Sylt and Baccarat Rouge

I’m a little bit…lost. Olfactory-wise, that is.

I loved Krigler Sylt. It’s absolute perfection. But…the more I wear my sample the more I realize how manly it actually is. I can wear it but…if it’s not really hot outside when I wear it it becomes…not quite right on my skin. It’s just too masculine and I don’t wear “masculine” fragrances well. *shrug* I might buy a bottle anyway because I love it just that much but not with the haste I had when I first discovered it.

…Krigler. I need to invest more time, effort and money into really delving through their fragrances. There must be at least one “feminine” fragrance I would feel such an affinity for. I’ve tried Manhattan Rose 44, Lieber Gustav 14, Sumptuous Oud 75213, Elegant Schwan 06, Kabarett Krigler 216, Extraordinaire Camelia 209, and Dolce Tuberose 43. I own the smaller bottle of Lovely Patchouli 55. …I need to try more. Lovely Patchouli 55 is glorious but it’s not like the feminine version of Lovely Patchouli 55.

I ordered another sample of Baccarat Rouge 540 because I just can’t decide if it’s worth a full bottle or not. …I recently sampled the extrait and every time I wear it I feel like I’m wearing someone else’s perfume. It’s a tiny bit too masculine too. But…just a little. It’s really more that it just feels like it belongs to someone else and unlike some people who enjoy stealing things from others I don’t enjoy wearing something that doesn’t belong to me even in effect. Sounds persnickety maybe but over $300 is too much to spend for any fragrance that’s not necessarily a classic and also isn’t “mine”. Like I once wrote recently, Baccarat Rouge 540 is maybe a genuine classic…and over the next year or two I’ll probably add it to my collection if it doesn’t start to feel dated to me, but I need to make sure.

To explain further what I mean: Chanel No. 22 is a classic and I think even if it wasn’t “your perfume” you could add it to a well-rounded collection just because it adds historical depth and interest. Actually, speaking of Chanel, like Coromandel No. 22 is a classic whereas Jersey is starting to feel dated (I still love it). So…even though Chanel still sells all Les Exclusifs de Chanel I wouldn’t buy all of them if I didn’t have a deep, undying love for Chanel and that line in particular.

Anyway…I might still buy Baccarat Rouge and Sylt. En Passant in the Spring.

…Meanwhile I’ll let my olfactory senses develop more. No matter how many things you’ve smelled you should always try to keep cultivating that sense of you love collecting and appreciating perfume. Aside from the shipping waste samples are totally underrated.

*smile*

Sorry if I’m boring you with this slightly pedantic post if you’re not a “hater” (they weirdly never seem to tire of reading every dang thing I write apparently). *laugh* Something better next time.

Plans

Ok! So I have a plan. I love plans.

This summer/fall I’ll add Chanel Boy finally totally completing my Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection (smaller bottle to match) or I’ll add that one next spring along with Frederic Malle En Passant. This fall/winter I’ll add Baccarat Rouge in the middle sized bottle. Perfect. At some mysterious moment in the next year or two I’ll add vintage Guerlain Après L’Ondée, a sealed vintage Guerlain L’Heure Bleue (turns out that the antique store was selling an empty bottle – it was in storage) and a sealed Guerlain Liu. As soon as possible I’m buying Krigler Sylt Style 2202. Largest bottle. If I see some amazing vintage somewhere else I’ll add that too but it will have to be amazing…

Sylt Style 2202 is harsh and pungent but in the best possible way. It reminds me of quality whisky. Maybe bourbon. But like Lieber Gustav 14 it’s also refreshing, aromatic, calming, and centering with a woody, grounded but ethereal charm. I adore it. Absolutely love it.

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a perfume in a while.