This past Saturday morning, at our first stop, Bergdorf's, it seems like my unconscious mind lead me directly to Caron's Poivre. As I said my post below, I have always had a predilection for the clove scent of true carnation, which this fragrance combines with the spark of pepper, that mellows down over time to something like a soft leather, supported by Caron's legendary dark undercurrent.
I've never had anything from Caron before, and felt I wanted to find something of theirs that I could take away with me that day, in respect to the house and to personally experience over time a beauty from one of the most fabled of the fine French perfume houses, and this was the one that lead me to make a true love at first encounter snap decision to acquire it. It was a very exciting start to the day.
For far more detailed descriptions of this fragrance, please check these links to Basenotes and Bois de Jasmine's wonderful reviews and their readers' informative comments. Another wonderful autumnal type of fragrance that I found immensely attractive was Ambre by Etro, a single note of amber that had a long and smooth true amber voice shading into an almost caramel tone, absent of any sweetness.
I then had the opportunity to try Diamond Water by JAR, which I had been looking forward to (wonderful but not exactly what I thought it would be, not the deep amethyst kind of tone I was expecting - but then that is my eternal holy grail).
This is one of the best aspects of the Sniffapalooza event, the ability to try many different special things with a focus and concentration lent by the purpose of the day, in the company of many knowledgeable perfumistas for interaction and informed comment.
Next, we were onto Henri Bendel's, where there were many new artisanal lines and also classics that I wanted to try. The very new things there did not have any particular galvanizing affect on me, though it was certainly very interesting to try them. I loved the contact with Aftelier's Shiso again. The standouts that I discovered for myself there were Yuzu Rouge by 06130, pretty much definitively encapsulating the essence of floral happiness, as one of the group said, and Molinard's Nirmala which on me was almost immediately a vanilla floral with sandalwood that was delicious.
The whole experience of going with so many people from place to place and trying so many things on, and then also finding out how the same perfumes were on other people really emphasized how absolutely different the experience of each perfume is for each person, how the skin reacts so incredibly individually to each perfume.
The Perfume Critic blogger Marlen gave a talk at lunch on the internet's galvanizing effect on the world of perfume, and its role connecting the aficionados who are now communicating with each other directly about their enthusiasms. He gave exciting news about his plan to bring together writers to contribute articles and stories about perfume from the many different cultures and perspectives around the world, starting this February. A terrific idea whose time has come.
It was great to meet the writer Ina of Aromascope whose work I have admired so much (see my link list if you don't know her already). There was much more, Takashimaya had a beautifully simple presentation of Yosh perfumes, among which the White Flowers fragrance was truly memorable, fresh and uplifting, extremely feminine.
Truly I am amazed at the stamina and energy of the more than one hundred people participating in this event, many coming from thousands of miles away, because I for one started to find it difficult to keep up with them after about three hours.
I will be posting much more on it all again soon. Warmest thanks and gratitude to the two amazing Karens of Sniffapalooza who brought us all together and organized the event schedule with such insightful thoughtfulness and care. It was so much fun.
Above photo a Sniffa an example of an attendee's haul, supervised by her concerned cat...