Top 10 of Fall 2009

fall leaves

Written by the Whole Gang

Once again we turn our attention to the fall fragrances we’re most excited about — whether it’s something new, or something old that’s captured our attention.  For some of us in the States it seems like we barely had fall — parts of the country have already been clocked by their first snowstorms.  But there’s always time to celebrate fall fragrances, even if fall itself exists only as a state of mind.

(Nava reports from the Northern Territories: And wasn’t it just yesterday we were schvitzing like crazy? The weather patterns are unbelievable. Seemingly overnight, every leaf on every tree has turned yellow or red. I refuse to even speak of snow!)

AnitaIt’s autumn.  Bored with summer’s citrus and lacy folderol, I am loving the opportunity to don my heavy hitters,  the Empress Mitsouko and her Western counterpart, Jolie Madame.  But I’ve yarked on about those two ’til even I am sick of talking about them.  Soooo…..how ’bout a little leather?  I love leather in this weather.  Cool, sexy, a little fierce.  But not quite Kinky Boots.  A little more understated, with the sex coming from the buttery perfection of the leather……okay, you can add  those fabulous little leather strappy ties that look so incredible (for about 2 days, until you forget how to tie them and they get all wrinkly).

Cuir de Lancome is a gorgeous, warm leather.  A rich, brown-cognac Bottega Veneta woven leather bag from 1985, stashed in my Tia Jeannetta’s closet, still in the box. She was funny like that.  But man, that leather smelled soooo good.  Mistress Shelley introduced me to Cuir de Lancome.  I fought her like a caged weasel for quite awhile, refusing to believe that something from Lancome could be that good.

She wuz right.

Diorling. ’nuff said.  Okay.  Maybe not.  Diorling is one of those fragrances that I wish like hockey sticks I’d had sense to know about when …well, you know, back when it was about $1.49.  This one is Erin’s fault and I don’t know if I will ever be able to forgive her for her incredible generosity that enslaved me forever.  Sooo beautiful, with that wild mix of leather and smoky sweetness.  Don’t ask me what’s in it.  I don’t know and I don’t care.  It just smells good and makes me feel 20 lbs thinner.  That’s good enough for me!

Lee – Here in the silly old UK, we are definitely having a gentle journey into autumn. No frost yet, but a nip in the air at night, and first thing. Great planting weather.

Unlike Patty, I’ve sniffed nothing new. But right now, I’m ODing on Dior’s Eau Noire on those ‘ gimme all I can take’ days (these sort of days roll into each other – good job EN hangs around…), and Dia pour Homme for those that are more restrained.

March – Louise called me something like a secret amber whore recently, which I vehemently denied, but … maybe she’s onto something.  Don’t tell her I said so.  I’ve always thought of amber as liquid death.  Speaking of which, I’ve been having a huge Serge Lutens bender recently.  Our weather has been all over the place, but that hasn’t stopped me from bustin’ out some Serge, including a new one for me which I’ll be touching on in my Sunday/Monday post.  Serge Lutens I have esteemed and admired more than worn, but man, that seems to be changing.  If I start raving on here about Tubereuse Criminy or that damn Borneo, call the FBI, I’ve been abducted.  Right now I am wafting Fleurs d’Oranger in all its cuminy blossomy magnificence and laughing, what is wrong with me that I won’t just buy it?  I’m on like my third sample, I should buy a bottle already.    Also been loving Serge’s Santal Blanc layered with Clair de Musc.  And speaking of musk, when I’m not killing people around me with Serge I’m wearing relatively simple, clean wallpaper musks like the Clair de Musc, Narciso Rodriguez Intense (yes, I bought a bottle) and the oddly vegetal Kiehls Original.

Nava – Once again, my fall-winter-spring standby is Donna Karan Chaos. I’ve been thinking a lot about her fragrances lately. I’m betting she thinks they’re all very spiritual scents; Ms. Karan being the raw foodie, yogi, zen 60+ ageless wonder that she is. I’ve even broken out some of her Essence Wenge and Labdanum to mix with my beloved Chaos. Adding those scents to the mix just makes the whole concoction that much more beautiful. My other choice is the new Si Lolita by Lolita Lempicka. How can you go wrong with flowers and spice? Ever?

