September is slowly coming to an end. Long and bright days of summer are over. Every week as I look at the trees I see more and more colors appearing in the parks. Each day it gets more yellow, red and brown while the green color slowly fades away. Autumn is near and there’s nothing you can really do about it. Well, you can always move to a country when it’s always warm, even in winter or you can go somewhere when there are no actual seasons. Personally, I wouldn’t bother to do that.
I really like autumn. It’s one of those specific periods of the year when everything slows down and it kind of matches my personality that doesn’t like to live in a hurry. I’m a calm man, kind of contemplative person who likes to read a book drinking hot tea from a huge cup, with some scented candles lit in the room. And I love walking in the park, when there’s a thick carpet of fallen leaves. I like the way they rustle under my feet. It reminds me of my dog, she loved playing with leaves.
If where you live there are temperate seasons like there are in Poland you’re probably doing the same thing as me – rearranging your fragrance wardrobe. It’s time to hide the sweet citrus, neroli and lighter perfumes to the back of the wardrobe and bring some heavier, smokier compositions that will suit the Autumn scenery. I thought I would share with you a list of perfumes that get an approval stamp from Autumn and from me.
- Atelier Cologne Silver Iris – this newest Cologne Absolue is simply made to be worn on foggy, autumn days. The opening is made of tangerine that brings sweetness and blackcurrant that provides light tartiness to the lightly spicy smell of pink pepper. The iris is slightly powdery with delicate rooty feeling and it’s crisp like autumn evenings thanks to violet leaf. Drydown is warm and cuddly, with musk, amber & patchouli.
- Carner Barcelona Rima XI – this stunning fragrance from Spain will spice up your day. It’s loaded with cardamom, vanilla and amber. It smells of roasted wallnuts and warm spices such as cinnamon, coriander, pepper and saffron. To me it brings the feeling of baking an apple pie. There’s a lot of melancholy to that scent and it’s a one of a kind perfume which is definitely worth trying this season! You know I love D600 and Tardes, right? Rima XI is just as good!
- Sonoma Scent Studio Sienna Musk – this lovely perfume from Laurie Ericson is one of my favorites in the line. It combines a mild juiciness of mandarin orange with a sweet smell of spicy cloves you could use to make a compote. All these tasty things happen over a creamy base made of sandalwood and musk. This fragrance is a perfect thing to bring some more light to your cloudy afternoons spent at reading a book or watching TV.
- Ramon Monegal Barcelona Cuirelle – Autumn is the best time to pull out some light leathers from our perfume cabinets (I’ll leave those heavier ones for winter) and Cuirelle is a perfect one to go with. It smells more like a suede accord, paired with beeswax sweetness, incense to bring more smoky feeling but most of all to introduce the dominant balmy vibe with some woody tones. Cuirelle is like soft gloves on a rainy morning in October.
- Parfum d’Empire Eau Suave – this Sweet Water is amazing, it has all the best to offer. A plushy, velvet rose surrounded by a beautiful, jammy saffron and warm, spicy coriander. All this with an addition of raspberries, red berries, pepper, hints of lactonic peach and of course – oakmoss, a signature of every Marc-Antoine Corticchiato creations.
- Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena – iris is a love for me and it feels very suitable for an autumn weather. In Iris Nazarena you’ll find a wonderful, rooty iris which is preceded by a smell of ash. Later on incense appears on the skin. Pairing of iris and incense is not very common which makes this new perfume something very unique and worth discovering. If you’re a fan of iris perfumes you should go ahead and give it a try. Be warned, it’s addictive!
I hope you enjoyed reading my short impressions of perfumes that in my opinion are absolute hits in terms of wearing them in the unpredictable Autumn weather. Did any of the six fragrances above awakened more curiosity in your perfumista mind? What kind of perfumes are you going to wear when all the leaves turn red? Do you have any season favorites? Do you adjust your wardrobe to the seasons? Do tell in the comments!