As 2008 comes to a close, I am reminded that it was about a year ago I sat in front of my computer and decided I’d begin writing about my love of fragrances. What an interesting year it has been. I’ve had so much fun watching Fragrant Moments evolve. What’s been even more exciting to see is the reaction of people who catch on to what I’m doing. Its has been very encouraging, to see the least.
By far my favorite interview was with David Hart. The way he answered the fragrant moment question was the most original. I didn’t even see it coming. Mr. Peralta’s sensitivity was eye opening. Men can be that genuine. I also appreciated Darryl Robinson’s courageousness. As a mixologist, he is not afraid to layer his scents. I love that about him.
Le Labo’s Rose 31 really changed the way I look at fragrances. That hint of what I like to call mustiness shook to the core what I knew. Who could do such a thing, why? I guess I have a lot to learn.
I think people have come to appreciate my candor. I’m not a critic and I’m not trying to be another Chandler Burr, by no stretch of the imagination. I’m an enthusiast, publicly recording my finds and shaping my taste along the way. I’m ok with that. I hope you are too.
At this time of the year, everyone has a list…so here’s mine. Its not the top five of what come out this year. Its the five that stood out for me and that’s not easy. I fall in love and then I move on. However, these will be in rotation next year.
From the left Cereus No. 11, Fresh’s Patchouli Pure, Keihl’s Original Musk, Frederic Malle’s Une Fleur de Cassie, and Le Labo’s Rose 31
Honorable mention to John Bartlett, I so enjoyed his Holiday Collection. I burnt one of his candles this weekend as I prepared for a family gathering and it definitely added a nice touch of sophistication. I’d also like to thank E Harcourt for inviting me into her home for a four hour chat about fragrances. I’m still playing with the fragrances she gave me and loving every moment of it.
That’s it folks. Its been fun and I can’t wait to get started in 2009. Please share your feedback with me and let me know what you think.