While 2010 was a thrilling year of discovery for me, testing dozens and dozens of fragrances, 2011 was a year of reflection. It’s hard to believe that a new year has already begun.
At the start of 2011, I determined that it would be the year I explored independent and natural perfumes; while I didn’t get to as many as I hoped I would, I did broaden my horizons.
Sonoma Scent Studio maintains top spot as my favorite indie house, with the release of Fig Tree cementing that blue-ribbon firmly in place.
I also explored Aftelier, Plume Perfumery, and a few other natural lines, which taught me that I do like tuberose: when it’s in a natural setting. Two stand-out tuberose scents for me were Mandy’s Cepes & Tuberose, and Tara’s Vanilla Tuberose. Highlighting different aspects of the note, both within a gourmand-ish setting, I have been pleased to find, in one fell swoop, two tuberose perfumes, and two naturals that I really like.
DSH Perfumes got a new look, and wowed chypre-lovers with the release of Pandora. However, it was Dawn’s perfume Lautrec (from Colorado, by way of Austria) that knocked my socks off, landing a coveted spot on “the List.”
2011 was also a year of contentment for me: before my move to Texas, I pared down my perfume collection of many non-essentials, and I am extremely satisfied with what remains. This sense of contentment came two-fold, first, with a bottle of SSS Champagne de Bois purchased in January, followed a bottle of Amouage Memoir Woman purchased in February. That bottle of Memoir was my tipping point, I think, and I sincerely believe that if, due to some sort of zombie-filled post-apocalyptic scenario, forced to choose just one bottle, Memoir would be it, and I would have no regrets.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t want more perfumes! Or that I’m done sampling. My 2012 wish-list includes Amouage Opus IV, Tauer Reverie au Jardin, Dior Mitzah, Sonoma Scent Studio Tabac Aurea, Byredo Oud Immortal, DSH Lautrec, and more! That wish list doesn’t stay short for long…
2011 was a great year for blogging, and blogging friends. Thank you readers, commenters, and fellow bloggers for a wonderful year!