As I said in my 2010 retrospective,
Exploring fragrances as they launch is exciting, but no more so than exploring the glorious back-log of wonderful scents still available from years past.
Here are some members of that back-log that I plan to explore in the new year:
Hermèssence Ambre Narguilé
L’Artisan Parfumeur L’Eau d’Ambre, recommended and reviewed by Birgit.
Malle´s Musc Ravageur
Tauer’s Rose Vermeille (and the rest of the Tauer line)
Also by L’Artisan, which I didn’t get to in 2010, Cœur de Vétiver Sacré
Genre: Green! My signature scent during my late-teens and early twenties was Gap Grass. Unsophisticated, but got the job done. I haven’t properly explored the Green fragrance category yet, but I will this year.
In 2011, I plan to better familiarize myself with the independent and natural perfumers.
At the top of my list:
Rose en Bos, a new kid on the block from of South Africa;
Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes, In my own Pacific Northwest backyard;
Latherati, at home in Rome, New York;
Ava Luxe, who got her start in my old stomping ground, Providence Rhode Island;
DSH Perfumes, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado;
Aftelier Perfumes, the brand of world-renown natural perfumer and author Mandy Aftel;
Ayala Moriel Parfums, another PNW perfumer!
Above image, mine. Bottom image borrowed from Rose en Bos.