It’s nearing midnight on January first, and it’s clear (to me, at least) that I didn’t plan on offering any thoughts on what’s happened here in Perfume-Land: 2012 edition. I’ve enjoyed reading the “Best of” lists of many of my favorite bloggers, and I love the birds-eye perspective that year-end lists offer. I found myself wishing that I had something to add to the conversation.
In just the last two years, I’ve seen new voices rise and make themselves heard, infusing vibrant new perspective and growing our little community exponentially. We’ve laughed, raised our eyebrows, and frightened postal delivery men together. It’s a community I’m honored to be a part of, and I offer you my somewhat belated 2012 in review…
When it comes to perfume, my initial thought is that it wasn’t really an interesting year– I don’t know how much of that is true because of my personal circumstances (Negative Nelly?), and how much of it is due to actually lackluster offerings. Natalie’s “Best & Worst of 2012” made me feel a little bit better about my frame of mind: her best perfume of 2012? “No winner.” Thank you for that liberating post Natalie!
These are the perfumes I experienced in 2012.
For my birthday, I received a longed-for bottle of Cartier L’Heure Fougueuse; I wore it every day that I lugged my worldly possessions across the steaming hot greenbelt that separates one side of my apartment complex from the other. I felt strong as a horse, and each spritz infused my spine with steel.
Earlier in the year, I asked the fragrant community’s help in selecting something for my (ex)husband. He stuck with his favorites anyway (Bulgari Black, Chanel no. 5, Vol de Nuit parfum–good taste!), and I discovered an Eau de Toilette that has become dear to me. Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris began it’s life as a birthday present, and became a comfort scent for me. I first smelled it on a happy old man I met in the bookstore.
With the assistance of several gift cards generously supplied by my mother, I secured a HUGE bottle of By Kilian Amber Oud. It smells really, really, good.
I went to the fragrance event at Neiman Marcus with one of my best girlfriends, and was astonished at how banal the new Lancome scent was, and pleased by how much Donna Karan Woman felt at home on my skin. Though I’d already been through three or four samples of that scent, and was convinced of it’s worth, I did something crazy. Something that no card-carrying perfumista wants to admit… I bought the 100mL bottle (with free travel mini and necklace!). I like that bottle, and I like that fragrance. I happily wear it several days a week.
There were other fragrance highlights I might share, but none compares to what made 2012 in Perfume Land outstanding for me. “Best of 2012” belongs to the perfumistas themselves.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!