Why your fragrance should reflect the seasons : Hands up who has a ‘signature fragrance’. It’s true, we all have our favourite perfume but it may not be doing you any favours.
In fact, your fragrance can ‘carbon date’ you as much as a shoulder pad or cut of trouser.
When it comes to getting older we are all ready to reach for the latest jar of miracle cream or tweakment but some of us won’t change our scent for anything and yet it might be the one thing that ages you.
Or maybe you love new season fashion but are in fragrance denial. Honestly a new scent will lift your spirits and sex up the seasons so now is the time to explore!
The trend for quite a few years has been to amass a ‘fragrance wardrobe’ to suit occasion and season, in the same way you’d do with your clothing. It really makes sense. That beachy vanilla scent that will warm beautifully on hot summer skin doesn’t smell quite the same as the weather cools down and nights drawn in.
Plus there’s something so pleasing about marking the season with a perfume that reflects that time of year.
Favourite fragrances for all the seasons…
One on trend fragrance to reach for as we approach autumn is Jo Malone London’s English Pear & Freesia, a heady hit of fruit and floral that deepens to something more gorgeously sensuous thanks to the wildflower accord of freesias and the trail of amber and patchouli.
Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia
Celine Roux, Global Head of Fragrance, explains: “We first brought out English Pear & Freesia back in 2010. At the time, Jo Malone London didn’t have any genuinely fruity fragrances in its line-up apart from Nectarine Blossom & Honey, which was kind of playful and peachy-sweet. The idea behind English Pear & Freesia was to create something unexpected and explore a different kind of fruitiness, without the sweetness and in combination with an elegant floral.”
“English Pear & Freesia is all about the enchanting appeal of an English orchard, right at the point that summer turns into autumn. We were inspired by the image of fruit trees laden with juicy, just-ripe pears, and also by the great English poet John Keats’s famous poem, To Autumn, which talks about ripe fruit and flowers at this magical and whimsical point of the year.”
The relaunch of this delightful scent has been marked by a gorgeous new fluted glass bottle that looks so elegant on the dressing table. And if you really want to immerse yourself in the fragrance of the season you can indulge in a special-edition Cologne and Home Candle in a brand new elegant, fluted glass design, as well as an extra-large 500ml Body & Hand Wash.
Why we love it…It’s a classic that you can have fun pairing with some of your other Jo Malone fragrances. Why not try pairing with Peony and Blush Suede for example?
September by Bjork and Berries
Bjork & Berries.
You couldn’t get more autumnal than the fragrance September by Bjork and Berries, which perfectly encapsulates the change in the seasons.
Be intoxicated by citrusy soothing top notes of pomelo, kumquat, lavender and bracing eucalyptus, apple blossom and jasmine at the heart gradually developing into vetyver smoke, papyrus, guaiac wood and pink praline.
“To me, this scent represents the feeling of change. Expectation. Harvest is here, summer is gone. Golden fields of hay, ripe fruits and bare feet in the afternoon sun. Blue skies that turn into pink and cast shadows on warm grounds. September is my favourite month when we harvest the year before and go into the future.” says Isabelle Lewenhaupt, CEO Björk and Berries.
Why we love it…It’s clean vegan, organic. Kind to skin and animals. £85.
Zuac by Aman
I always think autumnal fragrances should have the whiff of the exotic about them which is why I adore this divine number by Aman.
Indulge your senses with top notes of pink pepper, bergamot and tangerine, then enjoy the warmth of clove buds, Bay St Thomas, saffron and leather as it develops on your skin, finally, frankincense, labdanum, vetiver and patchouli give me a real feeling of being in the souk of Marrakech.
One of seven gorgeous fragrances that have been carefully created by master perfumer Jacques Chabert. Born in Grasse, the historic capital of perfumery, Zuac has been inspired by Amanjena, Morocco, by the colours of the Red City and its ancient Medina. Derived from a Berber word used to describe ‘a mixture of colours,’ Zuac is rooted in the Moorish architecture of Marrakech and its surrounding warm desert landscapes.
Why we love it…Unable to travel to exotic shores, it more than satisfies our wanderlust!
Buly Eau Triple Medina Oud Saffron and Rose
Eau Triple Medina
Sensuous and sublime, this Buly fragrance will transport you into a world of opulence and wealth.
Saffron in a leather case, pearls of the Seven Seas encased in Oud, glowing with amber and topaz. Feather bouquets, carpets anointed with rosebuds, fit for the feet of kings. In the silk lining of sable garments, merchants hide gold-embroidered secrets.
Why we love it…Takes us on an exquisite olfactory journey filled with unexpected pleasures. £138.
Miller Harris Oud Éclat
Oud has been a heady ingredient of modern fragrances for quite a few years now winning over fans with its sexy, earthy, spicy allure. It’s the perfect ingredient to add intrigue to winter nights out. But if this iconic ingredient has passed you by or you just think it’s just a little OTT for your taste, Miller Harris is about to reset your oud radar with their new Oud Éclat.
This gorgeous fragrance uses oud in an intriguing way so that when you spritz, it is what you’ll smell first of all, then it warms up to notes of sugar, tagete, balsam and nutmeg for a much more beguiling bouquet. This is underscored by a rich base of moss and musk that deliver a memorable, mellow dry down.
Why we love it… It’s a captivating new chapter in the oud story!