Hey there APJ!
Is anyone stressed with the holidays? I am trying to keep the stress at bay but am finding that time is flying by too quickly. This will be the first year where my son will have a three week vacation. Yay!! It will make all the difference to have the week before Christmas off.
So long 2019 … and a Guerlain December
2019 has been a year full of change, discovery, fear and excitement. The move to Switzerland was as smooth as one can expect. Speaking German has been a blessing since we live in a small town outside of Basel. 2019 was also the year of the house guest with us hosting people for three months all together – lovely and exhausting at the same time.
One big change has been the type of exercise I get here. I was biking and walking in Rotterdam, but it was all flat and rather comfortable. Living in the outskirts of Basel where all the hills start has forced me to walk up and downhill a lot. Welcome to my new discovery – hiking. I am hiking further into the hills and woods and discovering the various castles and ruins around us. After huffing it to an old ruin last week, I decided it was high time to invest in a proper pair of hiking boots. Thankfully I have a family who also enjoys the wooded hills and during the week I have a hiking buddy.
Ten and half months in Switzerland and I am finally feeling a bit more at home. As I age the moves bring more challenges. Meeting people can seem daunting, but I am pushing through and forcing myself to attend events. It is a good exercise for this shy soul.
Now that it is December and the holidays are fast approaching I thought I would head to the cellar and rummage through my perfume boxes to see what creature comforts I can wear to ward off the stress. Guerlain has been in constant rotation since before Thanksgiving and here are the heavy hitters.
Cuir Beluga with comforting notes of mandarin, immortelle flower, leather, amber, heliotrope, and vanilla. As soon as it got a bit colder I pulled out my absolute favorite Guerlain. Cuir Beluga is my answer to being chilled to the bone and needing an injection of warmth. Perfection in my books and I never want to be without.
Metallica with fascinating notes of orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, rose, carnation, iris, spices, vanilla, amber, tonka and musk. Metallica is an oddity. It starts out rather frosty and sharp with the upfront citrus. it moves into a soft floral spice combo and the best part is in the drydown with the warmth of vanilla, amber and tonka which lingers for hours. This is a witch’s brew luring me in with its magical notes. Why oh why did Guerlain discontinue this one?
Shalimar EdP with delicious notes of lemon, bergamot, jasmine, may rose, opoponax, tonka bean, vanilla, iris, peru balsam and gray amber. It took me years to finally understand this complex grown up perfume. Seeing as ai like leather scents so much I should have enjoyed it but it took me a while to accept and learn to love the smokey aspect of Shalimar. This is one of those perfumes that I just do not want to be without anymore. Perfect.
Oriental Brulant with notes of tangerine, almond, tonka bean, styrax and vanilla. Oriental Brulant is an easy go to fragrance in the winter months. It always puts a smile on my face and it is not too sweet. The almond note is the best part of this fragrance. I think it also tempers the sweetness of the tonka and vanilla.
I will continue to wear and enjoy the Guerlains during the month of December. They all add an element of warmth, cosiness, calm and stability when everyone around me starts the chaotic rush to the holidays.
Do you have a particular house or perfume that you turn to in December? What will you be rocking during this month?
Wishing you all a safe, restful and joyful holiday season.
Oodles of fragrant kisses.