Friday, January 2, 2009
Best & Worst of 2008
Initially I didn’t want to create a best & worst list. Who am I to do this? But then I noticed that just about all the other blogs did it….so…. here’s my take. (yeah, I know, if everyone jumped off a cliff…)
Disclaimer: I have not smelled every single new perfume launched in 2008. Also, there are many new launches that I have smelled that are not on these lists because they are neither the best nor the worst.
Lists are in alphabetical order
Best of 2008:
Bond No. 9 Lexington Avenue: A very nice scent. It’s interesting & unique yet easily worn.
Calvin Klein Secret Obsession: This is good stuff. Remember, it’s CK, it’s not going to contain black truffles or rain water blessed by monks, but it smells quite good.
Chanel Beige: At first I was indifferent; I expected something a bit more interesting or edgy. But Beige is simply lovely – it’s a beautiful freesia/honey scent that seems classic and timeless. Well done.
Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere: I love this even more than the original No. 5. The only reason I don’t own it is because the original has better longevity. Eau Premiere is somewhat fleeting
Comme des Garcons + Stephen Jones: Nice dirty violet.
Creed Love in Black: Nice dirty violet. Rather edgy for Creed.
Ralph Lauren Notorious: Similar to CK Secret Obsession above, this is Ralph Lauren, there won’t be any meteorites or bark from a giant Redwood found growing in the Sahara desert in this juice, but nevertheless it smells quite good.
Worst of 2008:
Frederic Malle Dans Tes Bras: OK, I understand artistic license, but this smells like salt and mushrooms.
Estee Lauder Amber Ylang Ylang: this is EL’s Private Collection; it should smell like a high quality perfume. If it were solely unexciting that would be fine. But EL AYY smells like something from Bath & Body Works.
Lalique Amethyst: Insipid berry blah-ness that smells cheap.
Serge Lutens Serge Noire: Smells nasty.
Tocca Brigitte: Blah fruity mess. Smells like ginger for 5 minutes. The worst from Tocca.
Tom Ford White Patchouli: What patchouli? Where are the white florals? This smells like an astringent.