The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

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Leaping into 2015

Leaping into 2015

I’m not quite sure why, but the first post of the new year always seems to be one of the hardest.  I think it might be that I think I’m supposed to have learned some epiphanyish life lesson in the previous year and therefore, moving forward into the new year I should be taking on a new philosophy or direction in life.  Of course that’s never the case.  If anything, I am mired in the fact that I imbibed way too much during the holidays and I now feel 10 pounds heavier and more tired and listless.  I can tell you however, that every year the cold winter months wear on me more and more.  And although this winter has not been all that cold, it has been cloudy, rainy and depressing.  I am governed by the sun.  A bit of sunshine can elevate my psyche more than anything else.  Adding to the gloom is the declining nature of my oldest girl Francie, who we are now giving fluids to every other day to combat her failing kidneys.  And each day she exhibits more Alzheimer related behaviors where she is providing some tragically comical antics which are just a foreboding of what’s to come.  But don’t get me wrong, it’s been a good year and a lovely holiday despite the bumps, but I know that 2015 is going to be a great year… for one thing it just sounds so futuristic; “2015,” how can it not be amazing?!

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My big boy Duncan, showcasing exactly how I feel after all of the holiday cheer I consumed!

But before we get to 2015, I’ll pull some observations from this past year.  While many bloggers post the best and worst of the year, I found that I can’t really make such pronouncements as I don’t have access to all the new releases and therefore I could be missing out on many great perfumes.  So these observations are just that;  observations.

1000_Patou2014, The Year of the Big White Floral – I keep thinking that my true drag queen self was trying to come out this past year as I couldn’t get enough of the big white floral fragrances, especially in the midst of the hot summer months when they have the opportunity to go full bloom on my skin.  My year’s favorite was Byredo’s Flowerhead.  It’s big and heady without ever becoming a screecher.  Another surprise for me was Hiram Green’s Moon Bloom.   Moon Bloom is the perfume that made tuberose palatable to me.  What I love about Hiram’s work is that there is a distinct signature that is all his, easily recognizable and incredibly magical.  Moon Bloom mixes the florals with a delicious finish that’s rather spicy and full on gorgeous.  If it was not for Moon Bloom I would not have even thought about checking out Caron’s Tubereuse.  Tubereuse is a bit sweeter and fruitier than Moon Bloom and like most Caron’s perfume extraits, you need to let it settle down on your skin before it becomes this rich, smooth and beautiful “adult” perfume.  Tubereuse has become my “home from work” perfume for 2014.  Another nice suprise for me was discovering Jean Patou’s 1000.  Incredibly feminine and glamorous, this jasmine and rose radiant beauty is on the top of my list for a repurchase now that my small bottle is about to be drained.  However, not all big white florals were to my liking, Coquillete Moramango was a scrubber for me.  This big, over the top, suffocating (and in a horrid bottle) white flower mess was the kind of perfume that made me run from tuberose in the first place, which leads me to the next category…

My “What Was I Thinking” Perfume of 2014 – Tauer Perfume’s Sotto la Luna GARDENIA which I gave a 4.5 bone rating to and then ordered a bottle for myself, decided to turn on me.  The big floral gourmand sweetness turned headache inducing and incredibly cloying.  I think that the effect can be mitigated by temperatures, etc., but I received too many a nauseous wears with this one.  My updated bone rating would be a 2.5.

2014, The Year of “I Don’t Give a Damn” – Given that I’m a middle aged male and that I love these big florals, at the begininng of the year I would have shied away from wearing them, but finally gave in and decided that I don’t give a damn if they are traditionally feminine, I’m going to make them my own.  So I started wearing them when i felt like it and that included at work.  Apparently I can pull it off because no one has ever stated that I can’t (or maybe I’m just blissfully unaware).  Although a co-worker told me that my Portrait of a Lady was on a bit thick one day which could easily happen with one or two too many spritzes.

