particular order;

Nuit de Noel - with a cream cashmere jumper
Bal a Versaille - genteel dusty bookishness
George Sand - you may worship me from afar
Nohiba - you may worship me from anear
Messe de Minuit - worship me now
Musk Ravaguer - oh dear, I am covered in blokes
Lalique Pour Homme - Maurice Roucel, I love you.
Mitsouko - pure joy
Encense et Bubblegum - a sense of humour is necessary for Christmas yes?
Habanita - dirty girl
Espa - carol singing, mince pies and mulled wine
Patchouli 24 - peat bonfires, soft leather gloves and a glass of Talisker Whiskey.

Sheila

6:20 AM EDT  
Anonymous simona AO said...

New here and knowing so little about perfumes. I almost didn't do anything last few days except reading your blog and other few, going to check the perfume stores around, coming back, checking my impressions with others. I'm going illuminated!
So for now:
Opium
Shalimar
Royal English Leather
Coco
Anteus
Cabochard
Tabac Blond
Vetiver de Java
Tihota
Omnia (to wear it in a warm bed, under blanket, pity it doesn't last)

Of course, I would go for the contest here :-)
And now to my bed. No Omnia though, don't have a sample, may be same Coco.

5:48 PM EST  

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