Happy first day of fall, or not — I'm not particularly happy about it myself.
Today: pick your favorite fall fragrance, and write a six word review (a twist on the six word memoir).
Thanks to Donna for the suggestion! And while I'm at it, thanks to EVERYONE who has ever suggested a poll idea, whether I've used it or not. I'm not always good at keeping track of who suggested what, so many, many helpful people have gone unthanked.
Note: image is Autumnal Rainbox I [cropped] by Clearly Ambiguous at flickr; some rights reserved.
My faves this fall…
I want to lick my arm.
Hermes Ambre Narguile:
Cozy crimson sweater fits just right.
Who says sexy has to shout?
Guerlain Tonka Imperiale:
Crisp and warm, toasted and sweet.
Robert Piguet Bandit:
Wear me when I say so!
LOL at Bandit — that’s perfect!
Bandit – thumbs up!
Ooh, I have a sample of Alessandro somewhere…
You’re so good at this! Love your reviews.
Aw thanks, guys. I’m getting to this kinda late (it seems cold season’s hit with a vengeance this year and I was nothing but medicine-head for a couple days) but this was a really fun poll. It was fun and informative reading the rest of the replies.
Wait! Wait!!! Can I still claim transition? How about a little of transition and of fall, you know, balancing on the equinox?
MMM Untitled (transition)
Surprise! Galbanum turns warm with season.
SL Chene (fall)
Needs chill to avoid pencil syrup.
PG Bois Blond (transition)
Hay, why can’t I quit you?
YR Voile d’Ambre (fall)
Easy layer of medium gauge warmth.
Balmain Jolie Madame (fall)
Leaves! Twigs! Leather! Violet! Oh, snap!
LOL @ Bois Blond
Of course you can!
(and love that for Chene)
Great! I especially love the ones for Bois Blond and Jolie Madame. Voile d’Ambre is perfect for this transition time, too. Thanks for the reminder – may get out my mini tomorrow!
Parfumerie Generale’s Eau Rare Matale: smoky tea and a cashmere sweater.
I do love Matale, and it’s one of the fragrances I seem to forget about. Nice review!
Hi Robin and everyone else! I can’t remember if I’d heard of the six-word memoir, but these are cool projects.
Fall again already, eh? I have no room to complain from California, but where did summer go?
Serge Lutens Chêne
Oak, mighty yet soft as cashmere.
Amouage Epic Woman
She asked me: Going to Araby?
Bonus points for the Joyce allusion. Well done, Joe!
I have been thinking about southern Cal all day Joe, and particularly was daydreaming about Encinitas. Sigh.
I live just up the road from Encinitas (trivia of the day: Encinitas means “little oaks”)
This year’s weather has been very weird. We’ve had a couple of weeks like you’d expect in late summer/early autumn, i.e. Santa Anas with heat and dryness but for the last two weeks it’s been May Grays and June Glooms with temperatures to match. Not your usual SoCal September. Kind of like last year. So maybe your imagination is giving you a better fall than we have been having!
It’s funny, I miss seasons sometimes and dream of fall and rain and snow and stuff. Real dreams, that is, the kind you have when you sleep. You always want what you don’t have, huh?
Trivia of the day: You totally taught me another Spanish word for ‘oak’, as I was only familiar with the more general term ‘roble.’ Thanks. Now I know a bit more about the botany of the ‘quercus’ family after doing some research.
It is not just the weather I miss, but thanks — so true that you always miss what you don’t have! When I lived there, I missed the East Coast, now of course I can’t remember why.
I live in San Diego (for the past 11 years) and grew up in MD. I miss the East Coast all the time, but not enough to move back! I miss trees and grass and real forests and lakes and fireflies and thunderstorms and Yuengling.
SL Bois de Violette
Violet powder. Refined yet approachable beauty.
SL Jeux de Peau
Find comfort in buttered baked goods.
Breathe in autumn smells of forest.
Bad girl’s best friend. Wanna misbehave?
Plums and leather. Serve when chilly.
Perfect OJ Woman review!
I third that! That sounds perfect right about now.
Field Notes in Paris
Oh, to be this student abroad.
Nice, perfect fit!
