Jane's Holiday 2022 Wishlist
We hope all of you stateside readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday! I’m sure many fragrance lovers like us are biting their nails today trying to figure out how best to take advantage of all these great Black Friday deals happening today. I think it’s a good time for a level-headed assessment of some of the fragrances that have been on the top of my waitlist for awhile, so without further ado, here are some scents on my current wishlist!
I kept receiving samples of Eau Capitale with my Diptyque candle purchases and I found myself enjoying the fragrance so much that I was hoarding the last drops in every atomizer. After going through about six samples of Eau Capitale, I started to feel like my life is incomplete without a full bottle. Eau Capitale is an absolute feat in the genre of modern chypres, a term I will use loosely here because if the note list is to be taken at face value, this scent is lacking the traditional oak moss. Still, this is a wonderfully familiar update on an old school rose chypre and even has some subtle aldehydic notes that lend a playful lift to its opening. I’ve always thought Diptyque does rose scents so well, and here the roses are sparkling with dew and surrounded by their green leaves. The pink pepper is subtle and the whole scent is grounded in lots and lots of patchouli, which suits a patch-fiend like me just fine. Eau Capitale is compared to Portrait of a Lady frequently, and to me they are apples and oranges. If Portrait of a Lady is an evening gown, then Eau Capitale is a sundress. While I love both scents, I find Eau Capitale much more suitable for daily wear.
Interestingly, even though I don’t own a full bottle of this yet, Explicite by Ex Nihilo is the fragrance I’ve received the most compliments on when I’ve worn it. This is a hyper-feminine sweet floral bomb with an irresistible vanillic sandalwood base. Think of a candy-sweet bouquet of Barbie-pink flowers passed to a blonde pop star after a killer Grammy performance. (It’s Britney, bitch!) Explicite is THAT level of girly. Spiced with nutmeg and pepper and with delicious gourmand notes of praline and vanilla, this is one of the sexiest, boldest, amber florals I’ve encountered. And as with all Ex Nihilo scents, it will make its presence known to everyone in the room…and everywhere I’ve gone with her, she’s been very popular. I’ve gone through four samples at this point.
This scent is steeped in the kind of female glamour I was always fascinated with and highly intimidated by in my adolescent years. Like seeing Mariah Carey in a halter top, or watching your prettiest older cousin apply frosted eyeshadow on prom night, it embodies a performance of feminine mystique I have never quite been able to attain myself. Maybe that’s part of what keeps me coming back for more.
This is actually a scent I’ve worn for many years, and it’s one that is near and dear to my heart. Fille en Aiguilles is the closest I’ve ever come to having a signature scent and ignited my love affair for pine and incense fragrances. It’s still one of my favorite scents of all time. I’ve used up the last drops of my old bottle (Jeff helped put a dent in it too, we both love it) and I’m in dire need of a new one, so this is one on my wishlist that’s just a restock. This is one of the scents that turned me into a perfume lover, and lately I’ve taken notice that many of my favorite fragrance reviewers list Fille en Aiguilles among their favorites as well, like My World of Fragrance and Midnight Stinks. Great minds.
Recently Jeff ordered this among a number of other samples from Ministry of Scent. I had reached my hand in the pile of scents like a kid grabbing for Halloween candy and applied a random sample without looking what at what I had in hand (this is the level of trust I have in my husband’s tastes). Instantly I smelled something leathery, chemically, with a boat load of patchouli. Yum. That’s my kind of cocktail. Instantly it reminded me of some of the smells that naturally live in my painting studio, so it felt intensely familiar and comforting, What had I applied? It was Fischersund No. 54, a new scent launched by musician Jónsi (and family) from Sigur Rós of all people. The note list includes varnish, asphalt, ammonia, and salt licorice, and it is as unique smelling as it sounds. It was instant love for me, possibly because it smells like a good day of hard work in my studio. The smell of diligence and creativity.
Talk about addictive…Tonkade is so delicious that I wish it was a warm winter drink I could sip in a mug. Here the chocolatey-almond qualities of tonka are amped up with cardamom, dried fruits, vanilla, incense and musk. It’s the kind of scent you’d wear on an unbelievably romantic date with a promising love interest in December. Tonkade is definitely a crowd-pleaser for gourmand lovers and I’m surprised I don’t see it talked about more on perfume TikTok, where edible scents and other cozy hits like By the Fireplace receive so much fanfare. I think more people should try this scent, and perhaps if I have a full bottle to wear then I can attract some new fans for it.