Chiming in 2011 can be best enjoyed with a perfume which will help you save the memories of this once-in-a-lifetime night as well as add sparkle or intrigue to your reveller's attitude.
I am proposing a list of fragrances that illustrate well 5 themes and states of mind that can be seen as symbolic of the last night of the year.
Champagne for Bubbly Fun
The joyfulness of a champagne note can be experienced risk-free by wearing the right perfume. If Caron Royal Bain de Champagne might be out of reach for a last minute spritzing inspiration, you could also turn to Yvresse by Yves Saint Laurent or Etat Libre d'Orange Vraie Blonde or the more recent Sex Pistols, if you're in France. If you're in the US, the suggestively dry and sparkly Jo Malone Grapefruit or the warmer and sweeter Phat Golden Goddess, the latter featuring a champagne-incense accord, can usher in the new year with you. Demeter Champagne Brut aims to make you feel like you dabbed on some champagne on skin, and not just on your ear lobes. If you are in the UK, you can try to get hold of Kylie Minogue Pink Sparkle inspired by a softer champagne rosé....
Prolonging the Spirit of Christmas Until the Magi Arrive on Epiphany Day (January 6th)
You have not tired quite yet of resinous, spicy and deep notes. The atmosphere of Christmas should ideally last as long as possible beyond the Advent and the 24th-25th of December. You can turn to Guerlain Mitsouko, Keiko Mecheri Gourmandises, the rum stolen from a pirate's chest of Idole de Lubin, the bustling souk that is Serge Lutens Arabie, Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir, Korres pepper / Jasmine / Gaiac Wood / Passion Fruit, Caron Nuit de Noël, Caron Parfum Sacré, or Aesop Marrakech, which feels lile an intense version of a spice market basket in which you would have plunged your head. If you can access a Duane Reade, check out their exclusive Demeter Christmas in New York with notes of Egg Nogg, spices, apples, roasting chestnuts. An upscale version of a Xmas spent in NYC is the more elusive Guerlain Paris-New York showcasing children's dreams of a Christmas pudding on the Eve of Christmas.
What's on New Year's Eve Menu?
The innovative Thierry Mugler Womanity with its note of caviar, can be your daring choice to wear at a party for its gustatory relevance but please be warned that it is a perfume with a strong attitude. You can also go for the sensation of eating dainty desserts with Marc Jacobs Biscotti, L'Artisan Parfumeur Traversée du Bosphore, which wafts of a rose lokhoum note. Laura Mercier Marron Glacé, Carol's Daughter Almond Cookie, Jean Paul Gaultier Gaultier2 also hit the right, nearly edible sweet notes. And why not indulge with the new Guerlain Ode à la Vanille with its oh-so-smooth reworked, rich vanilla indulgence.
Reflecting on the Year Past
If you feel in a more meditative mood and would prefer to take stock of experiences from the year past while looking forward to a wisened new year ahead, an incense perfume can help you trigger the right mindset. Guerlain Bois d'Arménie, Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant, Kenzo KenzoAmour Indian Holi, Pacifica Tibetan Mountain Temple are quieter, more withdrawn, if not downright more religious-smelling options. Mentioned above already, Phat Golden Goddess, Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir, Caron Parfum Sacré, Nuit de Noël and Guerlain Ode à la Vanille all contain smoky incense notes. The Carons are especially wonderfully evocative of long wintry nights, with Nuit de Noël managing to miraculously capture precious impressions of the silence of blanketed snow in the countryside and the expectant stillness on the Eve of Christmas.
It's a Fresh, Brand New Year
Another way to bring your own personal note to the atmosphere of revelry on New Year's Eve is to cultivate a sense of new beginnings thanks to perfume. The Different Company De Bachmakov is a pretty much perfect incarnation for me of this idea with its suggestion of vernal flowers shyly appearing from beneath a translucent, powdery white blanket of snow, as if bridging winter with springtime. Jo Malone Vanille and Anise offers an interesting contrast of white vanillic warmth and green, cool-spicy freshness. Estée Lauder Wild Elixir has the advantage of being brand new and carrying a sense of radiant renewal as well while being more accessible both logistically and regarding its price point. Mentioned above, Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant has an evergreen, fresh note to it which feels brisk, energetic and optimistic-looking, almost sporty.