You guys are so talented…really..I would take me hours to write a 6-word description!
Me too! I used to be a much more creative writer than I am now.
I’m on the Boots product testing panel, and some weeks ago(or months rather) they sent me a full 50ml bottle of Armani sport code to try and leave a review of it on the Boots website. just as it hit the stores.
I couldn’t believe they sent me a full bottle! I left my review but I don’t think it posted (it was very long and descriptive) I basically slagged it off. and if you don’t post a review you get kicked off the panel, so I think I’ve been kicked off now because I can’t find mine on Boots.com, and they haven’t sent me anything since :/
but Sport Code is boring as heck, it’s just sparkly water with a bit of dirt and mint. but it annoyed me that every other review on there loved it! I was thinking what is there to love?? it’s boring, infact I neither liked or disliked it, it’s just bland.
and I love Autumn, the weather’s starting to turn here in the UK. I don’t like the cold because my hands and feet go particularly cold (raynauds runs in my family). but I do like wearing snug winter clothes, jumpers, coats etc. Uggs and gloves kept me warm last year. Uggs are a god sent for cold weather, but what I can’t stand fake ones urgh.
I want Burberry Body for winter but it’s pretty expensive for what people say to be bland. it’s expensive for a Burberry fragrance full stop. I still need to try it.
I need to try Prada Candy a few more times before I decide I like it, but I won’t be able to afford a bottle anyway.
Angel has been on my wishlist for about a year now, I wanted it last Autumn/Winter and meant to save up for but ended up spending the money on other things. I’ve been going on and off it for a year also so I still don’t know if I want it or not. plus I can’t afford that either at the moment.
BTW, I have a full un-opened 60ml refill bottle of Alien on MUA up for swap.
I have 6 words for Candy: expensive and smells like dirty chocolate.
I’m really not very good at this – and I can’t pick a favorite either. So I’ll just sit back and enjoy reading everyone else’s creativity!
Nope – not gonna let you get away with that! Come on, I know you’ve got a few good ones in you!
Okay Rapple – just one for you…
SSS Jour Ensoleille
Captured sunshine to savour in winter.
That was good, Operafan!
Perfect! Keep going….
Okay then, here’s another:
1000 Flowers Fleur No. 1:
Not for Fall, but who cares!
Hmm…, ok here’s my go at it…
Chanel Les Exclusifs Jersey
Soft, smooth, elegant, a perfect fit
Fan di Fendi
Fruit and leather play well together
Honey, come meet Jasmine & Rose
SL Daim Blond
I spilled apricots on my white suede
SL Douce Amere
Cinnamon and spice makes everything nice
Ouds and woods burning in the fireplace
Ellie Saab one is too cute!
I love the Daim Blond “review”… and I need to bust that out again. Such a great fragrance.
Like Crawford in Tweed, Magnificent Shoulders
Ormonde Jayne – Orris Noir
Purring like a contented cat, sigh!
Glad to see OJ getting lots of action here
Kenzo Amour: Vanilla rice pudding in wooden bowl.
Ouarzazate: Brings me right back to Fez.
(I ordered Ouarzazate unsniffed after a Moroccan vacation, hoping it would remind me of the incense that kept wafting past me in the Fez medina. It does! Easily the best blind-bought fragrance in my collection.)
That’s great about Ouarzazate and the scent memory. It’s such a good fragrance. I’d love to get to Fez someday…
It is still one of my favorites
I’ve been test-driving some samples of the CDG Incense Series. Avignon is probably my favorite, but every time I try Ouarzazate I discover new things to like about it. Love it when that happens with fragrances.
Not necessarily my favourites but very used by me:
M7: Smoky cherry syrup making good disease.
Burberry Touch Man: Plump baby with a smooth touch.
Admit I am mystified by “disease”?
Hah, sorry. I think I missed the hand on that… You can also read: “drunkenness, intoxication, inebriety, dream, hallucination, madness, craziness, insanity” instead of disease.
Not so happy either I guess.
But will become happier considering favorite perfumes!
Not Champagne? Peach schnapps sparkling drink.
Ormonde Jayne Tolu
Orchid needs warmth and plush conditions.
