Monthly Archives: December 2013

For Auld Lang Syne and All That………. A Very Happy New Year To All!

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Yes indeedy, the time has come to see the New Year in and as a part of my preparations I shall be dousing myself – quite literally – in Caron’s Champagne (as it was to be called until those nasty viticulturists raised threatening legal eyebrows).

Though not, apparently, in spite of that delicious name, originally intended as a bathing aid, this is this perfume’s most perfect application.

A desert spoon or two in a steaming tub sees ablutions transformed into something quite transfixing.

Lilac and incense, vanilla, musks and a note a little like antique make up dust, combine to turn one’s bathroom into a sublime collision of boudoir and nursery.

For the child and debutante turned harlot in all of us.

Be decadent, take a glass of something sparkling in with you and, no sooner are you dried and dressed in your finery than this fleeting fancy will have fled.

Time then for something more fragrantly substantial to see you into the New Year…

But what will it be?

Do share your olfactory accompaniment to the evenings celebrations…

What will you (or did you) wear to see in 2014?

Do tell!

With all best wishes for sensationally scented and prosperously perfumed year ahead.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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White Christmas / Black Orchid by Tom Ford The Perfumed Dandy’s Christmas Day Scent

Season’s Greetings my Little Scented Wonders!

An extremely Merry, nay Extraordinary, Christmas to you and yours.

And thank you too, for after a very close (tied) vote and an executive decision by The Dandy’s advisors, today’s festive fragrance is the tremendous, triple thickened, top-notch trifle of a nose tingler…

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Tom Ford Black Orchid by Estee Lauder.

Flouncy, bouncy, floral, smoky and sweet this is a dressed up, fired up teenage expolosion of party spirit in little black bottle perfume form.

Terribly unwise, but ever so good once in a while.

What could be better today!?!

Enjoy my darlings!

See you on the other side.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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Winter in July… Nuit de Noel by Caron The Perfumed Dandy’s Scented Letter

Dear All. Part XII of our Christmas adventure must be this… quite simply the most magnificent, melancholy and truly awe-inspiring scents ever to have taken Christmas’s name in vain. A lesson perhaps to think of others at this time of year. I’ll be back tomorrow (later today) to reveal what you’ve chosen for me to wear… Happy Holiday!

The Perfumed Dandy.

Christmas is being imported this year.

It will come in a crate by boat and be brought, a little piece of Europe in a box, up from the harbour to our room at Raffles Hotel.

On opening it, I “must be careful” not to unsettle the contents lest one item has been broken and is spilt upon and spoils the others.

The pre-fabricated festivities will have as little to do with Christmas as our lives in this heat and 70% humidity have with a happy marriage.

The box is all flashes and flickers of the world I once knew, before Singapore, before the War even.

Candied fruit, heavy English rosewater – slightly turned, vanilla essence just good enough for custard and a cologne that promises Scandinavian forests and delivers the sweaty, peaty, mossy mass of wet woodland floor in early German spring.

Biscuits shot with caraway, aniseed and oats…

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Eve Aromas: Five: The Return The Perfumed Dandy’s Twelve Days Before Christmas Part XI

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Good Christian hot chocolate laced with sinners’ spices and heretical herbaceous leaves.

Home. Half-cut. Happy.

In the habit of feeling merry and a little frisky.

The duty of the mass discharged, thoughts turn to tomorrow’s feasting, and whatever fun may come.

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Yes, the morning will bring bleary eyes and a blurry head.

But in this Instant, Extreme contentment overflows and who knows how long the fun will last.

Party on.

Happy Christmas.

Yours ever

The Pefumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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Eve Aromas: Four: Midnight Mass The Perfumed Dandy’s Twelve Days Before Christmas Part X

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Carols, an incautious sermon from a novice priest preaching abstemiousness to a half-steaming congregation.

Choir boys up past bed time, maiden aunts and old soaks.

Those with little hope and no where to go.

