“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus
I love the fall season.
That is a relatively recent development though. In previous, unenlightened (read: pre-perfumania) times, I didn’t particularly care for the sadness of nature’s involution, my naturally pessimistic disposition chose to focus on the depressing aspects of fall – decline, decay, decrepitude, deterioration, dissolution, death.
I was quite the cheerful gal!
Perfume allowed me to see the other side more clearly. Crisp air, agreeable temperatures after the summer’s oppressive heat (see, I’m just not one to derive much happiness from the weather), beautiful colors, nature going down with a fanfare. And most importantly of all – the chance to wear wonderful perfumes, to go all out, to choose from the whole palette.
Fall is perfume time, anything goes and it is the time to rediscover old favorites in your collection once again and with a fresh nose.
Guerlain Tonka Impériale: my security blanket, warm and cuddly and ravishingly pretty, this works every time, anywhere.
Ginestet Botryitis: a honey perfume, a grown-up gourmand, Botrytis is golden fall sunlight in a bottle, which is as unusual and beautiful like the perfume itself.
Sonoma Scent Studio Champagne de Bois: a walk in the multi-colored woods, shoving fallen leaves away with your feet and loving the sound and feel of it. (Chanel Bois des Iles is also in that category for me.)
Amouage Memoir Woman: Dark, mysterious, ever changing and unlike anything else, Memoir is unique and the ultimate heart-wrenching fall beauty that doesn’t close its eyes to the darker side of things.
Cuir de Lancome: pure elegance and sophistication that prefers cool temperatures to really shine.
Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur: an on-again, off-again heated love affair of mine, always on that thin red line between love and hate. Cuddly and repulsive at once. I hate you, don’t leave me…
Puredistance M: my husband’s signature scent. M smells like him, but on cold fall days that is exactly what I need, the next best thing to an embrace when circumstances make the real thing impossible.
Dior Privée Patchouli Impérial: like a best friend among perfumes, Patchouli Impérial is dependable, reliable and fun. It’s great to spend time with it and its color matches the trees outside.
Chanel Coromandel: earthy elegance and polished poise, Coromandel manages to unite warmth and sophistication. It shows you need not be distant and aloof, to be elegant and refined.
Ormonde Jayne Woman: an enchanted forest, a fairy-tale, an enigmatic companion on your journey though the day, it raises heads and questions, but despite its mysterious allures, it essentially keeps you safe and sound.
What are your fall favorites?