The “new” year is almost here and as usual, I’m worrying. What didn’t I accomplish in 2009? What’s the outlook for 2010 — will I be healthy, will I travel, and who or what will disappear, what will change for better or worse, by the time 2011 arrives? As you can tell, I’m not a champagne cork-popping, dancing, party boy on New Year’s Eve. I spend December 31 at home, listening to music, reading through some favorite novels and poems, looking at photography and art books, staring at the flames in the fireplace. I do rouse myself from contemplation long enough to eat and drink something delicious — that’s the extent of my “New Year’s celebrations.”
January 1? More of the same!
When it comes to choosing a perfume to wear on these two meditative days, I do not go for sparkle — flowers and citrus; I choose a “bittersweet” perfume, one with some heft and resonance, one that contains the comforting scents of winter: wood, fire and smoke. This year, I’m wearing Tom Ford Private Blend Italian Cypress.
Italian Cypress contains bergamot, mandarin, spearmint and galbanum, basil, clove buds, labdanum, cypress, moss (and surely some musk). Italian Cypress begins with dark mandarin and a hint of bitter mint and galbanum; the clove I detect seems ‘dry’ and mingles with a labdanum and old-fashioned moss accord. The heart of Italian Cypress is, you guessed it, wood: rich, semi-charred, smoky and almost eternal (this fragrance lasts on my skin an entire day). Italian Cypress wears down to a dark wood aroma tinged with musk. There is a vintage vibe to Italian Cypress, but the fragrance “feels” older than the 1970s era mentioned in Tom Ford ad copy. Italian Cypress smells “antique” in the best possible way (it’s not sleek, slick, or filled with artificial smelling notes); it’s serious without being ponderous, it’s “elemental” without being dull.
Now, just because I brood on December 31 and January 1, I don’t expect others to follow my lead. No matter how you spend your New Year’s holiday, or which perfume you’ll be wearing, I (index finger on chin, frown lines active, eyes squinting) wish you a great 2010.
For buying information, see the listing for Tom Ford under Perfume Houses.
Note: top right image is Landscape by Amedeo Modigliani, via Wikimedia Commons.