How many people who wear perfume are seasonal I wonder? Many aren’t, the folk who wear perfume as a fashion accessory or who have favorite notes that they always wear. If you adore vanilla, or if amber is your personal vice, it’s difficult to exile the essence for six months just because of a little planetary activity. You know what you like and what you like accompanies you all the time-in one formula-or another.
This strikes me as being efficient and polished and disciplined. Selectivity makes so much sense on every level, including the budgetary one, and wouldn’t you know? I just can’t. No matter how much I talk myself down, there are always about six to ten scents in my wardrobe every year, and I change them as soon as the seasons change. I can’t help myself.
This year, as I’d gone through a weird cold winter (like everyone else on the eastern seaboard though from all the complaining on this blog, you might think no one else ever shoveled snow) the change is taking a slightly unusual form, but is still happening.
This year I have had to leave all the rich florals alone because they were too much of a feature of my winter wardrobe and am now looking for anything green or any kind of floral aldehyde. Accordingly I zipped through the sample of Deneuve in record time, finished the tiny amount of Biehlsparfumkunstwerke Pc02 that remained in the vial (the pale green Patricia Choux release from that line) and wore L’Artisan’s The pour un Ete as well. I would have started in on Chanel no5 if I had any (I don’t) but sniggled my Mother in law’s L’Aimant instead, and then settled for the initially bracing Eau d’Ete by de Nicolai. It’s a floral aldehyde, but I think what I really want is something more along the lines of Fleurs de Rocaille ( Not FLEUR de Rocaille, an entirely different perfume, a floral oriental really). I want something green but not too green, soft but not spineless, and I want some versatility. Puredistance Antonia would have worked if only it were natural in the drydown, and if only the whole thing had a bit more zip.
After six it’s a cinch: Alpona, which is flawless, just a shiny, emerald cut gemstone of a fragrance, but too formal for the business of every day. On some mornings I get away with a bit of Bellodgia, but don’t own much of that anymore, and Muguet de Bonheur is pretty but too soapy for me- and by extension probably most people. So the perfect early season green scent or dainty floral adlehyde is hard to find. That is the take away.
I suppose you could just break down and go with one of those green rose concoctions every perfume house has out this spring (new Rosabotanica?) but I don’t like smelling similar to everyone else. I’d sooner wear Guerlain’s Tokyo or Vetiver Tonka or look for something new. There’s a vacancy in my line up this year after all, maybe some brilliant perfumer has done something wonderful…
Are you seasonal, and if you are, what are your go to choices for early spring?