If olfactory experts are to be believed, October has a smell. While in countries where Halloween is celebrated the onset of autumn evokes a distinct nostalgia with scents of pumpkin pies and campfire fumes, even otherwise, this is a time when our olfactory senses are undergoing a subtle change. October is the month when the chill starts kicking in and it is a fact that odour molecules move more slowly in cold weather than summer heat. That’s why fall fragrances much like your fall wardrobe are more intense, more sparkling, more seductive and more glamorous. And brands do take notes and come up with brilliant launches every autumn. This season, opulent florals are buzzing on the shelves. But even if you are not a fan of flowers, check these out as unique combinations of oud and almonds lend these compositions an off-beat edge. Here are nine brand-new perfumes to browse through and pick your autumn scent.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Love
Take a closer look at the bottle with blush rose juice and an oversized daisy cap. If you still need reasons to try this, here we go. It’s a fresh floral-fruity fragrance created by master perfumer Alberto Morillas, who created the original daisy as well. As with all the variations in the Marc Jacobs Daisy family, this one is also happy, fun and energising. The middle notes predictably feature the signature elegant daisy accord but, on a woody,-musk base. The crystallised berries give an addictive start to the perfume. Buy now
Jo Malone London Honeysuckle and Davana
This fresh floral fragrance wows with its green mossy and seductive woody notes. The delectable blend of Davana with rose and honeysuckle is absolutely alluring. The distinct notes are warm enough to keep you cosy on a chilly evening but at the same time sparkling to smoothly wade into the spring. A scent that you can literally wear anytime, anywhere! Buy now
Elie Saab Le Parfum In White
A sophisticated floral chypre fragrance, Le Parfum in White, created by the famous designer himself, promises to make every moment magical. A tribute to the romance of white, the essence of this perfume draws its inspiration from Elie Saab’s bridal, ready-to-wear and couture collections. The white blooms of jasmine and orange flower kiss the pearly flesh of pear on an addictive base of light, almost sheer musks. Ylang ylang and vanilla balance the mild sweetness of this potion.
Issey Miyaki L’Eau D’Issey Pure Nectar de Parfum
Haven’t all the perfume lovers been following the leitmotif of a ‘drop’ in the Issey Miyake fragrances? The simple drop of water, which was to capture the scent of water on a woman’s skin inspired the legendary L’Eau D’ Issey. The scent of water was reinvented in L’Eau D’Issey Pure Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toillete. In this recent addition, which is the most intense of them all absolute rose tingles the sweet freshness of pears on a rich base of sandalwood. Buy now
Alaïa Paris Nude
The third fragrance from the house of Alaïa, Nude has the lightness of woods and musk flirt with the weight of flowers and powder. Imagine the scent of softest cedarwood nudging the green almond note interspersed with a delicacy of iris and orange blossom. This gentle warm whiff brings out the sheer tenderness of naked skin, which is on point with the name of the fragrance.
Dolce and Gabbana Dolce Garden
This beautiful fragrance takes cues from flowers blossoming in a Sicilian garden. For a touch of playful femininity, the fragrance and flower cap take on a pastel pink. The bottle comes dressed in a thin black grosgrain ribbon twisted in an elegant bow, the signature of the Dolce line. The hero ingredient in this is the beautiful and intense frangipani blossom that is balanced by the creaminess of coconut and almond milk. When you want to embrace a veil of satin-smooth luxurious fragrance, reach out for this. Buy now
Guerlain Mon Guerlain Florale
With hints of lavender, Mon Guerlain, redefined the floral feminine category of fragrances when it was launched in 2017. It takes a more conventional feminine route with its new variant Mon Guerlain, that has glorious peony blooms and lush doses of sambac jasmine in the heart of the fragrance. The perfume retains its distinct trail thanks to the presence of Carla lavender at the start and gourmand notes of vanilla in the base. Wear this if you are not afraid to stand out in a crowd. Buy now
Salvatore Ferragamo Amo Ferragamo
Here’s a glamorous eau de parfum that lingers through the day and well into the evening. Or should we say spray some in the evening and wake up to its lasting tender traces? Its classic floral-oriental fragrance, which means it combines the luxurious floral notes of the warm base of vanilla and sandalwood. The hint of ambroxan in the base lends an irresistibly seductive trail. So, here’s a power scent to make a statement in the festive gatherings. The translucent textured bottle features a cluster of tiny prisms evocative of the preciousness of a diamond.
Ormonde Jayne Rose Gold
The niche perfume house of Ormonde Jayne from London has a beautiful composition in Rose Gold. It starts with a burst of freshness due to the top notes of Sicilian lime, bergamot and clary sage. Orchids, carnations and water lily along with jasmine sambac give this floral fragrance a distinctly airy character. For someone who wants to go for the notes that whisper rather than scream, this is one!