Atelier Cologne Ambre Nue is a warm oriental that is still not quite opulent enough for Winter. It has my preferred base notes of Tonka bean and patchouli, and opens with a touch of mandarin and cinnamon. There is enough floral here (orchid) to balance everything out. Even though it doesn't have cedar or other wood notes, to me it still has that dry edge. Think wool pencil skirts with suede pumps or a plaid cape from Coach - it would round out any Fall wardrobe.
You can go smell this at Neiman Marcus, select Sephoras, or order a sample from Lucky Scent
Corso Como 10 is sexy as hell. With its smokey notes I'd consider it a unisex fragrance . As per my Autumn fragrance requirements, it has plenty of that woodsy quality: sandalwood, oud wood resin, and incense. Have I mentioned it is sexy? But then I think unisex fragrances are always sexy. A bit of dusky rose and spicy geranium soften the wood element so that it is not entirely masculine. It brings to mind big bouquets of blood red mums on the table, and sitting by the fire sipping wine with your date, the sexual tension buzzing between you.
You can go smell this at Barney's or order a sample at Surrender To Chance
You can find this at Sephora or other department stores
Coal by Andrea Maack is probably the most unique of the bunch. It is completely about freshly sharpened pencils and heading back to school. But there is also a freshness and brightness that belies its smokey, leathery quality. I don't know why fresh comes to mind because certainly there are no fresh note in the composition, but I really don't think it is as heavy as most incense fragrances. It was inspired by the smell of an artist's studio and the dusty scribblings of charcoal on paper.
You can order a sample of this at Lucky Scent
The lightest of the bunch, terrific for my fellow Californians, is The Afternoon of a Faun by Etat Libre d'Orange. It is absolutely lovely with its spicey but sweet notes that are tempered with citrus. I also really enjoy its herbal notes of immortelle and oris root. There is a distinguishable amount of rose (another fave of mine), and the merest whisper of leather to make it the truly unisex fragrance that it is. The name of course reminds me of Narnia, and while this conjures up the world of fantasy, it is strictly an adult fantasy.
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