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Monday, December 29, 2008

Best of 2008 and a Prize Draw

Only once before have I been more glad to see a year come to an end. In my personal history, year 2008 will go down as the 2nd most horribilis. And that is saying a lot. There were very bright moments that I will remember forever, warmly and gratefully, the moments that I am happy I have got to experience. Still, I am relieved that it is over. Here is to moving on, to getting over, to patching up ...to new beginnings for all of us. To an easier 2009.

This year, we at Perfume-Smellin' Things decided to see the year off by each choosing just one perfume we loved, wore and enjoyed the most in 2008, thus creating our Top 8 of 2008. We invite you to do the same in your comments: name one and only one scent that shone for you the brightest this year.

Alyssa
Etat Libre’s Jasmin et Cigarette is not the best perfume I tried in 2008, nor even the one I reached for most often, but it is the perfect accidental souvenir of a year marked by trips to the city, rough ideas on the verge of turning into something better, inchoate longings for an imaginary lush life, and of course, by perfume and cigarettes. I first tried it in the middle of a New York heat wave, stealing a sample from the tester at Bendel’s after the SAs pointedly ignored me. I’m surviving the winter with my decant. If the center of my dream holds, and I return to the city in the spring, a bottle will be mine.

Beth
In a year of so many lovely smells it is so very hard to choose just one, but choose I have. Hands down, Sali Oguri’s luscious chocolate drenched Persephone was by far the most original and deeply enjoyable perfume that I tried this year. Persephone makes me want to laugh , twirl and dance until I have to gasp for air. I love her decadent , wild gypsy nature but at the same time she is as restorative and earthy as a deep drink from a cool artesian spring nestled within the Middle Earth. She was my prayer for the dying as she helped my mother cross beyond the veil of this world. She entices my husband to nibble on my neck. She is simply....beautiful.

Donna
I have tried many really good fragrances for the first time in the past year, so this is a tough call. After much consideration I am selecting Chypre Noir by Ava Luxe. It is so very different from anything else I have come across. Deeply, profoundly green and dangerously sexy, it’s mysterious and intense, transporting me to a secret enchanted forest with just one powerful drop

Kelley
My pick for 2008 is Tauer's Incense Extrême. I haven't been this excited about a fragrance in quite a while. It is a minimalist scent with (if I remember correctly) only seven ingredients. Andy's website lists spices, powdery orris, dry cedar wood, and ambergris, supported by frankincense as the notes. There isn't much development just pristine frankincense made slightly more exotic by the other listed ingredients. This is literally a religious experience!

Linda
My pick is Andy Tauer's Vetiver Dance. It is the most multifaceted scent I encountered this year: sap-green lily of the valley with a salted twist of grapefruit peel, underscored by vetiver shifting from spicy and rooty to earthy and bittersweet. It's great for walks on the beach.


Marina
To be honest, I thought this mission of choosing one most favorite fragrance of 2008 would be truly impossible. But as I soon as I looked at the "most loved" shelf of my perfume cabinet, I had an answer. Of course, could there be any contest? The perfume that brought me most joy in 2008 was Guerlain's sublime Quand Vient la Pluie. Orrisy melancholy of Apres L'Ondee married to the happy, playful gourmandness of praline, a scent-chameleon that changes its mood according to mine. It is comforting when I need it to be, elegant when I have to be so, demure when requiered, flirty when appropriate. And always exquisitely beautiful. This is one of the most thrilling discoveries of 2008 and one of the gifts for which I will be always grateful. This year, in a super-short, recession version of The Award, it receives a Golden Colombina.

Marla
Jean Paul Gaultier's newest, Ma Dame, is just FUN in a bottle. Dreamsicles. Necco wafers. Now N Laters, hot pink vinyl plastic, Lorna Doone cookies, neon, and some odd touches of metal thrown in. There is absolutely nothing natural in this, but it's a potpourri of modern frivolity. At first I thought, "another synthetic fruity floral", but after receiving two samples from an enthusiastic German SA, I was hooked. I started smelling all the items above, and more. It's just quirky silliness, and, as sweet as it sounds, it's not cloying. It's one of the most humorous perfumes I've smelled in years. This will save me from the blahs of deep dark European winter for certain. And the bottle's fantastic. (How did they make that, anyway??)

