This wonderful photo by Cuneyt Akeroglu in the September/October issue of Wonderland Magazine inspired me.
As usual, it took me several days to choose my Top 10 – this time in random order. What do I associate with autumn without using clichés? I think of either spicy and cozy or very transparent and cool fragrances; or something seasonal like pear. That’s what I need when days are getting shorter and the sun plays hide and seek. Enjoy my selection and tell me what you think about it. I would love to get more comments. Don’t be so shy, I know you are here, I check my statistics – talk to me!
Éditions de Parfums Frédéric Malle: Geranium pour Monsieur
I love the cool mint note in Geranium pour Monsieur. It anticipates the cold season. By the way, I find this perfume intriguingly suitable for all seasons. In summer it’s great to cool down, in winter it goes hand in hand with the cold winds outside. For me it is one of the best fragrances of the Frédéric Malle line; composed by Dominique Ropion. I especially love the warm base with the typical barbershop notes of cinnamon and clove. A real gentleman’s perfume. Wonderful on a man, but also wonderful on me – Geranium pour Mademoiselle.
Heeley: Iris de Nuit
You could not overdose on Iris de Nuit. It’s pure sophistication. One of my favorite iris fragrances with a slight touch of violet and carrot seed and a base of ambergris and white cedar; I love it as much as sleeping in a freshly made bed with white bed linen. Gorgeous and very uplifting on a cold and rainy day.
Huitième Art: Ciel d’Airain
The whole new line of Pierre Guillaume is wonderful, but Ciel d’Airain is my favorite for autumn. The perfume plays with the idea of the pear tree. This pear is ripe, lush and sweet. Combined with olive wood and amber it has a soft structure and what I like most – a milky note. It’s a challenge to imitate the smell of a whole tree. A lot of perfumers have tried this with fig trees. This pear tree is cleverly done and very convincing.
Knize: Knize Ten
A classic. Knize Ten by Vincent Roubert has a subtle sweetness created by amber and vanilla. It’s one of my favorite leather scents and perfect for the cold season. It covers you like a blanket and makes you feel naked at the same time. The opening smiles with the freshness of orange and bergamot coupled with a spicy rosemary note and turns into a woody flower bouquet to end as an antique Chippendale leather sofa. And there you’ll sit for a long, long time.
Tangerine time. The second perfume of the New York based concept store Odin is made with tangerines from the Japanese province of Owari. At first it smells like peeling a freshly picked fruit. But that’s not enough. With pepper, amber and tonkin musk this fragrance is a wonderful companion for the colder season. Owari was composed by Pierre-Constantin Guéros of Drom Fragrances.
Olivier Durbano: Black Tourmaline
A Holy Grail for frankincense lovers. Mysterious, smoky and dark with notes of oud, smoked wood, leather, amber, musk and patchouli. It feels like having fallen asleep by the open fire and then awakening in a moonlit night. Divine! The perfume is inspired by black tourmaline, a stone that looks like charcoal. Black tourmaline stimulates the root chakra, protects against negative energy and connects you to the ground. That’s what I need.
Andy Tauer: Une rose vermeille
Andy Tauer told me that this is a “cheerful rose“. At first I just thought “Why cheerful?“ but now I understand what he meant. If this perfume doesn’t make you smile nobody can help you anymore. Une rose vermeille works like inhaling happy pills. Perfect for grey days in autumn. The amazing wedding of a rose and a raspberry is the most brilliant bash in 2010. You should try this as soon as possible. With vanilla, tonka bean and lots of emotions…enjoyable and by the way very sexy!
Andrée Putman: Préparation Parfumée
Amazing minimalism by Olivia Giacobetti. A tart, transparent fragrance with the coolness of gin. Intense and yet clear and light. Like the last beautiful sunny days in autumn when it is already cold outside and the air is fresh and full of energy. With notes of cedar, pepper, water lily and coriander.
Jo Wood Organics: Usiku
Hippie oriental style. Usiku, which means ’night‘ in Swahili, is warm and comforting if you want to calm down and relax. It feels like a day in a luxurious spa with all those wonderful organic oils or it makes you dream of a day in the countryside with a walk through the autumn landscape in rubber boots. With notes of rosemary, pine, cardamom, ginger, coriander, clove, cedar wood and vanilla. 100 per cent organic with eco-cert. Peace and love. Have I already mentioned that Jo Wood toured with The Rolling Stones about 30 years? She is the former wife of Ron Wood, guitarist of The Rolling Stones.
Parfumerie Générale: Gardenia Grand Soir
Gardenia Grand Soir is a fragrance of the Parfumerie Générale’s Limited Edition series. It is very sensual and glamorous with a delicate, buttery, thick sweetness. A creamy, green and quite exotic floral with notes of blackcurrant leaves and sandalwood. It will make you want to lick your arms. When you enter a room everyone will notice you, believe me.
Photo: Cuneyt Akeroglu | Wonderland Magazine