Fall? Bah, humbug. I'm a summer person. The best thing I can say about fall is that at least it isn't winter yet. Here are some of the fragrances I like to wear while counting the days until spring…
CB I Hate Perfume Burning Leaves: I can't think of any other scent that so perfectly captures what fall ought to smell like. As I said when I reviewed it, it is “calming and invigorating at the same time”, and it layers beautifully with all kinds of other things. To stick with the autumn theme, layer it with Gathering Apples (from the same brand).
L'Artisan Navegar: I think of Navegar as the fall version of L'Eau de L'Artisan — take out the seaweed, add some spices, voilà. It's too lightweight to qualify as a winter scent, but in the early, crisp days of fall when you can still get away with a light jacket, it's just right. Another spicy cologne to carry you into fall: Diptyque L'Eau de L'Eau.
Bvlgari Omnia: In the same seasonal category as Navegar — sheer but spicy, perfect for those early days when it's not yet cold enough for Donna Karan Black Cashmere. That is, assuming you're one of those lucky people that can smell Omnia at all. If you're not, you'll spray it on and wonder where it went.
Diptyque Tam Dao: Is the glut of information fueling your election anxiety disorder? Spray on some soothing Tam Dao. Oh, and stop looking at the polls. It will all be over soon.
Estee Lauder Sensuous: Yeah, yeah, I know. Many of you hate it. Angela found it dull, and she's got plenty of company. I can't make a case for Sensuous as an edgy scent, it's true, but I prefer to think of it as “easy to wear”. I reach for it at night when I'm too tired for edgy.
Costume National 21: I was thinking about Lubin Idole the other day. Anyone else remember when Idole launched back in late 2005? It wasn't that long ago, but the perfume world was very different then. Idole was a niche scent from a brand that had been off the market long enough that your average perfumista had never heard of it. Yet Idole generated lots of buzz, and the buzz lingered long after the launch. I don't see that happening very often these days in the niche sector unless the scent is from one of the older, better known cult brands, like Frederic Malle or Serge Lutens, and even then, the buzz just doesn't seem to last as long as it used to — there's too much new product to bother with what came out last week. It's sad, because the cream doesn't always have time to rise to the top. I thought Costume National 21 was a great scent — a sort of niche snob's version of Kenzo Amour — that deserved more attention than it got.
Frederic Malle Dans Tes Bras: Speaking of Frederic Malle, he's got a new one out, and it's pretty darned good. I'll review it next week. It's a skin scent in both conceptual and practical terms, and you could probably wear it any time of the year, but it has enough earthy warmth to stand up to the cold.
Caron Aimez Moi: Licorice + violet candy. Sometimes you want a little candy, no? This is a great scent, albeit one that can feel too heavy in warmer weather. Aimez Moi is over 10 years old now, and it tends to get forgotten, in fact, I tend to forget about it myself. Then every so often I come across it in my perfume cabinet, spray some on, and remember why I love it. Best of all, it can be had for under $50.
Pacifica Tibetan Mountain Temple: If the under $50 category is still potentially too rich for your blood, check out Pacifica's nifty $8.95 solids. The Tibetan Mountain Temple is warm and spicy, and perfect for chilly weather.