I miss those times when we used to have group posts with several bloggers. From time to time we still try to do it, and there is a great group that does Mood Scent 4 series (Portia at A Bottled Rose, Esperanza at L’Esperessence, Megan at Megan In Sainte Maxime and Samantha at I Scent You A Day). So, when Vanessa (Bonkers about Perfume) first and then Tara (A Bottled Rose) posted their Top 20 and Top 15 perfumes correspondingly, I jumped at the chance to use this topic for the Saturday Question.
Saturday Question #34:
What Are Your Top N Perfumes?
We’re using a variation on the “burning building speed grab method”: don’t try to choose perfumes that would cover all possible basis or fit logical categories of “perfumes for work,” “summer wear” or “irreplaceable,” but rather an emotional selection of perfumes that you’d like to “save” from that proverbial burning building, even if all N of them are just a slight variation on the “little black dress” theme.
Name your top 5-10-15, etc., whatever feels right. I suggest to limit the selection by 20 bottles – not because I think we all could live just with that number, but just because otherwise others would probably just skim through your list – and all that after you would risk your other valuable possessions to save those N bottles!
I played this game many times before, but it looks like I’m more or less set in my loves: I selected a list of 30 perfumes I like the most, then sorted it by their importance to me at the moment and chose the top 20 perfumes:
- Lancome Climat
- Ormonde Jayne Ta’if
- Amouage Ubar
- Chanel No 19 EdT
- By Kilian Amber Oud
- Krigler Lieber Gustav
- Jo Malone French Lime Blossom
- Dior Miss Dior parfum
- Guerlain Chamade extrait
- Armani Prive Le Femme Bleue
- Puredistance Antonia
- Les Parfums de Rosine Rose d’Amour
- Tom Ford Fleur de Chine
- Jo Malone Sweet Milk
- Yosh Ginger Ciao
- Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady
- Amouage Dia
- Guerlain Cruel Gardénia
- Serge Lutens De Profundis
- Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom
When I compared this list to the list I did 3.5 years ago, interestingly enough, also prompted by Vanessa’s post, I discovered that today’s list contains 16 out of the 20 perfumes that I’d chosen then. The other four are not new, they just moved slightly up and replaced four perfumes that I still like, so, they are still in the top 30, which also includes several new perfumes that joined my collection since I created the previous list. And while I liked them enough not only to buy but to consider for this important exercise, they haven’t replaced any of my old favorites.
I won’t be linking perfumes in the list to posts I previously published about them, but just in case anyone is interested, they are all linked on My Perfume Portrait page (which reminds me that I need to update it with my new loves I accumulated in two years since the last update).
How about you? How fleeting are your perfume loves?