Woohoo it’s getting cold outside. Summer is definitely over in this part of the world. During the last days I have been looking around the perfume counters to get new inspirations. Here are my personal recommendations for the autumn perfume wardrobe.
Tell me your likes and dislikes for the colder season. What do we need? Amber, vanilla, leather, woods, pipe tobacco and everything that makes us feel comfy. Or do you try to escape with more summery scents? Anything you want to recommend?
Montale: Blue Amber
An overwhelmingly warm and powdery amber scent with vanilla and patchouli. My absolute autumn darling amber. Stunning!
Nez à Nez: Marron Chic
A wonderfully powdery iris perfume that gravitates into the direction of a gourmand scent but instead morphs into something leathery. Adorable and very close to the skin. It’s like a calm winter Infusion d’Iris. Iris roots covered with cocoa powder – chic, not too sweet, brilliant!
Dior: Dior Homme
Justice… an iris scent for the boys, because iris on men’s skin is so gorgeous! For me Dior Homme is one of the best men’s perfumes you can find beyond niche perfumery. Sparkling bergamot, powdery iris and a woody base, love it. Simple and chic. You haven’t seen the short movie Un rendez-vous with Jude Law for Dior Homme? You should!
Technique Indiscrète: Délivre Moi
Délivre Moi (Rescue me) is a beguiling, musky honey scent with a calming aura, a suede note and a very cool vintage twist. It feels like being covered with warm beeswax – delish. No wonder, that singer Mika bought the entire stock of Délivre Moi at the Jovoy boutique in Paris last week. Relax, there will be fresh supply for you!
April Aromatics: Bohemian Spice
Bohemian Spice, which was part of the Summer of Patchouli Love 2011 contest, is like a cat, cuddling with you. The warm, woody and earthy formula with a special vanilla chord and soft benzoin is better than a cashmere blanket. The fact that it is all-natural makes it even better. Nathan Branch described it as “a layer cake of citrus, incense and spice accords slathered in a thick patchouli cream.“ That’s it.
Comme des Garçons: Kyoto
Because you need at least one incense scent for the cold season and Kyoto is the one. A very moderate incense with a wonderful cedar note. Sophisticated and simply amazing. I love this stuff, it’s my favorite incense perfume for men. Intoxicating.
Atelier Cologne: Vanille Incensée
Incense bathing in creamy vanilla. The drydown is powdery and very sensual. I found this very alluring. Impressed.
L’Artisan Parfumeur: Tea for Two
If it’s not vanilla for you, maybe you like some chai tea flavor? Tea for Two is a dry, leathery, spicy and warm companion for the dark season. It smells a little bit like Dzing! diluted with tea. No wonder, both perfumes are created by the same perfumer, Olivia Giacobetti!
Serge Lutens: Chergui
I prefer the older Serge Lutens fragrances and Chergui is my personal favorite. I like to contrast the cold autumn storms outside with a warm desert wind from Morocco – the Chergui. This scent is a spicy, leathery, honeyed, musky, elegant, warm oriental with notes of pipe tobacco and sandalwood – all we need for underneath our trench now.
Oscar de la Renta: Esprit d’Oscar
Press the autumn escape button. Esprit d’Oscar was a real surprise for me, I tested it by accident and found it lovely from the start. The lemony opening and the soft heliotrope in combination with the allure of the white florals makes it a really wonderful feminine scent for the daytime. The kind of cosy baby-powder-almond-flour scent (typically for heliotrope) you need to have in your perfume wardrobe to feel comfortable when the weather is getting nasty.
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