I Am Shalimar

I Am Shalimar

2014 Vintage and Discontinued Discoveries – “I Am Shalimar” is what I kept saying to my husband as I would obnoxously twirl around him after putting on a lethal dose of this magnificent fragrance.  I have no idea why I ever poo-pooed trying this masterpiece, but I am now forever hooked and to me it works best during the hot, sultry summer nights.  A few months back I was lucky enough to receive a small decant of the now discontinued Caron Alpona.  This masterful chypre had five coworkers at the holiday Christmas party ask me where they can get some.  They can’t…and 5 compliments in one day is unheard of.  This dusty floral is now on the top of my list to wear for special occasions.  More recently, a $3 find at a local estate sale, D’Orsay Divine, is the prettiest retro violet floral that I have found that’s easily wearable without making you feel like you’re stuck in 1950.  Of course, I had two vintage mishaps this year, the first is accidentally leaving the cap off of a small bottle of Magie Noire, thus drying up the contents.  Then I also had half a small bottle of Miss Dior open in a suitcase on a trip to Mexico.  Thankfully, both have been replaced and they both continue to be my top favorite vintage perfumes.

So what’s in store for 2015?  I’m not quite sure, but I do have some perfumed resolutions that I am making for myself:

1.  No more blind buying!  Enough already.  I have spent a small fortune on blind buys and most of them I have liked, but not loved.  I know this resolution will be broken at some point, but if I say it enough times, the number of blind buys will decrease.

2.  Only buy it if I ABSOLUTELY love it.  Similar to the resolution above, I have perfumes in my collection that I really like, but don’t love and therefore they sit on the back shelf or are relegated to my husband for his collection.  Perfume is too expensive to make these “like” purchases.

3.  It’s all about the finish.  I have found that my taste in perfume has moved towards wanting a silkened finish product.  In other words, a perfume doesn’t have to morph all that much and in fact, less is more in my book as long as the product is smooth, well blended and refinely finished.  Does that mean that my taste is leaning towards some more commercial products?  I’m not sure.

tuberose24.  Fresh tuberose in the house.  I need to find a florist where I can buy fresh tuberose at a discounted price all year long.  When we were in Mexico, we went to the local market and found fresh tuberose for a few dollars.  The flowers only lasted for a few days, but even as the blooms fall off the stem, they remain fragrant so you can put them in a small bowl and continue with the loveliness.  I want my house to be filled with this treasure all year long.  I still have yet to find a cheap source however.  Still searching…

So past that, I’m not sure what 2015 has in store, but no doubt it will be fragrant and interesting.  Do you have any perfumed resolutions for the new year?

 

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

22 thoughts on “Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

  1. Yeah, that “what I learned this year” angle… I got nothin’, except that I was pretty much sick of 2014.

    I would love to be able to pick up fresh tuberose, but I looked into it a couple of years ago, and it’s a special order, $75 minimum. THAT ain’t gone happen. 😉

    I do love florals on men.

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    • Oh no… 2014 was not a bad year at all. I just re-read what I wrote and you’re right it sounds rather depressing! I think that was due to my mood yesterday morning when I wrote it which was due to the general gloom of the dreary day. Uggggh!

      Happy New Year!!!

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  2. Yes to leaping into 2015! I love that pic!

    I really enjoyed reading this and your take on the past year and your resolutions for this one. I don’t have any firm resolutions, or even flimsy ones to be exact. I have a couple of nebulous wishes. I overwhelmed myself with samples in 2014 and the majority remain unsniffed. Extenuating circumstances, etc. I’d like to approach sorting through the morass as something joyful instead of as a task. I agree with you 100% regarding the blind buys and buying only what I absolutely love. I congratulate you on wearing whatever your heart desires – I think that’s exactly how life should be!

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    • Happy New Year Holly! Ah yes, the lip service that we give to resolutions only to break them within a short time only to wish we wouldn’t have sounded foolish in the first place. This year I have already purchased something that I “really like” on eBay because it was such a great deal. Oh well, I guess if there is anything that makes that it OK is that I was a bargain shopper. I probably post on the purchase so I’ll keep it under wraps for now. I agree with your thought on we should be able to wear what we want because that’s the way life should be. I only wish the same applied to food. But unfortunately, if I lived that way I would be 400 pounds. And I think that food comes in a close second behind my love for perfume!

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  3. I’m sorry to hear about Francie – that stage is the worst. My 3 kitties aren’t too old yet, but I’m still mourning the loss of my Poco who died too early at 16 a few years back.