Tom
Serge Lutens Serge Noire. I've found myself reaching for it more than anything else in 2008. It smells like being enveloped in the embrace of the best-dressed man at the ball.

And a bonus one from Paul a.k.a Mr Colombina
Fou d'Absinthe was my favourite scent of 2008 because it reminds me of my years Europe, yet somehow feels so right for New York.Its a fragrance I can't wait to get back to after I have obligingly gone through my rotation.

We couldn't end the year without having one last prize draw, our biggest so far. We have three bottles to give away: Chanel Chance, Ralph Lauren Notorious and Vera Wang Look. Please choose ONE that you would like to win and let us know in your comment. The draw will end on 12am EST on Jan. 4th, 2009. Three winners (one for each scent) will be chosen randomly and announced in Jan. 6th. Happy New Year, everybody!

To read other Best of 2008 lists, please visit:

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

Image is bottle by hermanturnip at flickr; some rights reserved.

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143 Comments:

Blogger Cadence said...

Also felt like 2008 was the year Horribilis. Hope next year goes better for all of us! Please enter me in your drawing for a lovely bottle of Chanel Chance.

10:35 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes for a fun and brigh 2009!
Please enter me in your drawing for a botle of Notorious. Thanks!
Arwen

11:16 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too say Incense Extreme is my fave of the year. And I would love a bottle of Chance. Thanks so much for the draw, and for all the inspiration here this year.

Jane

11:26 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, thank you for entering me in the drawing! Alica

2:02 AM EST  
Blogger Deanna said...

I would love to win Ralph Lauren's Notorious :)

3:27 AM EST  
Blogger Michelle said...

I really had no stand-out perfume this year. That's not to say that none were purchased (got Chance eau Fraiche, Gucci edp, and No.5 Eau Premiere), but nothing bowled me over.
I'd like to try the VW Look. Please enter me into the drawing :)


reposted b/c of the need for serious editing!

4:13 AM EST  
Blogger Ines said...

I love reading lists (and getting new ideas to try out). :-)
Please enter me in the draw for Vera Wang Look.

4:54 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Cadence,
I hope so too!
You are in.

7:43 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Arwen,
Thank you!
You are in.

7:43 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Jane,
Thank you!
You are in

7:43 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Alica,
sure, but you need to choose which one you would like to win

7:44 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Deanna
You are in

7:44 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Michelle,
No 5 Eau Premiere is beautiful.
You are in

7:45 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Ines,
I am glad! You are in

7:45 AM EST  
Anonymous KathyT said...

Here's to a better year in 2009! Please enter me in the drawing for Notorious.

Thank you.

8:45 AM EST  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

This is a fun way to approach looking back...but so hard for a year that was my first!! Maybe I'll see if anybody else asks the same question, so I can offer a different response each time...

I'm a bit stuck between L'Ombre Fauve, which had me huffing my wrist with direct pleasure almost every time I wore it; Feminite du Bois, which brings me to my wrist nearly as often, but with more exploration & thought (though also joyous and sensual); or Cradle of Light, which took me for such a ride the first time I wore it.

I'll cheat, and pick later. (Backs out of the room, saying "Oh, please enter me in the draw for Chanel Chance...")

9:02 AM EST  
Blogger judith said...

I sampled tons of fragrances in 2008. A few stand out(a good thing for my pocketbook). Byredo Green,Pedro de Leana Amor,The Ten Party,Chanel Les Exclusifs Beige,Frederic Malle Dans tes Bras and Etat Libre d'Orange Bendelirious were my favorites.

I would like to be in the draw for the Vera Wang Look

Thank you and have a prosperous 2009!

9:36 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to soon be seeing the backside of 2008--It was awful. But how did I survive? Carnal Flower. My scent for 2008. It's hard not to smile when wearing it.

10:13 AM EST  
Anonymous Lora said...

Thanks for the post - here's to a happy and exciting 2009 for all!

I would love to try for the RL Notorious.

Thanks!

10:32 AM EST  
Anonymous AnnS said...

I think the best releases this year are Amouage Lyric woman and Chanel No 5 eau Premier...but I've not smelled everything released...My personal favorite discovery for the year that brought me endless joy everytime I wore it is Sonoma Scent Studio Rose Musc - the labdanum is gorgeous & the formula so simple and perfect.