Patty – Two for me on my hottest wearing list – Kilian Pure Oud and Francis Kurdjian’s Pour Le Soir. Cuddly warm loveliness.  But others that are in constant rotation is the Gardenia, Muguet and Bois d’Iris from the Van Cleef & Arpels CE line.  They don’t seem as fall-like as the other two, but I can’t seem to tell my nose to keep them on hold until spring.

For more Top Ten fall lists, please visit Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc, Now Smell This and Perfume-Smellin’ Things.

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62 Comments
Victoria October 25, 2009

Great lists! I love the mention of Diorling, which I have neglected as of late. Need to rectify this neglect as soon as possible. And I am with you, March, on Lutens. :)

Joe October 23, 2009

There are so many scents that work so perfectly for fall. I really have to break out (but sparingly use) the decant of Diorling that someone was kind enough to send me, Anita! And Lee, as for Eau Noire, I think many fragrances with immortelle are just perfect in cool weather. As I mentioned on NST, my fall purchase wishlist items (let's see if I follow through) are: - Ava Luxe Kretek - Soivohle Purple Love Smoke I also really wouldn't mind a nice healthy decant of that CdG Daphne, but the budget might make me make do with another woody tuberose favorite, SL Cèdre.

Lee October 23, 2009

That's cuz you rock the old European money look with elan. And the terriers only add to the deal.

carter October 23, 2009

I am on a vintage Lanvin tear, the Andre Fraysse ones: Rumeur, Pretexte, Scandal, Arpege, and Crescendo. This collection is rocking my falling leaves world. I am most definitely in the "prefer vintage in general" camp and find that probably 99.5% of the new stuff disapoints, and even when it doesn't it still isn't as good as the great vintage scents. Serge Lutens is one notable exception, and if the new Amouage attars are half as good as Homage, that's another. Several of the Malles, the de Nicolais, the Killians, and a smattering of other things here and there. And I do want to try some of the new Cartiers and VCAs, but it is classical French perfumery pretty much all the way for me, baby. I just cain't quit it! And at the moment, in this season, these Lanvins are all I really need.

aelily October 23, 2009

Today I woke up to wind and rain, and I wanted to douse myself in a comfy vanilla something (like Le Labo Vanille, or AG's Vanille). However, I had to be dressed up for work, and for some reason that I don't understand, I feel that if I am suiting up for work, I have to wear a perfume with a bit more...something...maybe a bit more life of its own. So I chose still comfy but more present SL Fumerie Turque. (Which I know is currently an export and available on Luckyscent, but I can't seem to commit to a FB and will just probably buy a decant.) I chose perfectly for my rainy Friday. :)

EileenS October 23, 2009

You all have put forth some lovely ideas -- I need to branch out a bit. Our weather has been so wacky that I'm having trouble thinking about this as autumn. Threat of frost one day to afternoon temps on the mid-70s the next. So far, I'm sticking with known easy scents like MH Feuilles de Tabac. I'll have to take my Chergui sample out for a spin and see how it does. Or maybe Fumerie Turque. I tend to wait for winter to bring out the leather, but heck! we only live once! maybe I should get it out now and see what happens. Decisions..:-?

Shelley October 23, 2009

It's always fun to see what rumbles at the front of y'all's brains! Hee hee...see how patience can be a virtue? Here I had almost forgotten the Dubious She Varmint look you had on your face when first introduced to the Cuir. What a nice surprise to find out how much you like it after all. (See, I'll go all Sally Field now...you like it! you really like it!!) March, in your realm, I guess I would be what you call an "open amber courtesan"? I do not hide my dalliances with amber, and have a long term thing going with Voile d'Ambre, which works for me as a quite nice "wallpaper" amber. In fact, that has an important place in my box of fall, aka scents for the season. Lee, I envy your weather and your immortelle. Nava, you tease with that Si Lolita (but in a nice way). Patty, I am holding that Bois d'Iris in the back of my mind...I lurves me a good iris, but right now am enjoying rolling around in tobacco and hay (Bois Blond, Fleur d'Narcisse). I know you understand my delight. ;;) Happy Fall to all!!

