First, in the Boston Herald, columnist Jill Radsken offers her top choices from the latest fragrance releases for spring 2006. Among other things, for men, she likes Daytona 500; for women, Mat; Yellow.
The Cincinnati Enquirer notes the obvious: "There seems to be an emphasis this year on fruity floral perfumes, many of which are lighter or brighter versions of classic scents". Their choices include Terre d'Hermes and the harvest fragrances from Givenchy.
As I keep lamenting, this year's releases seem to me to be particularly lackluster. The few bright spots, to my nose: Le Labo, especially the Bergamote 22 and Patchouli 24, Annick Goutal Songes and Terre d'Hermes. I gave the new Vetiver Sport from Guerlain a quick sniff this week and liked it, but haven't had time to compare it to the regular version to see if I need both.
So, my credit card (which saw quite a bit of action in spring 2005) has remained safely inside my wallet, and it looks like there it will remain. I did purchase (unsniffed! the horror!) a split of The Different Company's Sel de Vetiver, and I hope it will not disappoint when it arrives. I will probably order the new Memory of Kindness from CB I Hate Perfume at some point. Other than that, there are not very many upcoming fragrance releases that have me hanging on the edge of my seat. The L'Artisan Fou d'Absinthe is one of the few I am still holding out hope for.
Your recent favorites?