Top 10 of Fall 2010
PST is joining with our friends at to celebrate our favorite scents for Fall.
Tigerflag Natural Saffron Attar When cut 1:8 with jojoba oil, this attar is both relatively economical and flat out gorgeous. A smooth, honeyed saffron with mellow floral notes and no trace of medicinal bitterness, it has a modest sillage that mixes beautifully with the scent of autumn leaves and cool fall air.
I've fallen madly in love with Juliette has a Gun's gorgeous and utterly devastating perfume Citizen Queen. She's a very vintage and ladylike chypre that reminds me of my beloved Bal a Versailles, yet she's sexy and arrogant with an edginess that borders on cruel....Lots of yummy leather, amber and violet here to play with!
I find myself reaching for vintage Miss Dior even more frequently as the days grow crisp and cool; its mossy, sexy warmth and earthy base notes are perfect for any time of day or night, and wearing it makes me feel stylish and elegant even when I am dressed in a comfy sweater and my favorite jeans.
Chergui by Serge Lutens. I love its honey, hay, and tobacco goodness. For me, it dredges up memories of carved pumpkins and piles or orange and yellow leaves that need to be raked in the front yard and old men smoking pipes filled with sweet tobacco.
I think it has to be Odin 03 (Century) this Autumn. Mind you, most of the time I have my partner wearing it instead of me, but that's just so I can snuggle his neck and sniff him. An always-evolving blend of vanilla-laden amber and woody incense, it's the very breath of fall for me.
A wisp of scintillating, ethereal lightness and the succulent sweetness of juicy, wild plums balance and beautify the animalic, primordial vigor of Oud Nuh- a luscious, vibrant and magisterial oil hailing from the jungles of Assam.
Dzongkha by L'Artisan Parfumeur has always seemed to me to be a perfectly autumnal scent. It certainly hits the spot this Fall, which, this far into October, still carries a lingering breath of the extremely hot summer we had. The hint of floral sweetness of peonies is a nod to the season past, the smoky, earthy, leathery core- a comfort in the cold and the rain. Perfection.
For fall, I'm wearing a lot of Serge Lutens Bas de Soie, the icy/warm vibe is perfect for the capricious weather we get in Europe this time of year!
So far this fall we've gone from a hight of 113 (before the official thermometer croaked and rainy mid-fifties. Helping me survive this roller-coaster is Mouchoir de Monsieur, Guerlains almost unbearably suave mens scent that can be demure enough for the heat but ferocious enough for cold. Since Marina asked me to coordinate this clambake I'm cheating and choosing two to round us out to 10: I got a sample of Escentric Molecule 03, the new Vetiver one. It's Vetiver dialed up to 11 and I'm nuts about it...
Please tune in to the other participants: Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc, Now Smell This, and Perfume Posse.
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