Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sixteen Super Fragrances for Fall

Okay, okay, so what if fall is halfway over. I'm a procrastinator in every sense of the word. Cut me some slack. Autumn is my faaaaaavorite time of year, so I felt obligated to do my very own fall fragrance list. Let's do this!

Bonfire Vibes
Smoky, Smoldering, & Dry

Imaginary Authors; A City on Fire  - $85/60ml
cade oil, spikenard, cardamom, clearwood, dark berries, labdanum, & burnt match

A perfect imitation of a smoke-infiltrated sweatshirt after an evening spent laughing and drinking hard cider around a campfire with friends.

Tauer Perfumes; L'air du Desert Marocain - $130/50ml
coriander, cumin with a hint of petitgrain. The heart features rock rose and jasmine. The base includes cedar, vetiver and ambergris

A much less literal representation of a bonfire is Andy Tauer's L'air du Desert Marocain. Dry and smoky, but more reminiscent of an eclectic home scented with rosy incense, and heated by a wood-burning fireplace.

ROADS; Harmattan - $155/50ml
lavender, vetiver, oud, saffron, black pepper, tuberose, rose, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, bourbon, tonka bean, frankincense, patchouli, & myrrh

Oud-lite. An earthy, saffron-infused wood, charred ever-so-slightly.

Pinrose; Campfire Rebel - $50/30ml
whiskey, raspberry, burning oud wood, vetiver, vanilla bourbon

Very campy, with an infusion of sweetness. Like you're roasting marshmellows on a crackling flame.

Corn Mazes, Carnival Rides, & Thanksgiving Pies
Sophisticated & Satiating Sweets 

L'Artisan Parfums; Dzing! - $90/100ml
leather, ginger, tonka bean, musk, white woods, caramel, saffron, toffee, candy apple, & cotton candy

Squeeee! My beloved Dzing! A carnival petting zoo mixed with leather and sweet treats.

Serge Lutens; Chergui - $150/50ml
tobacco leaf, honey, iris, sandalwood, amber, musk, incense, rose, & hay

Like being taken on a hay ride by a man smoking a corncob pipe. Sweet, powdery tobacco with an infusion of honey and hay.

Bois 1920; Sushi Imperiale - $205/100ml
bergamot, mandarin orange, lemon, pepper, nutmeg, jasmine, rose, star anise, cinnamon, sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, tonka bean, & madagascar vanilla

Hot, cinnamon-y apple cider with a glorious interweaving of fresh men's cologne.

Etat Libre d'Orange; Like This - $85/47ml
yellow tangerine, ginger, pumpkin, immortelle, Moroccan neroli, Grass rose, vetiver, heliotrope, & musk

Golden leaves, pumpkin pie puree, and bright yellow notes combine to create an aroma very reminiscent of home in the autumn.

Cozy Couch Hangs
Comforting & Enveloping

Maria Candida Gentile; Syconium - $45/15ml
honey, milk, fig, sandalwood, & beeswax

Like pouring honeyed milk over a wooden bowl full of ripened figs. Divine. Warm. Sweet.

Nicolai Parfumeur Createur; Ambre Cashmere Intense - $65/30ml
black pepper, mandarin orange, citron, orris root, violet and cloves, vanilla, labdanum, benzoin, tonka bean, patchouli, sandalwood, musk, & amber

Lemon custard pie with a sprinkle of pepper and finished with all the warmth and depth of resinous, earthy, and sweet notes. Throw on a cashmere sweater and curl up on the couch.

Jacomo; #08 -$43/100ml
cardamom, ginger, black tea, freesia, milk, dried fruit, cinnamon, milk, & amber

A chai latte in perfume form; need I say more?

Tokyo Milk; Bulletproof - $36/47ml
smoked tea, coconut milk, cedar, & ebony

All the elements of a comforting black tea scent, combined with coconut milk and woody notes. Incredibly unique and soothing.

Smooth Sandalwood 
Creamy Woods

Nirvana; Black - $80/1oz
violet, sandalwood and vanilla

A totally effortless sandalwood. 

Diptyque; Tam Dao EDP - $145/75ml
lime, coriander, ginger, sandalwood, cedarwood, musc, vanilla, & amber wood

A lumberyard start turns into a sweet, milky sandalwood with a well-tempered vanilla.

Guerlain; Samsara - $45/50ml
green notes, peach, ylang-ylang, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are iris, violet, orris, jasmine, rose and narcissus; base notes are iris, sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk and vanilla

My Samsara is a vintage EDT, and I haven't compared it to the current formula, but I had to include it. Gorgeous, smooth sandalwood with an aldehydic edge.

Keiko Mecheri; Bois de Santal - $140/75ml
Mysore sandalwood, white Chinese osmanthus, & ambergris

A beautifully soft woodsy scent with a powdery fresh undercurrent. Wears like velvet.

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