Fall Perfume Mojo – Creed White Amber, Guerlain Joyeuse Tubereuse

Yeah, it’s that time again – crisp Colorado nights lead to boot shopping and falling back in love with perfume.  This is my cyclical story.  First, are those boots amazing?  I’ve never had a pair of pointy toed western boots, but isn’t that the perfect pair?  Every end of August, I start stalking new boot styles on Zappos.  Six months earlier, I was so sick of last year’s boots, I could think of nothing but getting them off and shopping for new sandals.  Once the sandals go on, the boots get stored, the perfumes seem to get stored too.  Until August.

Two new pairs of boots – yeah, those red and black checked Sorels are beautiful!

And perfume!  What showed up this last week that got me excited?  Creed White Amber, Guerlain Joyeuse Tubereuse and that oud added to the Buterbaughs.  The Guerlain doesn’t surprise me. Who doesn’t love a creamy vanilla tuberose?  It’s everything you expect from the La Matiere series.  Vanilla base, creamy florals. Nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering or freakish, but it’s just so preeeeeetty!  Yeah, when did I stop being a critic? When something is pretty, of course.  That’s all the description you get. You know what these are like, and this follows the signature, and you can wear it anywhere and be perfectly happy and content and know you smell gorgeous.

Creed White Amber was a surprise.  I’m not sure what I expected, but this leans far, far feminine.  It is a beautiful little floral, infused with some great resinous amber. Keeps it from being too “traditional.”  But it is also really, reeeallllyy pretty.  Probably derivative of something – don’t know what –  but it’s made well, and I found myself catching whiffs of it as I walked around that were memorable and lovely.  Price point is ridiculous on it because it’s in the Royals line, but price point is no worse than the Guerlain.  Both pretty, and they’ll make you happy wearing them.  Put them on together, you’re super happy (I seem to have a happy theme going for me tonight).  I think the last Creed release I really loved was Creed Love in Black, which I think nobody else but me likes.

Last set of things that surprised me was the Oud infused Buterbaughs.  They added oud to their rose, lily of the valley and Orange Blossom.  Oud still seems to be the buzz word, the perfume change agent, and I think of it like musk or styrax or something a little stronger.  It does stuff to perfume.  But on these semi-soliflores, they are change agents.  I really like the Buterbaughs.  I think the price is steep on them for soliflores, but they are really great soliflores. Add some oud to it, and you have something special.  The Floral Oud Orange Flower is amazing. I wore that around all day completely snuggled up in that. I would not have thought to put oud with lily of the valley, and it is surprisingly great and a little weird.  Not my favorite of the three, but it’s fun and unique.  The Floral Oud Rose is the most traditional because rose is so often paired so nicely with oud.  Buterbaugh takes that great little rose soliflore and changes it into something slinky and hot.

See!  I’m back in the perfume swing of things!  It’s fall.  Okay, it’s August, but in Colorado the temps drop at night mid-August (high desert) so you have to wear sweaters at night and warm robes in the morning when you take the puppies out, and curling up under blankets and that.means.fall. And boots!  I’m happy, and I’ve got five new little perfume friends to keep me company on my return to perfume as I emerge from the hateful summer heat.

So of those, which intrigues you the most?  Ignore the price point, all of them are just awful, really, truly. I can’t even talk about perfume pricing anymore because there’s almost nothing reasonable.

I’ll give away a sample sets of all five to two lucky, lucky commenters drawn at random.  So just post a comment to be entered!

39 Comments

  1. I’ve fully bought into the oud hype. I think it’s because I like my evening scents ultra dark and deep. Yet, somehow the orange flower is the one that intrigues me the most.

  2. I have Donald Pliner pointy low cowboy boots, and those Sorels in black. 🙂 I loooove boots.

    Just got to sniff the Buterbaugh florals recently, liked the jasmine and hyacinth best. I am so ouded out I refused to smell the oud ones though. Can’t wait for that trend to pass. Next!