    Anyhow – onto more pleasant subjects! It was so fun reading some of your insights – I especially appreciated the ‘what was I thinking??” part, though its sad to experience such a shift. What did you decide to do with the bottle? I was also interested to read about the BWFs – I only got really ‘into’ perfume in October, and my first true ‘I HAVE TO HAVE IT’ scent was a tuberose – Do Son EDP. I absolutely adore it, and love the way I feel in it. I was lucky enough to receive a bottle for Christmas. Subsequently I tried Moon Bloom and Carnal Flower (as those are 2 pretty popular tuberose/BWF scents) and was surprised to find that neither lived up to the beauty of Do Son edp for me! (A blessing, really). Have you tried Do Son? I’d also like to try the Caron now, after reading your post (as well as the Jean Patou)!

    I’ve sniffed and sniffed Shalimar from the bottle (new versions) and can’t seem to bring myself to try it on skin – but I am super curious about Alpona now (thanks a lot)! I did notice there’s a 100ml bottle on ebay going for 508… 🙂

    Cheers to a new year! I look forward to reading more of your delightful posts and curious what new loves you’ll find in 2015. I’ve just discovered Atelier’s Gold Leather, and it’s definitely my first love of the new year!

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    • And – I’m not sure if I ever thanked you for adding me to your blogroll. Thanks so much! 🙂

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    • Sun Mi –

      Thanks for the kind words about Francie. Just when we think that she’s at the end of her rope, she starts acting normal again. We are just enjoying as much as we can of her while we can.

      To answer your question about changing taste in a perfume. That doesn’t happen all that often where my initial reaction was so favorable and then the aftermath not so much. Sometimes I believe it might be the chemicals used in the perfume as well that can cause headaches, etc. So when I have a bottle that doesn’t work for me, it typically will go to the hub or I’ll sell. Want a bottle of Gardenia??!

      I’m not familiar with Do Son, but next time I’m at Nordstrom I’ll check it out at the Diptyque counter. It sounds wonderful.

      As for the Alpona…yes, I have noticed that on eBay as well. I’m waiting for them to drop the price down to $100!

      xoxoxo Steve

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      • Hehe, well I have only tried 2 Tauer’s so far and though I need to give them a couple more tries, so far they are not for me! So I’ll pass on that Gardenia. 🙂 Honestly I feel crazy, it seems like everyone loves everything (on forums, fb, blogs, etc) and I get so excited to try things and then really I end up liking so little! I’m like a perfume grinch! I do hope that you like the Do Son (if only so that I’m not the only Do Son lover out there!). I recommend the EDP version.

        Oh, and if they eventually drop that price on the Alpona, I’ll buy a decant from you! 5 compliments in 1 night? That’s absurdly wonderful!

        🙂 sun mi

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  4. Yep, it’s 2015, fresh start. My new year’s resolutions are also “no blind buy” and “don’t buy unless I absolutely love it”. Actually, I need to add “don’t spend too much” as well…

    Happy New Year, Steve!!

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  5. Happy New Year!
    My perfume resolutions are, don’t buy anymore until you get rid of quite a lot. 😉 Well, actually it’s only one. I really need to get my collection into a manageable size and I’m considering options at the moment.
    One good thing though, it is very difficult to get me to fall for a new perfume these days. I haven’t in a long time so I think I might actually stick to this resolution. 🙂

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  6. Sincere sympathies on the decline of your cat. Having nursed my own through a phase of kidney failure and dementia – topped off with deafness that gave her an extra reason to miaow in puzzlement – I feel for what you are going through. I just hope you are getting any sleep, as cats can be so vocal when they are nearing the end.

    Ref your new year resolutions, they sound pretty sound to me. I have a guarded liking for tuberose, but I don’t suppose I would have much luck finding a plant round these parts even if I loved the stuff!

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    • Vanessa –

      The meowing isn’t bad in the night yet. Although if we are not feeding her constantly she lets us with very forceful talking. How a cat that can eat like a truck driver can be skin and bones is beyond me.

      I have the feeling that the tuberose find is going to be a challenge, but I’m still hoping! Happy New Year!

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  7. Love everything else in your post (including the adorable Duncan – you should do it more often!), but really sympathize with what you’re going through with Francie. Give her some petting from me (wouldn’t want to mess with her diet suggesting a treat).

    If you feel an impulse for a blind buy – just whistle: I can try talking you out of it 😉

    No NY resolutions for me this year – perfumed or any other. I have some plans but I’m not beating myself up if I don’t follow them.

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  9. Happy 2015! Looking forward to any and all new posts. My only Fragrance Resolution was: “…and don’t you dare buy any more samples.” I uttered those words the day my latest samples from Perfumed Court arrived. 🙂

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