Saturday, December 31, 2005

As 2005 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on my favorite fragrances of 2005. Not necessarily new scents for 2005, but most worn and loved. Not in any order. Except Anne Pliska, which always is first, naturally.

ANNE PLISKA - Always tops my list. My Holy Grail, my signature scent for 18 years. It's me, or who I aspire to be. The scent I always reach for on a special occasion or when I want to make a good impression. Yes, I have lots of others, but if I had to give them all up but one, I would choose Anne Pliska. Soft, powdery amber, sophisticated and sexy, it has it all. Always elegant, a classic.

GAULTIER2 - Ok powdery amber lovers listen up!! This one is Amber, Vanilla & Musk!! This SEXY, loud, in your face sillage. I have been talking this one up for months. It will officially debut in 2006, not sure what they are waiting for. It's the bomb!

LAURA TONATTO DAMA - Gorgeous top notes of amber and vanilla are amplified by a powdery opoponax base that acts like an aldehyde. This one fills your personal space with scent that lasts all day, yet doesn't seem to trail. Very feminine and sexy. A whisper of an iris note can also be heard, if one listens closely.

LORENZO VILLORESI MUSK - A soft powdery musk with a slight hint of rose. Warm and powdery this is not your typical musky-musk but rather a snuggly comfort scent. Somewhat similar to Teint de Neige but a bit less powdery and with an opening rose note. Musk, Amber, Sandalwood in the base keep it soft and sexy. Understated and elegant.

100% LOVE - By S-Perfume, a small independent perfume company in NYC. A fragrance described as having "the wet velvety skin of rose petals in water", demands to be tried. Ethereal is the perfect one word description of this fragrance. I'm not sure if there are aldehydes here, but to me it smells like a faint mist of rose water with aldehydes. Truly the scent of angels. I am completely taken by surprise and 100% smitten.

MARC JACOBS BLUSH - The jasmine perfume for those who don't like jasmine. Ok, technically it's a jasmine perfume. But there is no jasmine in it. What, you say?? It has Star Jasmine, Jasmine Breeze Accord and Jasmine Nectar. The Fresh Air Accord makes it light and modern and seem to float on your skin. Great lasting power, with wafts rising up throughout the day. I also own the parfum, in a word - lovely.

ORMONDE JAYNE TOLU - Being very drawn to ambers this year, I fell for this one in a big way. The soft Tolu resin and the frankincense and amber in the base leap forward as top notes in this superbly crafted unique fragrance. Warm and sexy with great sillage. Excellent staying power on both EDP and Parfum. And the matching D'Or alcohol free gel has tiny sparkles of gold, a beautiful way to wear this captivating fragrance.

COSTES BY HOTEL COSTES: Costes was a difficult find for me. I fell in love with it from a sample only to find it was nowhere to be found in the USA at the time. Searching high and low, I finally found it at Browne's in the U.K. Where I promptly also bought the matching bath gel and lotion. Warm woods with spice and incense make this a great unisex scent. And what a great bottle.

CSP COOL TROPIC PALM - Comptoir Sud Pacifique's refreshing summer scent took me by surprise this year. There is something about it I find completely captivating. Maybe it is the Iodine note; a scent from my childhood. Or the Ozone combined with a Sea Water note that lends a beachy feel. Also in the mix is a light note of Lemon on a base of Woods and Musk. Fresh and cool, perfect.

MONTALE SWEET ORIENTAL DREAM - Turkish rose with almonds and honey turn this confection into Montale's answer to Rahat Loukoum. If you are familiar with Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum and Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum, consider a marriage of the two. Powdery and sweet light rose meets cherry pipe tobacco. The best of both in this warm, compelling scent with great staying power.

Happy New Year to you all, may you have a fragrant New Year! Check out more Best of 2005 on these other great Blogs:


Atreau said...

I can't believe I forgot to include Anne Pliska, Marc Jacob's Blush and Montale's SOD! All fabulous fragrances!

I've yet to try Ormonde Jayne fragrances but I hear nothing but raves on them.

Beautiful list!

Victoria said...

Thank you! I enjoyed reading yours too! You must try the sampler set from Ormonde Jayne. Really worth the price, and you will discover something you to love.

Happy New Year to you!

Patty said...

