At midnight tonight, many of us will toast the New Year with a glass of Champagne. Fizzy wine goes so well with New Year's Eve's party dresses, flashy jewelry, and dance music. Well, so does fizzy perfume.
Here are some of my picks for Champagne-like fragrances:
Yves Saint Laurent Yvresse: There’s a reason Yvresse was named Champagne before the Champagne lobby sued Yves Saint Laurent to change it. This pale, fruity chypre smells like a spill of off-dry Champagne the morning after the party. For me, wine can recall perfume, and the combination of moss and dry peach or apricot often reminds me of white wine. (Rose, violet, and sandalwood, on the other hand, remind me of Cabernet Franc. Leather chypres smell like good Temperanillo. Gosh, I’m getting thirsty.) Yvresse was well named.
Molyneux Quartz: For a drier Champagne-like smell from a fruity chypre, try Quartz. It smells like kissing someone who has been eating alfalfa sprouts and apricots. The earthy, metallic scent of the inside of a mouth is like both chypre and wine, including Champagne. At least, I think so. Quartz blends the stainless steel and river rock taste of saliva with fuzzy, earthy fruit for a fragrance that rivals Veuve Clicquot's.
Chanel No. 5 Eau de Toilette: No. 5’s dry down has always smelled a little to me like the combination of skin and over-the-hill Pinot Gris. But No. 5’s initial burst of tickly aldehydes mimics the sneezy hit of a first sip of Champagne, when tingle overtakes flavor. For a full-bodied pink Champagne, you could try Chanel No. 5 Eau Première.
Le Labo Aldehyde 44: Most people think of aldehydes as a sensation of sharp fizziness, but aldehydes — and there are lots of different types — often smell warm and fruity as well as tingly, just like sparkling wine. Aldehyde 44 is a radiant cloud with an earthy edge that, like Champagne, transcends gender.
Parfum d’Empire Osmanthus Interdite: Osmanthus Interdite smells like complex Alsatian wine, but its mood is as light and celebratory as Champagne to me. However, Osmanthus Interdite has more body than Champagne. That suits me just fine. Delicate blondes can run with the lighter-than-air fragrances. I’d rather wear silk with a weighty hand than chiffon, anyway. To be perfectly frank, with a hundred dollars to spare I’d choose a good Pinot Noir over Champagne. (Then again, I’d probably buy perfume — or a few books, a vintage cashmere sweater, and a nice treat for my dog — before either of those.)
Tonight I’ll be sharing dinner with a small group of friends. No raucous parties for me. I might drain the rest of my Osmanthus Interdite sample to wear, but carry a handkerchief with a dab of Vero Profumo Onda as a reminder of the crazy but passionate mix the coming year hopefully holds.
What perfumes remind you of Champagne? What perfume will you wear New Year’s Eve?