Top 10 Best Perfumes of Autumn

Top 10 Best Perfumes of Autumn

It’s that time of year again, when we review our Top 10 Best Perfumes of Autumn!  Lee has other responsibilities that are going to keep him off the Posse for a little bit (he’ll be back!) so it’s me, Patty, March and Nava, giving you your 10 Scents Worth  (oh, c’mon!  you knew I couldn’t resist!).   All 4 of us are in slightly different climes –  wonder  if where we are influences our choices?  ps.  I’m the one on the right – pretend it’s a Big Black Heavy Horse. — Anita.

Anita’s Choices:  This is one of the most quietly beautiful times of the year, along the rivers in Central IL, even moreso now as we are having our first real autumn in ages.  Autumn here isn’t flashy – yes, we have some lovely maples but nothing to compare to the East.  No, what is most beautiful here is the smoky, subtle profusion of browns, yellows and fading greens and rusting orange – and that smoky purple-silver you get when the ash trees and smoke bushes start turning.  Who knew brown could be so enthralling?  Some farmers still till their fields here and the gorgeous black earth interspersed with the spikes of pale-gold corn stover, the sun glinting off the shards like palladium…..a mundane sight that has caught the breath in my throat more than once.  Because of this, perhaps, my choices are a bit more muted than you might expect:

Cuir de Lancome.  a quiet, creamy, green- honeyed leather, with a touch of vanilla that always startles me – I like it!  It’s perfect in this sunny autumn weather.  I keep wishing for a vintage golden tan melton swing coat to wear with this – but my brown Carhartt jacket will do in a pinch.

Vintage Parure – at least ‘older’ – I don’t know what constitutes vintage in this fragrance and neither of my lovely little decants are dated.  But both of them are dazzling, like the sun on that corn stover.  Rosy-plummy bergamot……and our late, lamented friend, Oakmoss.    There is an incredible yellow diamond line bracelet – I won’t bore you with the details – this fragrance is that bracelet, as are the ash trees along the banks of the Illinois River.    How could I have missed this one, back in the day?  Don’t get between me and a bottle of this.

Vintage Miss Dior edt.  Again, I have no idea how ‘vintage’ this is – but it’s absolutely perfect for this weather (I wore it while busting sod – by hand- for 3 days straight.  Kept me from killing myself).   Another chypre,with warm, bright honeyed notes – but there’s this bergamot-y/melancholy fading-‘green’ note that is like those storm clouds gathering in the west, presaging the coming winter.  I could never wear this with a pink sweater.  This is coffee/olive/toffee.  In this I can imagine myself in a New Look suit…and my new, New Look figure to go with it!

March: Nothing says fall quite like … cumin.  For the record – “cumin”-y scents don’t really smell of the actual seasoning to me – sniff for yourself.  I suppose it’s the closest thing we can name, but we could just as well be calling it dried mustard, IMO.  “Cumin” in a fragrance can be a signifier for spice/edible, as it is in the current Rochas Femme, or more like actual sweat (e.g., Eau d’Hermes), and how much cumin is perceived in a scent seems to vary significantly from person to person.  Anyhoodle, now’s the time to break out the new Rochas Femme in all its sweaty glory, or L’Artisan’s wonderful cumin/coffee Navigateur, or even Uncle Serge’s Santal de Mysore if you like your perfume curried.  Over my personal cumin line:  Dinner by Bobo and Theo Fennell –  like the Renaissance Faire threw up on me — but YMMV.  I also love that cumin-y note at the start of Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger, I’ve been wearing the heck out of it the last couple of weeks (yup, finally bought a bottle, having worked through two vials and a decant.)  Then there’s Isabela Capeto, Amouage Jubilation 25, Cartier Declaration, Worth Courtesan and … oh, a million others, see Angela’s recent post on cumin and the comments for what is probably the definitive list.

Nava: To me, nothing says “right now” more than the four goofy horsemen pictured above. More about that in my next post.  The sniffers are all haywire again because life has gone all screwy. But, if they were functioning normally, I’d be wearing Donna Karan Chaos, Serge Fumerie Turque, Hermessence Ambre Narguilé, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille and Purple Patchouli, plus the occasional spritzes of Chanel Coromandel and Cuir de Russie to keep things interesting. Speaking of interesting, tune in next week…

Patty: Fall is warm woods, incense, vanilla, leaves, velvet and baking bread. So that’s CB  Burning Leaves, Baccarat Sacre Le Larmes de Thebes (or some variation of that), Guerlain Bois d’Armenie and Spiriteuse Double Vanille, Le Labo Patchouli 24 and Vanille somenumberothanother, Hermessence Vetiver Tonka (last weeks’ discussion has me hooked on this again) and L’Artisan Bois Farine.  I do smell great in the fall.  Off in the distance, you hear my Carons warming up for winter.

