Friday, December 9th, 2011

By Caitlin, Fragrance Contributor

Caitlin recently completed her master’s degree in British Literature at St. Andrews in Scotland. She’s just moved back to the U.S., currently residing in Pennsylvania, and now works for a local non-profit. She studed French during her undergraduate years and even lived in Paris for a years. She loves traveling, but now that she has to hold down a “real job” now, she travels by way of new perfumes. She says fragrance has a way of transporting you to a new place, which is one of the reasons she loves perfume! You can follow her on Twitter!

3 Must-Have Fall Fragrances

Autumn is in full-swing and, even though we still get plenty of sunlight during the day, there’s a palpable cooler edge to everything that has me craving fragrances with more warmth and depth. At this time of year, I want something I can cozy up to and wrap around myself. Here are a few of my Fall favorites from niche brands:

L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two ($145.00): This fragrance starts out with a smoky, earthy kick that smells exactly like jumping into a pile of leaves. When the honey note appears things balance things out and you get the sensation of drinking sweetened black tea. Tea for Two gradually becomes more restrained until you get the feeling that you’re sitting next to a fireplace drinking milky Earl Grey and snacking on ginger snaps. This fragrance is cozy but sophisticated. You’re not curled up in your PJs with a mug, rather you’re wearing a smoking jacket and sipping politely out of a china teacup.

Diptyque Eau Duelle ($88.00): Diptyque is better known for their gorgeous scented candles, but their line of fragrances is equally well-appointed. Eau Duelle or ‘duality of water’ interlaces vanilla with cold peppery spices and warm frankincense. It opens with a burst of peppercorn and black tea. There are two types of vanilla here: bourbon and firnat, but they play shy and do not emerge right away. The vanilla reveals itself about an hour into wear-time, as the incense note takes on a different texture and changes from aromatic to creamy and substantial. The dry-down contains both powdery sweetness (that’s the firnat) and boozy syrup (that’s the bourbon!) but this fragrance never becomes overly sweet thanks to lingering hints of spicy peppercorn.

Miller Harris Feuilles de Tabac ($95.00):  True to its name, this fragrance opens with a strong waft of smoky tobacco but, don’t worry, this is not your grandfather’s tobacco pipe. The official Miller Harris description for this scent mentions Parisian brasseries and that’s exactly what this tobacco note evokes. Feuilles de Tabac will take you to a brasserie on the Left Bank where you’re sipping a café au lait (or some French wine!) while the scent of clove cigarettes hovers in the air. The pine needle note here balances out the smoke and shows that it is possible to do a fresh smelling tobacco scent. Feuilles de Tabac is a skin scent, meaning people will have to get close to notice this but, on some occasions, that intimacy may be exactly what you want!

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11 thoughts on “3 Must-Have Fall Fragrances

  1. Caitlin

    I’m sorry, this isn’t the most timely article, is it? I can recommend a few more fragrances for truly cold weather though:

    Serge Lutens, Five O’Clock au Gingembre: Like spiced ginger tea with a little honey and some pepper in the drydown. This scent doesn’t radiate warmth & coziness to me so I wouldn’t go for this if you’re looking for a warm winter fragrance. The spices here come off as ‘cold’ to me. Very Christmas-y though.

    Serge Lutens, Jeux de Peau: on the other hand, this one is all about warmth and comfort! This scent smells exactly like a French Boulangerie–all the baking bread & buttery croissants you can imagine. It’s an interesting gourmand.

    Guerlain, Spiritueuse Double Vanille: you can tell from the name, this one is all about the boozy vanilla and I mean *really* boozy. This is one my favorite vanilla-themed fragrances.

  2. Great list! Now you’ve got me on to Miller Harris Feuilles de Tabac. I must get a sample. I love tobacco and smokey scents, my fave in this department is the infamous Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille.

    Another favorite of mine is from an indie perfumery called For Strange Women. November in the Temperate Deciduous Forest smells like its namesake and actually transports you to the deciduous forest!

    • Caitlin

      I’d never heard of For Strange Women–thanks for mentioning it!

      Feuilles de Tabac is lovely but a little more quiet that Tom Ford’s version of tobacco.

  3. Alix

    Tea for Two sounds fabulous! Where is L’Artisan Parfumeur sold? (I want to try before I buy.) It’s at Barney’s, apparently, but they don’t seem to carry this particular scent.

    • Sharon

      You could try They have samples for sale at a reasonable price.

    • Caitlin

      Alix, yes I also noticed Barney’s doesn’t seem to have Tea for Two so I got my sample from They offer samples and full bottles of L’Artisan. I know The Perfumed Court also carries L’Artisan samples.

  4. Tina

    Shame. These actually sound like scents I would want to test, but those prices are totally unreasonable for anyone who isn’t even necessarily on a budget, but just doesn’t like spending ridiculous amounts of money on that sort of thing.

  5. Susanne

    You missed the new released 2011 Venezia by Laura Biagiotti :)

  6. Sneha

    Caitlyn –

    I have nothing to say about perfumes, but I wanted to tell you that you write beautifully! These reviews are a joy to read and your descriptions are so vivid! Keep them coming!