Fall? Bah, humbug. I'm a summer person. The best thing I can say about fall is that at least it isn't winter yet.
That's me a couple of years ago, opening the Top 10 of Fall by complaining that it wasn't summer. Imagine how I feel now. There is nothing good I can say about winter except that at least it's already part of the way over. So, let's move on to the perfume, shall we?
Citrus. Angie recommends avoiding citrus in winter; instead, she says you should find a good tropical fragrance to psych yourself out of the winter doldrums. She's right that citrus doesn't really have the same effect when you're wearing several layers of warm clothing, but it cheers me up all the same — some winters, I wear an awful lot of citrus. I'm including two in this category. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Pamplemousse is cheerful, reasonably long-lasting, and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. As an added bonus, it layers nicely with just about anything. Aftelier's Candide costs more (and is perhaps more accurately termed a citrusy floral), but it's so happy, it makes me smile just to think about it.
Tropical. But of course Angie's right, you do need a tropical floral. You can pick your poison here, but I'm going with my old standby Ormonde Jayne Frangipani. I keep expecting that one day I'll spray it on and find the magic is gone, but so far, so good.
Spice. Of course you need a spice, it's winter! Spicy fragrances might be the only justification for winter, when you come right down to it. You can go heavy or you can go light; Penhaligon's Elixir is on the lighter end of things, but it's plenty strong enough to take on cold weather.
Wood pudding. The wood pudding category overlaps with spice, but adds creamy wood and a certain something that is hard to explain but that Givenchy Organza Indecence illustrates perfectly. Thank you, Givenchy, for bringing back Organza Indecence.
Dry woods. If, like me, you live in a home without a fireplace, you can compensate with Sonoma Scent Studio's Fireside Intense.
Vetiver. Of course you need a good vetiver for winter — you always need a good vetiver. Chaman’s Party by Honoré des Prés has enough depth to stand up to the cold.
Food. Many humans adapt to cold by putting on extra weight. If you'd rather spray on your sugar, try Demeter Egg Nog. It's got a nice spicy kick, and pretty good lasting power. Plus, it's dirt cheap.
Cold. When you want to give into the cold, The Different Company's De Bachmakov is perfect, not least because it features just a hint of the coming spring.
Donna Karan Black Cashmere. Yes, it overlaps with several other categories, but it's so central to winter that it deserves to constitute a category all its own. What to wear when you just can't seem to get warm.