As temperatures continue to drop, as colors shift and the air grows crisp, and all manner of autumnal baked goods and flavored coffee abominations fill our homes and streets, 'tis only fitting that we begin opting for fragrances that compliment the olfactory palette of Fall.
Here's 5 of our current favorites...
1. Norne by Slumberhouse | Parfum Extrait
This 100% natural composition by self-taught Indie Perfumer, Josh Lobb, features notes of "Fog caked needle, lichen, Fern, moss, hemlock, and incense." To our nose, Norne smells both green, insofar as its deep piney and mossy notes constitute its core, and black, in that there is a rich, smokey incense that hums in the background throughout the life of the fragrance.
Who should wear this? If you're not really into perfume/cologne, yet you like the smell of your flannel after harvesting a pine tree and sitting around a campfire for hours.
30ml, $160 from luckyscent.com
2. Signature Perfume by Saint Rita Parlor | Eau de Parfum
Composed by Neil Bardon, founder and creative director of the primarily eyewear-focused Saint Rita Parlor, the fragrance was made in honor of his Grandmother, Rita. Highlighting notes from some of her favorite things, this fragrance smells of musky old barrels (evocative of the whiskey and water Rita so enjoyed), cured tobacco (Rita had a penchant for cigarettes), and rose, the smell of Rita's garden. Signature is deep and rich, and perfect for Fall.
Who should wear this? If you like reading good books in old cabins while wrapped in blankets, and enjoy rose-blended hookah tobacco.
15ml, $60 from fitracollective.com
3. EO No. 1 EdP by Ensar Oud | Eau de Parfum
Master oud distiller, Ensar, previously world renowned for his sourcing and distilling of the best oud oils on the planet, has decided to start blending eau de perfume concentrations highlighting certain characteristics of his oud oils. This, his first perfume, celebrates the leathery and tobacco-esque characteristics of pure oils by using the $2500 Kyaratul Mustafa, wild Hainan sinensis extract (aged 13 years), and aged rose oil from Sultan Qaboos's private collection. 100% natural, with notes of rose, oud, leather, tobacco, and tea; imagine you were smelling not those ingredients, but their heavenly, eternal, platonic archetypes.
Who should wear this? You enjoy fine leather saddles, leather gloves, cigar lounges, and the smell of an ornate leather ottoman in an actual Ottoman Palace.
50ml, $395 from luckyscent.com
4. Bourbon by Hendley Perfumes | Extrait de Parfum
Named for the bourbon vanilla at its heart, Bourbon starts vanillic and slightly citrusy, quickly revealing the toasted oak from the aging process (Hans ages this fragrance in oak barrels), along with a dry, peppery woodiness. There is a subtle but gorgeous "funkiness" from the castoreum, which reminds us of both a vintage Guerlinade as well as a gentle Indian oud attar (Indian oud is not nomrally tame, but the impression here is). Finally, the drydown evokes a dry church incense, with the amber-like labdanum and benzoin resin lingering for hours.
Who should wear this? For the true aesthete, those enamored by the five senses. Those who enjoy raw honey, fine cheeses, old cellars, and can appreciate all manner of exquisite delights tinged with a little earthy funk.
50ml, $260 from fitracollective.com
5. Milano Caffe by La Via del Profumo (Abdes Salaam Attar) | Eau de Parfum
The French-cum-Italian perfumer, Dominique Dubrana, always has much to say about his own 100% natural compositions. To our mind, he describes his masterpiece best:
Who should wear this? The coffee-obsessed contemplative, equally at home in the streets of Milan or the Taj Mahal.
50ml, $125 from attarperfumes.net