You wouldn't necessarily know it from this blog, but I'm quite fond of lists, so I thought I ought to mark the first weekend of December with a round-up of perfume recommendations for Christmas. Here we go... and don't forget to read all the way to the end for today's very special giveaway:
For 'the males': Tribute from Amouage - Wood. Smoke. Testosterone. Genius. Enough said.
For 'the females': Une Rose Vermeille from Tauer Perfumes - Utterly delicious. A full-bodied, crimson rose on a mouth-watering dessert base.
For those who don't care about the whole business of 'the males' and 'the females': Portrait Of A Lady from Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle - Another rose, this time with an Arabic, incense-laden twist. Pure seduction.
For those who want to pretend it's still summer: Like This from État Libre D'Orange - Fizzing ginger and grinning immortelle. A delightful little triumph.
For those who quite like the fact that it's winter: J'Adore L'Or from Christian Dior - The familiar, gorgeous floral accord placed on a Guerlain-like, vanilla drydown.
For those who aren't afraid of nuclear sillage: Onda extrait from Vero Profumo - A rock-hard vetivert, waiting to be tamed.
For those who insist they don't like florals without realising that what they really, really like is florals: Orange Blossom from Penhaligon's - Bertrand Duchaufour got a lot of attention this year for another Penhaligon's release - Sartorial - but I prefer this gentle take on white petals.
For those who appreciate that sometimes flowers are really, really naughty: Orange Blossom from Gorilla Perfumes - Animalic and ballsy, it sends out one very clear signal: GP will be a brand to watch in 2011.
For 'European' sensuality: Bas De Soie from Serge Lutens - Yes, it is quite green, but it also radiates tender warmth and conjures visions of bodies snuggling up under the sheets.
For 'Middle Eastern' sensuality: Kanz from SoOud - A full review will soon appear on Persolaise.com, but for now I'll just say that Stéphane Humbert-Lucas' creation is one of the most convincing Gulf-inspired fragrances I've tried all year. Powerful oud and powerful florals: a winning combination.
For those who like celebrity scents: er... sorry, I think you've come to the wrong blog.
For the ladies' good old days: Nahema from Guerlain - A commercial failure when it was first released, this heavenly, peachy rose now has thousands of admirers and continues to intoxicate with its bold physicality.
For the ladies' even older days: Youth Dew from Estée Lauder - Thank goodness the increasing trend for clinical homogeneity hasn't managed to dampen the spirit of this intense, aldehydic oriental.
For the gents' good old days: Antaeus from Chanel - Instead of reaching for Bleu, remind yourself of this truly wondrous masculine from Jacques Polge where patchouli, beeswax and smokiness combine to create a uniquely masculine effect.
For the gents' even older days: Equipage from Hermès - Winter was made for perfumes like this: fires, cigars and hot spices against a mossy background that spells homely reassurance.
For a very special gesture to a very special someone: Phul-Nana from Grossmith in the Baccarat flacon - Luxurious elegance is evident in every moment of this gem's development, from the neroli opening to the benzoin drydown. And the Baccarat flacon is a feast in itself.
For those who are feeling lucky: keep reading...
I'm very pleased to announce that Andy Tauer has chosen Persolaise.com as the 'venue' for one of his advent giveaways this year. The prize is a 50 ml (1.7 fl oz) spray bottle of his brand new Cologne Du Maghreb. At the moment, this cologne cannot be purchased anywhere and is available only to the lucky winners of Andy's advent draws. This is how he describes his latest creation:
I made an all natural, all botanical Eau de cologne, baptized LE COLOGNE DU MAGHREB, especially for this occasion. I use only natural essential oils, absolutes, and resins in it. It is a classical cologne, with a woody baseline chord, a firework of natural citrus notes, exploding into expensive sparkles, on a background with ambreine and cedarwood from the Moroccan High Atlas. Like all colognes it is not made to last but it is a fragrant joy, living in the moment, leaving you with the finest veil of woods on your skin.
Ingredients: Citrus essential oils and absolutes (such as lemon, bergamot, clementine, mandarine, grapefruit, orange blossom absolute, neroli oil), rose absolute and oil, cedarwood, ambrein, cistrose and much more.
To enter this exciting draw, please leave a comment about which perfume you'd most like to receive as a gift. On this occasion, I'm not going to reply to every submission. If you post your entry before the commenting facility is disabled, then you can consider yourself to be in draw.
Please note: i) the draw will be closed before 12 pm (UK time) on Sunday 5th December; ii) the winner will be selected at random and announced on this blog; iii) readers from anywhere in the world are eligible to enter; iv) by entering the draw, you indicate that customs regulations in your country permit you to receive an alcohol-based perfume; v) the winner will have to provide his/her postal address, which will then be passed on to Andy Tauer; vi) the winner's address will not be kept on record by Persolaise, nor will it be passed to any third parties, apart from Andy Tauer.
Good luck... and many thanks to Andy for including this blog in his advent festivities.
UPDATE 4th December 21:00 (UK time) - As the response to the draw has been so fantastic, I've decided to make a special runner-up prize: the second person chosen by Random.org will win a small sample of Cologne Du Maghreb. Keep those comments coming!