I’ve had the crappiest week. It started out with me having to deal with the most unpleasant and ignorant people possible through work, so I was mentally drained from the beginning. Then our payroll department called and told me I’ll get no salary for the upcoming month (Christmas) as they’ve payed a tiny amount too much for a long time and they need to adjust this before the next year starts. Meanwhile, people around me were getting into all sorts of trouble, like loosing wallets full of important receipts and getting arrested due to false accusations (both of these issues are fortunately resolved by now). On top of that, we made a bad release at work, full of errors that we hadn’t thought about that will need to be fixed and my daughter got stomach flue, so I had to be up for a whole night, missing sleep, taking care of her.
Because of all this, this week mini reviews are rather negative and stumped. I just didn’t have the energy to be as elaborate as most of these scents deserve. I apologize for this beforehand, you’ll just have to bear with me…
December 8: Almonds
Still in Guerlain mode after wearing Cuir Beluga the day before I reached for the sheer almond dream of Tonka Imperial. There is something about the utter unhuman-ness of smelling like cookies that doesn’t completely agrees with me, nevertheless, this is a very well made perfume.
December 9: Prunes
I only know of two perfumes featuring prunes. One is Serge Lutens Boxeuses, the second one is ELdOs weird Malaise of the 1970s. As I recently finished my sample of Boxeuses, I had to wear the Malaise. Imagine a cologne made from Asian dried salted plums, that also has aquatic notes that just stays on your skin and clothes with no mind to showers or days passing by. I can’t say this is a favorite of mine, but fortunately I was too busy to notice it for most of the day. And it did make me look forward to take on more gourmands.
December 10: Amber
Back on the right track (as in picking notes I wanted to wear), I wore Annick Goutals Ambre Fétiche. I always find it difficult to describe amber perfumes because they all smell like – amber. Anyway, the Goutal one is very good, I get a hint of fir resin in the opening, from then on it’s a good balance between vanilla and resins. A great winter scent!
December 11: Santa
To a lot of people, Santas smells of cheap spirits, bad breath and sour sweat. This was not a path I wanted to explore further. Instead I went for the smell of the idea of Santa and there, there is no competition among which scent to choose. The one I’ll pick is Amouage Lyric Woman. It’s rich, compact, red, bold, big boned and bottom heavy in the best possible manner. A big kick in the butt of all the dressed up guys with dubious manners out there.
December 12: Cinnamon
I have bashed Juliette Has A Guns Calamity J before, but we’ve made up. I really enjoy the seamless cinnamon-woody thing that’s going on in here. Another great winter scent! I also wore Coquillete Sumatera, a good floral fruity chewing gum kind of cinnamon scent, until the very end where the patchouly base turned into sour ”old mans cologne” on my skin (note that my opinions here were formed during the peak of my daughters stomach flue, please try it out for yourselves before adopting an opinion).
December 13: Angelic
What do angels smell like? To me, I’m imagining lots of fluffy white vanilla, ambrosia, sweet resins and a residue of incense. I started off wearing Mona di Orios Musc, although it’s a great scent, it just didn’t hit the spot. Too sweet, too light, this one works better in spring. I then moved on to Profumum Pomas Battito d’Ali, and this one proved to be just perfect. Lofty, sugary orange blossom sweetness, flanked by bottom heavy myrrh and cocoa. These angels are huge, wagging their enormous trumpets all over the heavens. Big thanks to Elisabeth E for sharing a sample of this with me
December 14: Julmust
Julmust is a Swedish Christmas staple and can be described as a much sweeter version of root beer. There aren’t too many perfumes smelling like julmust around. Luckily for me, just a few days ago I came across a discussion on the Facebook group Svenska Parfymkonnässörer on perfumes smelling like julmust and Parfum d’Empires Aziyade was mentioned. Aziyade has a lot more going than julmust, but I can definitely feel the note in there, among pomegranates, cherries, dates and spices. I wore it to one of the first Christmas parties of the season and it felt like a very good choice.
So, I hope that everyone else have had better week! What did you wear and what scents would you have chosen for the notes I picked? As I’ve ticked off so many unpleasant things at once now, hopefully Christmas and New Years will be good, peaceful and pleasantly uneventful.