Thursday, October 3, 2013

Transitioning your Fragrances to Fall

We’ve got you covered when it comes to fall! Right now you’re slowly beginning to store your spring and summer wardrobe, while bringing out cozy sweaters and leggings for the fall-like weather. However, one important transition you’ve probably overlooked is your fragrance choice. One of my favorite things about the season is that you can wear “heavier” fragrances that have richer, fuller top notes. For example, while fruity and floral scents are perfect for spring and summer, fall and winter scents tend to be spicier. Check out some of my personal faves below:

Fall Fragrance Round Up 2013

1. Bond No 9 - Manhattan

Let me start out by saying you can’t go wrong with the entire Bond No 9 collection. While it’s a tad bit pricey, the fragrances are well worth it. With each new addition to this New York-based line, Perfumista Laurice Rahme absolutely blows me away. Her fragrances are unique and unlike anything you’ve ever smelled...but I digress. Manhattan is a relatively new fragrance for Bond No 9 and it’s one of my faves for fall and winter. It’s definitely a fragrance that will have you turning heads as you walk by! (As you can tell, I have an obsession with Bond.)

Fragrance notes include: fresh coriander, corsican immortelle, spicy nutmeg, juicy Italian bergamot, gold saffron, gourmand gingerbread, cashmere wood, french genet, provence star jasmine, cistus flower, gourmand red plum, breches honey, rare agarwood, oriental musk, creamy sandalwood and suede.

2. Viktor & Rolf - Flowerbomb

Back in my Bath & Body Works days, my favorite fragrance was Sensual Amber. Upon smelling Viktor + Rolf's Flowerbomb, I fell in love and Sensual Amber went by the wayside. This fragrance has an amazing rich patchouli undertone, mixed with jasmine, making it one of my go-to fragrances for fall and winter. It’s a heavy fragrance, but still exudes femininity.

Fragrance notes include: tea and bergamot, sambac jasmine, orchid, freesia, rose, patchouli

3. Elie Saab - Le Parfum Eau De Parfum

Alright, alright, I know I said to steer clear of florals, but this Elie Saab fragrance is an amazing floral blend that still provides the rich, deep fragrance notes for fall. After all, anything described as creating “an encounter as feminine as the trail of an evening gown” has to be amazingly chic right?

Fragrance notes include: harmony of white flowers, cedar woods and a drop of honey

4. Michael Kors - Gold Rose Edition

Okay, I’ll admit it...I haven’t smelled Michael Kors Gold Rose Edition, but it sounds amazing and I’ve been reading lots of hype about this little bottle of fun. Henri Bendel used to make an amazing Jasmine & Tuberose line that I loved, but alas it was discontinued. I’m hoping this one will be a close match with the deeper notes for fall.

Fragrance notes include: tuberose and sandalwood

5. Juicy Couture - Juicy Couture Perfume

This Juicy Couture fragrance has been in my favor since first sniff. When shopping one Christmas for a new perfume (yes, I buy myself a gift each year!), I ran across this beautiful bottle and had to give it a whirl. I sprayed it on myself, and low and behold, I could still smell it the next day. It’s got this amazingly warm vanilla note to it, but then mixes in this delicious sweet dessert-like smell. YUM! Overall, this is a great one for fall and winter...and you can’t go wrong with the regal packaging, right?

Fragrance notes include: watermelon, mandarin, pink passion fruit, marigold, green apple, water hyacinth, crushed leaves, tuberose absolute, wild rose, princess lily, tuberose, caramel creme brulee, vanilla, precious woods, patchouli

As you can see, I love perfume almost as much as I love shoes. I love all of these dearly, but I am completely and utterly smitten with the Bond No 9 line. You’ve seen what fragrances I’ll be using this fall...what are some of your favorites?
Jaime Costilow

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