October has brought golden Autumn filled with colorful leaves in shades of brown, orange, yellow and red that gradually fall from trees turning into vivid and rustling carpets on top of the park pavements. Autumn like that is pretty and can be enjoyable even at times when a chilly wind is blowing behind our backs. On the other hand there are days when the sky is completely grey and it looks as if it was about to start to fall on your heads. Days filled with gloom and rain are definitely less enjoyable but at least they give you a good reason to stay at home as you wrap yourself with a fluffy blanket with a big cup of your favorite tea or coffee in hands, watching some movies.
I bet many of you have already done that or are in the process of deciding if its the high time to push back all the light, airy and summery fragrances and bring forward heavier scents with resins, spices and incense. To me rose is one of these materials that are pretty versatile no matter it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter. Among rose perfumes there are some that seem especially suitable for this transition period when it’s not summer anymore and it’s not winter yet. They can be glamorous, nostalgic, relaxing or uplifting – so here they are, my 6 roses for Autumn.
- Let’s hit it off with a perfume that belongs to the noble category of all-natural fragrances – Rose L’Orange by April Aromatics. Perfumer Tanja Bochnig blended a precious rose essence that is very rich in aroma, with the smell of orange blossom and neroli. These two essences sourced from orange tree flowers add a juicy, citric tenderness that is very uplifting and optimistic. When it blends with rose and a pinch of sweetness from vanilla the entire perfume evolves into a cuddly goodness that to me smells like a delicious rose confiture with candied orange peel. Very appropriate for chilly Autumn evenings.
- Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme is a rose of hundred faces. Ever since 2012 when I discovered this fragrance and fell in love with it, it still smells to me like a blend of fresh dark red roses with dry ones, sprinkled with rose-water. Papyrus adds a lovely vibe of rose potpourri. Rose Anonyme is sensual and seductive, at the same time being more dark and mysterious thanks to a little portion of oud. Patchouli adds depth to it while benzoin makes it feel a bit more balsamic. And that extra sparkle from ginger is a nice final touch.
- Third fragrance that I decided that should be included in this list and without which it would be incomplete is Rose Velours by Van Cleef & Arpels. My scent twin Hajusuuri and I really like it. This perfume is not an obvious choice for Autumn because it’s a more subtle and lightweight rose. What makes it worthy wearing in this season are notes of honey, benzoin and ambroxan which are nicely blended and balanced, giving you this luxurious feeling that I’d like to compare with liquid gold. Rose Velours is classy in more than one way.
- I bet many of you are familiar with Voleur de Roses launched by L’Artisan Parfumeur in 1993. This unusual perfume is a perfect option for fall due to its complexity and undeniable character. On my skin the opening gives a sparkly rose which then becomes more earthy, muddy, with a hefty dose of spices and dirty patchouli. The latter one is probably the only dirty patchouli I can wear. Voleur de Roses probably smells like a rose garden in the middle of an autumnal rain. This will be probably a bolder choice compared to other roses in this list.
- We love creative art work of perfumer Mandy Aftel. She has that undeniable talent of turning her creations into little gems that often have this old-fashioned, retro vibe style without overdoing it & making them mostly suitable for our grandmas. Aftelier liquid perfume of Wild Roses smells great, no matter if it rains or it’s a nice October day. In this perfume roses, included ta’if rose have been put together with apricot for a light and powdery sweetness that later evolves into more warm and spicy being thanks to pimento. Vanilla makes it milder on skin while geranium adds a lovely crispness that immediately makes me think of crisp mornings of Autumn. You won’t say “no” to this fragrance once you try it.
- Finally I’d like to spread some love for the fragrance that I discovered in my early perfumistahood. I fell in love with it years ago but for no reason I kept hesitating to purchase it… until few days ago when I finally bought it, reminded how beautiful it smells when I was writing this post. Histoires de Parfums Rosam is a perfect and rich rose for Autumn. Here ta’if rose blends with other rose species and citrusy top notes that quickly become sensual elixir made of saffron, a bit of oud, incense and sandalwood. It’s super cuddly and it always boosts my confidence. Plus a little goes a long way since it’s absolu eau de parfum concentrated. And bottle is covered in a silver veil. Rosam is sensually seductive.
Which one out of these 6 would you go with? Or maybe you have another option? Do tell!