Today I wake up with the feeling that it is winter already. Even the white light flooding my bedroom has a chilly quality. The winter means holidays and a much needed break, but before one can reach that stage, it signifies the end of the semester and the madness of the exam week. Therefore, please let me indulge once again into making a list of favorites, my winter favorites that have a warm quality or that allow to awaken my “invincible summer.” Please share yours.
My Winter Favorites (alphabetically ordered)
Cacharel LouLou An abstract vision of dark red flower touched by the dark verdancy, LouLou veils its voluptuous heart of jasmine, tiare and mimosa in the velvety richness of vanilla. The tropical warmth of this fragrance allows one to escape into the world where snow does not exist.
Donna Karan Black Cashmere Its incense laced darkness clings to the skin much like the fabric from which the fragrance derives its name. Warm sweetness of woods and spices in Black Cashmere is a perfect antidote for the cold weather.
Christian Dior Eau Noire Caramelized bitterness folded into the silkiness of woods, Eau Noire is one of my favorite fragrances by Francis Kurkdjian. Its multifaceted and unusual composition warms up beautifully on the skin, maintaining the sensual and comforting character.
Frédéric Malle Noir Epices The dry warmth of its veil encrusted with the jewel-like shimmer of spices sets Noir Epices apart from other oriental compositions. Its relative lack of sweetness lends a unusual austere elegance, which nevertheless has a sensual quality.
Hermèssence Ambre Narguilé Layers of sweet, gently animalic amber and transparent smoke are folded around the richness of cinnamon and roasted sesame seeds, which have an abstract edible quality.
Guerlain Samsara The rich heaviness of sandalwood laced with opulent jasmine is particularly welcome on the chilly days, when its creamy sweetness rises from the collarbone in the comforting manner. The parfum is particularly beautiful, as being softer, it stays closer to the skin than the more diffusive EDT and EDP.
Jean Patou Sublime Burnished gold of oranges and roses is resting on the glowing base of amber and vanilla. Its elegant arrangement never remains static, its hues changing from light ochre to vivid sienna.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzing! The ethereal animalic darkness of Dzing! is comprised of diverse facets that conjure the balmy richness of musk, the smokiness of tea, the sugared wood sweetness of cinnamon and the sharpness of rosin used on the tips of pointe shoes.
Lubin Idole de Lubin The newest composition by Olivia Giacobetti captured my heart with its darkness woven of sweet spices and precious woods. Underscored by a caramel redolent note of rum and soft leather, Idole has a rich and sonorous quality that makes it a perfect winter fragrance.
Yves Saint Laurent Opium The parfum is my preferred version of Opium, as it is softer, even if no less potent. The richness of spices and the dark sweetness of plum ornament the patchouli and carnation accord around which the composition is constructed. Resting on the animalic incense base, Opium can indeed melt the snow around its wearer, therefore it is best to apply in moderation.
Painting: Mikhail Vrubel. Snow Maiden. Originally, the watercolour was done as a sketch for a costume in opera by N. Rimsky-Korsakov Snow Maiden. 1890s. Watercolor and gouache on paper. Ryazan Art Museum, Russia. From abcgallery.com.