6 boozy perfumes for New Year’s Eve

How unfair is it that Christmas is preceded with 4 weeks of Advent anticipation but when the time of festivities finally arrives, it’s gone in a blink of an eye? This year Christmas passed particularly fast due to a fact that those special holidays overlapped with weekend. Well, it’s different every year so maybe next time Christmas will result in more free days. Lucky me I’m on holidays, not going back to work until the end of the year. Despite Christmas is a matter of past now, you still probably have a lot of food left. Enjoying a good meal can make Christmas last a bit longer.

Just after Christmas everyone has another thing to look forward to & that’s a celebration of New Year’s Eve. Personally I was never a fan of that night, never went (and never was invited) to any party on 31st of December. But people love it and I bet they’re already thinking about where to go and what to wear for the occasion. But I’m not here to give a party or fashion advice. Instead I’ll give you a few ideas of fragrances you might want to wear. Since it’s the last night of the year I thought what you need is a perfume with a kick… and with some booze. Here they are:


  • Let’s begin this list with one of my favourite brands and their early 2014 release, shall we? Atelier Cologne Cedrat Enivrant is a twist on a traditional cologne theme as that’s what the brand is proud of doing. This particular one is additionally inspired by a mixture of gin, champagne, lemon juice & sugar, known in a cocktail world as French 75. As soon as you apply this perfume on your skin you’ll smell those ingredients and how playful they are. It’s a happy and zesty scent with light boozy character. Great for a house party!
  • Another perfume that I am very fond of that had to find its place at a list like this one is Liquides Imaginaires Dom Rosa. It’s a part of Eau Sanguine trilogy dedicated to great wines. Dom Rosa is in fact inspired by Dom Perignon Rosé. Opening of this perfume is very fizzy and uplifting, you can almost feel champagne bubbles burst on your skin. Addition of pomelo and pear make it feel more fruity & watery while rose in assistance of frankincense and woods complete the fragrance. Dom Rosa is also a more quiet option.
  • When I first tried Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe I didn’t like it but when I came back to it few years later I thought it’s a nice scent. If I had a decant I would probably use it up one day. This one attacks you with a shot of ice-cold vodka as soon as you spray it. This impression then subsides & transforms into spiced, leathery amber of great sillage. There’s also a hint of champagne in it! Ambre Russe is stronger than previous two so apply more gently. How about a costume New Year’s Eve party with this perfume?
  • One of the nicest perfumes I tried this year was Masque L’Attesa. Not only it is an extraordinary iris fragrance that connects floral, buttery, rooty and earthy aspects of iris note but it also contains this unusual CO2 extract from beer that was blended into L’Attesa together with champagne accord. It smells weirdly alluring when you smell bubbly champagne that gradually becomes more yeastish until if finally reveals iris, sandalwood and leather notes. It’s a perfume with lots of glamour, so how about a fancy ball room party?
  • Nishane Fan Your Flames will have the biggest booze impact of all fragrances on this list. It starts innocently with a creamy coconut but after a few minutes it releases a huge portion of rum that overflows from this perfume. Boozy and sweet like molasses it becomes even more defined with support of tonka. Tobacco gives it a velvety and smoky climate of an old jazz club so perhaps it should be worn to some New Year’s Eve jazz concert?
  • Last but not least we have Arquiste The Architects Club. In this fragrance juniper berries together with angelica create a realistic impression as if a glass of gin & tonic was standing in front of you at the bar. The fragrance is then joined by lemon and bitter orange, as if they were bites to neutralize burning alcohol in your mouth. Ambery and guaiac wood notes that create this perfume give it a retro vibe – smoke, old wooden tables and chairs. At the same time it feels suitable for more places than just a bar. How about greeting 2017 under the sky, at some square where there is some party organized?

Do you like fragrances that have some booze? Do you have any favourites? And what are your plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year?

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16 thoughts on “6 boozy perfumes for New Year’s Eve

  1. shelly says:

    I have a liking for perfumes with Russe in them. My first quality perfume purchase was Cuir de Russie by Chanel. I can never pass one up with out at least trying a spray so I will look for Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe. Thanks, Happy New Year.

  2. I like the the two discontinued scents Arquiste made for J. Crew: No. 31 and No. 57. No. 57 has a top note of whiskey that is warm and very appealing at this time of year; No. 31 has top notes of vermouth and eau de vie, very like a cocktail. They were inspired by a famous cocktail party, the “party of the decade” hosted by Peggy Guggenheim on January 5, 1943, for the first all-women modern art show held in the U.S. It featured 31 artists and was held in her gallery on West 57th Street, hence the names of the fragrances. It is a shame they were discontinued, as they are really nice; but they were priced too high for their target market and sold out only after their price was slashed on clearance. I hope they are brought back some day!

  3. hajusuuri says:

    Cedrat Enivrant is super good. My sister smelled it on me and asked for a decant right away. Another perfume that I would add to the boozy perfum perfume list is By Kilian Single Malt.

    New Year’s Eve will be in London at a venue where the theme is Medieval England!

  4. Akuokuo says:

    I like spending New Year’s eve making natural fragrances for family and friends. Sorry, no booze in them– but I do find patchouli can be quite transporting in that sort of way. Maybe in honor of your booze scents– I’ll add a drop or two to my private collection. Happy New Year!

  5. Undina says:

    As I probably have mentioned once or twice ;), New Year is actually my winter holiday – so it’s a little disconcerting that around me everybody started winding down right after the Christmas celebration. But I keep the spirit up (and the tree lit 🙂 ).

    I’m with hajusuuri on Single Malt – I’m surprised how much I liked it. Other boozy perfumes I tried and liked – Bello Rabelo (Liquides Imaginaires) and Juniper Sling (Penhaligon’s).

    • lucasai says:

      Someone’s got to keep the energy up!
      I never tried Single Malt, it’s one of their exclusive scents, right?

      • Undina says:

        Yes. I’ve never seen it in a store, I tried it thanks to the perfumista friend.
        Speaking of friends… I think I have at least 5 ml of Ambre Russe (maybe more – need to check) to spare. Can you send me your latest shipping address (in e-mail)? I’ll try to make it to the post office early next year.

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