Jeff's Holiday 2022 Wishlist
We all have those items we add to our lists but never seem to check off those lists. It's no real reflection on the value or quality of those items, it's more of a matter of timing, expense, or something else getting in its way. Throughout the year, those items can add up as well but the holiday wish list is a great opportunity for them to grab hold of the spotlight and finally get their well-deserved shine. Here are a few that I'm hoping will find their way under the tree or hidden in my stocking.
Monsieur - Frederic Malle
This has probably been my most wanted fragrance all year but I've sadly skipped over it or missed the opportunity to buy it on several occasions. I've had a few samples and a pretty decent sized decant I've been working through so that probably explains some of my hesitancy. Nonetheless, this is top-to-bottom, a classic woody-amber that never disappoints and always delivers whenever I wear it. It starts off smoky and sharp with dried woods and incense on top of some wonderfully boozy and citrus notes. Eventually the woody notes retreat and allow the tangerine to sparkle, the rum to glisten, and invites in a wonderfully warm vanilla to sweeten up the mix. Monsieur lasts forever, and the balance stays tight throughout, but down the line a few hours, you also get this peppery patchouli skin musk that reminds me of working in the yard.
No 17 - Civet Chypre
Don't let the civet in its name fool you. This is a very welcoming and accessible fragrance that tends to lean more floral and citrus to me than anything else. You definitely get a nice hint of civet but it's coated heavily in neroli, ylang-ylang, and some sweet amber notes. Even the chypre side of things is rather mild. The classic combo of rose and oakmoss are certainly present, but this isn't your grandmother's easter service chypre. No 17 - Civet Chypre is modern, subtle, and masterfully blended with plenty of wear and projection.
Sellier - Byredo
I truly love the Night Veils line from Byredo but Sellier is definitely the stand out for me. It's a perfect blend of high quality leather accords restrained by the soft touch of cashmeran that provides some powdery sandalwood type notes. There's a smokiness in the combination of both met with some green pops from tobacco leaf and earthy oakmoss. It all feels and plays very lux. This is fine bourbon in a Baccarat rocks glass, warm fireplaces and leather sofas, discussing the estate with grandfather as he decides who will take over the family empire.
Un Patchouli - Obvious
We love patchouli here, and typically we go for the classic varieties featuring wet soil, mossy greens, and chalky chocolates but I really enjoy this interpretation. Obvious does such a great job of selecting a note to feature and then expressing it in a way that is unique and uncommon. They chosen to go really dry and green with patchouli in this instance and use its surrounding notes and accords to add the more common attributes. Tonka Bean is its biggest counter-note bringing a waxy amber vanilla that goes its typical lactonic route at times. In the base you have these lovely soft and dried woods along with some resins to add some richness. It's so delicious!
Atlas Fever - Ex Nihilo
This is a perfect night out scent to me. It's a tonka bomb, but it's so well blended with bright and sweet red berries and a light smoky incense. With all that rich tonka, smoky incense, and red berry sweetness, you need something in the base to round it all out. That's where Atlas Fever really earns it keep with the softest, warmest wood base of guaiac wood and oily cedar. There's such a nice powdery sandalwood note that really brings it all home. Those wood bases seem to very much be a signature with the Ex Nihilo fragrances we wear and love and it really stands out with Atlas Fever.