Stuff Portia Loved In 2012

Hey Crew,

Before you go any further jump back to our Triple Giveaway

I wanted to look back at the year of things that I’ve loved, that have made definite impressions on me, have changed the way I look at the world or craved/enjoyed/shared. Most of the non-fragrance things have been enjoyed with my Best Buddies and TSO Jin making them EXTRA special. I had to do a Top 20 Worn because it was impossible to curb, you are lucky it didn’t blow out to 200.

Best-of-2012 dyknowPhoto Stolen dyknow

Portia’s Top 5 Lists

FRAGRANCES WITH MOST SKIN TIME (Top 5 are highlighted)

Baiser Vole EdP- Cartier
Ballets Rouges- Olympic Orchids
Bellodgia EdP_ Caron
Brasil Dreams- Estee Lauder
Casmir- Chopard
Courage- One Seed
Dreamer- Versace
Guilty- GUCCI
Halle- Halle Berrry
L’Eau d’Navigeur- L’Artisan
Lou Lou- Cacharel
Lys Soleia- Guerlain
Matin d’Orage- Annick Goutal
Mohur- Neela Vermeire Creations
Nikki de Saint Phalle
Parfum de Maroc- Aftelier Perfumes
Shalimar- Guerlain
Trouble- Boucheron
Wild Ginger Chai- SOIVOHLE

NEW RELEASES (You try and make this list into 5)

Amouage- Interlude Man
Christian Dior La Collection Couturier Parfumeur – Oud Ispahan
Guerlain – Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia
Keiko Mecheri – Un Jour d’Ete
L’Artisan Parfumeur – Seville a l’Aube
Naomi Goodsir – Cuir Velours
Neela Vermeire Creations – Mohur (I know but…)
Robert Piguet – Bois Noir
Serge Lutens – Santal Majuscule
Ys Uzac – Pohadka


Aftelier Perfumes
L’Artisan Parfumeurs
Neela Vermeire Creations
Olympic Orchids



FRAGRANCE BLOGS I ALWAYS READ (PerfumePosse obviously!)

Candy Perfume Boy
Olfactoria’s Travels
Perfume Shrine
Scents Of Self
The Alembicated Genie


Boscaiola Sauce
Home Made Nori Rolls
Spicy Korean Bar B Q
Chicken Penang Curry


American Idol
Family Guy
The Voice – Australia
Two Broke Girls
UK Got To Dance

MOVIES (sorry only LOVED four)

Snow White and the Huntsman
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

What were your #1 faves in each category? Why?

As we finish the year I want you to know how much you all mean to me. A LOT!! This blog continues because you all are awesome. Thank you readers, commenters, Guest Posters and regulars in all shapes and sizes.

To all the perfumers, houses, writers, shops and online presences that continually inspire and delight me.



Portia xx

MUSIC (I know there are 8!)

These are the songs that never left my playlist after they were released. This is the first time I’ve seen a couple of the videos too.

Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire

Ed Sheeran – A Team

Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out

Guy Sebastian – Battle Scars ft. Lupe Fiasco

Gavin DeGraw – Not Over You

KylieMinogue _ Timebomb

Mary J Blige – 25/8

No Doubt – Looking hot

41 comments on “Stuff Portia Loved In 2012

  1. sinnerman01 says:

    Chicken Penang curry ! My 2 nd love after my husband.
    Great round up !
    See you later 2012 x

  2. sinnerman01 says:

    A) I’m just going to say it was the year of the leather!
    B) Truth or Dare and Spicebomb
    C) Serge Lutens
    D) Chanel
    E) APJ and NST
    F) Big Macs
    G) documentaries
    H) Les Mis
    Why……….? Just cuz!
    I have learned so much this year it’s been truly life changing. Thankyou for taking the time to thank everybody, we love you and love being Australian perfume junkies! Yippi 🙂

  3. Olfactoria says:

    You amaze me daily, dear Portia! Where would we be without you! Here’s to another great year! Thanks for your passion and for bringing the fun back to perfume! xoxox

  4. Things that I love….Portia! Happy New Year my dear!

  5. anatu13 says:

    Here are my faves for the year!

    Ormonde Jayne – Frangipani & Ta’if
    Vero Profumo – Rubj edp & Mito
    Frederic Malle – Lys Mediterranee
    Serge Lutens – Fleurs de Citronnier
    L’Artisan Seville a l’Aube

    Vero Profumo Mito
    L’Artisan Seville a l’Aube
    Serge Lutens Une Voix Noire
    Neela Vermeire Mohur
    Serge Lutens Santal Majescule

    Vero Profumo
    Neela Vermeire Creations
    Serge Lutens
    Mona di Orio

    Australian Perfume Junkies
    Bois de Jasmin
    No Disassemble Charlie No. 5
    Olfactoria’s Travels
    Perfume Shrine
    Scents of Self

    OJ Frangipani
    VP Mito
    SL Fleurs de Citronnier

    OJ Ta’if
    VP Rubj edp
    L’Artisan Seville a l’Aube

    SL Une Voix Noire
    OJ Orris Noir
    MdO Vanille

    Tauer Carillon pour un Ange

    FM Lys Mediterranee

    VP Rubj edp
    OJ Orris Noir
    SL Une Voix Noire

  6. Ari says:

    And you inspire and delight US, Portia!! Can I ask you a question about the Naomi Goodsir Cuir? Your review says it’s like the inside of a leather handbag- is it very similar to Cuir de Lancome? If I have one, do I need the other?

