Friday, December 26, 2008

2008 Top 10 Perfume Countdown!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is enjoying the Holiday Season! Here we go again with our year end perfumista tradition, one of the only traditions I actually keep: The Top 10 Perfume Countdown!! Although most of these aren't new launches, I thought they were worthy of honor and praise, in 2008 and in any year. I hope you'll agree with me on my choices and if not, you'll have to go post your own Top 10 favorites, so what are you waiting for? I wish you peace, happiness and health in 2009 - HAPPY NEW YEAR, Season's Greetings and many thanks to you from Pink Manhattan!

The list is in no particular order:

1. Caron Nuit de Noël (1922) - Aldehydic Floral with Chypre (mossy)-Oriental undertones. Mystery, complexity, a heavyweight perfume classic. Someone on a forum so brilliantly compared its scent to that of marron. I think that's absolutely right; it is like chestnuts, warm and pungent, a bit nutty.

2. Hermès Un Jardin Après la Mousson (2008) - Elegant aqueous (marine) fruity salicylic (salty) skin scent, evocative and fits the perfume name perfectly. Dewy fresh, upscale sporty.

3. Annick Goutal Gardénia Passion (1989) - Bombshell gardenia soliflore. Addictive, narcotic, buttery with green overtones, passionate elegance. Pure Floral.

4. Guerlain Nahéma (1979) - Classic rose Aldehydic Floral with Oriental elements. Warm, clean, honey-sweet and deep, a queenly "young girls' skin" scent, sophisticated bombshell.

5. Guerlain Cuir Beluga (2005) - New modern ambery animalic leather Chypre, stirs the imagination with its name and retro style done right. Rich, regal, powdery dense, low-pitched, quite sweet, a touch spicy, too.

6. Paco Rabanne Calandre (1969) - Aldehydic Floral classic with Chypre (mossy) character, chic and sparse, known as the minimalist fragrance that set off the new modern American-style fragrances. Crisp, sophisticated and outdoorsy at once. For the active working woman wearing pants (daring back in the day). Stylish, simplicity perfected.

7. Cacharel Noa (1998) - Spicy skin scent, a sparse, understated, clean and warm musky floral with slightly sweet milky undertones. Introverted but pretty. This is my choice for a snowy day or night.

8. Creed Spring Flower (1996) - Always a compliment-getter, this is what I'd call a reference Fruity Floral: crisp and green in the vein of Precriptives Calyx but not tropical, more of an English garden vibe but urbane, not too frou frou. Exuberant, happy and bright, a gorgeous floral with just enough fruits to keep it upbeat.

9. Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison (1998) - Oriental Gourmand classic. Hypersweet, a rich, smooth, milky vanilla-almond type scent with a unique caraway seed twist. If it were an actual edible treat, its equivalent could be an Indian-Pakistani-Bangladeshi dessert I love called ras malai.

10. Le Cherche Midi Fragrance Mist 14 (2008) - New, simple and very sheer. Innovative marketing: the wearable room fragrance. A wonderful line but this one, No.14, is my favorite: a zingy yet tender, clean and mild orange-rose floral with green (blackcurrant) top notes.

Special mentions go to:
Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Hot - I wore this a lot in the earlier part of the year.

Demeter Strawberry Ice Cream - This is my yummy go-to scent this month. I know; it's barely perfume and more of a simple bath-and-body scent, but c'est la vie!

Best new celeb scent: Jessica Simpson Fancy

(Image: Paco Rabanne Calandre ad, Parfum de Pub, Times Square 1907, The New York Times)