I’m always reluctant to sum up the year, especially the one as complicated as 2023. We all read the news and we know that the world is in a terrible place right now. For our part, we can only do so much to change the course of events, and as we strive to contribute something positive, we also need to take care of ourselves and our families. My goal this year has been to find ways to cope and to maintain my hope and my faith in humanity. And yet whenever I would despondent, something wonderful would happen–a warm letter from a reader would arrive, a friend would send a small gift, my cousin from Ukraine would call with some good news (for a change,) family would come for a visit.
As busy as I was with my book presentations and my projects related to Ukraine, I tried to find moments to read, explore new scents and learn something new. Joining the ISIPCA faculty this semester also gave me a chance to smell more perfumes and to update my knowledge of the fragrance market. It’s a pleasure to share these discoveries with you. As always, I look forward to hearing about your 2023 favorites, be their scents, books or other beautiful things.
Thomas de Monaco Eau Coeur
An exquisite combination of osmanthus and magnolia. Elegant, refined, but not overly so that it smells too cold and stylized. The floral vignette is underscored by musk and woods, and the finish is just as luminous as the start.