Please enter me in the drawing for Notorious. Thanks & Happy New Year!

11:20 AM EST  
OpenID benedictxvii said...

is this our favorite perfumes of 2008, and not our favorite 2008 releases?
My everyday perfume switched from Opium to Bvlgari Black in 2008.
I only bought two bottles this year- Bvlgari Black and Moroccan Mint Tea
I went through my sample of Ambre Russe and had to buy a second one

I didn't try many 2008 releases... I liked Ma Dame.

I would like to entered in the drawing for Notorious

11:40 AM EST  
Blogger Dink said...

Please enter me in the drawing for the Vera Wang. Thanks for all the enjoyable reading this past year.

12:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Victoria said...

I did not get excited by too many new launches this year. I guess that brands are just playing it safe for the most part. On the other hand, I did like El Attarine.

12:02 PM EST  
Anonymous dleep said...

Hang in there, 2009 is just a few days away! I would love to be entered to win a bottle of Notorious. Thank you!

12:27 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm......my first perfume year, and first year in 30 with a sense of smell. to begin, i can't tell all of you bloggers how helpful your writing has been to me. i love smells and a very few perfumes - most perfumes really turn me off. how to pick through the haystack to find the needles? (great, THAT makes sense! well, you know what i mean......) all the reviews and notes and background are so helpful in narrowing down what to focus on so i can find the gems! i don't know if i'd have the heart to wade through everything out there without you intrepid souls who guide the way.

my fave this year is probably cashmere mist - mr. rose makes soaps, and my favorite is scented with jasmine and sandalwood and is very like cashmere mist. so nice to have that luxurious scent around after you use the soap!

i think i'd like to take my chances with a bottle of notorious, thank you ; )

Happy New Year Everybody! lunarose

12:48 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello and Happy New Year!

I'm new to this blog but had to add my fave of this past year to the list. Tom Ford's White Patchouli made me smile most in 2008.

Best wishes for a happy and beautiful new year! Please enter me in the drawing for a bottle of Look (haven't yet sniffed it but the notes sound divine)! Thank you!

♥ April B.

12:59 PM EST  
Blogger mimi said...

2008 was a year of olfactory discovery for me. My great discovery was Bois des Iles, which almost brings tears to my eyes. 'gingerbread' is an inadequate description of the drydown - what happens on the skin after about twenty minutes is stunning - it's the most beautiful thing I've ever smelled. Deeply comforting, but exciting and ravashingly beautiful at the same time. Sigh.

No need to enter me in the draw Marina...I hope 2009 brings you compensatory blessings.

Mimi

12:59 PM EST  
Blogger Helen said...

The fragrance that I seemed to reach for the most this year (and constantly since fall) is L'A Tea for Two. Please enter me into the VW Look draw!

Happy New Year!

1:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

С Новым Годом, Мариша!
Всех благ тебе, девочка, в 2009-ом.

С любовью,
Женя

1:11 PM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

M, so sorry it was a lousy year -- here's hoping that 2009 is a massive improvement in every possible way.

2:07 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My biggest surprise would probably be Guerlain's Insolence. I smelt it on the strip and thought "meh" - sniffed a few others and then sniffed it again once the topnotes had burnt off a little...it was sublime! Can't stop wearing it.

In terms of new releases, probably Escale a Portofino by Dior - total love.

I'd like to be entered into the Notorious draw, please :)

-auburnette

2:13 PM EST  
Blogger lilybp said...

Well, I think two that got extra wear this year were Ormonde Woman (I rediscovered this thanks to you, and just got a compliment on it last night) and AT L'Air du Desert. I guess the new one I returned to most often was Vetiver Dance. Maybe. Anyway, I do like it a lot, and for reasons I'm not clear on, AT's incenses didn't work as well on me as I'd hoped. Hope you have a great 2009!!!

2:30 PM EST  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

Bulgari's "Jasmin noir"
I don't even know, if it's new - from year to year I have more difficulties to go with the latest fragrances (not to mention to like them...). I'm not a jasmin babe (I rarely even touch white flowers...) but this one is fortunately barely jasmin on my skin - and not really noir. It's rather bright and smiling, I can smell a bit of wood and amber. And there is almond there - I think that's the reason I fell for "Jasmin noir"...

