There’s no getting around the fact that it’s been a while since you’ve had an… honest update from my neck of the woods; thank gods for the rest of the BoTO team! The recent posts you’ve seen from me are all back-catalogue reviews that have been patiently awaiting final edits, and it’s felt good to get them out there. Piles of samples awaiting review have been clogging my inbox for months, and the back-log has left me feeling like I’d never catch up. Instead of tackling that (damned) pile, I instead offer “Scents to keep me sane!”
During the last months, while I’ve been experiencing a series of major life transitions, I’ve been, for the most part, sticking to my old stand-by’s, and a duo of new game-changers: favorite fragrances guaranteed to please, to uplift and comfort. They’ve helped me keep my sanity, like the most loyal of old friends. It’s been a while since I’ve thought critically about something new; so, before I dive into the seven fragrances patiently lined up before me on my desk (no peeking!), let me tell you what I’ve been wearing in heavy rotation:
L’Heure Bleue: Which I claim is NOT my favorite Guerlain, yet gets more skin-time than all the rest combined. I’m a Guerlie-Girl–and L’HB stands the test of time. I think I might need to invest in one of those 100-year anniversary flacons, before it’s too late!
By Kilian Amber Oud: This perfume is the Beatles song in my collection. It always feels good, and when people notice it on me, they’re always pleased. It’s also the only full bottle I’ve bought in the past six-months. The Beatles come to mind whenever I wear it because it is so easily, instantly likeable, and despite it’s effortless appeal, remains distinctive and memorable.
Champagne de Bois: The comfort scent to rule all comfort scents. Last year I found myself unable to wear it during the heat of the summer because of a buttery note that felt too cloying; this summer, a Texan summer even, there’s no butter, but instead a faint jasmine peeks out. I met a man who insisted that it was a “magic potion.” It hits the spot every time.
L’Heure Fougeuse: A birthday present from my bestie, this is my steel-in-the-spine fragrance. Last year vintage no. 19 EDT served the same purpose (an utterly different fragrance); how such an elegantly soft, smooth, comfortingly nostalgic scent inspires me to (wo)Man Up, I can’t explain. It just does.
Amouage Interlude (Man & Woman): I’ve been wearing both versions of Interlude quite a lot–I don’t know whether to think of this as symbolic or whimsy. They each offer the kind of intellectual challenge that encourages introspection when I wear them (the opposite effect of Amber Oud!), so when I’m ready to think, I reach for one of the duo.