Happy Halloween to those of you who celebrate it! My son is too old/grown-up now to trick or treat, but he will enjoy handing out candy now to the little ones. I have to admit it: I do miss it; it feels a little bittersweet not to be running around helping him get his costume all set and then out the door to troll the neighborhood. But there’s also something else missing this year: The chilly temps . It just doesn’t feel like Halloween (or the tail end of October) without a shiver-y cool night to add to the atmosphere. We’re in one of those dreaded see-saw spells, with highs this week forecast for the mid-80s and lows only dropping into the 60s. Bummer! (I really shouldn’t complain, as soon enough we’ll all be grumbling about the freezing weather, but still …)
So here I was, happily pulling out all my autumn favorites, and now they’re all a bit too cozy for the upcoming warm days and not–so-cool nights. But yet it doesn’t feel right to be wearing light, bright, summer-weight scents either, or spring flings, so I’m going back to the drawing board. Hoping to find something that might work well for this week.
OK, here’s what I’ve come up with: First off, Annick Goutal’s Nuit Etoilee, which I’ve enjoyed before when experiencing these same see-saw temps a few years back. This is what I wrote then, and it holds true today: “Its gently minty, slightly herbal- sweet citrus opening was refreshing without being too fresh, and it soothed and settled me, easing my restlessness, much as a cup of mint green tea might do. When the Etoilee’s [opening and middle] subsides, the pine and balsam fir move in to ground the scent even further with a softly resinous, incense-y woodiness that was perfect as evening descended and the temps finally began to drop.”
Speaking of Annick Goutal, the Etoilee’s lovely cousin, Les Nuits d’Hadrien, also fits the bill with its just-right herbal-tinged brightness and warm-ish base notes. Others that might help me survive the week: Galop d’Hermes, Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia, Jo Malone’s Blackberry and Bay, and Tom Ford’s Orchid Soleil. And perhaps a crisp, not-too-heavy chypre or two, as those always feel classic, timeless and ageless.
What about you? What do you wear for see-saw temps like these, when it’s too hot for fall favorites and your warm-weather go-to scents just feel downright wrong? Or the opposite for you all in the Southern Hemisphere?