3:01 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No.5 eau Premiere I guess, it was a meh year for new smells. I went with older missed one's mostly. I would love to be entered for the bottle of Notorious. Thanks! ChantillyLace

3:43 PM EST  
OpenID fountaingirl said...

Here's to 2009 being a bit easier on us all! I found a new appreciation for Guerlain this year, and fell HEAD OVER HEELS for Shalimar.

I would love to be entered in the drawing for Chance, thank you so much.

4:05 PM EST  
Blogger March said...

Hey, I hope your 2009 turns out better. I'd like to laugh more and worry less. And I'd like to play around more in vintage perfumes. As always, fun to read everyone's lists! And I love your golden Colombina.

4:16 PM EST  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

My fav for the past year had to be CdG/Monocle's Scent One: Hinoki (and it's the most used bottle in my collection). Please enter me into the drawing for Chanel Chance.

Happy (almost) 2009!!!

4:32 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also am glad this year is over. I wish you all a much lovelier 2009.
Please enter me in for Chanel Chance. Thank you!
-Elena

4:55 PM EST  
Blogger mark42 said...

I've mainly been wearing Bandit - a fragrance to match an intense year!
Add me to the Notorious list. Thanks!

5:11 PM EST  
Anonymous minaminou said...

I haven't had a go-to scent this year, but today I'm wearing Jasmin et Cigarette, and enjoying it very much.

Please enter me in the draw for Chanel Chance! Thank you!

5:28 PM EST  
Blogger Karin said...

I would call this year the beginning of my perfumista career. Ha ha. I've always loved perfume, but definitely kicked it up a notch in 2008. As a result, I was busy trying existing fragrances that I'd never tried - didn't get much opportunity to sample new releases. My favorite find - Parfums de Nicolai. The PdN I'm loving the most - Sacrebleu. Of the new releases I've tried (which I can probably count on one hand), I'm one of the few who likes Lancome's Magnifique! Alas, I live so far away from decent perfume shops that I have to depend on samples that I order...and this year, I didn't really place any focus on new releases. Guess I'll need to catch up in 2009!!! At least I can whittle down the choices after reading so many reviews!!! All the best to you in 2009, Marina! And please add me to the draw - for a bottle of Chance. Thanks!

5:35 PM EST  
Blogger Clare Stella said...

Thank you for a year of wonderful perfume news and reviews. I would enjoy the opportunity to win the Chanel Chance. Happy 2009!!

6:13 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the drawing for Vera Wang's Look.

6:59 PM EST  
Anonymous MaureenC said...

Here's to a better 2009. Please enter me in the draw for Vera
Wang's Look. Thank you.

7:34 PM EST  
Anonymous lawgoddess said...

I enjoyed an old friend a lot this year, Norell.

Please enter me in the drawing for Vera Wang Look. Thanks.

7:41 PM EST  
Anonymous Janet in California said...

My favorite new perfume was Le Labo Poivre. If only I could afford it! The perfume I ended up wearing the most was Bronze Goddess.

Please enter me for the Vera Wang bottle.

I hope all of us have a better 2009!

8:12 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope your 2009 is brighter, happier, healthier. I also have had some rough years. 1997 in particular was very difficult. I was glad to turn the page.

My Best of 2008 is No 5 Eau Premiere. Can't get enough.

Please include me in the drawing for Notorious.

Best wishes for the New Year.
--Pamela

9:02 PM EST  
Anonymous Rbrewer said...

All is up from here, M. (((Hugs))) and happy wishes to you!

My 2008 favorite was Serge Noire. I will amend Tom's assessment slightly: it's the best-dressed man at the ball ... at home by the fire, after the dancing, with his tie undone, slightly sweaty and sweetly snuggly. Ahhhh.

I'm staying out of the drawings. No more bottles for me! :-)

9:33 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

KathyT
You are in

9:51 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

ScentScelf
Ok, that's cheating :-) You have to pick one. I vote for L'ombre Fauve, which I adore.

9:52 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Judith,
Pedro de Leana Amor is a new name for me.
You are in

9:52 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Anonymos
Carnal Flower is indeed radiant.

