Superstition has it that whatever you do on New Year's Day sets the tone for the year to come. It follows, then, that the perfume you wear tonight, New Year's Eve, will officially be the first perfume of the year as long as it persists through midnight. Now that's some pressure. Choose something too obvious — say, Beckham Signature for Her — and you might have a year without mystery. Choose something too complex and engulfing — for instance Frédéric Malle Une Fleur de Cassie — and you risk being misunderstood or even alienating for the entire year. Have you thought about which perfume you'll reach for tonight?
Before selecting a fragrance that just might set the year's agenda, maybe we should step back and look at some common goals for the year to come.
If your top goal for 2009 is to lose weight and get in shape, perhaps wearing a big, gourmand fragrance is not a good idea. Smelling of rich vanilla and almonds first thing the new year might lead to twelve months of taunting by delicious aromas. On the other hand, a sexy, taut vetiver like Chanel Sycomore might be just the ticket for getting you back to your fighting weight. Other fragrances I think of as lean and fresh but still festive enough for New Year's Eve are Yves Saint Laurent Y, Tauer Perfumes Vetiver Dance, and Donna Karan Gold.
With the economy tanking, your goal for 2009 might be, as one friend said, "to survive". If that's the case, smelling like money is your best bet for tonight. Hermès 24 Faubourg smells like fancy ladies with gumball-sized diamond rings. Along those lines, lots of jewelry houses have perfumes: Cartier Baiser du Dragon, Boucheron, Bvlgari Jasmin Noir, or Van Cleef & Arpels First are a few examples that might attract money this year if you aren't able to get your fill of black eyed peas on New Year's Day. Or, you might choose to wear a dizzyingly expensive scent, like a Clive Christian, an Indult, or an Amouage, where you are basically wearing hard cash on your skin every time you spray it on.
Of course, many of you have your sights set on romance this year. Wouldn't it be nice to avoid the hassle of internet dating sites just by choosing the right fragrance tonight? I'm enthusiastic about Amouage Jubilation 25 these days, but wearing it tonight might lead to dodging potential partners at every turn over the next year, and that could get tiresome. Maybe a lush rose scent like Yves Saint Laurent Paris or Guerlain Nahéma would draw true love. Guerlain Shalimar or Calvin Klein Secret Obsession might draw another kind of attention, but that's all right, too.
Beyond the obvious desires for health, money, and love, most people have more complex wishes for the coming year. One of my friends wants to be less serious and more playful — but not stupid — this year. She might like Comme des Garçons Stephen Jones tonight. Another friend is convinced that she needs to be more thoughtful in the coming year (she's already plenty thoughtful, by the way). Maybe a soft, friendly scent like Caron Fleurs de Narcisse or even Prince Matchabelli Windsong would be good.
As for me, I'm thinking about wearing Guerlain Vega tonight. Vega is luxuriant, old school, complex, and womanly, and a really lovely person gave me my decant, making it that much more wonderful. Of course, I might change course and go for an old favorite like L'Artisan Dzing! or Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman for a comforting new year. I'm not sure.
What will you be wearing tonight? What does it mean to you?
Note: image via Images de Parfums.