My perfume collection numbers 50+ bottles (I’m not counting decants and samples) and I wear all of them whenever the fancy takes me. What I do, however, is that I have an „immediate“ drawer and a „general“ drawer and I move fragrances between them depending on current favourites, the season, life events and other less quantifiable criteria. It makes it a bit easier to decide in the mornings, but I can still wear whatever I want, as the drawers are next to each other.
I’ve just done a bigger reshuffle and most of the perfumes in the „immediate“ drawer are what one might traditionally call autumn (or even winter) scents. Most of them are old favourites: Chanel Cuir de Russie, Amouage Lyric, Serge Lutens Boxeuses and Bois de Violette (the bottle is new, though), Guerlain Shalimar, Arquiste Nanban, Ormonde Jayne Vanille d’Iris, Neela Vermeire Mohur. Lots of wood and leather with some creamy rose petals and delicate violets thrown in.
The newest bottle is also the one that might look a bit of out of place: Vilhelm Parfumerie Morning Chess. It is rather cologne-like, so potentially more a summer scent. On the other hand, it’s quite robust and the fruit and leather notes make it a great cologne for autumn – one needs something in this category any time of the year. Philosykos covers similar territory and my favourite time to wear it is the end of summer/beginning of autumn. And then there’s Chanel’s 31 Rue Cambon that isn’t really autumnal, just always perfect.
I’ve been looking at this selection and thinking if there’s anything else that I need (and I use the term loosely, as per usual). Two big favourites – Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois and Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom – are missing, because I’ve emptied my bottles. Both need to be replenished at some point, but Bois de Violette is close enough to FdB to fill that particular gap for the moment.
None of the mainstream new big releases has convinced me: Chanel Gabrielle is nice, but nothing more (although I love the bottle); Gucci Bloom smells good to a white flower lover like me, but it’s boring and one-dimensional and Hermes Twilly just puzzles me. Even among the new niche releases, there’s nothing I absolutely HAVE to buy, although there are some interesting releases. I liked most of the Cire Trudon fragrances, I must re-try Naomi Goodsir’s Nuit de Bakelite and I’m sure there are other fragrances I’ve forgotten.
The things I really want are scents that I’ve had on my list for a long time: Neela Vermeire’s Trayee, Chanel Sycomore, Serge Lutens De Profundis and vintage Jicky extrait (not likely to happen). And I’m always on the hunt for a bottle of the tragically discontinued Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia.
What are your favourite autumn scents? What should I try?