This was not a good year if you lived in New Jersey. Mind you, those of us who live mid state have nothing to complain about. Those who lived on the Shore far more, but – it was not a good year. No, indeed.
Neither was it a stellar year in perfume. Everyone else in the blogosphere likes to compile best and worst of lists at this time of year, but alas, and woe is me, I can’t find even five perfumes that moved me by their originality and wonderfulness this year.
If pressed, I found Encens Mythique d’Orient (Guerlain) a beautiful French/Arab scent, less heavy handed than the majority of that sort of thing. Invisible Monster, the CBIHATE PERFUME release, caught my attention. That one captured the smell of greenery and mud in the Susquehanna River, and I had to declare an interest since I too grew up near the Susquehanna and the mud did have a particularly unctuous clay-ey smell to it. Very good.
Otherwise, nope, I did not get excited. There were two good re-workings of old perfumes, namely Silences, and now I find Vent Vert as well, but those two apart, I was not thrilled with 2012. I thought 2011 a much better year.
This is- I know- slim pickings for a whole year in which there were lots and lots of releases. Sometimes it goes that way. Am I the pickiest perfume person in creation? Probably. This year I was smelling more that was retro and enjoying it quite a lot. It’s hard to go off the deep end about the latest Amouage when you have just spent two days with L’Aimant in vintage extract.
There are things I never smelled: a new Ayala Moriel, Treazon, a new Patricia de Nicolai, Musc Intense, and maybe there will be a worthwhile Caron next year. If I could ask the perfume world for favors, I would ask them to produce some green Orientals, to bring back Guerlain’s Djedi, and to revivify the floral aldehyde reworked for the 21st century. While we’re at it, how about some new carnation perfumes that are not wash outs. Sweet William, the Ineke-Anthropologie release smelled like a pretty carnation perfume in silhouette with all the carnation part cut out.
Really? Seriously now, some of us like carnations , and some of us would like to smell them again. Something green for 2013, that’s what I want!