9:53 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Lora
You are in

9:53 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

AnnS
I should try that one. Completely agree re: Lyric.

9:54 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

benedictxvii
just any favorite, old or new :-)
You are in

9:54 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Dink
You are in

9:55 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Vika,
I liked it too, did not love it. My most favorite new release was probably Lyric.

9:55 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

dleep,
thank you, you are in!

9:56 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

lunarose,
I am so glad to hear your sense of smell returned! You are in the draw

9:56 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

April B
Thank you for your kind wishes and welcome.

9:57 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Mimi
I agree about BdesI, it is stunning.
Thank you for your kind wishes.

9:57 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Helen
You are in!

9:58 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Женечка,
большое спасибо, здоровья, успехов, счастья в новом году тебе и твоей семье!

9:58 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

R,
Thank you, the only way is up :-)
Happy New year!

9:59 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

auburnette,
I have to finally try Escale!
You are in.

9:59 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Judith!!!
Here is to a Great Year for you. I know it will be.

10:00 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Melinda
I keep hearing good things about this, have to investigate :-)

10:00 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

ChantillyLace
I can see Eau Premiere has a lot of fans! It is lovely.

10:01 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

fountaingirl
I was just trying Shalimar again the other day and...it was gorgeous! Maybe we finally clicked.

10:01 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

March,
Thank you, I hope your wishes come true!!

10:02 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Zeram,
I need to re-try Hinoki.
You are in.
Happy 2009!

10:02 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Helena,
You are in!

10:03 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Mark42
What a great choice!
You are in

10:03 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

minaminou
I like that one a lot too
You are in

10:03 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Karin,
Oh, the newbie parfumista days...I miss them so. Everything was exciting, even the bad stuff :-) Here is to more discoveries and may you escape the green embrace of jadedness :-)

10:05 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Clare Stella
Thank you, you are in!

10:05 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Anonymous
You are in

10:06 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

MaureenC
Yes, to a better one.
You are in

10:06 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

lawgoddess
nothing like an old friend!
you are in

10:06 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Janet in California
I too adore LL Poivre!
You are in.

10:07 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Pamela
And 1996 for me. Not that 1997 was a picnic :-)
Here is to happier times ahead!
You are in

10:07 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Robyn
So lovely to see you here.
I love-love your image of Serge Noire! :-))
Happy New Year!

10:08 PM EST  
Blogger Scott said...

We can all welcome the new year of 2009 and look forward to another year filled with new fragrances. At work this week we just received Escada's Ocean Lounge and it has been selling well already. My personal favorite for 2008 for women would be Notorious. For men, | get compliments whenever I wear Chanel Allure Edition Blanche.

Scott

You can enter me for the Vera Wang Look please!

10:41 PM EST  
Anonymous maitreyi1978 said...

The Chance, but any bottle would be great. Thanks, and a happy new year.

11:12 PM EST  
Anonymous Claire said...

My favorite new scent this year is Fresh's Cannabis Rose. Best Wishes for an awesome 2009! I'd like to enter for Notorious.

11:45 PM EST  
Blogger Marla said...

I would love to win Vera Wang Look.
Happy New Year!

11:59 PM EST  
OpenID quinncreative said...

Not sorry to see 2008 go on out the door, dragging a sorry bottle of fruity-floral swill with it. Your writing made for a much better year, though.
Please enter me in your drawing for the Chanel Chance.

12:05 AM EST  
Blogger jean said...

I'd love to enter the drawing for a bottle of Vera Wang Look. Thanks!

2:01 AM EST  
Blogger M said...

My 2008 favourite is L'Air du Desert Marocain Tauer Perfumes.

Please enter me for the prize drawing - I'd like to win Chanel Chance.

3:04 AM EST  
OpenID peixinha said...

Hi, I would love to win Ralph Lauren's Notorious :)

Best of the year in my opinion is Dans Tes Bras.

3:11 AM EST  
Anonymous LinaKu said...

Happy upcoming year! Please add me with Chanel Chance.

6:28 AM EST  
Blogger Arlena said...

I would like to be in the drawing for a lovely bottle of Chanel Chance.

Best Wishes for 2009.

