Normally my choices of fragrances are all centered around the sweet and powdery, or fresh and fruity light scents of spring and summer. But when it comes to autumn, there is something about the air and the season that makes me want to grow up a little, fragrance wise, and try something a bit different.
Perhaps it’s the wonderful smells from the ripe fruits on the trees and shrubs, or the woody and earthy odours that surround me; so instead of the vanilla sweets I usually spritz over me, I search for a fragrance with more depth.
With this in mind, I have been on a scent mission to discover the best fragrances for this fall. And there’s definitely something for everyone:
Diesel Loverdose Tattoo – £35 for 30ml
Diesel first launched Loverdose in 2011 and now here is their version for autumn. The blurb for the scent says that it “should be worn like a tattoo, with intrigue, confidence and attitude.”
The fragrance itself is centered around woody florals, with top notes that are quite refreshing of bergamot, mandarin zest and cassis, middle notes consist of a floral heart of rose, orange blossom and jasmine. The scent finishes with a warming vanilla milk and Tonka bean. A good scent for rebels that can be worn anytime of day.
Rose D’Arabie by Armani Privé – £185 for 100ml
Giorgio Armani says of this new fragrance that it is “a celebration of an imaginary Middle East that unites Damascus, Arabia, and Turkey – places in which the rose is queen.” The scent opens with damask rose, followed with warming saffron. The middle note of patchouli give it a heady punch and golden amber finishes the fragrance, taking you right to the heart of the Arabian Nights. A real deep scent for grown-ups.
Anna Sui La Vie De Boheme – £29 for 30ml
Anna Sui says of her latest perfume that “La Vie de Bohème truly represents who I am, from my design aesthetic to how I approach life”. A real beauty of a scent for all those ‘boho chicks’ out there. A gorgeous mix of florals start off the perfume, then we get fruity and woody, with notes of Turkish rose, pear and peony in the mix. This is a really different and unique smell for those who want to escape from the norm.
Carven Le Parfum by Carven – £38 for 30ml
Guillaume Henry said that he wanted Carven le Parfum to evoke “a just-picked bouquet”. With first notes of sensual jasmine, which bloom alongside white hyacinth and sweet pea, middle notes include sandalwood and the scent ends with wild osmanthus . The heart of this scent is a definite floral mix of Sweet Pea, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang.
L’Occitane Ambre & Santal – £49 for 75ml
For those who never chose a floral perfume, but tend towards the deep and sensual woody scents, this has to be the ideal fragrance for you. Starting off with top notes of rosemary, citric bergamot and fig leaves, middle notes of ambre and the heavy base of sandalwood and cedar, this fragrance packs a serious punch and won’t be for everyone. You’ll certainly stand out if you wear it.
Honey by Marc Jacobs – £67.50 for 100ml
I have always loved Marc Jacobs perfumes, from Daisy to Oh Lola! and when I heard about his latest offering – Honey, I was in perfume heaven. Marc Jacobs says that Honey is designed to be “yellow in feel”—as radiant as sunshine but with “vibrant and deep tones”.
The fragrance starts off with a “playful” green pear and mandarin mix, and combines “feminine and inviting” middle notes of orange blossom and honeysuckle, finishing with warm honey and vanilla. Gorgeous.
And Debenhams are offering a Fragrance Guarantee, in which when you buy a bottle you get a small sample of the same fragrance to try, and if you don’t like it you can send back the original bottle and get a refund.
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir – £35 for 30ml
This scent sums up the very essence of autumn, ripe berries, juicy fruit, super sweet plums and damsons, mixed with a floral background. Top notes include black berries and mandarin, with a middle of honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine and the base finishes with amber, caramel, vanilla and sandalwood. This is a great scent for lovers of sweet smells like me, but with a fruity twist.
Fleur de Chine by Tom Ford – £140 x 50ml
Tom Ford says he was inspired by “romantic and mysterious women from Asia’s cinematic past—from the ’30s femme fatale in a cheongsam and dark lipstick to the ’60s Hong Kong heroine of In the Mood For Love.” Top notes of exotic hua lan flower and tree peony, mixes with plum and wisteria. Then middle notes include star magnolia with jasmine and finishes with notes of hinoki wood and “warm, creamy” benzoin which is burned in Asian temples.
Joop! Miss Wild – £30 for 30ml
Finally, another super special ripe and fruity autumn scent, with layers of pink berry, black vanilla and rum create a sweetish oriental with a touch of the florals scent. A good first perfume for mothers who have daughters, going through a goth or emo stage!