Two weeks ago at NST Angela posted an article about different ways of classifying perfume in your own collection. Instead of going with boring families like citrus, floral & oriental, she would group her fragrance into families such as bombshell, old-fashioned chypre or comfort, to name just a few. She asked if others use their own classification systems. In fact, I didn’t ever pay much attention to categorizing my collection. But I liked the idea so much that it seeded an idea in my head.

I let my creativity run loose and few minutes later I had the idea of a few fragrance families of my own that would reflect the character of my perfume wardrobe. One of them was Pradaholic, being a class that would fit in all perfume Daniela Andrier created for Prada. Second one I named nostalgic, it was reserved for scents that put you in a contemplative mood or cause certain positive memories come back to your head. Surprisingly this class consists of many perfume with iris or rose notes. I described 3rd family as moodlifters. It would feature any fragrance that has the ability to cheer me up when I’m feeling down sometimes. Personally I find citrus, green notes and light floral compositions to have such effect on me, therefore this family would have lots of colognes in it.

However one of my fragrance families seemed more interesting to Angela and others who read her post at NST. I named the last category with a completely new word to me –  cuddlefluffs. Perhaps I should start by explaining that yes, it is a combination of cuddle and fluff. At Now Smell This I wrote that it would be an ideal family for amber and vanilla perfume but after giving it more though I realized it’s much more than that. To me a cuddlefluff by definition would be any perfume that smells soft & gentle. It’s a group of perfumes that envelop and embrace the wearer. A scented equivalent of a thick plush blanket you can wrap around yourself. A perfume that would be like a cat purring with content because you have him or her on your lap and you pet it gently.

That’s a theory, so I’d like to give you a few perfumes that would give you a more clear idea about what I mean by cuddlefluffs: Atelier Cologne Silver Iris & Santal Carmin, Aedes Cierge de Lune, Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114, Jacques Fath Bel Ambre, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir, Masque L’Attesa, Puredistance Sheiduna, Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir, Van Cleef & Arpels Moonlight Patchouli, Huitieme Art Shermine – to name just a few. Cuddlefluffs seem like ideal perfumes to wear in autumn and winter season. Now that you know more about this gendre I created, what would you add to it? We could build an impressive cuddlefluff database together.

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45 thoughts on “Cuddlefluffs

  1. Jillie says:

    I just love Cuddlefluffs! I think we all need Cuddlefluffs in our lives, especially now with all the bad news in the world. And “winter’s coming………. ” (as I believe a certain drama series tells us).

    I would like to add FM’s Iris Poudre (the clue’s in the name!) and Balenciaga’s Le Dix to the category. They certainly soothe me with their billowy, cossetting loveliness.

    Is that a picture of your hearth? So cosy!

  2. chocolatemarzipan8 says:

    I just received a sample of D600 from a kind and generous perfumista and to me that scent exemplifies the definition of “cuddlefluff”.

  3. Shelly says:

    Voluts by dyptique would be a cuddle puff for me, though I think I overdid it at first. Now I just wear it on really cold days when a blanket would be comforting too.

  4. Mariann says:

    For me I’d add: Pacifica Spanish Amber, Alahine, Lumiere Blanche and Infusion d’Iris. Potentially also the Eau de Merveilles series.

    • lucasai says:

      I am not familiar with Spanish Amber but others seem great choices.

      • chocolatemarzipan8 says:

        Spanish Amber is soft and diffuse and has an incense-y vibe to me….it is highly affordable and quite lovely. Sadly I fear it is going to be d/c as the products online and within my local store are either diminishing or non existent….also, Pacifica came out with a new amber (very sweet) and the company tends to discontinue the older versions once this occurs.

  5. Holly says:

    I’ll add another Carner Barcelona that I feel would fit this category: Palo Santo. Some others with a similarly soothing milky note are DSH’s Au Lait, and L’Aromatica’s Kulfi. There’s something about heliotrope that can feel soft and fluffy to me, as in L’Eau D’Hiver. I enjoy the almond in Heeley’s L’Amandiere and Prada’s Infusion d’Amande, and Lutens’ Rahat Loukoum (in very small doses.) Tonka Imperiale and Gourmand Coquin are comforting to me, and yet maybe more enveloping than fluffy? Demeter’s Beeswax is simply that note amplified and sweetened a bit, and makes a nice companion during colder overcast days as it’s reminiscent of a real beeswax candle providing both light and warmth.

    • chocolatemarzipan8 says:

      I just read somewhere that Palo Santo smells almost identical to D600 in the drydown. I would also agree with you on the heliotrope (am thinking of that gorgeous Heliotrope Blanc which you sent me) and yes, also to Tonka Imperiale as well as Atelier’s Blanche Immortelle and Ambre Nue. The Demeter Incense (which is sweet) is also fluffy and cuddle to me…I had forgotten about all of those because I loved them so much I flew through my decants 🙂 ….thanks for reminding me!

      • lucasai says:

        I didn’t think the drydown of Palo Santo and D600 were similar. Tonka Imperiale or these Atelier Cologne are great

        • chocolatemarzipan8 says:

          I think it was on fragrantica that I read that…not having tried Palo Santo I cannot comment..but i have tried Tardes and there is a similarity to my wonky nose between Tardes and D600…but I find D600 to be softer, cuddlier and more powdery than Tardes.

          • lucasai says:

            I see! Well, since each nose has different sensitivity I won’t say it’s not possible. But it didn’t work that way for me and my sniffer 😉

    • lucasai says:

      Wow, many more ideas there! I liked Palo Santo but not loved it. L’Eau d’Hiver is great. Thanks for reminding me of this one:)

  6. SunnyDay says:

    Cuddlefluffs are perfect for the weekend, when I like to rest and relax. I’ve been wearing Theorema, La Fumée, and L’Envol.

  7. hajusuuri says:

    My #1 Cuddlefluff is Cuir Beluga!

    Other Cuddlefluffs:
    Dior Feve Delicieuse
    MPG Ambre Precieux
    Le Labo Vanille 44
    Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka
    Chanel Coromandel

  8. Undina says:

    I like your category but need more time to come up with the list of perfumes I think fit into it: most of the perfumes others nominated (those, which I know, of course) do not fir into that category for me, I want something else… I think, your Aedes Cierge de Lune, hajusuuri’s Vanille 44 and Jillie’s Iris Poudre are the closest to the definition (for me) but I will be back with more 🙂

  9. rickyrebarco says:

    I missed the cuddlepuffs post. I love these types of fragrances. Huitieme art “Shermine” is definitely a cuddly one for me, like a soft cashmere blanket. Kenzo Amour is another cuddly one and I just discovered Stephane Humbert Lucas’s “Wish Come True,” a lighter fluffy cuddly scent.

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