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Once upon a time, I’d find myself getting to the end of year and wondering where on earth it went. It felt as though the weeks had flown by, the months blurred into one and the seasons passed in the blink of an eye. Which is why I’m more conscious than ever these days to stay present and do everything I can to take stock of the year as it unfolds.
Amongst other things, using various seasonal fragrances throughout the year has helped significantly. In my opinion, there’s nothing quite like the sense of smell to evoke memories and highlight each season’s unique charm.
With that in mind, I’ve listed 5 fragrances below that never fail to ground me in Autumn and help me to embrace and soak up the magic found at this time of year.
If you’ve followed me since the beginning, you’ll know that this has been my go-to fragrance for Autumn and Winter for the past few years in a row. The warmth of amber feels romantic, sensual and warm, without smelling musty or overbearing like so many A/W fragrances. It’s a comforting scent when the light starts to fade and provides warmth when the temperatures fall.
Infused with notes of oakwood and leather, a few spritzes of this around the home will transport you to somewhere with a crackling fire and evoke a sense of calm and warmth inside. A few spritzes go a long way too so I’m left in no doubt that it will last you for months.
Combining the fresh, green fragrances of moss and seasonal blackcurrants, the signature scent from Diptyque was made for this time of year if you ask me. It’s an uplifting scent when storms gather ahead and provides an oasis indoors in which to retreat and cosy up.
There’s something so majestic about the English Oak so as soon as Jo Malone released this fragrance, I knew I had to try it for myself. Combined with the nutty notes of hazelnut, spice and support of elemi, earthiness of moss and woodiness of vetiver, it’s such a unique fragrance that instantly grounds me and makes me feel at home.
As the name suggests, this smells like the hedgerows of the English countryside in Autumn as blackberries ripen, sitting patiently, waiting to be picked. Not only does it smell divine, the pot is a work of art too.
Ps. Don’t be put off by the description. Initially I thought this had the potential to smell quite sickly but my goodness, it’s a new firm favourite. My team have fallen in love with it too!
Biting into a ripe, juicy pear is one of the more understated joys of and delicacies to behold in autumn. For that reason, though it has the potential to be a summer scent too, English Pear and Sweet Pea is a wonderful scent to transition between seasons and is a slightly fresher alternative to the fragrances above.
Finally, I find myself reaching for this fragrance year round as it smells like an English country garden – my favourite place to be no matter the season. Inspired by and created with Highgrove Gardens, His Majesty The King’s country estate, there’s layers to this fragrance that unravel and come into their own depending on the season. In autumn, the warmth of cedar – the perfume’s base note – provides comfort.