It’s that time again. That’s right, we’re at the end of a quarter (specifically quarter three of 2015), which means that it’s time for another instalment of The Candy Perfume Boy’s Hitlist. First things first though, an apology. Over the last month or so I have been more than a bit sporadic with updating this blog and posts have been scarce. Unfortunately, writing about perfume is a passion of mine that sometimes has to take a back seat when work and everyday life gets in the way. Right now, I’ve been going through some stressful home things (nothing bad, in fact it’s good, but still stressful), so please accept my apology for my lackadaisical approach to The Candy Perfume Boy.
Anyway, that’s enough of the apologies. Let’s jump into the hit list for quarter three, with a quick recap what this is all about for those unfamiliar with ‘how we do’. In these posts I take a look back at the fragrances, launches, blogs, books, brands or perfumers that have been taking my fancy over the last quarter. There are no rules. Well, there are three rules with this series; 1) the subjects must be linked to fragrance somehow (a rule that I’m allowed to bend); and 2) the hitlist is to be published towards the end of each quarter; and 3) the list must include my favourite things, as if I were a fragrant sort-of Oprah, which I like to think I am, but for the record, am not.
I have a new obsession and it comes in the subversive and unsuspecting guise of Azzedine Alaïa’s debut scent ‘ALAÏA Paris‘. Reportedly, the designer told perfumer Marie Salamagne that he wanted to recreate the memory of “cold water falling on hot chalk” and thats exactly what she created. This is such an unusual and beguiling fragrance, and each wear reveals something new and intriguing. OK, it’s not challenging or weird, but it’s not what one would expect from a designer fragrance either. It’s also pretty hard to define, sitting somewhere between sweet florals and cold minerals. Don’t take my word for it though, seek it out and sniff it for yourself.
ALAÏA Paris is available from £42 for 30ml Eau de Parfum.
Can you believe that Alien, Thierry Mugler’s intergalactic jasmine – the loud, proud and eminently extra terrestrial perfume birthed from a solar flare, is ten years old? Me either. What’s troubling for me in particular, is the fact that I’ve been wearing it for ten whole years and seeing as it was one of the very first fragrances I fell for, and not to mention the fact that it was the scent I was wearing when I first met my husband, this anniversary has me feeling reflective, and more than a little bit old (but mostly reflective in a good way). Stay tuned for a full respective of our dear ET later this week.
Alien Eau de Parfum is available from £49.50 for 30ml.
I’ve said a number of times before that Maison Francis Kurkdjian is easily one of my favourite brands, and I very much stand by this statement. Francis Kurkdjian has an innate ability to take familiar and relatable themes and present them in new guises using the highest quality materials. In short, his fragrances are beautiful, the packaging is simple and exquisite, and out of all of the perfume lines in the world, MFK is just one of three where I would happily own each and every fragrance in the collection (the others being Thierry Mugler (obv.) and Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle).
This weekend I received MKF’s Fragrance Wardrobe for Him, a gift set of 8 x 11ml fragrances from the male-arm of the collection, including; Aqua Universalis, Aqua Vitae, Aqua Vitae Forte, APOM Homme, Lumiere Noire Homme, Amyris Homme, masculin Pluriel and OUD Satin Mood. That’s quite the selection folks, and even though we’re a little way off Christmas, this beautifully presented box of treats (that I have thoroughly enjoyed working my way through) strikes me as something that would make a perfect gift for any significant gent in your life. Personally, I think my father could benefit from one to up his scent game considerably…
The Maison Francis Kurkdjian Fragrance Wardrobe for Him is available for £130. A feminine version is also available.
Speaking of games that are on the up, one thing that absolutely has to be celebrated on this instalment of the hit list is the serious increase of beautiful bottles being launched by designer brands. 2015 has seen the likes of Miu Miu, with its baby blue throwback bottle that is so ’70s that it hurts, as well as adidas ORIGINALS x Jeremy Scott, which is shaped like a gosh darn shoe for Pete’s sake. Not to mention the handbag bottle of Marc Jacobs’ Decadence, which sits somewhere smack bang between the sublime and the ridiculous (the jury’s out as to which at the moment). What we can expect next year, I’m not sure but let’s just hope that the mainstream continues to innovate because the results can be quite beautiful, if not a little bit ridiculous (n.b. I am always here for the ridiculous).
Finally, another trend that appears to be continuing within the fragrance world is modern fragrances with a retro twist. These fragrances take familiar themes from the old school and give them a modern twist, dragging them back from the past and presenting something utterly refreshing in this plentiful world of fruity florals and ouds (so many darn ouds). For this month’s edition of The Perfume Society’s Scented Letter, I’ve written a piece on this trend (entitled The Modern Vintage) detailing some of my favourite new fragrances that are just so eaux so retro. Click here to subscribe and read my piece.
Images are my own. MFK Fragrance Wardrobe sample via Maison Francis Kurkdjian.