LL Fleur Défendue
Trailmix: Chocolate covered cherries, almonds, violets.
Leaves fall, flowers remain veiled memory.
Never tried Arpege extrait, but that review is lovely.
Ormonde Jayne Frangipani
Rains set it. Dream of Spring.
Hey, Warum! Haven’t seen you here in a while. How’s Newport treating you?
Perfect six words for one of my favorites!
Oh, I like this idea! I’m not very good at this but here goes..
Golden green flowers in amber air.
Good book, favourite armchair, pooled light.
Costume National 21:
Leather boots, longline cardigan, chai latte.
Creamy cinnamon wood pudding, oh yes.
Oh, I think you’re very good at it! Love your take on Chaos.
These are fun! Three that I enjoy in fall:
Niki de Saint Phalle
Marigolds frolic on an oakmoss playground.
A golden cloud quiets my thoughts.
Rose doesn’t take herself too seriously.
Miyako sounds good. And I keep meaning to pull out my sample of Niki.
Your takes on Niki and Cabaret are just perfect.
Chanel Cuir de Russie
A beautiful purse I can’t afford
Genius. And oh so true.
Dzing: sequined saddle and warm toffee apple…
PhIlosykos by dyptique.
A Provence scent, smells like earth and me,
TeInt de neige,
Fluffy musky white soft cloud
I have been reading nst for the last four years, this is my first time to comment! I truly love this blog! I’m from Saudi Arabia and absolutely hate oud perfumes ironic!
Hi, PearlyMusk! So nice to meet you!
Thank you Haunani!! That’s so sweet of you!! I don’t know why I don’t get notifications that someone commented on my post! xoxo
Welcome! And brava on your first appearance; great job.
Thank you dear Rappleyea!! I hope I can participate more in the future xoxo
Welcome! You’re very brave to step on on a challenge for your first time.
Oh That’s so kind of you Oprafan!! xoxo
Hi and welcome, thanks for joining in!
Thanks Robin!! Been reading your posts for the longest time!! So cool to be here!!
Thanks Robin!! Been reading your posts for the longest time!! So cool to be here!!
Wow, everybody’s so good! And you all make me add so many samples to my wishlist! I’m really happy it’s fall! (Now if only winter never came…)
Yes — I’d like fall better if it didn’t precede winter.
No, no, Robin, it precludes basketball season! It’s all in how you look at it.
Duh…that would be precedes! Brain dead!
True. B-ball is the only thing that has kept me going through the winter since I moved to central NC 15 years ago.
Oh boy! We’ll have fun then! I’m in Ky. and root for the Ky. Wildcats. We used to have a Duke prof. on here, but I haven’t heard from her since she moved to Ga.
Here’s one for my current obsession-Pacifica Tibetan Mountain Temple: snuggle with me, I smell cozy.
Nice. I should pull that one out too, haven’t smelled it in awhile.
Haha, that’s exactly how my dude reacts when I spray that on. (He claims I smell like gingerbread.)
Ormonde Woman–walking in the forest at twilight
Zen (black bottle)–cozy by fireside, wrapped in cashmere
Arpege (vintage)–I wish I were this elegant
And for my husband’s Sables–you smell good enough to eat!
Here’s the difference in skin chemistry, Roses – OJ Woman was all sweet violet on me!
Interesting–I don’t even get violet from Woman, just lots of warm, earthy, foresty stuff.
I wish I did! I love the firs and pines.
And I get violets growing in the forest. I really should get some OJ Woman!
Just saying these are great — I look forward to thoroughly reading this weekend. This was as fun as the haikus.
I agree! I love these challenges. And what a creative bunch of readers here!
Fun – here’s a few based on what I’ve been wearing:
1000 Flowers Reglisse Noire – airy, cool licorice with peppery patch
Amouage Lyric Woman – Rich rosy frankincense, possibly winter perfection.
Prada Candy – Surprising elegant and ethereal caramel hovers
PdN L’eau cHic – Crisp white linen calls for this.
Perfect take on Candy!
Testing and disappointed by Montale Amber and Spices: Peppery bubblegum – but where’s the amber?
A great review!