7:44 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Scott,
I've been menaing to try Chanel Allure Edition Blanche.
You are in

7:47 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

maitreyi1978
you are in

7:48 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Claire
You are in

7:48 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Marla
You are in

7:48 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

quinncreative
thank you! and lol about dragging a bottle :-)
You are in

7:49 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

jean
you are in

7:49 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

M
L'Air du Desert is beautiful
You are in

7:49 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

peixinha
you are in

7:49 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Lina Ku
You are in

7:49 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Arlena
You are in

7:50 AM EST  
Anonymous Zoe said...

Not the best year for me, either, but perfume has been my outlet/distraction. I'm glad this period is over and on to the next! I'll be positive. And great smelling, that goes without saying.

Hoping that 2009 brings new chances for those who didn't like 2008 so much!

I'd love to entered in the drawing for Notorious. Anyone else notice a similarity in the Notorious and Look bottles?

9:52 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because I'm new to perfumes and only started properly discovering them in February, I can't say what has been released that I have enjoyed. I only know what personal discoveries I have made and love. Guerlain's Apres l'Ondee, l'Artisan's Passage d'Enfer, SL's Daim Blond and Louve, Armani Prive's Bois d'Encens, Sinfonia di Note's Saveur d'Artichaut and Chanel Beige are just some that I always reach for.

Please enter me in the draw for Chanel Chance.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year and thank you for this fun and informative blog.

Lovethescents

10:30 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Zoe
It definitely goes without saying.
They are kind of alike, only one is...horizontal and the other vertical, so to say :-)

10:33 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Lovethescents
I see some top favorites of mine on your list!

10:34 AM EST  
Blogger parisa said...

Best of 2009 to you and your families!!! I would love to enter in your draw for LOOK by VW ;-)

11:05 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enter me in the drawing. It does not matter which perfume i get.

2:11 PM EST  
Anonymous astakr@mi.is said...

Hi, and thanks for a wealth of information this year.

I would not be unhappy to receive "Look", that is if you post to Iceland.

Happy New Year

2:44 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

parisa
thank you, you are in

4:09 PM EST  
Anonymous Flora said...

Memo to Lovethescents - you are already one of the winners for the Vacances sample but we have not heard from you yet, please hit the Contact button and send your address!

4:09 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Anonymous
you really need to choose, thanks

4:09 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

astakr@mi.is
you are in

4:09 PM EST  
Anonymous Johnny said...

I would like to be entered for RL Notorious! Good luck everyone.

5:17 PM EST  
Blogger Isa said...

My favourite perfume this year has been L'Erbolario Iris. Powder, powder and more powder, with a base of cozy sugar and vanille. And it lasts forever on me. Yummy!

Best wishes for a happy new year 2009!

Please, enter me in the draw :)

5:38 PM EST  
Anonymous edwardian said...

Sballo, by Bruno Acampora, is my perfume of the year; it's green of hay and moss, with pollen and musk and dries down to I can't decide if it's a violet, mushrooms or both. It's a perfectly civilized being going wild, it's Frannie Halcyon AND Bluegrass at Pinus, don't wear this to bed because it won't let you sleep....

5:44 PM EST  
OpenID texasblues said...

It's hard to pick just one for this year - not that it was a great year, but I did pick up a few fun scents. I'll agree that Ma Dame makes me smile every time that I put it on, but so does Pucci's Vivara - I like the Ma Dame bottle better though, so I'll go with that one.

I wish I could pick Prada's Infusion d'Iris, but though I love it, I can't wear it. It stuffs my sinuses up in 3 minutes flat and makes me miserable after that.

Here's to a better 09 and perhaps a willingness on my part to splurge for the Quand Vient La Pluie - but I'm not going to count on it happening.

I'd love to be entered for the RL Notorious.

5:50 PM EST  
Blogger Natalie said...

Please enter me in the drawing for a bottle of Notorious! :) My favorite find of the year was probably Hanae Mori Magical Moon. Happy New Year!

7:54 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes for a 2009 filled with much happiness.

And thank you for this blog--reading it has been a real highlight of 2008!

I couldn't chose just one scent I loved so here are my top 2: The Different Company Sublime Balkiss and ATauer's Le Maroc pour Elle.

