Way back in March, I discovered 100% Love by S-Perfume, and was immediately captivated by the unusual combination of rose, chocolate, incense and fruit. At the time, I said I would love to see an Eau de Parfum version with a bit more depth and staying power. Lo and behold, the new, more concentrated strength will be released in time for Valentine's Day, complete with a spiffy hot pink leather case.
Then earlier this week, I had my little rant about the difficulty of obtaining samples, and discovered via a comment that Sephora is giving up those nasty foam samples and returning to glass vials — spray vials, no less. What more could one ask for?
Well, of course, I can think of a few things. Just in case the perfume gods are feeling benevolent again today, here are a few fragrant wishes for the coming year:
More coffret sets, please. My most fervent wish for 2006 is lots of coffret sets with small (5-15 ml) bottles so that consumers can easily try an entire line. Fresh and La Maison de la Vanille have great sets, and everyone loves the Discovery sets of the Hermessences. Chanel did two wonderful sets last year, one of the Rue Cambon parfums and one with Coco and four others. I can think of numerous sets that I would have purchased if they existed, even though I wasn't moved to buy the full sized bottles: the Armani Privé line, the new L'Art et la Matière line from Guerlain, the list goes on and on. I would buy the Comme des Garçons incense series in a flash if it came in a set of 10 ml bottles.
And a special plea to L'Artisan: a coffret set with all the lovely, now discontinued summer limited edition fragrances. My Fleur de Carotte is almost gone. And while we're talking, an Extreme version of Passage d'Enfer, pretty please?
And some random perfume wishes:
An incense fragrance from Ormonde Jayne would be lovely. And how about a deep woodsy scent from Parfums Delrae?
Coty, it is time to reissue Chypre. In the original bottle would be even better.
Diptyque, please, the John Galliano room fragrance in an Eau de Toilette would be most welcome.
In case Serge Lutens is considering which fragrance should join the export line next, my vote is Iris Silver Mist.
It is a crying shame that Guerlain does not have a flagship boutique in New York City. It is just not fitting that the line has only the tiny little space in Bergdorfs to call their own.
And I do wish Caron would take a hint from Guerlain and raid their own back catalog for a few limited edition reissues.
Any wishes of your own?