Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s a Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! This month the crew are looking at Jewels in the Crown. The five fragrances in my collection I hope to never be without. OOOH! Sam came up with this doozy of a monthly puzzler and I’ve been flummoxed, trying to whittle the number down. Especially because I’d like to keep it interesting for you all and not just the same favourite stuff all the time.
Can’t wait to read about your favourite Jewels in the Crown in the comments too.
Mood Scent 4: Jewels in the Crown
Instead of going for my all time favourites this month I thought we could look at some fragrances that I adore but don’t wear all that often. They are beautiful or interesting enough that I want to have them around for themselves, rather than for my everyday wearing pleasure. Having them gives me a thrill and sometimes I’ll just grab them and sniff the cap, bliss. Other times I’ll douse myself in them and go off to bed and let their magic take me on a ride into sleep.
Caravelle Epicee by Frapin
Spice trader vessel. From the romantic daydreams of travelling the world and discovering new lands, spices, people and beliefs. The wanderlust I have always felt. It seems Caravelle Epicee has captured it all in one magical elixir. A spicy melange backed by tobacco, woods and amber. Only the very fleeting top notes have any sea or water references. It’s more a nod than a thing.
Infini vintage PdT by Caron
How is Infini not one of the most sought after and talked about fragrances? It astounds me that bottles of vintage PdT are still available on ebay and through sale docs on FB for practically nothing. An aldehydic floral with narcissus front and centre and backed by a terrific, long lasting, chypre style dry down. Possibly the pinnacle of 1960/70s style yet wears amazingly even now. It smells halfway between Mitsouko and Silences.
Rubj EdP by Vero Profumo
I have a confession. Rubj EdP is too precious for me to wear. Even when I first bought it but 100% more now that Vero has gone on to the next grand adventure. I’d be lucky to have worn this as fully fragrant, leave the house smelling killer less than 10 times. What happens is, I open the box, take the lid off and smell the nozzle. A few times then spritz one shot to my chest and go have a nap. Falling asleep with this outrageously OTT big white floral is like going on a tropical destination wedding. I’m filled with stories, visions, inspiration and amazing dreams.
Champs-Élysées by Guerlain
Every year this fragile beauty is still in production I’m amazed. Its cool, non aquatic yet aqueous beauty is delicate yet fully fragrant. Violets and lilac backed by a floral chorus underpinned by soft focus vanilla woods. It’s impossible to over apply and wearing enormous amounts is utterly joyful and encapsulating. I have all three strengths; EdT, EdP and extrait, but the one I reach for most often is the EdP. No real reason other than it’s the one that smells most pure and bright to me.
Un Bois Vanille by Serge Lutens
OK, I have an admission to make here. I’m hoarding every precious drop of this old version of Un Bois Vanille. I know I could get a new bottle for next to nothing and I did grab a back up 50ml export bottle when the change over occurred BUT this smells utterly perfect to me. Exactly the right blend of sweetly tropical and dark richness. Nothing comes close to its luscious, slightly over ripe harmony. I think the coconut and beeswax play such a lovely game against the liquorice vanilla and other bit players.
Please share a few of your Jewels in the Crown?