Top 10 of Fall, a Bonus Top 10 and a Prize Draw
"Autumn is marching on: even the scarecrows are wearing dead leaves" - tis' time to list the Top 10 of Fall.
I dislike cold weather. I wish I was a bear and could go into deep sleep until spring. In autumn, perfumes are my source of comfort: warmth, softness, coziness, cuddliness...strength and confidence...
1. Bell'Antonio by Hilde Soliani: husky-sweet cuddliness of tobacco, comfort of a loving embrace
2. Felanilla by Parfumerie Generale: woody vanilla, dry, a little spicy, very warm, comfort of a cashmere shawl
3. Gucci Pour Homme: incense and woods, austere and soft, a quintessentially masculine scent that is so easy to wear, a perfume that protects me from the cold and takes my troubles and my breath away
4. Lyric by Amouage: a velvety, sweet, creamy rose for cold weather, slightly spicy, very sensual and extremely comforting
5. Theo Fennell: elegance and dirt, a thick, indolent, cumin-y goodness that is as erotic as it is comforting
6. Habanita by Molinard: powdery, vanillic softness that surrounds an unyielding core of leather, an empowering comfort scent, my I Can Do It and I Can Get Through It perfume
7. Sotto Voce by Laura Biagiotti: slightly bitter sweetness, soft powderiness, delicate warmth, wearing this twelve year old favorite comforts me reminding that some things really do last forever
8. Quand Vient La Pluie by Guerlain: a gently sweet, breathtakingly exquisite blend that is perfect in every season, comfort that comes upon one when contemplating (or wearing) a thing of absolute beauty, comfort of summer amidst fall.
9. Peut-Etre by Lancome: the scent that is "me" in some strange, inexplicable way, comfort of being in one's own skin
10. Beige by Chanel: my noli me tangere fragrance, the comfort of aloofness, of confidence, of feeling impeccably put together.
I recently outed my nail polish addiction, so here is a bonus Top 10 that I want to share with my fellow polish maniacs (and please share yours in your comments!). If you aren't one, skip to Tom's Top 10 perfumes of Fall.
1. Tickle My France-y by OPI
2. Bon Bon by Orli
3. Body Language by Essie
4. Pasha by Zoya
5. Make Love by OPI
6. Dominique by Zoya
7. Juliette by Nyx
8. Noir Ceramic by Chanel
9. My Private Jet by OPI
10. Metro Chic by Sephora by OPI
I'm going to evenly split my ten between ones that were actually introduced in 2008 and ones that I find myself reaching for in the fall:
1. Jitterbug by Opus Oils. Sweet and flowery without being overpowering, this sings on a cold day
2. Kiki by Vero Perfumes. I know it was on my Summer list as well. Sue me.
3. Musc Botanique by Strange Invisible Perfumes. Absolutely delicious and like nothing else out there.
4. Cradle of Light by CB I Hate Perfume. Basenotes insists it's a 2008 release. I know I smelled it in 2007. I also know I can't forget it.
5. Serge Noire by Serge Lutens. Yes, it's a close cousin of his other ones. Yes, I finally bought a bottle. It's the essence of Autumn.
Now for the ones that aren't 2008 releases
6. Arabie by Serge Lutens. When the weather turns cold the boozy stewed fruits of this become a woody warm embrace
7. Kolnisch Juchten by (difficult German name) Fatty, meaty goodness is just the ticket for fall.
8. Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain. Doughy vanilla goodness that manages to be both comforting and yes heartlessly chic
9. Ensense Flamboyant by Annick Goutal. Dreamy insencey goodness, it and all of Les Orientalistes are finally available in America
10. Greyland by Montale. A new favorite that's both perfect for fall and perfect on me. I blame Donna, her review made me try it. I am picking up a bottle of this this week as my Christmas present to myself. Even though it's October.
Please share your summer favorites. By tradition, our Top 10s come with a giveaway: if you would like to receive a set of 10 samples of some of mine and some of Tom's favorites, please say so in your comment. And don't forget to read other Top 10s of Fall on:
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