Much like building your wardrobe ahead of the winds blowing and flurries falling, autumn, too, brings an opportunity for a scent overhaul.
Fragrances tend to react differently in the cold than the heat, which is why, when the mercury drops, bright citrus notes and blossoming florals can be jarring on the nose.
Plus, with dark nights and colder mornings afoot, there’s a lot to be said about the visceral mood-enhancing properties of rich, cocooning fragrances – almost the olfactory equivalents of wearing your favourite cashmere sweater.
Scroll on for four autumn scent options... none of which happen to smell like a pumpkin spiced latte.
REPLICA Autumn Vibes EDT
Memories of autumnal strolls in the underwood of a forest, and in particular, feeling the colourful leaves and acorns crisping beneath heavy footsteps inspired Maison Margiela Replica’s fittingly named Autumn Vibes EDT (€113). Notes of pink peppercorn, cardamom essence, cedar and fir balsam mix together to create a fragrance that feels like a pure moment of escape and contemplation.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir
Grand Soir by Maison Francis Kurkdjian, (€165) is a warm, somewhat regal scent that is based on “the radiance of a magnificent Parisian evening” and is largely regarded as the pinnacle of amber fragrances. The vibrant orange liquid contains heady notes of amber, which lasts on the skin for hours and hours, as well as the scent of Siam benzoin, a vanilla-like balsamic resin that lends an expansive (and expensive) feeling.
Cloon Keen Atelier Castaña
Opening with a delectable haze of toasted chestnuts laced with a fine trace of golden caramel, Cloon Keen’s Castaña (€150) develops to reveal a blend of Haïtian vetiver and bergamot bathed in the white floral notes. This scent could sound heavy, but its sophisticated sheerness is what makes it so very special, like the faint smell of ice melting.
Judith Leiber Couture More is More!
For those who fancy something bespoke, More is More! by Judith Leiber Couture (€145) contains three unique fragrances in a multi-chambered (and refillable) bottle that allows wearers to dial in their desired scent from seven different mixing possibilities.
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