Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Favorite Perfumes For Fall

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.


  1. Gosh, your taste is scarily close to my own! I love 90% of the scents you listed. My personal favorite this fall is Ramon Monegal Mon Cuir. I'm obsessed with it, and Cuirelle too.

  2. Nice list Gaia. I am also digging Kurkdjian's Oud. I've got to save up to get a bottle ;-)

  3. I love many of these (and need to try the rest). I would also add MPG Racine (for a day outdoors) and Frapin 1697 (ideal for nights in front of a fireplace). ~~nozknoz

  4. mmh tempting descriptions, now I am curious about Mona di Orio Vanille, the rum note scares me, is it very apparent? Cybele

  5. On my fall list is COROMANDEL, Back to Black, Cuir de Russie and No22. Cybele

  6. Great list! I will add a few of my favorites: Coromandel, PG Indochine, and Chantecaille Kalimantan.

  7. Wow Gaia, I love your writing & taste so much - I’m thrilled to have you choose my Parfum Privé in your fall favorites! I treasure this genuine honor, and always appreciate (with amazement) how well you understand my work!
    xo Mandy

    1. Mandy-Your parfum Prive is gorgeous!

    2. For Fall, I love the lighter version of Fendi's Theorema, Esprit d'ete, Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan or Shiseido's Feminite du Bois, Gucci's L' Arte di Gucci edp (more oriental) and Chanel's Coromandel.
      Another scent that I think is wonderful for Fall, is Sonoma Scent Studio's Jour Ensoleille-an absolutely beautiful golden chypre-it has a warm vibe that practically sings in our Northern California Fall weather.

    3. I, too, live in Northern California (San Francisco) and I will wear VC&A Orchidee Vanille.

  8. You have good taste, Gaia.

    Personally, the cold weather is perfect to wear one of my favourite fragrances: Chergui.

  9. For me, it's Chergui & Fumerie Turque.


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