This list of spicy perfumes to celebrate Thanksgiving was the Husband's idea. Our turkey-free Thanksgiving meal is on his mind, and while there won't be a bird on the table, spices are very much what it's about. Once we started to discuss the perfumes to include here it became clear that the obvious choice is Serge Lutens. I can't help it: these are my favorites. But there are more wonderful choices out there and I tried to include a thing or two that are less expected along with a modern classic or three.
- Etat Libre d'Orange- Like This (Tilda Swinton). This pumpkin pie perfume will be part of similar lists till the end of days. That's actually a very good thing.
- Serge Lutens- Rousse. Perhaps the ultimate in cinnamon, warmth, and autumn leaves.
- Serge Lutens- Five O'clock au Gingembre. Spicy pastries, afternoon tea, and the coziness of the season.
- Serge Lutens- Arabie. The last one, I promise. Arabie is not exactly pilgrim material, but it's the spiciest and most evocative fragrance in this genre.
- Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger. Jo Malone perfumes might be more about the flowers and the atmosphere of English cottage gardens, but Nutmeg & Ginger is an example of an easy-to-wear spicy fragrance that doesn't take over the entire room.
- Frapin Caravelle Epicee. Frapin has several options that I could have included here (the boozy 1697 is also incredibly spicy and satisfying), but Caravelle Epicee has it all, from pepper to coriander, and a cashmere sweater dry-down.
- DSH Perfumes Épices d’Hiver- I had a hard time picking from the many gorgeous options Dawn Spencer Hurwitz offers, but Épices d’Hiver on all its pepper-vanilla-incense (and a lot more) is just what I'm craving right now.
- CB I Hate Perfume- M3 November. A bit too obvious? Maybe. But this is Thanksgiving in a bottle, and Christopher Brosius is the master of creating an aromatic picture right there on your skin.
- Parfum d'Empire- Aziyade. This cumin, cardamom, and cinnamon bomb is related to Arabie, and is probably more India than Plymouth. still fabulous, though.
- Annick Goutal- Sables. With a prominent immortelle note, this classic masculine from Annick Goutal is very maple-like. It's also peppery, honeyed, and just smoky enough to keep it interesting.
What would you add to the list? What perfume will you wear on Thanksgiving day?
Art: 'Thanksgiving', 1894, by Will H. Bradley for the literary magazine The Chap-Book.