Too Prolix to ever POSSIBLY write a six word review! LOL!
Fuzzy pink sweater, wafting of Woman
Too tired after work to do much more but I’ll be back!
I still have not smelled Esprit d’Oscar — going to look for it tomorrow.
Dang these are all great and so many going on my wish list
CK Secret Obsession
Loud Trashy Tuberose Intoxicated On Wine
Rosewater Sorbet Sprinkled With Smoking Ashes
Eau de Arpege
Naked Under An Amber Velvet Cloak
Smell Bent One
Musty Books Are Really Comforting
Jacomo Art Collection 02
Playdoy + Smoky Leather = Sex. Huh? WTF
Yeah have you tried the eau Arpege in relation to the extrait, the extrait plays leathery bad girl chypre on my skin but the eau version is gorgeous incense tinged amber both rich but not to much for Indian Summer either thus the naked under a cloak part. The loveliest amber rich fragrance I’ve ever tried.
I don’t have vintage Eau, but I do have vintage extrait, which is nearly alllll sandalwood. At least my particular bottle is! You never know how they’re going to age, I suppose.
LOL at Secret Obsession: right on target.
Sister to Samsara, but with plums.
SL Un Lys:
Chilly lily, warm vanilla, perfect contrast.
SL Fumierie Turque
Danger lurks in dark leathery tobacco
DSH Perfumes1,000 Lilies:
From ancient Egypt, green lily perfection
Femme fatale amber meets narcotic oranges
L’Air du Desert Marocain:
Take me there and never leave!
Vintage Balmain Vent Vert:
Frozen galbanum thaws, breathes spring flowers
Oh, Rochas Absolu. That’s it!!! You said everything.
Thanks! I love that stuff!
Love the line about Fumierie Turque. Danger….I like it!
Just got back from working six hours at the band boosters’ concession stand at the football game (we lost our fifth game in a row, but the band was GREAT), so I’m too tired to come up with anything right now…
… but am enjoying this poll very much.
Go band!! (and six hours is a lot, you’re a good band mom)
DK Black Cashmere
Fleeting kisses of sweet clove incense
Tauer Eau d’ Epices
Lush orange tinged bower of spices
What a fun read
Cartier Les Trezieme Heure
Roll in the hay and Smoke
L’artisan Tea for Two
Inhale tea and creme brulee? Yes.
I am plum out of cautious
Love that Natori review. I haven’t tried that one, but now I want to!
H-shoot me an email and I will send you some.
Night beach campfire salty northeastern wind
Jo Malone English Pear and Fressia
Fall leaves, fresh pears chocolate wind
Mandy Aftel Cespes and Tuberose
Dark forest earthy mushrooms enticing caress
Bois des Iles ~ A walk in the woods kicking piles of yellow, orange and crispy brown leafs.
L’Artisan Mure et Musc
velvety bergamot warm clean fuzzy fruit
Prada L’Eau Ambree
smoked vanilla dripping rose and woods
A blast of jasmine and sandalwood
Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente
Spicey myrrh, resting on soft vanilla
L’Artisan Voleur de Roses
Not for the faint-hearted patchouli
Chanel Cuir de Russie
Soft florals supported by hushed suede
SSS Incense Pure
Sophisticated blending of frankincense and labdanum
De nada, Robin. I had completely forgotten about this but I’m glad you didn’t – this was fun! Much easier to count words than syllables in a haiku (but I love those too).
I DEFINITELY don’t have the talents for Haiku, so these are much easier indeed. However, it seems that many here have taken to creating little poetry quality gems! We’ve such a talented pool of participants.
I agree about the talent here at NST – both the bloggers and the commenters! Seems to be three basic types of the “Six Word Review”: metaphoric poetry, description of the scent, or personal review. They are all fun to read.
BTW, tomorrow is Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby. My younger nieces are going with us – should be fun!
Have fun! Gosh, she’s a blast from the past.
Those tiny gymnists just don’t seem to age, do they?
I just got home – it was a wonderful production – full orchestra, lots of great scenery and the acting/singing was terrific. Rigby was really good in the part – lots of energy, gymnastic stunts, flying at full speed – but perhaps didn’t quite look the part (*ahem*womanofacertainage*ahem*).
