In theory I'm not much into perfume seasons as I tell myself that I wear whatever I want all year round. It's kind of true, as I wear my Bandit, Shalimar and Mitsouko with the same enthusiasm in July as I do in January. The same goes with some modern favorites such as L'Air du Desert Marocain, MKK or Miel de Bois. But a good look through my fragrance wardrobe as well as my (nerd alert!) spreadsheet reveals that I really like vetiver and tuberose in the summer while preferring leather and smoke in winter. So here's a quick list of perfumes waiting for me to come back and indulge:
1. Chanel- Cuir de Russie, Bois des Iles, and Égoïste Cologne Concentrée. All are as satisfying as they're elegant, like a fantasy of fall fashion.
2. Guerlain Tonka Imperiale. Thick and sweet even for a Guerlain perfume, and just as addictive.
3. Mona di Orio Ambre, Cuir and Vanille. Simply some of the best perfumes around.
4. Ramon Monegal- Mon Cuir. A recent love that can be a bit overbearing in the heat but as perfect as a new fall jacket.
5. Maison Francis Kurkdjian- Absolue pour le Soir and also his Oud. I don't wear fur but the perfumer's fantasy of honey and animalics is the olfactory equivalent. His Oud is just gorgeous.
6. Serge Lutens- Boxeuses, Cuir Mauresque and Santal Majuscule. What's better than going to bed with Uncle Serge? (No, please don't answer that)
7. Vero Profumo- Onda. Perhaps my signature cold weather fragrance. And I had the honor to have Vero smell it on me last January. I want to be her when I grow up.
8. Aftelier- Parfum Prive. Mandy Aftel's very personal masterpiece.
9. CDG- Zagorsk. Smoke and incense over snowy rooftops.
10. Tom Ford Private Blend- Tuscan Leather, Purple Patchouli, and Tobacco Vanille. An abundance of riches.
11. L'Artisan- Traverse de Bosphore, Havana Vanille and Mechant Loup. Probably also the strange and wonderful Bois Farine.
12. Parfum d'Empire- Ambre Russe, Wazamba and Cuir Ottoman. Perfumes for cashmere jackets and sweaters.
What perfumes are you waiting to wear as the days and nights are getting colder?
Art: Autumn Branch by Marcia Baldwin.