Wednesday, December 21, 2011

O Tannenbaum! A joint blogging event

I adore participating in joint blogging projects so when Joanne and Krista asked if we were interested in this year's Christmas project of course we said yes (that includes Asali and I).

So here are Asali's mini reviews for O Tannenbaum! project:

Pick #1:

Iunx, L’Ether; Only recently I discovered this fragrance, and I can’t get it out of my mind, so it is definitely my Tannenbaum perfume no 1 – in spirit, even if not yet in material shape.

Because this incense perfume invites introspective thoughtfulness, and in the middle of this almost spiritual swirl of fragrance there is a discreet rose heart, and there is the golden hue of saffron softened by sandalwood. Even if this can be worn all year round, somehow it manages to sum up the soul of Christmas to me. A divine creation by Olivia Giacobetti

My pick #2;
Another Giacobetti gem is Safran Troublant (L’Artisan Parfumeur), ok so it isn’t exactly an imaginative choice, but it practically IS all that is nice about December to me.  It smells like the most delicious bun that the Swedes do for Lucia day called Lussekat. The fragrance like the bun manages to sparkle in all its glorious saffron spiciness, rounded and softened by vanilla sweetness.  It is alluring and smooth, and a most wonderful fragrance. Sharing many of the same notes including the creamy sandalwood, it couldn’t be further away from L’Ether in its expression. On the 13th of December you can experience a little scenery of girls dressed in white with a candle clad garland on their heads singing the Santa Lucia song, and you can eat Lussekatte (plural), and you can relive it every time you wear ST.

Pick #3
Last but not least the ultimative Christmas party fragrance: Marron Chic from Nez a Nez.

It’s less “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” and more sleigh ride style “We’ll be singing the songs we like to sing without a single stop, at the fireplace while we watch the chestnut pop, just hear those sleigh bells jingling , ring ting tingling too, come on it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you ”

Comfy cosy and yet very sensual, it truly comes alive on the skin, oozing chic radiance, and like some of my most cherished perfumes turns you into something a little better than yourself.

Please visit other participating blogs to read more about what Christmas season perfumes bring happiness to them:

Another Perfume Blog
Beauty, Bacon, Bunnies
Beauty on the Outside
Eyeliner on a cat
Fragrant Reviews
Muse in Wooden Shoes
Olfactoria's Travels
Redolent of Spices

Scent of the Day
Suzanne's Perfume Journal
The Candy Perfume Boy
Undina's Looking Glass

P.S. I'll be posting my reviews later in the day.


  1. Saffran Troublant sounds delicious! I've seen it so many times but have never picked it up test, I shall have to now :D

  2. Saffron Troublant is a favorite of mine too: I adore sandalwood scents!

  3. HI CandyPB, yes, it is so I think you must try - with a pen name like that in particular:-)

  4. Hi Dee, so do I- the creaminess sandalwood adds to a fragrance is wonderful. I just found some early batch Samsara extrait, full of Mysore sandalwood, it's gorgeous!

  5. Really interesting picks Asali. Particularly like the sound of L'Ether. Incense with touches of rose, saffron and sandalwood sounds heavenly.

    Really love your line "like some of my most cherished perfumes turns you into something a little better than yourself", so true!

  6. Asali, are you of Swedish heritage? Because of where you live, not to mention your dark-haired, green-eyed beauty, I hadn't made the connection.

    I need to dig out my sample of Saffran Troublant and test it again. It didn't move me initially, but it's been awhile since I sampled it.

    Your descriptions of those other two, though...!! Good thing I no longer buy anything unsniffed or I'd be in trouble. ;-)

  7. That Safrant Troublant smells like trouble to me. :)

    With Marron Chic coming close behind it. :)

  8. Saffron Troublant is one of my all time favorites! I haven't smelled the other two, but they will go on my list of things to try. Thanks for the lovely post!