Please enter me in the draw for Notorious.
Thanks--Jen

2:48 AM EST  
Blogger Cait said...

It's great to read the favorites of so many delightful bloggers. Marina: I loved QV la pluie but couldn't bring myself to splurge. Tom: you loved Serge Noire more than Musc 25? Now that I think about it, these two are the perfumes I most wish someone would buy for me, so I wouldn't have to feel bad for not buying food for my dog for the better part of a year.

5:46 AM EST  
Blogger Cait said...

To clarify, my dog is well fed. In fact, I can see his belly sticking out from across the room. Just saying, if someone bought me Quand Vient La Pluie and Musc 25, I wouldn't have to feel guilty or reckless or totally out of my gourd.

5:48 AM EST  
Blogger sfsassy said...

I found many new scents this year, but I have to agree with the choice of Jasmine and Cigarettes. I adore it!
I would also like to be the drawing.

8:05 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Johnny
you are in

9:22 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

isa
sounds wonderful!
you are in

9:22 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Edwardian
I love your description. And I think I have a sample of this.

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

texasblues
well I hope you do splurge, it is so worth it :-)

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

Natalie
You are in

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

Jen
Thank you so much!
Happy 2009!

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

Cait,
I understand. I was very lucky to receive it as a gift, otherwise I doubt I could do it myself :-)
I hope it somehow makes its way into your life too :-))

9:28 AM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

sfassy
you are in as long as you choose which one you want to be in the draw for :-)

9:29 AM EST  
Blogger Scentred said...

Fav of the year for me would be Annick Goutal's Neroli. It's minus 20degrees Celcius today with the wind chill. Being entered in a draw for a bottle of Chance would surely warm me up.
Thanks and Happy New Year!

1:53 PM EST  
Blogger sunnlitt said...

thank you for all your lovely words.
I would love to try the Vera Wang Look.

4:33 PM EST  
Blogger ***Zeina*** said...

Chanel Beige would probably be my perfume of the year, though I'm not sure I'd call it my favorite. It was definitely a go-to for any occasion - especially the more challenging ones when a good calming confidence scent is required. I suspect it will become a classic - at least in my wardrobe.

Please enter me in the draw for Notorious, and Happy New Year to all!

11:13 PM EST  
Blogger ann_was_here said...

Wow, I've been sort of put off by the Ma Dame marketing (I think it's been a bit overkill and I'm also not a huge Agyness fan-sorry!) but your description of it sounds amazing - I'll definitely have to try it out. I'd love to be entered for the Look perfume. Thank you! I loved this post- those were great picks! :)

8:27 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was my first full year into perfume exploration and I discovered Diorella! My favorite this year - followed by Andy Tauer's Vetiver Dance. Please enter me for a bottle of Chance.

Chris G

11:40 AM EST  
Anonymous MJ said...

I honestly can't pick just one scent, but I'd like to be entered in the Chance drawing.

butterflyrouge(at)yahoo(dot)com

3:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! please enter me in the draw for Notorious. Thanks!
Sue B

3:21 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the drawing for Chanel Chance - Svitlana

5:11 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been a painful year and full of growth. I am enormously hopeful though for the new year. Would you enter me in the draw for Look? Thanks! Erin

7:23 PM EST  
OpenID juxtaposefantsy said...

I would love to be entered for Notorious, please. Thanks and happy 2009!
Tricia

8:42 PM EST  
Blogger micaela6955 said...

A new perfume I liked that I tried this year was Hard Candy. It wasn't my usual scent, but I liked the way it smelled and got lots of compliments on it. I would like to be entered for the Look Perfume, it sounds like something I'd love to try. Thanks and have a great New Year!

micaela6955 at msn dot com

10:49 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your drawing for a bottle of Notorius. My favorite for 2008 is Andy Tauer's lovely Incense rose ! Thanks and Happy New year.

12:24 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed this blog so much! n

My favorite for 2008 is Fracas. It took a year for me to understand it and like it. It's not too sweet, it smells like roses but not in a cloying way, and it's not afraid to be womanly. I also used up my decants of Ambre Russe and Bulgari Black.

Please enter me in the contest for Chance. Figure I have a chance to win since Jan 4 is my birthday.
M Simonne

11:48 AM EST  

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