Yep, it’s that time again — Fall’s Top 10. As usual we’re going to cheat it. Here are some of the ways to welcome fall–
Skanky – you knew we’d start here, didn’t you? If you’ve been holding back because of the warmer weather, now’s the time to break out your favorite cumin-rich, musk-ridden, armpit-redolent scents. We recommend: Vivienne Westwood Boudoir, Party in Manhattan, CB I Hate Perfume Musk Absolute (just the best smut in a bottle), Muscs Koublai Khan (which, to Lee’s nose, is increasingly delicate with each subsequent sniff), and Patty has to have Amouage Lyric for women.
Smoky – what is fall without smoke? Whether it’s bonfire, fireplace, or pipe tobacco, now is the time for a good smoke. We recommend: CB I Hate Perfume Burning Leaves, Serge Lutens Chergui, Guerlain Bois d’Armenie, and the smoke king Le Labo Patchouli 24.
Gourmand — cold and rainy? Break out those comfort scents! We Recommend: Lolita Lempicka au Masculin for licorice woodiness, Ambre Narguile to make March and Patty scream and run for cover, Safran Troublant to feel like you’re a middle Eastern rice pudding, KenzoAmour for milky-woody goodness, and anything vanilla.
Woody — everyone needs a little wood, especially as the nights turn frosty. Try the terrifically tumescent Tumulte pour Homme at the bargain end, Serge Lutens Santal Blanc, or Chene if your penchant is more man oak than cedar pencil.
Schpicy — and if you’ve got wood, why not throw in some spice to make it really sizzle (pomander provisos from previous posts temporarily foregone). Santal de Mysore is always Lee’s default choice, or there’s Arabie. March votes for Malle’s Noir Epices. Patty sits this one out, unless you just want to go big on peppery carnation and load up with Caron’s Poivre. Don’t overapply or you’ll be sorry.
Weird — there’s something about cooler weather that can really bring out your inner perfume adventurer. Try something outside your usual comfort zone. Expand your horizons. We recommend: something from the weirder Comme des Garcons series (leaves, synthetic), CdG White or 2, Versace Dreamer, the violets in the mushroom patch oddity that is Dans tes Bras. It’s the safest way to get your freak on.
Melancholy — seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness, on quiet days, have the almost pleasurable sadness of a year saying goodbye. Emphasise the sorrow with Iris Silver Mist, l’Eau d’Hiver. Perhaps best of all, the iris incense quietude of the wonderful Dzongkha.
Gender-bending. If you’re a man, go for it — splash on something super femme and work it. If you’re a fan of girly (or womanly) fragrances, why not try something uber-male? We recommend: (femme scents for men) – Piguet Fracas, Serge Lutens A La Nuit, any Ormonde Jayne. For girls who want to smell like men: YSL Kouros (March triple-dog-dares you) or Caron Yatagan.
Over The Top — admit it. A true perfumista often harbors a lust, public or private, for some ball-busting, room-clearing fragrance. You know it’s wrong. You love it anyway. We recommend: Christian Dior Poison or Hypnotic Poison or Mugler’s ubiquitous Angel.
The vintage — what better time of year to wear your hoarded collection with abandonment? It’s time to roll out your Youth Dew, Tabu, or 50 year old Mitsy parfum, baby, and spray as though recession ain’t today’s obsession.