Happy Holidays!

Winter Berries

Happy Holidays! We’ll be back on Monday (and don’t forget we’re doing a special community project on Monday: wear one of your own “best of 2015” fragrances).

In the meantime, feel free to talk about whatever you like: what perfume you’re wearing today, what you’re cooking (or eating) over the holidays, anything at all.

Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…

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A Few of My Favorite Holiday-Season Scents

Christmas baubles

‘Tis the season! — and I’m trying not to get Grinch-y, as I often do at this time of year, when accumulated stresses and obligations (and NYC crowds) finally get to me. One way to stay calm, I find, is to turn to several scents that I associate specifically with the holiday season. I’ve worn them before, through holidays merry and not-quite-so-merry, and they remind me to stop and savor small, familiar pleasures at this all-too-often overstuffed time of year.

On one hand, Christmas is a time for tradition, and every year I reach for my treasured bottle of Caron Nuit de Noel Parfum on Christmas Eve. I find this fragrance wonderfully difficult to parse: it certainly includes oakmoss and some very dark rose, but I could also be convinced that it smells a bit like church incense, or roasted chestnuts, or a pine forest at night. In other words, it’s just abstract enough to lend itself to various fanciful interpretations…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2015, part 8

As always, we have saved the luxury edition for last, and once again the items are listed in order from what-a-bargain to holy-cow-you’ve-got-to-be-kidding.

L'Artisan Parfumeur Mûre et Musc Extrême gold

L’Artisan Parfumeur’s ever popular Mûre et Musc Extrême in a limited edition 100 ml bottle made in collaboration with Éric de Meyer of the Château de Versailles. 30 bottles were made, €195 (about $215) at Printemps Haussman in Paris…

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