Well, 2016 is finally upon us and today brings back the reality of going back to work after the holidays and all the festivities that have been enjoyed in the past month. The Scented Hound is not much for looking back at what “was,” but as an eternal optimist steers forward knowing that the year ahead is going to be the best ever. But before moving forward, we’ll take a little walk down memory lane at 2015, one last time!
The Best Perfumes of 2015 –
I, by no means, experienced the majority of new releases this past year. But instead, had the pleasure (or displeasure) of experiencing a small percentage of the new. As such, I’m not going to make any claims about what were the best new releases, but what I found to be my personal favorites of the year…
Puredistance WHITE: Undoubtedly this release was my favorite of the past year. The beautiful, warm and majestic florals have me craving this perfume almost on a daily basis. I cannot get enough of this radiant beauty. It easily is my favorite from the line and that says a lot, because the entire Puredistance line is magic.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae Forte: Aqua Vitae Forte is the second cousin to Puredistance WHITE. Very similar in its composition, Aqua Vitae Forte has more of a citrus zing which I found to be perfect for the hot summer months. Easy to wear and absolutely beautiful.
Blomma Cult by Room 1015: As many of you know, I tend to lean towards the more traditional when it comes to my perfume likes. Blomma Cult veers away from the trend with its rock star energy and dynamic creativity. In the end, the perfume purrs like a kitten, but the stage show getting there is one hell of a ride.
Although technically launched in 2014, I didn’t experience the following until 2015…
Neela Vermeire Creations Mohur Extrait: The original Mohur eau de parfum is incredible, but the extrait is like a satin and cashmere wrap of exquisite beauty. This is one of those perfumes that I wish that everyone could experience at least one time in their life.
Maria Candida Gentile Syconium: Maria Candida Gentile offers perfumes that either people love or hate…I find that there are very few in-betweens. Syconium I do believe is one of those perfumes that everyone can love. For myself, fig can sometimes be troublesome and overbearing, but with this creation, it’s a soft and creamy garden delight. And shout out to Maria Candida Gentile for offering smaller 15 ml amounts that don’t break anyone’s budget!
The Worst Perfumes of 2015 –
Juliette Has a Gun Gentlewoman: A nod to androgyny, this perfume is a basic citrus cologne that is a weak imitation of a man’s cologne. Boring, uninspired and pointless.
Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum: What started off with promise and beauty turned into a cotton ball chemical bomb. I’m not one that promotes natural ingredients, but this ended up like a lab experiment on my skin.
My 2015 Reality –
2014 to me was the year of the big florals. That continued to a point in 2015. I found that the perfumes that I wore the most were traditional florals…my top 3 being Puredistance WHITE, Roja Parfums Risque (Creation-R in the US) and Caron Tubereuse. All three of these perfumes I found myself craving time and time again.
But as I say that, I also found that I was heading back to traditional male perfumes as well. This year, Roja Parfums Danger, Vetiver and Amouage Dia Man were worn at least once or twice a week to work. None of these perfumes are overly butch in their demeanor, but both are easy to wear and rather buttoned up.
Less is More –
When I was first introduced to this wonderful world of niche perfumery, I, like many wanted to purchase, purchase and purchase new perfumes. Around every corner there was a new perfume that was wanted and desired. However, over that past several years, I find that much of my collection is not being used. Additionally, some of the perfumes that I couldn’t live without have now turned on me (has this happened to anyone else?). Case in point, Amouage Fate Woman. Two hours after wearing the perfume, the dry and dusty base, creeps up through my nose to give me this blinding headache. I thought maybe it was just a fluke, but every time I wear it now, the same happens. Needless to say it is sitting neglected on my perfume tray.
As a result of not requiring a great deal of perfume and by wearing many of the perfumes multiple times a week, I found that I only purchased two perfumes this year; Roja Parfums Danger a 10 ml bottle of HMC at Coqui Coqui Perfumes in Mexico. I was wracking my brain wondering if I had missed something, but that is it! My wallet is extremely happy and so am I as I don’t need a large collection to make me love this industry.
Looking Ahead to 2016 –
I have to admit that I possibly have become a bit jaded when it comes to perfume. Even though there are a plethora of newly released perfumes that are beautiful and of which would be a great addition to any perfume collection, there seems to be only a few new releases that really stand out as exceptional. Maybe 2016 will buck that trend and we’ll find that 2016 is the year of the “exceptional perfume!”
Happy New Year from The Scented Hound!
January 4, 2016 at 6:35 am
Happy New Year!
January 4, 2016 at 5:25 pm
Happy New Year to you too Carlos!!! xoxoxox
January 4, 2016 at 8:00 am
Good morning, Monsieur Chien! I agree that Puredistance White is the best new release in 2015. Every time I smell it I have to sit down and just revel in its beauty. It’s amazing! I haven’t tried the Blomma Cult but I think I have a sample floating around somewhere. My collection is too big and I almost hate to smell new releases for fear I will love them-lol. Rock on and keep writing about perfume!
January 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm
Ricky…I’m so glad that others feel the same way about White that I do…I know I am in good company with my love: Happy New Year my friend!
