Val the Cookie Queen
Seasonal Heys APJ
Yeah well, if you are expecting or hoping for a whole list of fragrances you have come to the wrong blogger. Don’t get me wrong, I am a hardcore perfume junkie. I always wear fragrance, I plan what I am going to wear the next day the night before, Scent of the Cookie Run is serious, and I am excited every day to spritz myself. I have my perfume rituals. I travel to England just to pick up bottles that cannot be sent. However, I have very little interest in new stuff any more. That could be down to the fact that I have easy access to nearly everything and maybe that takes away some of the excitement – or maybe they all suck. Still, three beautiful perfumes is damn good going.
Cookie Queen’s Top Three 2018 Perfumes
HERMÈS CÈDRE SAMBAC BY CHRISTINE NAGEL 2018
I used up a 15ml travel of this, and then bought a bottle. It might be my most worn perfume ever. I am using it as much now as I did in the summer. The cedar is more prominent in the cold weather perhaps, wrapping itself around the jasmine. It is voluptuous, transparently opulent, alluringly animalic. I cannot impress upon you how much I love this. Spray it on top of:
HERMÈS MUSC PALLIDA ESSENCE DE PARFUM OIL BY CHRISTINE NAGEL 2018
And you have a marriage made in heaven. The oil alone oozes elegance and tranquility. Opening with iris, it becomes sightly peppery, there is a tinge violets around the iris, and muted muses. The oil is of pure parfum strength, and stays put for hours. It even outlives the Cèdre Sambac if you have it on top. Divine.
HYDE BY HIRAM GREEN 2018
It would have been a top two actually, had Hiram Green not slipped in the launch of Hyde at the very last minute. Lemon, bergamot, birch, Cassie, labdanum, vanilla, and oakmoss. It reminds me of being at the festivals, incense sticks, spicy chillum smoke, campfires; the remnant smoky tendrils wrapped around a malty vanilla note, droplets of oak moss clinging to it all. I bought a bottle. Oakmoss, integral to the composition, will soon become a thing of the past. Gotta grab it while you can.
FRIENDSHIP, AND OTHER PERFUME TREASURES
I cannot express how thankful and blessed I feel to be part of this incredible perfume community. The generosity of one particular perfumista who, when seeing I was running low on Coromandel EdT, sent me a large decant; followed up by a large decant of Mitzah, after seeing that I had smashed mine, melted my heart. This was added upon by another who sent me her old Mitzah bottle, and what was left in it. I received as a gift the stunning La Pausa 28 EdT. And to cap it all Vintage N°5 Parfum from Portia, my long suffering boss. I mean really? Why would I even bother with anything else.
So I bought three bottles of perfume this year, Cèdre Sambac, Hyde, and Chanel N°18 EdP. No plans for anything new in 2019, but there will be a new Chanel Exclusif ……
Holy Cow. I am going into my fifth, or is it sixth year, with APJ! And you guys are still reading this stuff.
Wishing you all a fragrant festive season, and the strength to live through it.