Happy Holidays! Thinking of New Year…


Happy holidays! I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season, filled with happiness and excitement. Hope that it ushers in a great new year. I am taking a break for a few days to spend time with my family. I will be back next week with new reviews, and of course, with the usual “Best of 2011” post. Meanwhile, I would like to hear from you if there are any specific topics or reviews you would like me to cover in the new year. Painting by Russian artist Boris Kustodiev, “Snow Covered City,” 1917.



  • Andy: I would love to see a post about ylang-ylang in your fragrance note series! December 23, 2011 at 6:12am Reply

  • Ann C.: Happy Holidays! Enjoy your vacation with your family. December 23, 2011 at 6:28am Reply

  • Dl: I would love to read your take on el attarine and serge noire. Hope the holiday season is filled with joy and looking forward to reading you next year. Dali. December 23, 2011 at 8:03am Reply

  • Anne: Happy Happy Xmas! I am longing to all your new posts in the new year!
    Anne December 23, 2011 at 8:28am Reply

  • Carrie Meredith: Happy Holidays, Victoria! What a pleasure it’s been over the past year getting to know you through your blog, and now the Frag. Foundation Indie Committee. I don’t have any topics requests right now, my brain is occupied thinking of new things for my own blog. Can’t wait to see your “best of 2011” post, though! December 23, 2011 at 4:41am Reply

  • Annemarie: ‘Prettige feestdagen en gelukkig nieuwjaar’ Victoria from the Netherlands.
    I would like to read about male and female in fragrance and what that has to do with being a woman or a man. For me male of female in fragrance is mainly about the personality or character of a perfume and I can be best friends with both. December 23, 2011 at 10:19am Reply

  • violetnoir: Merry Christmas, V, to you and your family!

    I look forward to your best of 2011 list.

    Hugs! December 23, 2011 at 12:00pm Reply

  • Nancy A: Happy Holidays to you as well! Let’s hope for a banner 2012. Enjoying your blog has been part of the best of 2011 for me.

    Best wishes, December 23, 2011 at 12:31pm Reply

  • jen: Merry Christmas! Just keep doing what you do and I’ll be happy. 🙂 December 23, 2011 at 8:21am Reply

  • Style Spy: Happy Holidays, Vika! Thanks for a another great year of your work! December 23, 2011 at 9:51am Reply

  • Rose D: Happy holidays! I adore Bois de Jasmin as it is and I only want to ask you never to forsake your reviews on rose-themed perfumes; as well as the history and art-based posts I so much enjoy. December 23, 2011 at 3:13pm Reply

  • Suzanna: Happy holidays, Victoria! May you and your blog continue to prosper in 2012. Yours continues to be the fragrance blog par excellence, a resource without peer and an overall great read. Many thanks for the time, dedication, and passion that so obviously are a part of its success. December 23, 2011 at 3:34pm Reply

  • Audrey H.: I hope you have a lovely holiday with your family. It’s been a tough year here but I have to say that visiting and reading your articles has brought a bit of perfume joy to my day, so thank you for that! Happy holidays and have a wonderfully fragrant new year 🙂 December 23, 2011 at 3:54pm Reply

  • Debbie: Happy Holidays, Victoria. Thanks for another great year of your blog. Have especially loved the Fragrance Note Series 🙂 December 23, 2011 at 5:20pm Reply

  • sunsetsong: Merry Christmas and a great 2012 Victoria. It is always a pleasure to read what you have to say. I always think of them as articles or chapters not blog posts. I am sure there is a book in there! December 23, 2011 at 7:16pm Reply

  • Mihika: Happy Holidays! I read your blog everyday, and it is, in my humble opinion, the best perfume blog in existence 🙂 Your writing style is so distinctive, so evocative. Thank you for a wonderful year of blogging, and for all your time and dedication. Never stop! December 23, 2011 at 5:03pm Reply

  • Lindaloo: I don’t have any brilliant suggestions, I just wanted to say how much I enjoy the current mix of content: the fragrance notes posts, building a fragrance wardrobe, and the wonderful posts on food. And of course the reviews. Thank you for so much pleasure and enlightenment.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours and all the best in the New Year. December 23, 2011 at 11:25pm Reply

  • behemot: Merry Christmas full of wonderful flavors and smells! Happy 2012! December 24, 2011 at 12:51am Reply

  • Mandy Aftel: Dear Victoria

    I am so glad that this year we finally got to spend some time together and too, that you came to my studio for a visit. I am looking forward to more in 2012. happy holidays.
    Mandy December 23, 2011 at 10:35pm Reply

  • civava: Merry Christmas to you and all readers here. December 25, 2011 at 5:53am Reply

  • Olfacta: Just keep doing what you do! And Merry/Happy to you and yours. December 25, 2011 at 9:46am Reply

  • Victoria: Dear all,
    Thank you very much for your warm wishes and kind words! I hope that everyone is enjoying their holidays. We are at my parents’–it is so good to be back home.

    Victoria December 26, 2011 at 1:05pm Reply

  • Lynn Morgan: Happy Holidays, Victoria, and all the best to you and your family for 2012! Thank you for making this year so deliciously fragrant for us all! xoxo- Lynn December 27, 2011 at 5:38pm Reply

  • Linda Yapp: Happy Happy Holidays dear Victoria! Wishing you the very best, Linda December 27, 2011 at 8:14pm Reply

  • Hwi Hwi: Hi, Victoria. I love your blog and I am a budding perfumista.

    Topics for the 2012? I have a curious one for you. How about perfumes that are described as “sheer” but with long sillage that inevitably end up being irritating? This is how I would describe Balenciaga Paris L’essence (and Paris to some extent). I am a bit concerned because this perfume has been described as the perfect office scent and I wonder what is the molecule responsible for such “sheer” but deadly perfumes.

    Thanks and Happy Holidays. January 3, 2012 at 10:15pm Reply

  • Victoria: There are so many–musks, some types of sharp ambers, woods. They are the ones that stick around the longest on your skin, and they might end up being overwhelming, even if the fragrance is not that rich. The fragrances you mention have a very strong ambery-woody accords, which are quite sharp and dry.  January 4, 2012 at 2:21pm Reply

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