I'm glad I found your blog throught Best of 2005 link! Love your pictures. Agree about Ormonde Jayne, I can't believe I left all of them off my list. Oh, dear. :)

NowSmellThis said...

Great list, V. The only one we have in common is the 100% Love, which I adore, but I do mean to revisit Anne Pliska one of these days. Tried it ages ago and didn't love it, but my tastes have certainly changed since then.

And envy you that you have one scent you'd give up all others for! I don't.

Tania said...

Marc Jacobs Blush was a sneaky one — I completely ignored it, but I noticed that every time I stepped into Bergdorf, I had to spray it on a strip and smell it again. So many jasmines come up and bellow in your ear, "JASMINE," but this one tiptoes over, leans its lip against your earlobe, and whispers, "j a s m i n e."

And Tolu is capital-G Great.

Thank you for the list, and have a happy new year!

colombina said...

Great list! I adore Sweet Oriental Dream, and I thought Gaultier 2 was definitely one of the best new releases this year.

Happy New Year!

mireille said...

Anne Pliska! Once sung to the tune of Hare Krishna by the famous Tournesol! I adore it. And Marc Jacobs Blush! Wonderful choices, thank you for them ... and happy new year! xoxo

Annieytown said...

I love Tolu.
It was not my first love from the Ormonde Jayne line. I was late to its charms.

You,Victoria, and Katie make me want to explore these 100% love fragrances.

I have been wearing Anne Pliska a lot this year. It is perfect for the frigid air of Ohio.

Have a great New Year V!

risa said...

what a marvelous list! i also adore Costes, though i felt cheated when the parfum didn't last as long as the EDP. i also feel a bit put out that Dama doesn't work on me, but Plaisir and Amir make up for that, even if they are a bit precious because they rhyme.

i will definitely try Montale's Sweet Oriental Dream and 100% Love based on your recommendations. thanks so much and have a wonderful New Year!

boisdejasmin said...

Wonderful list, V! I am happy to see another lover of 100% Love, and I cannot agree more on MJ Blush. Such a wonderful, sexy jasmine.

Happy New Year!

Bela said...

Several potential lemmings there! I don't know Anne Pliska but it sounds like something I would like. Must track it down.

Happy New Year! :-)

Kyahgirl said...

wow, great list. I love Tolu and Dama too.

Happy New Year!

Jonna said...

Anne Pliska! It proves so elusive on me and I get orange creamsicle, which I don't dig.

And contrary to what Mireille would like you to believe, it's sung to the tune of "Anatevka" from Fiddler on the Roof. Can't you hear it?

Christina H. said...

You've reminded me how much I like Marc Jacobs Blush and now I must try the Musk and 100% Love too as they sound like something I'd really enjoy!Thank you for posting!I'll be looking forward to reading your blog in the New Year.Happy New Year to you!

Heikke said...

Great list!!
But I guess I have to send you some
Hotel Costes music in my next parcel!!
Have a great 2006

Trina said...

Wow! I don't know how I missed some of the things on your list, but I'll be putting them on my wishlist for sure!

Happy New Year :~D

Anonymous said...

Hi Victoria,

Happy New Year! Great blog. Glad to see Blush in your top 10! As a matter fact, that is my scent today. Have a good one. Lovin' the rain?

Dawn (dawnkana)

katiedid said...

Fantastic list, V. I think I recall you raving about Dama on POL, too. It sounds heavenly.

Cait said...

Dear Victoria,
I heartily agree with your take on Tolu and want to try some of the others like Blush, since I love jasmine. I really like the clarity of the layout on your blog. I plan to come back here on a regular basis. Happy New Year!

Koneko said...

100% Love sounds so intriguing. Anything with the word "ethereal" in its description always captures my attention! =)

OORANOS said...

Have a good time

Victoria said...

Thank you all so much for stopping by and for your wonderful comments!

I has been so much fun participating in the best of 2005, I just have no words.

And thank you OORANOS for the collage. Very cool!

My very best to you all for 2006!!
Please stop by and vist me soon!

Hugs to you all,

Colin said...

Lovely Blog Victoria! I was delighted to stumble onto it tonight! I must try the Sweet Oriental Dream in the morning. Happy new year to you!

Victoria said...

Thanks Colin.