United at a stroke just after midnight…

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And if the church is high enough a censer may sweep past.

A vision in scent: you see a white building, it’s dark interior illuminated by the newborn.

We can all be like the boy here.

Happy Christmas.

Yours ever

The Pefumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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Eve Aromas: Three: Marzipan and One Glass More The Perfumed Dandy’s Twelve Days Before Christmas Part IX

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Sweet candied almonds made paste and the colour of honey.

Covering a cake of fruits fed with liquours and good spirits.

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Cartier’s Baiser du Dragon is the most pleasant smelling fearsome mythical beast that one can imagine.

Here the aroma is one of romance.

Take a glass and seek out mistletoe.

Our indeed The Dandy’s full review.

Further treats to follow…

Yours ever

The Pefumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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Eve Aromas: Two: Woodsmoke The Perfumed Dandy’s Twelve Days Before Christmas Part VIII

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Purple satin swirls emerging from the chimney of a cottage into a sky of smudged lint clouds and blue.

Around an open fire dodge sparks and stray cinders while seeking warmth.

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Lancome’s Cuir is a triumph of the tannery and charcoal store.

There are some folks who rergard birch tar as the smell of a summer barbeque.

‘Wrong end of the year!’ Says I.

It’s logs burning in the hearth, leather boots warming through after a country stroll something sexy in each hand

Further treats to follow…

Yours ever

The Pefumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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Eve Aromas: One: The Christmas Tree The Perfumed Dandy’s Twelve Days Before Christmas Part VII

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The Eve is upon us all!

So five smells and fragrances that match to get us all mellow and in the mood.

Of course, Christmas Trees start arriving in our homes earlier each year… I spotted some in November this season!

But it is today that they should officially begin their stay straight through from now to Twelfth Night.

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If there’s a flacon more festive than Annick Goutal’s Nuit Etoilee it’s yet to catch The Dandy’s eye.

This ‘starry night’ of a scent is a forest walk beneath moonlight.

At first, conifer cones crunch beneath the feet on frosty soil then immortelle adds softness and a sweet edge, the tree is taken inside and draped with deliciously gaudy decorations.

Gather round for gifts…

More to come.

Yours ever

The Pefumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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Five Spiced Scents For The Season The Perfumed Dandy’s Twelve Days Before Christmas Part VI 

As the main events of the festivities approach, the senses are increasingly assaulted (if one can be so pleasantly assailed) by more of the smells of Christmas.

Chief among these are a slew of spices that seem to carry the very essence of celebration at their heart.

They aim to whet all types of appetites!

Here follow five perfumes that represent these precious flavourings perfectly…

Clove

Poivre by Caron

Hot. Deluxe. Deranged.

In perfume carnations are often conjured through the connivance of peppers, cloves, vanilla and florals.

Here, Caron‘s mixers let the spice carry the day and created a scent with punch, presence and a deliciously vulgar pizazz.

This is a fashionable but certainly not a stuffed shirt party.

Kick off your heels and down hot toddies to ward of chills before dancing through till dawn.

Cinnamon

Musc Ravageur by Maurice Roucel for Frederic Malle

Let’s put the children and olfactory myths to bed.

‘Cinnamon is innocence and apple pie’.

Pshawww.

The Dandy doesn’t think so.

Here musk makes this home-spun scent pure animal and sets the spices sexily free.

This time we’re bordering on a swingers party.

Nutmeg

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A return to polite society.

Amiable, wearable, gentle and genteel.

A soft hearted-strain of masculine good manners.

Quietly spoken urbanity.

Cardamom

Voyage d’Hermes by Hermes

In parfum this goes like ‘une boum’.

Cardamom with a kaleidoscope of other spices washed down by citrus tea.

Green. Bright. Revitalising.

A tonic in fragrant shape quite on form for both the big night and the morning after.

Ginger

Envy For Men by Gucci

“Zing!”

Ginger and then the whole kitchen sink.

