måndag 27 januari 2014

Fragrances for cold winter

Photo: Mr Parfumista (c)
After a green, rainy and green winter (with tempratures about +5-10 C) which spanned over the year end and nine days into January, the regular snowy and cold winter is now here and seems to be permanented. Even if the white snow is beautiful, everyday life gets much more tedious (all the clothes one have to wear, scraping the car windows, slippery outside, shoveling snow etc). But one thing is very positive, at last I really carve the hard core orientals. Here are some favorites at the moment.

Labdanum 18 (Le Labo): Thanks to Sigrun (Riktig Parfym) I got a sample of this and it was instant liking. Dense, warm, like dark brown, viscous, chocolate, even if not smelling of that. To me it smells of resins, a bit powdery, animalic and balsamic. Reminds me of Shalimar but not as complex and darker. Which leads to:

Shalimar (Guerlain): Cold weather is the right condition for this multifacetted beauty. I get less of the lighter notes as bergamot/citric and more of the dark, balmy, resin and animalic ones. "Shallan" is a true follower which could always be trusted.

Ambre Doré (Maître Parfumeur et Gantier): This is a dark, velvety, slight dirty amber with oud deepening the creation and givning it an interesting twist. The oud is very discrete, one doesn't think of it as oud. The dirtyness is also discrete, not as much as in another amber favorite L'Ombre Fauve from Parfumerie Générale.

Rêve d'Ossian (Oriza L.Legrand): Ossians dream has emerged to be my favorite Oriza in very hard competition as they are all so good. Amber, incense, pines, resins and some spieces are creating a comforting, warm and snuggly texture which warming up the coldest of days.

Opium (Yves Saint Laurent): As I'm saving on the little which is left of my vintage version, I'm mostly wearing the current version which I think is a very good woody-spicy oriental on its own merits. Can't understand all the complaints about it.

What is your comfort cold, winter scents?

10 kommentarer:

  1. Ahh, you mentioned three of my favorites in one post - Labdanum, Opium and Shalimar, which I agree are all good cold weather scents. I also like incense perfumes (Incense Pure by SSS), and I have been wearing a lot of Malle's Portrait of a Lady recently in this frigid weather.

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  2. It seems as the US got almost all the real cold weather this year and here in Scandinavia it was autumn until three weeks ago. Dark roses like PoaL is of course also great when cold weather, as almost always, I like them also in rainy/humid wheater. But today, it is a Opium day again, chilly winds outside.

    SvaraRadera
  3. Ja, kan bara säga Chanel no 5 elixir sensuel :)
    Fantastisk i kallt väder, min skidparfym!
    Klart jag åker Vasan i Chanel! :)
    Sen bara älskar jag Phi Une Rose de Kandahar....en riktig comfort scent, underbar och speciell men samtidigt mjuk och mysig tycker jag.

    /Eva S.

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    Svar
    1. Rätt inställning :-) gissar att du är rätt ensam att överhuvudtaget ha parfym under Vasan och No 5 variation i synnerhet. URdK har jag också mycket nu i kylan, den är så värmande och fin.

      Radera
    2. Gäller att hålla stilen även när man ska prestera haha ;)
      Har alltid parfym, så att tävla (vilket jag gör frekvent) utan lite parfym skulle kännas jättekonstigt!

      Eva S.

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    3. Har också parfym jämt (förutom vid influensa od), känner mig helt oklädd annars. Parfymen är den klart viktigaste accessoaren :-)

      Radera
  4. No cold weather for us this year but if we had it, I'd say Teo Cabanel Alahine, Chanel Coromandel, Armani Ambre Orient, Parfum d'Empire Ambre Russe, Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods and Tom Ford Amber Absolute.

    SvaraRadera
  5. Terriffic choices, even if I have just sniffed half from the list. But I trust your taste when it comes to the other :-)

    SvaraRadera
  6. I'm so glad to hear that you liked Labdanum 18! I've really struggled with it and but just does not work out for me :(

    For me, I just rediscovered Protrait of a Lady, that one is great in the cold weather we're having now. And I've also been spending time with "Shallan" as I recently impulse-bought a bottle on Tradera, which I'm very happy about :)

    SvaraRadera
  7. Thank's for letting me discover L 18 :-) and congratulations to your new "Shallan" it's so nice to wear right now.

    SvaraRadera