Despite being a huge perfume person (I’ve talked about this before but the first 8 years of my career were spent in the fragrance business – first as an assistant buyer and then in brand management) I don’t talk about fragrances here THAT much because it’s so personal. But I’ve smelled some really wonderful fall and winter fragrances recently so wanted to share them today (For more fragrance recs check out my favorite Spring + Summer fragrances!)
Fragrance is just so magical. It can completely change your mood… it can bring back memories (or start new ones – I love taking a new fragrance along on vacation so that I think of that trip when I wear the perfume). It’s so incredible how that works.
During the summer I tend to like something lighter. I favor orange blossom anything. During the cooler months, I want something a little warmer, maybe even sultry or smoky. Most of these fragrances are actually unisex!
I’ve always been a big fan of Le Labo Santal 33. It’s still one of my absolute holy grail favorite fragrances but it’s a little bit annoying because absolutely EVERYONE has it now! So you walk down the streets of Manhattan (especially downtown, haha) and everyone just smells the same. It’s actually kind of hilarious. So yes, it will always be one of my favs but it’s nice to mix things up a bit!
Fall and Winter Fragrances
This fragrance smells like… a warm, soft hug. Like you’d imagine velour would smell, if it had a scent. Which makes the name so perfect… slow dance. It was actually inspired by prom! This is unisex but to me it smells very feminine. Violet and vanilla and patchouli!
This fragrance is so special. You really have to smell it on yourself to understand but it just smells so good. Like a sexy fireplace. But with a creamy finish? It’s positively addicting. The notes I notice most are leather + sandalwood. It’s spicy and woody, with a soft dry down.
This is the most inexpensive fancy perfume you’ll ever wear! It was also Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s fav, which of course I love. It’s really hard to explain this one (it’s extremely subtle and soft) but it’s so lovely. I also like layering it with Santal 33 (or actually any of these) to warm it up and make it a little more musky. It’s an oil so just dab a drop on your pulse points.
When I put this one on my instagram story, I described this as one of the sexiest fragrances I have EVER smelled. And I stand behind that. This one has that same spicy wood notes but also notes of frangipani which make it really feminine and pretty. I love the juxtaposition of floral with cedar, musk, and spiced woodl. It’s addictive and has become an instant favorite.
This one is also hard to describe but it’s WONDERFUL. (I mean honestly, everything Byredo makes is just… beyond.) The perfumer’s description is a bit somber: the smell of things ending. But to me it smells like a cashmere sweater. It’s a little spicy (are you seeing a trend here? they all are!) but it’s also sweet and soft (wild fig and tonka beans help with that).
I saved my newest fav for last! First of all, this perfume was designed by the same perfumer who created Santal 33, so I figured I’d like it. But what fascinates me about The Nue Co is that all of their products have a functional benefit. Besides smelling amazing (it’s similar to Santal and very spicy!) it’s also designed to help you de-stress and reset. It’s woody, spicy, and smoky… and actually helps to calm the nervous system. How brilliant is that!?
Photography by Carter Fish.