March was great this year – warm and wet. We had several rainy days, which were good though still not enough: we got less than half of the average amount of rain for this month.
Recently something strange has happened to me. I was at my friend’s birthday party. Conversations traveled from the latest concerts at San Francisco Symphony to the situation in Ukraine and back to 3D printer our friends were assembling in their office. Mingling and moving I got to a group of women. The topic turned to perfumes and my friend immediately told to the others: “Julia knows everything about perfumes.” I saw an immediate surge of interest and one of the women asked: “What were the most recent perfumes you liked?” And suddenly I drew a blank.
I couldn’t come up with a single name! Instead I got turmoil of thoughts: “Have I tried recently anything that is available anywhere in San Francisco’s stores?”, “Will it be something I can pronounce?”, “It should be something that I find to be really good”, “Is there a chance they can remember any of the names/brands they’ve never heard about?” Mercifully the conversation drifted away and the only recommendation I’d got to give that evening was for that friend who put me on the spot that evening: I suggested Diptyque‘s Eau Duelle as a nice and affordable vanilla perfume.
Of course, it was Friday after a busy week and I had a couple of drinks by the time I might have missed the opportunity to lure more unsuspecting victims into the world of niche perfumery. But even later, already at home and completely sober, I still couldn’t think of a good answer.
I decided to check my database and put together some numbers.
Out of the 98 perfumes I tested in the last three months (32 for the first time), three were launched in 2014, 19 were launched in 2013, 17 – in 2012 and the remaining 59 – in earlier years.
With a closer look to the most recent perfumes I tested (2013/14 releases), I realized why I couldn’t think of anything: out of 16 perfumes that I’ve tried by the time of the conversation I mentioned above, I liked only three – PHI by Tauer Perfumes, Barkhane by Teo Cabanel and Sahara Noir by Tom Ford. And only the latter fits my self-imposed criteria. So one out of ninety-eight isn’t that easy to remember, is it?
Would you be able to recommend to a non-perfumista friend a recently released perfume available where you live?
Images: my own