Because I’m a woman of my word, and word is bond, I bring you perfumes to pair with yesterday’s Champagnes. Sounds kind of weird, no? Here’s the convoluted logic behind it: certain fragrances are more celebratory than others, much like Champagne. Example: As much as I love it, I couldn’t imagine wearing Kenzo’s Indigo on New Year’s Eve. It’s just not that kind of perfume. The following, though, are.

Yvresse by Yves Saint Laurent with Nicolas Feuillatte:


Didja see what I just did? I paired a perfume named “Drunkenness” with drinking. Cheap trick, right? To make it even cheaper, the former name of this perfume was – wait for it – Champagne. How dare I?! Basically, I dare because Yvresse is bright, fruity, and versatile. It’s just like Feuillatte. It also won’t break your budget and you’ll be pleased with the results.

Bois d’Argent by Christian Dior with Pierre Moncuit Blanc de Blancs:


Chardonnay-based Champagnes taste a bit creamier than blends and are more elegant than Pinot Noir-based Champagnes. And that’s just perfect for Bois d’Argent, with has a rich and creamy luxe to it. The honeyed nose will match traces of the same in the wine.

Black Orchid by Tom Ford with Egly-Ouriet Rose:


On the flipside, Egly-Ouriet is Pinot Noir-based. It’s bolder and need a fruitier, sexier scent. Tom Ford captures just that, with spicy notes that will match the spark of the bubbles.

Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune by Guerlain with Francoise Bedel Entre Ciel et Terre:


It may seem counterintuitive to select a citrus-base with bubbly, but Pamplelune is one for the ages. It’s got all the components of a Great Fragrance – enough fruit, flower, and airy musk – and yet, remains largely underappreciated. Which, quite frankly, is just like Entre Ciel et Terre. For now, let’s keep them both our little secret.

I probably won’t be able to post from New Orleans, so have a wonderful holiday season and toast to a lovely 2014!

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