Me too. I haven’t even tried to write at least a line when the Lazy pool was Haiku. Unfortunately my English (read: I) isn’t so skilled…
Moore, I’m not believing that! I never realized until right now that English isn’t your first language! What is?
Portuguese! Are you kidding me??!! If not, good to hear that!!
No, no, I’m not kidding. I guess perfume is a universal language!
Thats true. Perfume is like music. Thanks!!
Ormonde Woman: Dark pine forest with amber undergrowth
Estee Lauder Private Collection: Soapy floral green chypre exudes class
Yves Saint Laurent Y: As refreshing as a chypre gets
Le Parfum de Therese: Fruity jasmine rose repulses then enchants
L’Eau d’Hiver: A cool, crisp, sunny, bright morning
Your YSL Y review is PERFECT!
What Haunani said!
Eau Perfumée Au The Vert: Dumped cigarrettes at my tea cup.
Better: ” Burnt cigarette at my tea cup”.
Of course, I cannot resist you.
tauer vetiver dance: rolling in a sun fired hay mow
Estee lauder youth dew: bitter acolyte drowns in coca cola (okay, i’m not wearing this, can you tell?)
Different company Divine Balkiss: blackberry patch, hip flask, good friend
SSS Champagne de Bois: Rich, resinous wood, best served chilled.
Attrape-Coeur: Violets on a bed of amber.
Sables (what I should have written the first time: Pass the pancakes and butter please.
I don’t know Sables, but you nailed CdB and AC!
Sables is one of the frags in my husband’s current lineup. An alternative 6-word review could be “maple syrup, maple syrup, maple syrup”.
Perfect depiction of Champagne de Bois!
SALTY FIG, BEST LAYERED WITH ROSES
Maybe I could say about Womanity too : “Dirty socks smell after a looong day”. Disgusting I am. hahaha
Today I had an opportunity to take a deep whiff on new DSQARED2 Potion and I think it’s truly fabulous. Gonna buy it soon, it’s so warm, cinnamon, cashmere wood and amber make it one of a king. Great work Annick Menardo.
So, I don’t have it yet, but here it is.
Better warm up than hot chocolate or
Embrace me with your cinnamon might
where’d you smell it and i KNEW this was going to be good! NEED IT WANT GOTTA HAVE IT!
thenoseknows, Potion showed up a few days ago in Douglas Perfumeries (I’m from Poland, don’t know how about other countries)
The bottle with all those etiquetes on the front looks like it was containing a precious medicine (or potion)
Longevity is great, I could smell it even a few minutes after taking a shower and it can still be easily traced on my shirt.
Definitely worth buying
Prada L’eau ambree:
Musky amber with accord of Prada
Spicy warm sweet medicinal goodness. Love.
Btw I tried the new Fendi today and I cannot smell it! I get absolutely no leather from it at all, and not a lot of anything really. I made the SA smell my arm and he agreed it was faint, so it might be my skin rather than my nose.
I love like every perfume that is signed by Prada. Currently I’m trying to save some money to buy Amber Pour Homme Intense
I haven’t tried it yet. Any similarities to Amber Pour Homme?
neither have I, I just love prada fragrances so much that I’m ready to buy it without trying (blind buys are not common for me)
Unfortunalety Amber Intense is not available here, in Poland. Neither big popular perfumeries like sephora or douglas, nor small perfume shops have it.
I only managed to find one online perfume shop in Poland, that has this Prada.
Too bad, isn’t it?
Maybe there wasn’t time enoght to the Prada launche arrive where you live. Maybe it won’t have larger distribuition. Have you checked at some Prada store?? In Europe there are so many stores that has a delivery. I’m not sure but I think Harvey Nichols and Harrods do that. Or ask some good soul that lives on a place it is available to send you a flask. You send the good soul the money…
Re: Fendi – I don’t understand all the references to leather in this. I got a very functional, fake fresh, apple shampoo kind of smell. I thought it was extremely derivative, something that’s been done a million times before. Silly name too.
This thread has been very fun to read and is making me want to drag out all my fav rich fragrances. Everyone is so clever! I have so many fall favorites .
