It's that time of year again, and although I don't expect my taste in perfume to have changed too much since I've not been as avid a sampler as I'd once been, I've certainly discovered some new fragrances to adore that have joined my wardrobe. My permanent line-up consists of tried and true loves, with Creed Spring Flower, my all-season, all-occasion fresh Fruity Floral in the top tier; the others I love more seasonally but have stood the test of time. However, it's refreshing to keep my collection updated with new fragrances alongside my own choice of timeless classics.
There were a few additional scents worn throughout the year, as I can't even wear my favorites every day, but believe it or not, I have stuck to one or two favorites at a time more steadily than at any time since becoming a perfumista. It is possible to become a signature scentist more or less, if you're not looking to expand taste horizons, and opt to stay within your comfort zone.
It also helps if you've met the one(s) you know will always be your go-to, regardless of fashion, and oblivious to changing trends. After getting to know loads of different perfumes in all of the olfactive families and in different styles, I know I am a Floral person (mostly white flowers or a blend) who leans in other directions from time to time. Fruity Floral, Floral Oriental, Floral Aldehyde, Fougere Floral, Green Floral and straight up Floral: these seem to be my favorites since the beginning and as time goes by. I love the sweet notes, too: vanilla, tonka, amber. Which are your favorites?
1. Creed Spring Flower
2. Annick Goutal Gardenia Passion
3. Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto
4. Creed Fleurissimo
5. BCBG Max Azria Bon Chic
6. Prada Amber pour Homme
7. Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
8. Jean Patou Joy
9. Serge Lutens Gris Clair
10. L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons
Hall of Fame: Christian Dior Poison Esprit de Parfum
Best New Launch of 2013: Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido La Fille de Berlin
Fragrance of the Year: Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto
As I've said before, I haven't sampled a great deal this year, but thanks to Serge Lutens, it seems I will need to read A Woman in Berlin now. I'm also feeling personally amused that the purple hourglass bottle and box packaging concept for YSL Manifesto looks so much like G by Giorgio Beverly Hills, one of the first perfumes handpicked for me. Now, once you've smelled almost everything there is to smell, and there are few mysteries left, you can delve into brand new fields of leisurely study as I have this year, like the fun and carefree, super laid back world of nail polish. Please visit my PINK MANHATTAN @ Tumblr account where I plan to post my Top 10 list of favorite nail polish shades, to be compiled before 2013 is over (I'll update you soon). Best Wishes in 2014, darlings!