  9. Sandalwood is got me "into" perfume. Safrant Troublant is amazing. I need a FB.
    Great post and Merry Christmas!

  10. Hi Tara, L'Ether really is wonderful, and a real Giacobetti, so you can't imagine what the fragrance is like til you sniff it.
    I'm glad you agree on my HG-mantra:-) It's something I tend to find with perfumes which somehow I need to get used to. I like them but they challenge me, and then I realise it's because they make me exactly that; a better version of me.

  11. Hi Suzanne, there is no Swedish ancestors on my family tree, but Polish on my paternal side. Sweden though is a beautiful country with great traditions, some of them I wish were Danish:-)
    I think ST works better sprayed than dabbed, and Marron Chic must be sprayed. I found my first (vial)sample went far to quickly to the dry down, and lost a bit of magic on the way. It really needs to cover you like a veil. Thank you for your beautiful words, I'm sure there's no need to even contemplating buying unsniffed;-)

  12. Ines, hihi, trouble in Winter Wonderland, you might be right.

  13. Hi Julie, I'm glad if I gave you some ideas to test. As I mentioned to Suzanne I do think all of the above needs spraying to get the full picture. Would love to know how you get on:-)

  14. Hi Victoria, Sandalwood that got you into perfume, that is beautiful, I wonder what your favourite sandalwood perfume is then? Thank you <3 and a very happy xmas to you too.

  15. Asali, I love the saffron/sandalwood angle! Olivia G. does this pair best-- and while Safran Troublant is already one of my "emergency rescue scents", now I'm eager to check out L'Ether. Thank you!

  16. I love your choices, Asali!

    I enjoyed the imagery in your reviews. I've always wanted to wear one of the garlands with candles on my head. They look so pretty!

    I wish I could fully smell IUNX L'Ether. It's mostly roses and myrrh to me, but I can hardly complain about smelling that combo!

  17. Asali, before reading event's posts I decided I would try to get to test all the perfumes I haven't tried yet from participants' picks. I've added three perfumes to my "to try" list after reading your post. Thanks for ideas.

  18. Hi Olenska, Thank you, and you're absolutely right that saffron/ sandalwood is what OG does the best. It did cross my mind to add a third OG saffron/ sandalwood fragrance in there; Idole, which is completely different again, and yet another favourite of mine.
    ST is a great comfort scent, so I understand why it's your special ERS:-)

  19. Joanelaine, thank you for making this wonderful event happen, I realise that my choices are perhaps not exactly Christmas -tree like, but since they all smell Christmas to me, each in their own way, I thought that would be ok. I own only but a (small) handful of fragrances without woody or resiny notes, I can't think what it must be like to have anosmia to those, but I am glad you still, even with the wood missing, get something beautiful out of L'Ether. Merry Christmas

  20. Undina, I do admire you resolutions and organisation skills; it's a great idea to try all the ones you don't know (from this project) actually. I tend to stick with certain notes, houses etc when I order samples, but of course there would be much more chance of surprises with more eclectic orders.
    Looking forward to hearing how you fare.
    A happy Xmas to you and Rusty.

  21. Hi Asali,

    You have reminded me to wear Safran Troublant again - I really like it and forget to reach for it.

    And Marron Chic sounds interesting. I have been eating hot chestnuts a lot in Europe lately - you keep coming across those stalls in the street - and would like to investigate a perfume with any kind of chestnut representation in it!

  22. Thanks for joining O Tannenbaum! I keep hearing great things about Saffron Troublant. I need to pop over to the perfume counter and sniff that. And I didn't even know that there was a chestnut perfume! I can't wait to try that.

  23. Hi Vanessa, I am glad if I got you reaching for your ST:-)
    I don't think there is such a thing as a marron/ chestnut note, but a slight resemblance is made out of cacao, mellow iris and resins I guess? It's quite clever, especially the way it never turns into a gourmand, but manages to be something quite unique.

  24. Hi kjanicki, thanks for having me:-)It has been a great ride so far. Both are really exquisite and worth you trying, I hope very much you'll enjoy them.