For more Top 10 Best Perfumes of Autumn, please visit:  Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc, Now Smell This and Perfume-Smellin- Things.

image: Four Goofy Horsemen of Apocalypse from March’s old image files.

81 Comments
AnnieA November 1, 2010

L'eau Rare Matale by Parfumerie Generale is great for soggy, West Coast autumn days.

vidalicious November 1, 2010

Oh wow, flashback to Chicago, March's arm loaded up with CUMIN serge-style, in my face! ew! :-& Miss you gals!

Tamara*J October 31, 2010

Uuhh why the hell does how I talk in real life look so odd on here?! You know what I meant- ahaha!

Tamara*J October 31, 2010

Anita, my perfume Ho! I love CdL and vtg. Parure AND my vtg.Miss Dior parfum also! Gaaaawd those are so good! You are a kindred spirit indeed my dear :) Happy Hallow's Eve everyone!

mi-cuit October 29, 2010

eep! I hope my (unsniffed) bottle of Cuir de Lancome arrives today, and I won't have to wait until Monday. I was already anxious to try, but after all that love, I'm positively frantic. My one-scent challenge week ends tomorrow (wearing Patchouli Patch, and I'm actually not tired of it), but if Cuir gets here, I might end it early... :D

mariekel October 29, 2010

Much as I loathe certain aspects of Autumn --coming winter, birthday tomorrow (which I call my "wee-bitching hour" since my yearly gift to myself is to complain all day about how getting older is NOT getting better), I do love the perfumes that come out of hibernation. And also the chance to wear boots and velvet blazers. On my dance card right now: Le Labo Poivre 23, DSH Cafe Noir, PG Coze, Fath de Fath, Asja, Bois de Violette, L'Air du Desert Marocain, The fabulous Orris by Andy Tauer (very sparingly), Tabac Blond parfum. Now, who wants to get me a bottle of one of those for my birthday tomorrow?

Victoria October 29, 2010

"Uncle Serge" made me laugh out loud! Yep, that uncle has a number of great autumnal choices. I was torn between Rose de Nuit and Santal de Mysore. Both are great for the colder weather. Now, of course, I want to go and put on SdM!

Jen October 29, 2010

I'm hoping my order from TPC comes in so that can be my scent for the week, but if not I'm going with either B&BW pomegranite or VS Dream Angels Divine. Mostly to use them up. I like them, but those full size bottles are mocking me every time I think about splurging on a FB of something "real". Yes, my name is Jen and I'm a total perfume noob. :D

Teri October 29, 2010

It finally got 'autumnish' here - dropping from 80 degree days to 40 degree days in one big thump. I was visiting the Grand Junction vineyards a week ago in shorts and a tee. This week, it's sweaters, jackets and gloves in the mornings and the ski resorts have opened. Scents I like in the autumn: Micallef "Autumne"; CK "Euphoria"; Ginestet "Botrytis"; "Tabu" the Terrible; MPG "Ambre Precieux"; CdG "Avignon"; Mazzolari "Ambra"; "Aqaba"; L'Artisan "Voleur de Roses"; Lubin "Idole". I've picked my scent for 'one scent one week', or more properly, I let it pick me. I decided it would be the first ebay score that arrived after the challenge was issued, and one arrived in the mail yesterday.

maidenbliss October 29, 2010

Musette, your autumnal prose is haunting me. I can just picture the words coming to life. Autumn is lingering, sweet and smoky, favorite time of year. I couldn't wear one scent for a week. I'm weak. I'm wearing Hermessence Vetiver Tonka, gorgeous, woody/sweet earthy. Guerlain Tonka Imperiale, Eau d' Italy, Scherrer 2--how did I not know about this one until recently? Bal a Versailles, Cabochard Gres and the usual Chanel suspects, CdR, BdI, Sycomore, Coromandel and Coco.

Isa October 29, 2010

I envy all of you who have real autumns. Here in the East of Spain I know it's autumn because calendar says so, but it's more like a mild summer. One day, suddenly, winter will arrive. It's always like that. Anyway, as I wear long sleeves t-shirts and boots, it's officially autumn :) I'm enjoying fragrances like Opium Poésie de Chine, Sarah Horowitz Perfect Veil, L'Erbolario Iris, Tam Dao...

