Hobble gobble seems to be the motto of every Us citizen on November 27th. Some of us even run marathons first in order to justify all that subsequent eating- the hub did once in Atlanta. But I’m not in the marathon running business, and in order to keep the gluttony down to liveable levels- because I don’t intend to go up a dress size- I sometimes wear my desserts instead of ingesting them.This year I will give a list of the gourmands I have recently found irresistible myself, and it is short:
Pepper is more than a condiment and you will find this out if you wear Caron’s Poivre, a
red hot number that is all about carnations and cloves and red pepper. The later formulas are more concerned with the peppers (as in red pepper flakes) and less with the flowers but both are apparent. Also Le Labo Poivre 23 which begins with a strong solution of black peppers, possibly Tellicherry peppers, and then slowly burns off to a thick slab of wood. The notes list a variety of ingredients but the truth is that I only smell the sandalwood and and guaic wood in the list, and possibly as an afterthought, some small amount of vanilla. This one is all about the bass- no treble, but every inch of it is perfect from the bottom to the top-as the pop song has it. My sample courtesy the generous Vanessa of Bonkers about Perfume.
My second choice is Guerlain’s Oriental Brulant which my daughter insists smells of the very best peanut butter. I think it’s a bit more sophisticated than that with a lovely amber note mixing in very well with vanilla and rose but what do I know? This may still be the best of its series at Guerlain, including Gourmand Coquin which can smell sticky by comparison..
Finally, Sparking Diamond from Krigler, surely the best of the champagne perfumes out there. There just aren’t that many and most of them don’t really do very well on skin. This one lasts a good five hours on me and the bright sparkling aldehydes do smell of champagne. The perfume is called a fruity floral but the strawberry note is perfunctory by contrast with the coconut, and the champagne note is lasting, rather dry and abstract as if you had your nose over a glass of Moet et Chandon Brut. I can think of worse things to smell on Thanksgiving! Happy Holiday!