Top 10 Winter Fragrances 2016

Mikhail Vrubel, The Snow Maiden, detail

I am on record, here and elsewhere, as hating winter. The forecast for this weekend — snow, snow, and then more snow — just adds insult to injury. I’ve mostly managed to avoid the winter rotation in our seasonal Top 10 lists, but I did get stuck with it back in 2011, and reviewing that list, yes, I could easily go through the winter with just those 10 (and I am convinced I could make it through any winter with just Fendi Theorema, if I had to).

To avoid repetition with my 2011 list and the winter lists we’ve done since, I decided to come up with a cold-weather wardrobe based solely on newer fragrances…and then once I’d decided on my 10, I realized, too late, that this post is essentially an abridged and annotated version of the Best of 2015. So much for good intentions. If you have some new ideas for winter, do comment! And do check out the lists at Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc and The Non-Blonde

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Bvlgari Goldea ~ perfume review

Isabeli Fontana for Bvlgari Goldea

Goldea is the latest pillar from Bvlgari. Its “jeweled bottle”, according the the brand, “incarnates the gold and the sun”, and it was also inspired by the “powerful symbol” of Serpenti.1 The juice, developed by perfumer Alberto Morillas, is described as “a bright, golden musk symphony”. I was cheered by the news that it was geared towards older women, that is, 30+, which is about as “older” as the fragrance industry is usually willing to go, but perhaps a little dismayed by the name — Goldea? Now taking votes, does anyone like that name? — and the commercial with Isabeli Fontana, which looks like something Guerlain might have done in the 1980s, and is very nearly as corny as the name.

Anyway, the idea of a “golden musk symphony” is reasonably well represented by the floriental fragrance, so long as you like your golden musk symphonies a bit on the sweetish side…

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Friday scent of the day 1/15

Bvlgari amethyst bracelet

TGIF! It’s also National Strawberry Ice Cream Day and Martin Luther King, Jr‘s birthday. Our community project for today: wear a fragrance from Bvlgari, if you have one.

What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.

I’m wearing Bvlgari Pour Femme, from a sample that probably qualifies as vintage by now. It is not in absolutely perfect condition but I smell pretty darned good all the same…

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Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba ~ fragrance review

Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba

Omnia Paraiba is the sixth flanker to Bvlgari’s original Omnia. (I’m trying to think of other fragrances that keep right on generating flankers long after they’re discontinued, and nothing comes to mind. Do comment if you can think of one!) I thought about skipping Omnia Paraiba altogether, but since I’ve reviewed them all so far I feel like I ought to soldier on. A quick run down, so you can see where I stand on the Omnia series and decide just how big a grain of salt to take with this review…

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