  3. You’re a woman after my own heart Patty! Boots for fall and perfume! Yay! I’m so excited about the change in the air with fall in our future in Denver! I adore Sorrel boots and the pointy-toed western boots you found are amazing. I’d really love to sniff the Creed White Amber. Feminine floral amber? Love! I’m also much more into fragrance in the cooler months, why is that?

  4. The Guerlain interests me me the most! It is still hot and huuuuuumid here in New Jersey and I’ve taken a break from most fragrances aside from some light colognes. As much as I hate to see summer go…BOOTS! Those red and black Sorels are totally calling my name. Thanks for the draw and for bringing some Fall excitement. ?

  5. I like boots well enough. I only wish I could move beyond my trusty pair of timberlands!
    They all sound wonderful but having never smelled oud, it’s the the Buterbaughs that have piqued my interest!

  6. I’m very anxious to try the Creed White Amber. I hear there’s a lot of jasmine in it!

  7. LOOOOOOVE the western boots! I aspire to have the courage to strut about in boots with that much attitude — amyways. The Floral Oudh Orange Flower does sound amazing. Also loving the cool weather and feeling very free to veer either summer effervescent or cold-weather snuggly with impunity. Thank you for the draw!

  8. I’m still in the 90s with 95% humidity. I would love to have blankets and boots. The creed White Amber sounds really pretty. Thanks for the draw.

  9. I totally know what you mean about fall being about an exciting change in wardrobe. I love the sound of the Guerlain tuberose one. Haven’t ever really fallen in love with a Creed yet, but I’ve sampled a couple. As for oud…well, I haven’t found my magical Goldilocks oud yet. I love LotV, so the one with LotV and oud sounds crazy and intriguing. Thanks for the draw!

  10. Nice boots-but couldn’t you create a still life using them with the sleeping sweet pups?
    Rose Oud by Killian Has charmed me, but like Tara C, I am ouded out. Orange flowers and oud? You make a case for keeping an open mind (and nose).

    • I’d have to wait until they were all sleeping, then try and slip the boots into the frame. The second they wake up, those boots with fringe and buckles on it won’t last a second. But the contrasts would be gorgeous.

  11. probably the buterbaugh’s interest me the most..i have been dying to try anything by him since they first came out.glad you are into perfume again.life is a little bit less interesting without it : )

  12. The Guerlain interests me most. Tuberose is so pretty. Sadly it’s still hot where I am so I can’t even think about boots yet… 🙂

  13. Love the boots! As for me, I would reach for the oud combos first, but having never sampled any Guerlain, that one intrigues me too! Thanks, Patty!

  14. I’m also feeling the draw of fall but a bit sad about the passing of summer. I’ve loved the Buterbaugh’s soliflores so those probably interest me the most. I recently purchased Maison Lancome’ Tubéreuses Castane and love its creamy caramel take on tuberose so the creamy tuberose sounds interesting too. Thanks, Patty!

  15. The Buterbaugh rose oud sounds delicious…I am a rose ho….so that always draws me in. I have had his line on my list for a while. Yay for fall!! My favourite season by far!!

  16. Living in NE Canada, fall can take as long as it wants to get here as the warm weather is here for such a short period.
    I have been crushing on my fresh and summer drenched scents, but I want to try the Guerlain Tuberose and Neroli!!!
    Boots are a lifelong addiction – Google HALF TRUTHS: BRONTE to see the last pair of Fluevogs I bought – so comfy.

  17. I’m a Lucchese girl myself for western boots (fetish level obsession), but the ones you linked are really pretty! Cowboy boots are surprisingly wearable, even in non-western states, and I can’t wait to break mine out once the weather isn’t a sticky mess. And I can totally vouch for the Sorels as legit winter boots. I have the slightly taller version of their wedges in full-grain leather, and that sole is comfy and sticky even on ice (!!) and great for walking/playing with pups outside. And rock solid. It’s such a joy to find well-made things these days with all the fast fashion out there.

    It’s still fairly hot out east where I currently live (in CT, near the NY side), but it’ll start feeling like fall in pretty short order. It switches pretty quickly here once school starts back up. And thank goodness. I’m ready to switch out my perfumes and candles and start making soups and wear all the wool ponchos and knit fuzzy things.

