In the same way that one updates their wardrobe in the Fall with cozy scarves, jackets, and sweaters, I like to curate a collection of perfumes to wear as the seasons change. Perfume has a powerful effect on people, more so than we ever realize. In the same way that the smell of baked apples and decomposing leaves instantly evokes feelings of Fall being here, ones favorite perfume appeals to the part of our brain that stores memories and can transport us emotionally to a different time or place. With this in mind, here are a few scents that I have chosen to include in my Autumn fragrance arsenal.
Top Notes: mandarin, pink pepper, pear
Heart: jasmine, orange blossom, solar floral accord
Base: cedar-wood, patchouli, vanilla, coffee
This rich fragrance is undoubtedly delicious but is much more sophisticated than the majority of gourmand fragrances out there. Creamy vanilla is given a sultry edge with notes of coffee, patchouli and jasmine.
Notes: patchouli, vanilla, rose, agarwood
When it comes to art, fashion, food and fragrance, sometimes simplicity is what creates the most mesmerizing impression. Rose, patchouli and agarwood create a decadent veil that is made softer and slightly sweeter with just a touch of vanilla. Prive Rose d’Arabie is perfect for sultry evenings spent dreaming of exotic Arabian nights.
Top Notes: yuzu, pink pepper, elemi, black pepper, sichuan pepper
Heart: galbanum, star anise
Base: Virginia cedar, amber, rum
Normally when I think of Autumn scents I think of the typical, cozy, bakery-esque smells – pumpkin pie, cinnamon, vanilla, amber, chocolate, woods. I have never seen rum in a fragrance before, but when combined with spicy star anise it adds a sweetness to the scent that is unlike your usual sugary Fall-fare. Yuzu, black pepper and cedar adds a freshness to the scent that makes Still Life as complex and compelling as an olfactory poem.
Top Notes: blackcurrant, neo jungle essence, freesia, bergamot
Heart: rose, neroli
Base: vanilla, fir, patchouli, benzoin
Si Intense is my favorite fragrance for Fall. Vanilla, fir, benzoin and black currant come together to create a scent reminiscent of crisp, walks in the forest and moments spent warming up in front of a smoky fire. Its soft and unusual, uplifting and cozy, capturing everything I love about Autumn.
Top Notes: osmanthus, rum
Heart: jasmine, rose, leather
Base: musk, amber, patchouli, vanilla
When it comes to genres of perfume, florals have always been my least favorite. Its not that I don’t like floral fragrances, its just that so many of them smell so similar. It’s as if there is a carefully measured formula for florals that perfumers refuse to veer away from. With unconventional ingredients such as rum and leather, this otherwise traditional bouquet of rose and jasmine is given an intoxicating update that is at once edgy and romantic.
Top Notes: linden blossom, maidens hair fern, solomons seal, calabrese bergamot, tunisian neroli
Heart: lily of the valley, magnolia grandiflora, egyptian jasmine, narcissus absolute orpur
Base: crinum lily, white iris, violet leaf absolute orpur
Powdery and romantic, this opulent bouquet of lily of the valley, magnolia, jasmine, and violet reminds me of a vintage eau de parfum. One that would be kept in a beautiful glass bottle with an atomizer and that would sit on a elegant mahogany dresser. This dusky scent is utterly glamorous and classic.