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New Year’s resolutions are often focused on health or work—things that improve our quality of living in a substantial way. We recommend taking a break from that serious stuff and making a couple of beauty resolutions instead.
The Whale & The Rose team has decided to share our New Year’s resolutions, and of course they’re all perfume-related. Of course we want to know what your perfume resolution is: Make sure to let us know on Twitter or in the comments below!
New Year’s resolutions are meant to be broken, so I’m nixing the “resolution” word and replacing it with a more practical word: “plan”.
My plan is to craft some great new features for The Whale & The Rose for the coming year. I know that sounds slightly self-promotional, so forgive me, but when you make a plan and set some goals, great things happen.
So, I’m planning to put together a great guide on what to do when you love perfume and are sensitive to wearing it. A whole series of fragrance-minded videos is also on the drawing board, and we’re launching a digital magazine. There are no shortage of ideas, so I’m resolving to narrow it down to an A-list of great ones that can be born in 2016. A list with these three big ideas at the very top.
I spent the last year trying to smell as many perfumes as possible. I’ve been digging into the interesting notes, the iconic perfume houses, the up-and-coming niche brands. This year I want to focus. I’m hoping to find a couple of scents that I adore and can wear regularly. While I wouldn’t say I’m on the hunt for a signature scent (the thought of choosing just one seems stressful), a list of five go-to scents would be ideal. When someone asks “what perfume do you wear?” I’d like to respond with something definitive. Something I love.
My friends that travel a lot always seem to smell a bit more unique than those who buy their scents closer to home. “I found this in a small shop in Tokyo,” they’ll say, or “We brought this perfume back from Tahiti.” My goal for 2016 is to find more fragrances unique to the locale I’m visiting on holiday or with work assignments, so I can attach the jasmine or apple blossom or vanilla bean or sea air scents to a particular travel memory. That’s better than a journal any day.
When it comes to perfume, I’m an equal opportunist so it’s pretty rare for me to dislike a scent. There are ingredients I gravitate towards though, like musk, cashmere wood, neroli, lilac and violet leaf. I want to create a list of these perfume notes and then cross reference them into groups so I can better understand my fragrance preferences. Basically, I want to play “nose” minus the lab coat, goggles and periodic table. Although if I had them…
One of my fragrance resolutions is to track down vintage scents with oakmoss or Chypre scents. It has always been one of my most favourite perfumery notes, now banned and replaced with other notes or aromachemicals. This was a magical classification and spawned some absolute beauties with that warm, woody, green heart. I’m a woman on a mission now, I never want to be without the real thing.