New Fall Perfumes

Excerpts from fragrance editorials "Insiders' Guide: Legends of the Fall" in Allure Magazine November 2013.

Top 4 Warm Fall Fragrances - Frederic Malle picks his top fragrances for the autumn season in Allure magazine's Insiders' Guide to new warm - yet airy - fall scents.

Legends of the Fall

Fall is full of suggestion: it approaches slowly and almost abstractly, with a shift in light followed by a change in mood. I've always felt that this sense of transition is what makes fall fragrances complex, exciting - and so easy to get wrong," says perfumer Frédéric Malle. "Too many perfumes worn at this time of year lack subtlety; they're impatient, potent, wintry blends that dismiss fall's lighter side insted of distilling it. That's why I'm so drawn to these particular scents, which have a transparent, in-between quality. Yes, they contain the warm notes and structure we crave right now, but with airier, brighter elements as well. The result is a vibrant, elegant balance that reminds me of autumn in New York: a perfect fusion of cold and sunlight."

Cartier La Treizieme Heure

Cartier La Treizieme Heure

"Assertive but still toned down, this scent's smokiness is diffused by narcissus and vanilla. The wood and musky leather notes thin out in time and become barely lucid on the skin."

Fragrance notes - Bergamot, narcissus, mate, birch, leather, patchouli, vanilla
Perfumer - Mathilde Laurent

Guerlain Apres l'Ondee

Guerlain Apres l'Ondee
Floral Oriental

"This classic fragrance has been around for over a century, but there's still something fresh and novel about it. The combination of iris, violet, and aniseed produces a dewy floral with rare dimension."

Perfume notes - Orange blossom, violet, anise, carnation, iris, vanilla
Perfumer - Jacques Guerlain

Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle l'Eau d'Hiver

Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle l'Eau d'Hiver
Floral Musk

"Our goal was to create a sharp, minimal fragrance with a gentle base. We tempered iris and heliotrope with the sweetness of hay, so this scent has the structure of a weightless cologne."

Scent notes - Bergamot, hedione, iris, hawthorn, heliotrope, white musk
Perfumer - Jean-Claude Ellena

Chanel Coromandel

Chanel Coromandel
Woody Oriental

"I always equate fragrance with color. Usually, a spicy oriental containing cinnamon and amber would fall in a dark red category. But vanilla and floral aldehyde give this scent a brighter, breezier, more golden complexion."

Fragrance notes - Patchouli, frankincense, amber, benzoin
Perfumer - Jacques Polge

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(Malle, Frederic. "Insiders' Guide: Legends of the Fall." Allure Nov. 2013: 104)

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