  7. Natalie says:

    I love your lists! Some of the things that are on your list would also make mine: Shake it Out was one of my favorite songs released this year, I LOVE mangoes (mangos? too lazy to look it up), and of course I love APJ. Here’s to a splendid 2013!

  8. Ellen Covey says:

    Of course I’m incredibly flattered that you included Olympic Orchids in the list of niche perfume houses (and in such good company!), but to be up there with mangoes and Penang curry? Well, it just doesn’t get any better than that. Thanks for a great year of blogging, and an even more splendid one in 2013!

  9. Madeleine says:

    Hello Portia!

    I love lists, so here goes with my top 5 in each category:

    1. Most skin time:
    Carnal Flower
    Le Parfum de Therese
    Lipstick Rose

    2. New releases:
    SL Une Voix Noire
    SL Santal Majuscule
    Arquiste Flor y Canto
    LAP Seville a L’Aube
    Ann Gerard Perle de Mousse

    3. Niche houses:
    Serge Lutens
    Neela Vermeire

    4. Houses:
    Tom Ford

    5. Blogs (besides APJ of course!):
    Olfactoria’s Travels
    Bois de Jasmin
    Candy Perfume Boy
    The Non Blonde
    Grain de Musc

    6. Food (caveat here is that I’ve been on Michelle Bridges for months, so):
    MB’s Lasagne
    MB’s Fajitas
    Beans benedict at First Drop
    Blue cheese

    7. TV (it was all about Nordic Noir for me in 2012):
    The Killing (Danish version)
    The Bridge/Broen
    The Newsroom
    Downton Abbey Season 3

    8. Movies:
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    The Sapphires
    My Week with Marilyn
    Red Dog

    9. Music (LDR is not 2012):
    Shake it Out
    Spectrum, Say my Name
    No Light, No Light
    Born to Die
    Video Games

    10. Adding another category, just because 🙂 – top 5 fragrance discoveries:
    SL La Myrrhe
    SL De Profundis
    TF Velvet Gardenia
    TF Black Orchid
    Chanel Coromandel


    M xx

  10. poodle says:

    I am loving Olympic Orchids. Hubby got me the Just Orchids Sampler set and it’s wonderful. I will definitely be trying more of that line and there will be full bottles in my future.
    For movies I loved Best Exotic Marigold Hotel too. Great cast. I don’t watch much TV but I did become a Downton Abbey junkie this past year. I was totally born in the wrong time period.
    Excellent list of favorites, Portia. I look forward to reading your blog in the new year. Hope you have a happy and healthy 2013!

  11. Love it! Such a wonderful way to wrap up 2012. Great list, Portia!

    For me:

    Most skin time: Eau des merveilles, L’Ambre des merveilles, Fils de Dieu, Seville à l’aube, and Orange sanguine

    New Releases: L’Ambre des merveilles, Fils de Dieu, Afternoon of a Faun, Seville à l’aube, and Spicebomb

    Niche: Etat Libre d’Orange and Neela Vermeire Créations

    House: Hermès

    Blogs: Too many wonderful ones to name! But I will name one: Australian Perfume Junkies 🙂

    Food: Steak and egg burritos, pork dumplings, jambalaya, bacon

    TV: Criminal Minds

    Movies: I hardly saw any this year!

    Music: Frank Ocean, Shuggie Otis

    Fragrance discoveries: Mona di Orio

  12. Ines says:

    Each time I hear Girl on Fire I can’t help but remember The Hunger Games. 🙂 It seems fitting.

    My fragrant year wasn’t as full this year as it usually is and trying to remember the perfumes that got most skin time and I loved the most this year is a bit difficult, but I’ll put down those that stand out the most when I look back on my year (for whatever reason):

    Vero Kern Mito
    Neela’s Bombay Bling
    Hermes Elixir de Merveilles
    Puredistance Opardu
    Seville a L’Aube
    Santal Majuscule
    Un Voix Noire (I’m a huge SL fan)

    And Shalimar as the perfume that I always think about. 🙂

  13. Yiyiblue says:


    The #1 fumetastic thing is that I found your blog this year. The #2 fumetastic thing that happened in 2012 is that I got to go to the Perfume House in Portland, OR, up the road a ways from where I live….OH WOW OH WOW is all I can say. Now I have so many smells to learn. Could someone really be so happy holding a bottle of fragrant liquid? Yes, she could!

  14. anicasunny says:

    I love your blog Portia, top of my list, also Domenica bought me Chanel Allure Sensuelle for Christmas, so I am currently loving that.
    I still wear Opium and YSL Rive Gauche cannot leave the 1980’s as best decade??
    Food, mangoes and cherries.
    TV, Game of Thrones , True Blood and Mad Men.
    Looking forward to many more posts on APJ xoxo

  15. Mandy Aftel says:

    Thank you so much Portia – I’m honored to be in your top niche lines for 2012 and have Parfum de Maroc in your most-smelled! You are a charming sweetie, and such a lively supporter of small perfume brands – I wish you a spectacular 2013!
    xo Mandy

  16. Sandi L says:

    Awesome energetic roundup, Portia! Always great reading if I do say. Cheers to out with the old and in with the New.. Bye 2012 Welcome 2013.

  17. Musette says:

    Beautiful list, lovey. But don’t you lub us no’ mo’?


    ps. so glad you love Lizzie’s beauties. I am Liz Zorn’s #1 fangirl 4EVAH!!!

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