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Best of 2016 in Scents and Teas

If I could characterize 2016 in terms of scents to which I gravitated, the main themes would be of comfort and pleasure. Whatever reasons I have to wear perfume, this year I wanted fragrances that soothed, delighted and entertained. I wore plenty of old favorites like Annick Goutal Duel, Papillon Anubis, Serge Lutens Bois de Violette, Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose, Kenzo Amour, Lolita Lempicka L, Perles de Lalique, and newer discoveries like Azzedine Alaïa.

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The perfumes below aren’t “the best of 2016” in an absolute sense, mostly because I didn’t smell all of the new releases and compare them. They are my highlights, fragrances that stood out on the crowded store counters and that I wore enough to learn their nuances and quirks. I’m sure I missed some gems, but in that case I look forward to discovering them in your lists. Please share your favorites of 2016 with us.

Also, Andy and I couldn’t help sharing some of our favorite teas.

Victoria’s 2016 in Perfumes and Blue Teas

Galop d’Hermès

An elegant rose with a touch of saffron and dark woods. Galop was the first major launch from the new Hermès in-house perfumer Christine Nagel. If that’s the start of a new phase, then I anticipate more interesting things arriving in 2017.

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  • kat in Top 10 Summer Picnic Scents: LOL! Glad I’m not the only one. There’s always a sickly sweet note lurking that I can’t stand. Reminds me of the dark sticky liqueur leftovers at the bottom of… June 24, 2017 at 7:55am

  • Connie in Top 10 Summer Picnic Scents: Ahhh, I love this list! None of these are ones I own but they’re all ones I solidly like (except I haven’t tried the Moschino, Demeter, or Fashiony). I think… June 24, 2017 at 6:38am

  • Richard Goller in Top 10 Summer Picnic Scents: These are all wonderful recommendations, Victoria. I would opt for Atelier Cologne Silver Iris. Eau de Rochas Pour Homme would be another good one. Thanks for sharing with us. You… June 24, 2017 at 5:07am

  • Maria in Top 10 Summer Picnic Scents: I’m with you on Guerlain (and I always feel like a Philistine saying it :-)) . The only one that I can wear is Eau du coq, but it is… June 23, 2017 at 11:11pm

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