  18. Hi, dear!! Lucky you to have already gotten some nice cool temps at night — I’m so envious. We won’t get them until late September, at the earliest. All these sound great, except for the ouds, which is one note that really, really doesn’t like me (right up there with cumin). I’ll have to go on a sniffing spree next time I’m in Neiman’s. And love your boots! Now that I’m losing a little weight and coming out of my comfort zone more, I might try some boots for fall. Enjoy!! Thanks for the draw but as always, DNEM.

  19. What I wouldn’t give for crisp evenings and cool mornings! We might start to drop below 80f at night here in the next few weeks. I’m not even craving perfume lately. It’s just so hot that anything potent is cloying and the light stuff is gone in a flash.

  20. Those boots, tho! I love the sound of that Guerlain, because Guerlain. And the Orange Blossom Oud sounds really interesting and lovely — thanks for the draw!

  21. You are a girl after my own heart. You can never have too many boots, and I love the ones you bought. May be time to visit Zappos! Unfortunately it is hot and humid in my part of the world, and people won’t be wearing boots until October probably. I’m not a fan of oud so my interests would lie with the Guerlain and Creed. I’m so looking forward to Fall and being able to wear the heavier fragrances again. But alas, that will probably have to wait until the October timeframe too.
    🙁

  22. It’s been awhile since I’ve fallen for a new Guerlain but I’d still like to sniff Joyeuse Tuberose. I’ve wondered why there have been so few reviews since it came out last winter. Glad to hear it’s pretty.

  23. Oh my! They all sound wonderful! I love a fragrance that makes me feel good!!! I’d love to try these!!! Love the boots, too!!

  24. They all sound great, but it would be nice opportunity to try the Buterbaughs.

  25. Those sorrels are fabulous! I’m waiting around for fall to wear most of my Tauer perfumes. Andy Tauer’s perfumes seem to be better suited to cooler weather in Cleveland.

  26. The Buterbaugh & Creed sound yummy! I’ve been a Guerlain Gal forever but haven’t tried this one.
    I’m in California & not yet ready for fall. Very cool boots, too.

  27. For long midwestern winters, I’ve become a huge fan of Aquatalia and La Canadienne boots, esp when nicely discounted during the Nordstrom anniversary sale.
    Has Guerlain dispensed with the annoying bulb atomizer for this release?

  28. I sniffed the Guerlain at the boutique in Toronto last week – agree that it’s lovely. I didn’t feel that it fit in any of my current gaps, though. The Creed sounds great – I am embarrassed to admit that I haven’t tried any Creed. Not so sure about oud but I’m a preschool teacher so it’s not really work-appropriate for me!

  29. Cool nights sound wonderful after two weeks in the Florida heat and humidity. We’re catching a break here in SW Ohio this week but I wouldn’t call our nights cool yet. The Creed is the one that I’d try first.

  30. Those BOOTS!!! Love them! but it will be awhile until I take out my one pair of cowboy boots. It is still very hot. And muggy. The perfumes sound lovely, especially the Guerlain.

  31. I’m not sure that’s it is kind of you to boast about robes and sweaters. Haha. But I’m totally about anything that even suggests fall. Especially scents!

  32. They both sound lovely; I’ve always loved tuberose, even when it can be overwhelming, but the Creed sounds fantastic. I’m still in the midst of my amber discovery journey.

  33. I lived in Colorado for two years and loved it! I miss those chilly temps and curling up under a wool throw by the fireplace. I still can’t break out my fall scents yet because it’s going to be over 100 degrees all week long. You brought back some lovely memories–thanks!

  34. I’m the same as you but opposite, Patty, if that makes sense – am looking forward to getting *out* of my boots and *into* my thongs (I think they’re called flip flops in the US?)!

    The Buterbaugh LOTV and Orange Blossom interest me the most – I’m very curious as to how they’re combined with the oud.

    Thanks for the draw 🙂

  35. I hope it’s not too late for the draw. I’d love to have the Guerlain but all of these fragrances intrigue me. Thank you for this chance!

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