Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Few Favorite Scents for Wintertime


Before winter is long behind us, I thought I would share a few fragrances that I've been enjoying this season. They all have in common a cozy quality that I think is particularly well suited to cold weather! 




Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Or Absolu

Issey Miyake's L'Eau D'Issey Or Absolu was released in 2011 as a special holiday edition. It is encased in a beautiful golden version of the trademark Issey Miyake conical bottle. It shares some of the same floral notes as the classic L'Eau d'Issey but is more subtle and warm, with an alluring softness. Its top notes are osmanthus, lotus, lily, and jasmine, followed by bottom notes of amber. It is what I consider to be a "skin scent" as it is doesn't have outstanding sillage, though it is noticeable by others in very close proximity. Or Absolu improves as it mellows, leaving behind a trail of pleasant fragrance for hours. Although it was a limited edition it is still widely available online and I recently purchased a backup recently on Amazon for less than half of the original retail price. Fortunately, this fragrance doesn't seem to degrade over time--I've had my original bottle for over a year and it still smells as lovely as it did when I first received it.



Trish McEvoy No. 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk

Many of you may be familiar with Trish McEvoy's popular No. 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk. I wasn't sure whether this was appropriate for a post on winter scents since it is more of a year-round fragrance, but the main reason why I've included it is because of my first impressions when I tried it many years ago. At that time (when it was still new to me), it called to my mind the smell of balsam fir Christmas trees after they begin to age and their scent becomes stronger and sweeter.

No. 9 contains notes of blackberry, vanilla, musk, white rose, and cashmere woods. This scent was a forerunner to other blackberry-vanilla fragrances such as Philosophy's Falling in Love and Unconditional Love, both of which are along the same lines as No. 9, but are more budget-friendly. Although I don't reach for Trish's No. 9 as often as some of my other fragrances, it has a simple, sophisticated sweetness that I never grow tired of, and it will probably always be a staple in my fragrance wardrobe.


  
L'Occitane Amber

L'Occitane's Amber is an oriental with amber and woody notes, and is smooth, sensuous, spicy and sweet, all at once. I consider it to be a quintessential winter scent. When the temperature dips, it helps bring a little warmth to your mood--the perfume equivalent of a hot brandy after spending time in the snow. While it has the potential to become a bit cloying on a hot summer's day, it is perfection at this time of year! 


Laura Mercier Creme de Pistache

Laura Mercier's Crème de Pistache is a sweet, dried tobacco-like scent, reminiscent of Thierry Mugler's classic, Angel, but with a distinct (albeit fleeting) nutty opening accord that sets it apart. It is similar enough that fans of Angel should like this as well, and vice versa: if you hate Angel you will probably want to give this a pass. According to Laura Mercier it is composed of notes of pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts, along with praline and whipped cream (yum!). It has above-average longevity and strength (a little goes a long way). There is also a range of luxurious Crème de Pistache bath products that preceded the perfume, but of note is that the bath and body products have a different composition that seems to be a closer rendition of a "pistachio" scent, and they don't have the same Angel-esque quality as the spray perfume.


Origins Ginger Essence

Last, but certainly not least, is Origins Ginger Essence - Intensified. Of the different "Ginger" iterations over the years, the Intensified version is the one I prefer most. It has the same spicy ginger note as the original, along with a touch of bergamot, lemon and lime, but the Intensified version shown here is sweeter, softer and more balanced. It is never overpowering, yet is surprisingly long lasting. I can see why Origins' Ginger scents have remained best sellers over the years. I don't own anything else quite like this deliciously sweet and spicy elixir in my collection. It's a long-time favorite! 




Do you have any favorite scents you like to wear more often in the colder seasons? I'd love to hear your recommendations! 

24 comments:

  1. YAY I LOVE Trish McEvoy's No.9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk! It was actually the first item from the brand that I tried and it was in the form of the scented lotion. I loved that stuff and have been meaning to buy a bottle of the fragrance for a while but I keep getting sidetracked with other purchases :P

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    1. Hi Becca, I've had a bottle on hand since the 90s! I should try the lotion sometime. I know what you mean about getting sidetracked with other purchases - happens to me all the time! :)

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  2. Beautiful photos! As for the mentioned fragrances, I also have/like the Tirsh's one.

