Perfume Chat Room, February 19

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, February 19, and it seems as if half of the US is under ice, snow, or both. I feel very lucky that my state has missed most of the bad winter weather — we’ve just had a lot of rain, and it has been drearily cold and gray most of the past week, but that’s it. Daffodils are starting to poke up and show buds; a few are actually in bloom. They are one of my top three favorite flowers, the others being roses and lily of the valley (although hellebores are very popular here too!). I have a few brave snowdrops in bloom in areas where I hope they may spread.

I have a small travel size of Jo Malone’s White Moss & Snowdrop, which was launched as a Christmas special edition in 2018. I haven’t tried it yet as I bought it in a set of those Christmas editions, but I remember trying it in the store when it came out, and thinking it didn’t particularly evoke snowdrops to my nose. But those don’t have much of a scent anyway, so it’s all fantasy! Have you tried any of those JM special Christmas editions? Do you keep using any after winter? What fragrances do you reach for in this transition period between winter and spring?

12 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, February 19

  1. We are in the midst of winter- fresh snow again this morning. It’s unusual as none has melted all week so it’s quite beautiful. Today is a Favorite Friday and I’m wearing 4160 Tuesdays Eau My Soul. Quite cozy.

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  2. I’ve been wearing F. Malle’s Eau de Hiver recently as it reminds me of snowy weather. I just got a decant of Van Cleef & Arpels’ Bois d’Ore’ and it seems like a cold weather scent also. My favorite wintry scent is Enchanted Forest by Vagabond Prince. It’s beautiful with lots of cedar, fir and tart black currant. My favorite cozy winter scents are DSH Vanilla Bourbon, and Guerlain’s Angelique Noire. Also, Lutens’ Ambre Sultan and Chergui, cozy around the fireplace scents to my mind.

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  3. I tried White Moss & Snowdrop when it was released first, and I even liked it – but not enough to buy a 100 ml bottle, and, unless I’m mistaken, they’ve never came out with their regular 30 ml bottle.
    Another holiday edition that I liked, they brought back at some point, so I got my 30 ml bottle of Orange Bitters, and it’s one of my most favorite JM colognes in the recent years (from the new additions, only Mimosa & Cardamom holds a higher position in my list).

    I saw someone’s post on IG with Tom Ford’s Fleur de Chine – and that’s what I’m wearing today. I love it but think, it’s a little too cold for it now, but since I stayed at home the whole day, it was fine.

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  4. Heya OH,
    I love Snowdrops. they were the first to bloom in late winter each year in our garden at the old house. Harbinger of spring.
    We are in the grip of summer and have just had our first flights to a vacation destination in a year. We popped up to see my favourite Aunt (Tracey). 4 blissful days of romping around with her and some mates and eating fabulous food in Tropical Far North Queensland. Heaven.
    Portia xx

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      • Yes, we have been very lucky. Our government was strict as they could nee without mutiny from Day 1. It really helps being an island at the ass end of the world.
        Being on the planes to and from was exciting and terrifying. We are legally required to mask up from entering the airport to leaving at the other end, and on all public transport. It’s not 100% comfortable, but neither is dying on a ventilator without family or friends. We’ll happily take a minor irritation and live to fight another day.
        We were the first crew of visitors for the Cairns group of our friends in over a year. They were so excited to see us. The businesses were incredibly grateful for our patronage and the whole adventure fulfilled our need to travel and staved off cabin fever.
        Fingers crossed the vaccine helps the world return to a semblance of normality.
        Portia xx

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