Just as spring begs for florals and summer for fruits, colder temperatures ask for warm and cozy fragrances, redolent of vanilla and spices, that wrap around you like a warm blanket. One of my all-time favorite scents in the world is the smell of a hot cup of coffee or tea mingled with the fragrance of a delicately spiced, vanilla-based perfume. When I smell that scent, I know it’s autumn.
They say that scent is the sense most strongly associated with memory; and to me, this is never more true than during the changing of the seasons. Fall smells like cool morning air, hot tea, pumpkin pie, smoky fireplaces, and vanilla candles. And the fragrances I’ve listed below encompass all of these scents.
Notes: Vanilla, Spices, Frankincense
Vibe: Sophisticated and Cozy
Thoughts: I love this scent because it’s vanilla-based (my favorite) but still sophisticated enough to wear out. It’s almost a little smoky, but in a really good way. It smells just like the Diptyque candle in Vanille, another one of my favorites.
Notes: Osmanthus Flower, Chai Tea
Vibe: Exotic and Warm
Thoughts: I love the scent of tea, so this fragrance was a natural choice for me. It’s also slightly floral from the osmanthus flower, but not so much that it would be springtime scent. My favorite part of the 10 Crosby Blackout, though, is the underlying sweetness that reminds me of a cup of tea with sugar.
Notes: Vetiver, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Amber Wood
Vibe: Clean and Mysterious
Thoughts: There’s something about Bois de Balincourt that’s just indescribable. It’s definitely woodsy, but still clean and complex at the same time. To me, it smells like the clean, crisp autumn air in the middle of a forest.