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    1. Hi Marina, Thank you!! :) Trish McEvoy has some very nice fragrances - the No.9 Sexy is great too, and super long-lasting! :)

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  3. I'm addicted to Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise... I don't know why, but I crave vanilla during winter months :)

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    1. Hi Lucy, The Jo Malone sounds tempting! Looking forward to trying it next time I'm at Saks. I also love vanilla in the winter! :)

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  4. Such beautiful photos & I love the sound of your choices. Laura Mercier Fresh Fig is one of my all time favourites. Must check out the Origins and Trish McEvoy in particular,

    Nic x
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    1. Hi Nic, Thank you! :) I tried Fresh Fig once in the store and remember it smelled great :) Would love to purchase a bottle some day!

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  5. Gorgeous photos, and those all sound lovely.

    I'm currently wearing Violette Market's Parchment Pumpkin perfume. I tend to gravitate towards spicy or pumpkin scents during colder months.

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    1. Hi Iris, Thank you!! The Parchment Pumpkin perfume sounds intriguing! Will put it on my list to sample! :)

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  6. I'm boring..my first perfume was Shalimar and I've never found another fragrance I love better. I wear it year round. Your collection is lovely. I especially love the interesting shaped bottle of Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Or Absolu.

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    1. Hi LRW, Thank you! I think it's great that you found your signature scent :)
      I'm always tempted by new releases and then neglect my older scents, but now I'm trying to reduce and use up what I have! Guerlain is one of my favorite brands and they have a long and interesting history as perfumers. Shalimar is a great classic! :)

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  7. Gorgeous gorgeous photos!

    I've looked at L'Occitane Amber in the past but think it's similar to Susanne Lang Cashmere which is my winter fragrance. :) Laura Mercier Creme de Pistache sounds lovely!

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    1. Hi Liz, Thanks so much! :) I haven't tried the Susanne Lang Cashmere, but it sounds like something I would definitely like! I think I'll order a sample from Luckyscent :)

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  8. I nearly cried when I saw your bottle of L'Occitane Amber - it was my essential winter fragrance but I've long since finished it and it's no longer available in Australia :( Beautifully composed post as always. xo

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    1. Hi Vita, Thank you! :) Oh nooo sorry to hear L'Occitane Amber is no longer available in Australia. I read online that they had discontinued it for a while in the U.S. but that it is now back on the U.S. website. I bought mine in a local store a couple of years ago(still smells great!)

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  9. L'Occitane Amber sounds nice :)


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    1. Hi Heather, I love it at this time of year! :)

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  10. Hi Shannon,

    I'm late to the party, but I wanted to let you know I really enjoyed this post! I was especially curious as to what Crème de Pistache might smell like --- the list of nutty notes sounds wonderful!

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    1. Hi Dovey, Thanks so much! The perfume is extremely similar to Angel, but if you don't like Angel, give the body products a try because they are quite different and I think they smell great! :)

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  11. I am really REALLY picky with my perfume. I've bought quite a number of good quality perfumes over the years (DKNY, Issey, Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Ed Hardy, Coach, etc.) but I haven't found much success in liking any of them.

    I have more success with scented lotions instead and there are 2 of them that I love to wear during the winter: Victoria's Secret Gilded Ginger Creme (gingerbread, whipped latte, and musk) and Ulta Peach Champagne (peach nectar, orange splash, and musk). It's funny how my nose tends to favor a cheaper watered-down products instead :D

    I like reading your perfume collection. L'Occitane's Amber, LM Crème de Pistache, and Origins Ginger Essence Intensified, all sound interesting to me. (I love nuts and ginger. I've also been searching for a good warm & spicy scent.) I'll keep these in mind for my next shopping trip. Although right now, I'm more into perfumes with a fresh clean scent since I'm so eager for spring (too cold and too many snow here). I've just bought 2 new perfumes today: The Body Shop Amazonian Wild Lily and Jo Malone Earl Grey & Cucumber. They smell nice when I tried them in-store so I'm hoping to end up liking these.

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    1. Hi Paige, I will remember to try Victoria's Secret Gilded Ginger Creme - it sounds very nice, as well as Ulta's Peach Champagne (I love anything peachy). I sprayed on some Jo Malone Earl Grey & Cucumber over the weekend while browsing at Saks - it smelled great and I think it is a nice scent as we transition into spring! :)

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  12. Hi Magpie,
    I know I have been saying this very often but let me say it again, Your photographs are always very pretty :)
    I have smelled the Trish Mc Evoy perfume and I love the scent too. I wanna try Laura Mercier perfume but sadly it's not available in Singapore.

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    1. Hi Memoiselle, Thanks so much for the very kind comment! :) Aw, that is too bad about Laura Mercier - I did not know it is not available in Singapore -- they are missing out on a large market!

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