January 4, 2016 at 12:22 pm
Happy New Year, Mr. Hound! I’m completely with you on White and Aqua Vitae Forte. So sad about Amouage Fate, when it happens, it really sucks. One of my old time favourites is 24 Faubourg but I noticed it recently that I get terrible sore throat whenever I put it on. Now I can wear it only in small doses.
Hope you find something exceptional this year!
January 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm
I love 24 Faubourg! I can see how that can happen with it too because it is one of those fragrances that hits the back of your throat with the heavy and rich florals.
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January 4, 2016 at 2:39 pm
Sorry to hear about Fate. It’s on my wish list so if you’re still not loving it by the time I end my spending freeze perhaps I can take it off your hands for a price or maybe we could figure out a swap. I think most of us have had a perfume that stops playing nicely with us. It’s so sad.
I hope you had a lovely holiday season and I hope Santa was good to you. I’m wishing 2016 will be a great year for perfumes for all of us too. Xoxo
January 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm
Hmmmmm, we may have to do something about this 🙂 Let me give it one more try and I’ll let you know if I am willing to give it up. Happy New Year!
January 4, 2016 at 3:33 pm
Puredistance White was my favorite from 2015 as well.
From time to time perfumes that I used to like do not thrill me the same way they did at some point or feel wrong. I can’t name the manes right now but I know that it happened. Luckily, it doesn’t happen to my most favorite perfumes.
As to Fate – maybe you should try wearing it during a different season?
January 4, 2016 at 5:28 pm
I think that’s a good idea. It might work better in a more humid environment. Thanks for the suggestion!
January 4, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Happy 2016 Houndie! I love Puredistance White and ended up getting a travel spray, joining Opardu and M as my favorites from Puredistance. Aqua Vitae is nice although it is lower down on the list as a must own; our pal Daisy LOVES it. The Mohur extrait is lovely and I still have quite a bit from a split; I spread the love to NST friends and some of them have gone in on a split! I can’t think of a perfume that went from love to meh but I have recent meh to love — Aftelier Vanilla Smoke Parfum.
January 5, 2016 at 7:21 pm
Haju – Happy New Year!! Hmmmm, similar tastes. No wonder why I like you so much! I’ll have the check out Vanilla Smoke….although it doesn’t sound like it would fit me well, I am continually surprised at how wrong I can be!
January 5, 2016 at 6:47 am
Happy New Year to you! I knew you liked White a lot since it was your Xmas Day perfume my twin. I loved White too. I have to say I’m like you and have bought way less than I did before and look at all of the perfumes that I’ve acquired and some are really not getting any love at all anymore. I haven’t yet had a perfume turn on me but I figure it’s only a matter of time. But getting a headache is definitely a bad sign. Time to get rid of that one. Here’s to a great 2016 for you.
January 5, 2016 at 7:23 pm
Megan – Trust me… a love will go back on you at some point. This case was the worst…in the past it has been more of a “I used to like it, but it doesn’t work so well for me now”.
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January 5, 2016 at 9:09 am
I’m with you for White 😀
January 5, 2016 at 7:23 pm
Lukas – Of course you are. You have such fantastic taste!
January 6, 2016 at 5:47 am
So do you!
January 5, 2016 at 11:27 am
Happy New Year!
I don’t think I’ve tried a single one of these, but I know I have a sample of at least Puredistance White. Lotta good that’s doing me floating around in The Sample Sea (aka gyre)!
I don’t think you’re jaded in the least. It seems to me that you have settled into a different phase now and are able to focus more. I’ve also been like a kid in a candy store until recently, and overwhelmed myself to the point where I put almost all of my perfumes away and untouched during the summer. I’m refining my approach to perfume and the place I want it to have in my life. I’m not as close to retirement as you are (I’m sixty) but I am already looking around at the stuff I have and contemplating what will join me in my new life.
I’d also like to say thank you for your reviews and sharing your experience here. Here’s to a great 2016!
January 5, 2016 at 7:25 pm
Holly…I’m glad you think that I’m not jaded. Maybe you’re right…maybe just a bit more discerning. As for retirement, it helps to marry older…I am only 53 but am not going to wait until I am 65…life’s too short! Happy New Year my dear. All the best to you this coming year!
January 7, 2016 at 8:34 am
Happy New Year, Steve! I really enjoyed this round up, and it seems we both bought just a couple of perfumes in 2015, including Roja Dove. I did buy two, admittedly, but one was really small, hehe. And one of mine was the Danger for women! And we also both liked WHITE, though it took me most of the year to fully appreciate it.
I was interested to see that Synconium made the cut, having pricked up my ears at that one when you first reviewed it. Not sure I am going to cross its path, but it’s on my radar for sure.
January 10, 2016 at 6:59 am
Happy New Year to you too Vanessa. In looking at what others are saying this year, it seems all of us have been rather light on our purchases. I wonder if that has to do with feelings of saturation, economical forces or something else? Actually, you have yourself the best gift of the year, a pretty new baby 🙂
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