Mals86 October 29, 2010

I Do Not Get that guy in green... is he *blindfolded?!* But I want that red guy's hat. I too am committed to the Challenge starting Monday, but these are what I've been wearing over the last month: Tabac Aurea Champagne de Bois Le Temps d'une Fete Smell Bent One (note to self: must get more, it's LE and disappears Nov.1) Cuir de Lancome Mariella Burani Shalimar Light Alahine Anything violet I can get my hands on.

Kate October 29, 2010

I'm eagerly awaiting what I think will be a new fall HG for me: CB I Hate Perfume In the Library. I do something nice to this one. Can I do a shout out to MiN in New York who kindly let me order with Sniffapalooza discount and gift bag when I got home? This store rocks by the way. MiN is on Crosby Street in Soho. No wear one fragrance for a week. I can do it but I didn't happily fall down this rabbit hole to climb back out to fragrance monogamy.

karin October 29, 2010

I've only recently started wearing fall scents. For some reason, September was all about fruity florals (?!). I wanted light and fun. But lately I've been wearing: - Attrape Coeur (I think this is my HG of HGs) - The One and a recently discovered similar scent - Roberto Cavalli Oro (FRUIT BOMB!) - Dzing! (Ahhh....) - Traversee du Bosphore (LOVE!) - 31 Rue Cambon (AC is seeming to trump this one, but I still like it!) Recently tried Like This again. Also tried Theorema from a sample. Am I crazy that I'm noticing similarities between the two? Don't think I can stomach Like This - it's potpourri to me - a bit too, too. But Theorema is nice. Not nice enough to scour the web in search of an overpriced bottle, though! Ah...I love fall. The colors are SO GORGEOUS this year!!!

Olfacta October 29, 2010

Cuir de Lancome for early, Lyric for Women for late/cold nights, Ambre Sultan for cold days, vanillas for sleeping (Organza, Barbara Bui, Oro, etc) and that's all I can think of right now. I came back from Sniffa with a shoebox full of stuff, so can't do the one-scent challenge right now, but if I could, it would be the Cuir de Lancome.

Melissa October 29, 2010

not doing the one-scent challenge... NOT DOING THE ONE SCENT CHALLENGE! Yeeeps! How did I grow so bold in just one short sentence's time? I can post as many fall favorites as I want! I'm having major gourmand/amber/oriental cravings, but the weather isn't cooperating. I want to wear Un Bois Vanille, Memo Manoa (opop overdose), Cuir Beluga, TF Amber Absolute etc. I think that once I complete about a two week binge, I'll be okay and I'll be ready for more refinement, but that's just where I am right now. After that? I imagine that I'll do a sharp turnaround back to vintage goodies, like Cuir de Russie, Miss Dior parfum (I'm with ya Anita) and Apres L'Ondee. I'm so happy that the temp is staying under 70F today!

Francesca October 29, 2010

Annnnd.....the emoticons aren't working.

Francesca October 29, 2010

Whoa, lost a whole bunch of deathless prose from some computer oddness...I haven't even heard of, much less tried, a lot of the fragrances mentioned above, but thanks for the reminder to look for the decants of Bois d'Armenie^:)^ and Vetiver Tonka. Of course I am lashed to one particular scent til Nov 8, but it's one that's OK or more with me (especially if the weather leaves this bizarre July-like thing we are having in New Yawk City). Still, this post makes me want to root through the tiny drawers of my decants boxes to find that Bois d'Armenie, dammit!

Fiordiligi October 29, 2010

I'm on day two of The Challenge myself, but spotted some well-loved beauties above (and some well-loved scents too, haha). I'm saving them all up for when I finish this one week thingy, but then I have major decisions to make as I'm off to the US for a couple of weeks and need to decide What to Pack.....for two weeks in the Pacific NorthWest. What scent to take to an area that is even wetter than the good old UK?!

Joe October 29, 2010

la-la-la-la-la-la.... I can't hear you! I'm not reading!!! I'm on the third day of my "Wear One Scent" challenge thingie, so I am NOT reading all these luscious recommendations, because it will make me want to just rush to the Wall O' Decants and start spraying with mad, wild, psychotic abandon. In skimming, I saw some lovely choices. But I'm NOT READING!!!! Happy Autumn!