ScentRed October 23, 2009

On the days when I can tear myself away from my current obsession - Chanel Bois des Iles, I've been enjoying Fendi Theorema and Chanel Cuir de Russie. I've repeatedly tried to get into SSS Bois de Champagne which should be a perfect autumn scent for me - but something about it rubs me the wrong way, might just be a bit too honeyish for me. I've never experienced a scent that was both captivating and irritating at the same time.

Melissa October 23, 2009

Kid in a candy store here! Loving so many fragrances but Anita, you really captured my sentiment with the leather thang. I'm all over the place during the day, but at night I often come home to a spritz of Cuir de Lancome/de Russie or a dab of one of my samples of vintage Diorling. Vintage Miss Dior has a nice hit of leather too. The reformulation is so sad.:(( A lovely soul sent me samples of a couple of the FKs and I don't think that I will be able to resist the call of Lumiere Noire. Now I can't wait to wear Cologne pour le Soir. Fall has been very good indeed!

Debby H October 23, 2009

Good morning! My fall line-up has been mostly Bois Blond, Tea for Two my little sample of Back to Black and CJ Scents Skin and Vanilla Autumn Nights. I hated T42 when I first tried it - smoky band-aids, I thought. But never say never. I still think it's funky when I first put it on, but now it's funky-attractive to me. And later, it's warm, spicy, milky deliciousness. Also surprised myself by really liking B2B - finding it very wearable (unlike Chergui which I love but can hardly put on light enough to live through the first couple of hours...) Ironically, the one bottle I'm about to buy is my summer favorite - L'Eau de l'Hermine from Lostmarch... But I lived off samples all summer and now it's time for a bottle.

Liza October 23, 2009

Maybe I am off-topic but Anita's mention of the Empress reminded me, I went to David Jones today to try a couple of the oldies Jardins de Bagatelle (I think this is the name - horrible bottle, BTW) and Apree l'Ondee (I'm sure I'm missing an 's' in there somewhere) ... and tres disappointed to find that they were BOTH really quite BLAH on my skin! :( But I did find l'Ondee to be quite sad, I instantly thought of a funeral. I have read the reviews written online and I agree with them except that I don't love it. It was sweet in the end, but really quite faint - not worth the $180 a bottle the Guerlain SA said she could get it shipped to me for.

Marina October 23, 2009

Great choices all, but it is Anita's bag that made my bag-loving heart pound :-)

Silviafunkly October 23, 2009

Patty, you are a woman after my own heart. I have falled badly for FK Lumiere Noir and Cologne pour le Soir, deeply lemm Pure Oud and will soon capitulate for VCaA Bois d'Iris. Also loving the boozy patch of byK Straight to Heaven and the tuberose in Beyond Paradise. :)>-

Louise October 23, 2009

I'm with you folks....loving the season to wear what wears me best-ambers (Yo, amber ho March 8-especially AS and Alahine; leather (a crrrrack to you, Musette :o) with my vintage Scandal at the head of that aisle; deep roses and gourmands, best played out currently by Rose Praline and my Arabian Oud Prestige; and several Lutens...especially Filles en Aiguilles. Oh, and Lee-anything with immortelle is floating my boat right now, too. The newest split I'm awaiting is Ineke's Field Notes from Paris-wonderfully tobacco-y and beeswaxy for fall. Happy Weekend to all :x

carmencanada October 23, 2009

I could've included Cologne pour le Soir and VC & A Gardenia Pétales in my list... And definitely Lancôme Cuir as well as Diorling. I'm in a leather'n'smoke mood these days: feeling tough!

Fiordiligi October 23, 2009

Nice post - thank you all! Mmm, Bottega Veneta, Diorling, Eau Noire... all perfect. I don't go in for seasonal scents so much - as Lee can attest, we don't have huge temperature changes over here in the UK - but my old Guerlains are especially perfect at this time of year, as well as Dioressence and Femme (vintage). I wish I could work up some enthusiasm for some of these new offerings, but I'm such a vintage fan they all just pale into insignificance. I love depth and richness and nice skanky ingredients that don't smell like a take-away curry!