The start of September is a dreaded time for many as we leave behind those hot summer days and transition into the cold winter season. We unwillingly pack up our summer wardrobes and break out the hats, scarves and gloves! I'm lucky enough to still be enjoying a heatwave but as my Los Angeles trip draws to a close I start to think about falling into winter.
Today is all about fall fragrances, warming scents and calming colognes for the winter season. We break away from the florals and uplifting scents of summer as the climate changes. I'll be spending the winter in Toronto and I've heard it's extremely cold there - I'm shivering already at the thought of it!
TOM FORD TOBACCO VANILLE
Let's start with one of my favourite fragrances, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. I first came across this scent in New York last winter and instantly fell in love. I remember vividly as I watched the snow fall from the Tom Ford beauty counter at Bergdorf Goodman. It was one of those magical Manhattan moments. This fragrance is nostalgic for me, a reminder of life on the East Coast.
Tobacco Vanille is a modern take on an old world men's club. The fragrance opens immediately with opulent essences of tobacco leaf and aromatic spice notes. For those who adore a dark, spiced and oriental inspired fragrance, this is the one for you. Tobacco Vanille is a favourite from the Private Blends collection. Each fragrance in the line begins with a precious extraction of a single note around which secondary notes are wrapped creating a completely developed and complex Eau de Parfum that may enchant or challenge, stimulate or delight.
JO MALONE MIMOSA & CARDAMOM
The creative team at Jo Malone are incredible, they have managed to win us over again with this luxurious new fragrance. Mimosa & Cardamom launched at the beginning of September is the latest scent to join the Jo Malone brand. With top notes of cardamom and a base of tonka bean, it's the perfect fall fragrance. If you're like me and enjoy combining your Jo Malone fragrances, Mimosa & Cardamom adds touches of spice to English Pear & Freesia and gives Red Roses an unfolding warmth. The collection includes the classic cologne and candle as well as a luxurious body crème and hand wash.
Interesting side note: Tonka bean belongs to an oriental category of perfumery notes and shares some common characteristics with tobacco and amber, and it pairs well with patchouli, sandalwood, rose, lemon peel and lavender.
LE LABO SANTAL 33
A friend recently took me for a tour at Le Labo's Los Angeles boutique. The brand was founded by Fabrice Penot and Edouard Roschi in 2006 and has excitingly just been acquired by the Estée Lauder Group. Although Le Labo have more than 45 incredible fragrances under their name, Santal 33 was really love at first scent for me. Again, this fragrance uses popular notes such as cardamom, tobacco and ambrox which in turn bring us this spiced, woody and musky scent. Santal 33 is available as a cologne, body lotion, or hand cream.
BVLGARI AU THÉ NOIR
A new love of mine is the recently launched Bvlgari Au Thé Noir. The fragrance launched in July of this year and is available exclusively at Harrods. Another woody fragrance with key notes of rose absolute, patchouli and oud wood.
Au Thé Noir, which was developed by well-known perfumer Jacques Cavallier, is inspired by the millennial Chinese Black Tea and is an intense and luxurious fragrance for both men and women. Other fragrances in Bvlgari's tea inspired collection include Au Thé Vert, Au Thé Blanc and Au Thé Bleu.
I have to admit I do have a slight obsession with these dark, spiced, masculine fragrances and with so many available I thought it important to pass on the best of the best and most luxurious on the market. These four fragrances are sure to warm your heart (and perhaps even the heart of another) throughout the winter season.