It’s October and it’s time to put together my perfume picks for Autumn 2014. I’ve put together my recommendations for fragrances that should get you through the many activities of my favorite season.
These are the scents that remind me of fall harvest as well as those that pair well with a pleasant, sunny autumn Sunday outdoors.
Byredo Pulp EDP – Pulp is a fruity fragrance that I’ve always enjoyed. It’s like overripe fruits, on the verge of being rotten, with spices and woods. And that’s why it’s a great harvest scent. Retails for $220 at Byredo.
Oliver Durbano Amethyst EDP – This is a spicy, smoky and fruity fragrance that pairs nicely with fall’s long shadows. I think it works best for warmer, milder fall climates because as far as spicy and smoky go, this one is more “sheer”. Retails for $205 at Luckyscent.
Cozy, Comforting Scents
These are my picks for laidback perfumes that pair well with cozy sweaters or your favorite pajamas as you relax at home on a cool, rainy day.
Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black EDP – When I share my seasonal guides, I like to include products in a variety of price ranges. Nirvana Black is a simple vanilla and sandalwood but I think it’s good for the price. It’s a nice “soft” skin scent. Full review. Retails for $55 at Sephora.
Chanel Beige parfum – All the beauty of the honeyed Beige EDP but now richer and deeper. Retails for $200 at Chanel.
Sage Machado Pearl perfume oil – This is a soft musk and vanilla with sandalwood. Simple and cozy. Retails for $45 at Beautyhabit.
Hoppy perfumes or at least perfumes that pair well with hops!
D.S. & Durga Hylands Spirit of the Glen EDP – This is a malt-y, oak-y, sweet and woodsy fragrance that will bring to mind aged spirits. Retails for $180 at D.S. & Durga.
Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Malt EDT – This limited edition masculine can still be found. It’s a sweet, boozy gourmand with major longevity and projection so where at the outdoors beer gardens 😉 Retails for $89 at Nordstrom.
Guerlain Elixir Charnel Gourmand Coquin EDP – Chocolate spice goes so well with dark lagers and that is my thought with Gourmand Coquin. The rose adds a certain elegance. Retails for $260 at Nordstrom.
Bonfires in a Bottle
Smoky scents that will bring to mind crackling fireplaces and late night bonfires.
Slumberhouse Jeke EDP – Smoky tobacco and BBQ pit-ish lapsang souchong, it really is like autumn in a bottle. Retails for $160 at Indie Scents.
CdG Black EDT – For those that like the idea of smoky scents without smelling like a literal bonfire, there’s this. It’s a smoky incense with fiery pepper, tar and black leather. It’s like an urban bonfire. Retails for $110 at Beautyhabit.
Esscentual Alchemy Dreams of Smoke EDP – This is a smoky woodsy scent with a hint of spice and sweetness from vanilla and honey. This limited edition natural perfume retails for $80 at Esscentual Alchemy.
Perfumes inspired by all your favorite post-harvest recipes. These are the fall gourmands that aren’t too sweet.
Etat Libre d’Orange Like This! EDP – This is a sweet immortelle pumpkin with a radiant citrus and ginger opening that will remind you of the shades of autumn foilage. This is the best “pumpkin pie”-ish personal fragrance around. Retails for $99 at Luckyscent.
Lolita Lempicka Midnight for Women EDP – This limited edition is very much like the licorice/absinthe original except this go around the star anise is even more prominent. It’s a great spicy yet sweet scent for fall. Retails for about $50 at Perfume.com.
Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale EDT – With a name like Sushi Imperiale, I think most people don’t expect for this one to smell like warm apple cider…but it does. It’s one of my favorites for autumn. Full review. Retails for $205 at Luckyscent.
Date Nights for Masculines
“Special” fall scents for masculine types.
ScentStory 24 Gold EDP – This is an amazing budget scent that smells niche. It’s a rich vanilla and amber oud with a hint of spice. It’s wonderful and if you need to know more, here’s my review. Retails for $36 at Fragrance X.
Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Oud EDP – When this first came out, I wasn’t so impressed but lately it’s one that I keep thinking about it. It’s dry woods and a sweet frankincense with tobacco. It works so well when there is a little chill in the air. Retails for $215 at Nordstrom.
Date Night for Feminines
“Special” fall scents for feminine types.
Cartier La Panthère EDP – There’s something about this musky white floral that I really like…oh, the bottle. Well, I do like that but I really do like the scent that it houses. Full review. Retails for $103 at Nordstrom.
Still want more? Check out my fall fragrance guide from last year!
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