Mistouko: golden leaves fluttering to the ground
Vol de Nuit: early evening stars and cool night
Mauboussin: harvest fruits, cashmere and soft fire
Nice! I’m so looking forward to getting out my Mauboussin. A little warm yet, here.
Love your takes on Mitsouko and Vol de Nuit!
Ditto! So lovely.
Applause! I can just picture them….
Ok-spring here. Wearing a sample of Aura Swarskovi and it is the perfect spring scent, not too heavy, not too light, on me its floral- like my spring garden.
Just remembered a couple of iris fragrances that I love for fall:
TDC Bois d’Iris
Androgynous adornment in purple and green
Warm croissant slathered with orris jam
Niki de St. Phalle: Not appropriate for canning tomatoes, LOL.
So much great stuff here, I’d feel derivative if I offered another review of any of my already-addressed fall favorites. But I didn’t notice one for this perfume yet:
Rochas Femme —
Lingerie drawer with peaches and cumin
This would be for the new one, yes? I wore it the other day – a classic!
The new Femme, yes. I love it. I’ve unfortunately never tried the old version.
Parfumerie Generale Coze: lighting ‘one’ up while sippin coffee.
Such a clever theme; I’ve been enjoying everyone’s posts!
Here are a few tongue in cheek versions. Keep in mind, I’m very fond of these fragrances, all of which I own and wear. They’re like good friends: I know them well enough to tease them a little.
Portrait of a Lady:
Should be Potent of a Lady.
It puts the rrowrr in carnal.
Just une? ‘Tis a whole shrub.
As in, beats your nose to…
Chanel No. 19:
Call me when you turn 21.
The Devil is even more obnoxious.
…and last but not least…
Need some to cure scent headache.
LOL!! If there is a “holy” water from the devil, Opium is that!! Yuck! Angel is just the incarneted devil that I sometimes like to have some notices about.
Great! Especially love the one for No.19.
I especially like your description of Une Rose. It’s one of my absolute favourites and I completely agree and chuckled at your description.
Lil – these are classic! Great job!! I especially like the Pulp review as I had the same reaction to it.
PG’s Brulure de Rose
frozen rose, single raspberry, dusted cocoa
Luscious velvet pipe tobacco– smokin’ hot!
Traversee du Bosphore
Turkey inspired this? Take me there….
Tea For Two
Warm gingerbread fit for Christmas Day
L’Air du Desert Morocain
Poetry in scent. Words elude me.
Just one more
“Heart Trap,” Thou hath snared me.
Perfect! These have been so much fun to read.
TDC, Bois d’Iris: Damp forest breath vaporizes in light
VC&A, Bois d’Iris: An Iris surrounded by caramelised trees
PG, Bois Blond: Evokes farming life in late summer
L’Artisan, Mechant Loup: Enough wood for both of us
Many terrific submissions! Wow!
ELO Eloge du Traitre: Smoke does not warm cold pines.
and, sorry, but,
L’Air du Desert Marocain:
Bedouins applied my bandages.
Ha ha ha!
SSS Tabac Aurea: golden ray of smokey autumnal goodness
Back to Black: you slay me, sweet pipe tobacco
FM L’Eau d’Hiver: wintry drop of sweet almond water
Dzing: hay, horse, saddle, let’s go riding
SL Un Bois Vanille: burnt caramel cotton candy, anyone?
What a fun poll!. Thanks, Donna and Robin!
It was fun wasn’t it! The irony is that I heard the Six Word Memoir segment on NPR while driving to lunch one day. It was on Here and Now, which is hosted by a woman named Robin Young. Her voice is always what I hear when I read our Robin’s reviews!
So inspired by you all that I knocked off a few:
SSS Tabac Aurea:
I don’t smoke, but I’m smokin’!
1725 Marquis de Sade:
Yum, plum jam, ready for Thanksgiving
EL Youth Dew:
Lemon spicy! Who’s an old lady?
Bal a Versailles:
I bring bouquets to my horse.
Almond and licorice-scented face powder.
Pine and rose, pickled in gin.
Oops, that’s 1740 Marquis de Sade.
Coco-wrap me up in delicious luxury