Sandalwood, amber, tobacco, leather, florals, cedar and smoke.

A dancefloor queen of a male perfume to be worn by anyone whose aim is to turn partying into a performance.

Do enjoy the weekend before Christmas… and try to keep in one piece!

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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A Dozen Roses for December (or February) The Perfumed Dandy’s Twelve Days Before Christmas Part V

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Surely nothing in the floral world is as luxurious as roses at the Yuletide.

Being able to defend myself against everything except decadence… I give you, dear readers, a dozen…

Knowing by Estee Lauder

Winter roses emerge as forces of will against nature.

They are determined, know their own minds and come replete with thorns.

Lauder’s animalic, oakmoss-heavy floral chypre may not seem in the least bit festive.

But get further acquainted and she has a generous heart.

The Dandy knows her of old… why not read the full review.

La Fille de Berlin by Serge Lutens

Perhaps because I tried it in a Paris gripped by snow and frosts in February.

Maybe because it recalls a world of black and white movies, which is most certainly so very Christmas too.

Or simply for it hints at something darker, a casual pain that must be gone through to taste pleasure.

Who knows? But there is an element of the advent about this scent.

Acteur by Loris Azzaro

What could be more seasonal than a visit to the theatre?

If you’re British, a pantomime fits the bill perfectly in all its manifest imperfection.

Acteur is no burlesque, but has enormous personality and character, and one imagines it as the kind of man, or charismatic woman, who could carry a party.

Stella by Stella McCartney

The roses here are dried, dessicated even.

Their accord calls to mind, in a good way, floral lining paper for drawers.

The kind of hidden, or nearly never opened drawers where a careful mother might store secret presents.

Shhh.

Rose en Noir by Miller Harris

Darkness and light.

Spicy and slightly green, these purple flowers come swathed in dark tobacco velvet.

An illicit kiss one is convinced into after too much mulled wine.

Rose Barbare by Guerlain

Plush. Luscious. Luxurious.

A grande dame rose arriving in a cloud of aldehydes.

Up close she turns sweet and yielding, all honey and dark herbaceous.

A limousine riding movie star of a scent.

Hammam Bouquet by Penhaligons

The Dandy makes no apologies for raising a glass to cheer this antique curiosity once again.

Tinctured roses with a medicated air start slightly sour then broaden to amber and wood with a swarthy warmth that befits the perfume’s name.

Light shone through a Ottoman lantern with semi precious stones for glass.

Les Fleurs : Rose by Molinard

Tea roses and gingerbread.

A concentrated slice of Indian summer all moist lawns, late blooms and unexpected sunshine.

A wonderfully concentrated, in a jammy sense, way to recall the year just past.

Ce Soir Ou Jamais by Annick Goutal

All the best presents come beautifully wrapped.

All the best perfumes must have a name that speaks… and is there more of a sexy whisper in the olfactory word than this?

‘Tonight or Never’… the question is what will one get?

For this chameleon fragrance changes afresh each moment pear, Turkish rose, honey… a very polite Mata Hari.

Armani / Prive : Rose d’Arabie by Armani

Rose and oud go together like Christmas pud and brandy sauce.

And whilst some may become jaded over time to such classic combinations, when done well, as here, they remind one of just why the parts came together.

A Selfridge’s pudding with Fortnum’s topping this.

True Rose by Woods of Windsor

Powder and boiled sweets, scented handkerchiefs and lipstick kisses.

Yes, there is an element of a great aunt’s visit about Woods’ long-lived scent.

But what would Christmas be without such pleasant smelling guests calling by?

Or et Noir by Caron

No great aunt’s aroma this… unless you happen to have a Dowager Duchess in the family!

The great lady holds a self-possessed bouquet of three sorts of rose, geraniums and carnations bound together with a wooden band and decorated with oakmoss.

Perfume aristocracy.

Something there for everyone to give or better still receive.

Whooops, that’s not how the saying goes, is it!?!

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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