In the time that I’ve been blogging, it suddenly came home to me that I had no list of perfumes I actually own and wear. Many other bloggers disclose this rather basic information about themselves, and so I wonder if I should too? My list is sort of idiosyncratic really.
1) Caron Bellodgia in vintage extract – alas, not much!
2) Caron Poivre in extract
3) Caron Narcisse Blanc in extract
4) Guerlain Vetiver
5) Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur
6) Coty Emeraude in edt
7) Guerlain Philtre d’Amour
8) Meg of Parfumieren and I own shares in L’Origan in vintage extract and L’Aimant
9) Cologne Sologne (PdN)
10) Gardenia Petale
As you can see, I am really not a great wearer of orientals, as advertised, and am also quite comfortable crossing the aisle at Sephora and elsewhere. This is because I’ve noticed that what is born as a boy perfume (Dior Homme, for instance) often turns up later as an adorable little girl perfume with a big pink bow on its bottle (Shalimar Parfum Initial, for instance) which are essentially the same perfume, just in case you hadn’t noticed.
The two orientals I do wear are either sort of green or sort of fiery, and I have to admit to a great fondness for pepper perfumes in general. I really wanted to buy Mark Buxton’s Cologne Noire from Van Cleef et Arpels, but there was something non-peppery and too synthetic in the end of it, and so the impulse passed.
I like to buy something new every year for summer and I have no idea what it will be this year. In other years I have worn some pretty strange summer perfumes: Bois et Chocolat (DSH) and Hippie Chic (DSH) Anne Pliska for one whole summer, Nahema (that was an odd summer), Neroli (Annick Goutal) and Love Coco when it came out. Also Briar Rose (Ineke Ruhland) last summer. This summer maybe I will wear something Italian.
Oh, and I quite forgot to mention I also wear my preferred staple, JR Watkins hand creme in lemon, which may be all I can afford to buy next year. Also I make my Jersey lavender vinegar which I honest to goodness do actually stew in my kitchen in gallon containers full of white vinegar and my lavender. It turns the vinegar phosphorescent pink, but is lovely in baths.
Anyway, full disclosure and truth in advertising here, I wear nothing particularly trendy. No Malles, no Smell Bents, and I find the Etat Libre d’Oranges to be all talk and no trousers so far, though I have only tried two, and haven’t bought any. At this point, there are not any Lutens in my line up either, possibly because I haven’t yet found any that I like enough to keep around. Maybe Vetiver Oriental?