Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Perfumes I'll Be Wearing This Fall

It's officially fall and I almost wore a big black shawl when going out for dinner tonight (but it wasn't really needed). Still, there's an invitation in the air and the changes are all around us, and at least at this point it's very welcome, including in perfume. This isn't an "All Time Favorites" list. I wrote one last year, adding to my Transition Into Fall suggestions from 2011. This is just a very personal look at fragrances I'll be wearing as often as possible in the coming weeks.

The Perennials
Bandit (Piguet), Shalimar, and Mitsouko (Guerlain). It's not that I ever stop wearing them, and Shalimar in all concentrations is perhaps my most worn perfume, summer and winter. Bandit and Mitsouko, two very different  sides of the chypre theme, do work better in colder weather. All three are eternal, like the change of seasons.

Newest Discoveries
RealOud from Phoenicia Perfumes because it's one sexy beast and Ashoka by Neela Vermeire because it's fig and leather. Not as new, but the husband gave me a bottle of Hedonist (Viktoria Minya) for our anniversary (obviously he reads this blog and takes notes).

Heartwarming and good for the soul
Some perfumes are just right. Le Labo Santal 33 is one-- all wood, spice and violets. Aftelier Tango is a sensual kaleidoscope of warmth and color, Tzora by Anat Fritz is crisp, peppery, and carries the dry air of the mountains on its wings.

And last, because I vowed to only include ten perfumes in this list, is Muscs Kublai Khan (Serge Lutens). I will wear it the first time I wrap myself in a much beloved cream-colored cashmere scarf that I've had for years. The understated cable knit goes well with the grandest of musks, and will probably retain the scent for the remaining of the season (no matter how many times I'll Dryell it until then).

Is there a perfume you're especially looking forward to wearing this fall?

Image by Riikka Sormunen.


  1. I adore the Fall and Winter, Sf gets cool but not so much so that it's uncomfortable. A few of my favorite scents are Theorema (the sandalwood, amber and spice play beautifully together), very warm and cuddly.My green favorites are Magie Noire and Bandit, and last but not least Serge Luten's Daim Blonde, spicy suede and that jammy apricot note that blooms beautifully in cooler weather.

  2. It's been cold up here (northern New England) for about a month now, so I've already broken out my favorites. L'A Tea for Two, SSS Sienna Musk, SL Five O'Clock au Gingembre, and Bois des Iles have all been worn more than once so far, and I'm excited to be reunited with other loves (like Parfums DelRae Bois de Paradis and POTL and...and...)! I hate cold weather but I love spicy cold-weather scents. Thanks for the reminder of Aftelier Tango. I have a few drops in a nearly empty bottle somewhere and they should be savored.

  3. Thank you so much Gaia - I’m honored to have Tango in your fall lineup, and I always love your very personal & wise writing about perfumes (and of course makeup!).
    xo Mandy

  4. Like This by Etat Libre d'Orange for sure. Also, Dzongkha, Poivre Piquant, Tauer's Incense Rose, and like SoSuSam, Parfums DelRae Bois de Paradis.

  5. I'm thinking Joy this fall to counter the chill.


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