Fall Fragrance - Change of Season

The most successful fall fragrances don't express a change in climate, but a shift in light.

Excerpts from a fragrance editorial, Change of Season, in Allure Magazine, September 2012 issue.

Fall Fragrance Classics

Even the most complex and assertive perfumes are meant to enhance a mood or a moment in time -- not dominate it. ... These perfumes capture that delicate balance: They're diffused, but still potent. ...learn more

Estee Lauder White Linen perfume


Fall florals should be substantial, not sweet or pretty. This classic has been around for 34 years and is still a standout. Fresh, leafy notes combined with potent rose and jasmine produce an elegant, urban effect. Estee Lauder White Linen eau de parfum, floral fragrance created in 1978.

Tom Ford Santal Blush perfume

TOM FORD Santal Blush

This is very unassuming for a spicy oriental. The exaggerated sandalwood accord is supple and creamy, like velvet. There's an understated sexiness and a lingering buttery warmth. Tom Ford Santal Blush eau de parfum, spicy oriental created in 2011.

Chanel 28 La Pausa perfume

CHANEL 28 La Pausa

Restraint is what makes this fragrance so appealing. It's a soft, musky iris that's monochromatic, but still sophisticated. I think of it as a beautiful piece of beige linen with a smooth, luxurious texture. Chanel 28 La Pausa eau de toilette, floral created in 2007.

Cartier La Treizieme Heure perfume

CARTIER La Treizieme Heure

This is one of the more original and complex fragrances I tested. Leather and vanilla give it depth and structure, while a summery floral note, narcissus absolute, brightens it. Cartier La Treizieme Heure eau de parfum, leather created in 2009.

Frederic Malle Dans Tes Bras perfume


The violet top note does give this scent a hint of color, but we transposed it in a way. A bed of cashmeran (a woody, musky accord) dims the violet. It's reminiscent of warm skin or a hazy light. Frederic Malle Dans Tes Bras eau de parfum, woody musk created in 2008.

Change of Season, Allure Sept. 2012

(Malle, Frederic. "The Fragrance Guy: Change of Season." Allure Sept. 2012: 120)

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