Perfume Chat Room, January 1

Happy New Year, and welcome to the weekly Perfume Chat Room, perfumistas! I envision this chat room as a weekly drop-in spot online, where readers may ask questions, suggest fragrances, tell others their SOTD, comment on new releases or old favorites, and respond to each other. The perennial theme is fragrance, but we can interpret that broadly. This is meant to be a kind space, so please try not to give or take offense, and let’s all agree to disagree when opinions differ. In fragrance as in life, your mileage may vary! YMMV.

Today is Friday, January 1, New Year’s Day, and 2020 is finally over! I don’t want to get my hopes up too high, but I am cautiously optimistic about 2021. Above all, I am so very thankful for the healthcare workers who continue to care for the ill as the pandemic continues, and all the scientific, medical, technical, and support staff who are part of that or who have created the lifesaving vaccines we now have.

So my question today is, do you have a favorite fragrance (or fragrances) that you got in 2020? It doesn’t have to be a new launch, or on anyone’s list of “best of 2020”, just one that was new to you in 2020 that you like. Or if you prefer, what fragrances are you looking forward to in 2021? I’m very eager to try Snowy Owl, which Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has created for Zoologist. Some reviewers have sampled it already and it sounds lovely, with many notes I already enjoy. I think its official launch is this February.

What about you? And did you do anything special for New Year’s Eve?

8 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, January 1

  1. I was on a no-buy for 2020 but received a couple of gifts – Chanel Paris-Riviera and Ormonde Woman were the highlights. For 2021 I’m going to wear a different perfume every day – to get to 365 I can wear each full bottle, mini, and rollerball and then dip into some samples as well. Hopefully will use up some samples as well as reacquainting myself with my full collection. I don’t expect to try a lot of new perfumes as I will continue with a “very low buy” for perfume. I would love to sniff Snowy Owl – today I’m wearing DSH Dark Moon. Happy New Year!

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  2. Happy New Year! Like you, I’m cautiously optimistic.
    After flirting with the idea of Ormonde Jayne Montabaco for quite a while, I finally bought a full bottle of the Intensivo thanks to a sale code you posted over the Black Friday weekend and am really glad I did! I wore it today and realized I wouldn’t mind having it be the scent that stays on my scarf, coats, etc. They have a new flanker, Montabaco Verano, and I am curious to smell it if I get the chance, but doubt that it would be better than the original.

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  3. Happy New Year! I’ll join you in your cautious optimism for 2021.

    I will be writing about all my 2020 favorite finds in my year round-up statistics post in a couple of days (not that I’m “saving” this information, I just haven’t started with my calculations yet), but I want to mention one: Disita Splenderis. I bought it late in December but haven’t received it yet.

    On NY Eve we did a small celebration with 4 other people in our “extended bubble.” But I think that this year I enjoyed January 1st even better. It was so relaxing and pleasant… I’ll call it a good start.

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  4. I am also cautiously optimistic about 2021. Things haven’t started very auspiciously with the availability of the vaccine, but at least the health care workers have been vaccinated.
    My favorite purchases this year have been Christian Provenzano’s Iris de Orient (which I’m still waiting for) and also Profumi di Firenzi’s Il Sale e Dune, a lovely fragrance that’s advertised as a marine type fragrance, but it really doesn’t smell oceanic at all to me, just a bit salty and lots of hay, grasses and fresh herbs. It’s really lovely.

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  5. If I remember correctly, I got Dior Grand Bal in February 2020. After that, no big purchases, only a small rollerball with a somewhat syntetic smelling iris/vanilla combo.

    We lost a relative in Austria to ALS before Christmas, and that obviously made us reflect on life on New Year’s Eve. Now there’s all the trouble with at least one person from my closest family going to Austria for a memorial service later in January. Also, the quick clay landslide in Gjerdrum municipality on December 30 was a big shock to the whole country, with 10 people killed (until today they hoped to find more survivors), and some injured. Add to that new and stricter rules for social life and general mobility in all of Norway due to Covid19, and it is fair to say 2021 has not started well.

    Like rickyrebarco and others, I am cautiously optimistic about 2021. I have been able to avoid the virus so far, so am hopeful I stay clear of it until the vaccine is available to the general public. However, on my firstt day back to work (working from home obviously), two of my co-workers told me they had the Covid19-infection during the last 2-3 weeks, none of them being particularly sloppy with following given guidelines.

    I planned to treat myself to a perfume bottle before Christmas, but life was too busy to go through with a blind buy. For Christmas I received a StC gift voucher, so if the mail service goes back to normal, there will be plenty of sniffing new-to-me perfume samples in spring. I really hope to try some of Zoologist’s new releases and hopefully buy a few travel sprays, too.

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    • I’m sorry to hear of the death in your family. I hope the family member who travels to Austria stays safe and well! I’m going to try to focus on samples for a while. I have many nice ones, and I’ve bought too many bottles. I’m happy to have them all, but I should use up more of what I have.
      Here in the US, the chaos came to a head in DC yesterday but we are staying hopeful for 2021. I hope your year improves soon too.


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