Best of the Best 2009.

It was a nice surprise to be included in the group of bloggers who are participating in a joint blog project envisioned by Elena from Perfume Shrine – Best of the Best 2009. πŸ™‚

I find it appropriate to end the year (and a decade) on a positive note since it seems to me we are all missing some positivism in our lives, especially at the end of this decade.

Underneath you will find links to other participating blogs to check what are their thoughts on what was best this year.

Hm, I don’t know where to start from. πŸ™‚

*2009 niche perfume releases I bought or plan on buying

Serge Lutens: Fille en Aiguilles
L’Artisan Parfumeur: Al Oudh
Parfum d’Empire: Wazamba

*Mainstream releases I liked enough to own
Lolita Lempicka: Si Lolita
Givenchy Harvest collection 2008: Organza Fleur d’Oranger

*Releases I didn’t try but consider mention-worthy

Cartier “Les Heures de Parfum” collection
Van Cleef & Arpels “Collection Extraordinaire”

*Perfumes that knocked me off my feet

Donna Karan : Labdanum
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz: much of her work is incredible, but to limit myself to one, it would be Sandalo Inspiritu
Parfums DelRae: Amoureuse
Juliet Stewart: Juliet
Ava Luxe: Madame X
Amouage: Lyric for Woman

*Discovery of perfumers whose work speaks of their incredible talent and individuality

*Best vintage discovery

Balmain: Vent Vert – I still have no words to describe it

*The notes I fell in love this year

Labdanum, orange blossom and sandalwood

*House whose work I appreciate but cannot wear

*Author discovery

James Rollins and his Sigma series

*Authors re-discovered by each book of theirs I read

*The movie of the year

Ok, I haven’t watched Avatar yet so this might actually turn into movies, but I did watch Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed it immensely. πŸ™‚

*And in the end, the realization of the year

This is my first year as a blogger (still not a full year) and I would never have guessed how much joy and friendship this would bring. This is not a hobby, it is a way of life which promotes knowledge, positive thinking, intelligent conversation and the thing I appreciate most of all – friendship and camaraderie across the borders and around the world.

Other wonderful bloggers participating, so please check them out as well:

Picture by: Perfume Shrine


12 thoughts on “Best of the Best 2009.

  1. Suzannne December 30, 2009 at 22:19 Reply

    Ines,I could easily share a perfume cupboard with you — I love your list!! I love your blog, too, which I will be adding to my blogroll the next time I publish. Best wishes to you in 2010!


  2. Abigail December 30, 2009 at 23:13 Reply

    Hello there!I fully agree with you – the Givenchy Harvest Collections (in general – every year) are exceptional! It's not just hype – this stuff is so good. I just purchased a bottle of 2006 Amarige off ebay from someone in the UK and it is beautious!! It's softer and more elegant than even the 2007 Harvest which I previously thought was my favorite.Happy New Year to you!All best wishes for health, happiness, success and fun in 2010.xx A


  3. Scent Hive December 30, 2009 at 23:13 Reply

    Love your realization of the year, I feel the same way.So glad to have been introduced to your blog via the lovely Helg.Best to you in the new year,Trish


  4. Ines December 31, 2009 at 17:18 Reply

    Thank you Suzanne! I discovered your blog through Elena, and I love the way you write (and I can identify with the most of things you write). I wish you all the best in the year to come. πŸ™‚


  5. Ines December 31, 2009 at 17:23 Reply

    Abigail, now I'm ashamed, I wasn't even aware they had previous collections. Oops. πŸ™‚ But given what I tried this year, I can imagine there are hidden treasures in the previous releases. Thanks for pointing me in that direction.Hope the new year brings you all you need and want and more perfume discoveries to share with us! πŸ™‚


  6. Ines December 31, 2009 at 17:27 Reply

    Trish, thank you for stopping by and I really need to thank Helg for giving me the opportunity to participate and discover some great new blogs! All the best to you as well! πŸ™‚


  7. The Left Coast Nose January 1, 2010 at 16:22 Reply

    I was away for a few days– Congratulations!! You are wonderfully deserving, and what a wonderful way to start the New Year!!


  8. Ajent Orange January 2, 2010 at 02:07 Reply

    Great list. I love Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH but I haven't tried the one that you've mentioned. I'll have to give it a try.


  9. Ines January 2, 2010 at 13:20 Reply

    Thank you Rita! πŸ™‚ I hope wherever you were, you had a great time.All the best to you in 2010!


  10. Ines January 2, 2010 at 13:22 Reply

    Ajent Orange (what an interesting name!), thank you for stopping by.I am only at the beginning of discovering DSH line (it is quite extensive) and I can only say, try anything of DSH's you can get your hands on. πŸ™‚


  11. Perfumeshrine January 5, 2010 at 16:38 Reply

    Had lots of fun perusing everyone's list and it's a year you've been blogging, wow, that's cause for celebration!happy new year too!! πŸ™‚


  12. Ines January 7, 2010 at 10:01 Reply

    Thank you E! This was a great project and I enjoyed participating very much. Yes, it's almost a year I'm blogging – I can't believe how the time flies. πŸ™‚


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