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It has finally cooled off in my neck of the woods, and I couldn’t be happier. I spent some time this past weekend pulling my wool and flannel clothes out of storage, part of my seasonal rotation. I love fall. In the US mid-Atlantic in a good year we can get two+ months of cool, crisp weather before it gets truly cold enough for a coat. This year hasn’t been great, with the wretchedly hot, dry September, but that’s only made me appreciate this late burst of fall even more. This is also my favorite time of year for sweaty, cumin-y scents that fill me with joy, like a pile of autumn leaves. Let’s jump in, shall we?
Worth Courtesan I was responsible for the tiny bump in sales of this unknown fragrance after I fell in love with it on a trip to the UK. Its spicy, raspy opening isn’t really sweaty, but it kind of gives that effect before drying down to a fruitchouli. I don’t care what anyone else says, I looooOOOOOooooOOOOOve it. Wearing it right now. Sweat Level: 0.5 if you squint.
Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger is one of my all-time faves from the line. The orange part of FdO is an absolute stunning mélange of orange blossom, white florals and musk. However, you’re probably going to start off with a cumin-y element (not everybody does) that fades away in 20-30 minutes. I personally love that sweaty top note and have been known to reapply just to experience it all over again. Sweat Level: 3.
Serge Lutens El Attarine – another favorite from Uncle Serge that I wish were sold over here, although I’m sure there are plenty of folks thrilled that it isn’t. An acquired taste (smell?), El Attarine is the full Lutenesque armpit of sweet-spicy weirdness, with honey and stewed fruit and eye of newt and whatnot. Sweat Level: 6.
I can think of a few others that smell more cumin-y than anything else, which is fun but not interesting to me once the novelty wears off. Off the top of my head: Alexander McQueen Kingdom, the modern Rochas Femme, Vero Kern Rubj…. I know I’m forgetting some. What do you think of sweaty frags? Any favorites?
Today’s giveaway: the 5ml atomizer of SL Arabie I bought from Surrender to Chance thinking I was ordering El Attarine; when the decant showed up and I sniffed it I thought, man, this doesn’t smell like I remember! Sheesh, what a dope. Well, my loss is someone’s gain, leave a comment mentioning the Arabie if you want it; to my nose it’s El Attarine’s cleaner, (marginally) less weird cousin.