My favourite fragrances for November


From lighter scents to heavier notes

After spending over four years in the Middle East where oud is at the core of any fragrance collection, my taste has significantly evolved from the zesty fruity scents.

Now that the days are shorter and colder (woke up this morning to 2 degrees Celcius according to my phone) there is natural desire to seek warmer notes of sandalwood, leather, pepper, cinnamon and musk that envelope you in a scent blanket. These potent combinations also have impressive lasting power which is ideal when you think of all the layers you’re wearing.

However, just because there is frost on the ground it doesn’t mean you can completely forgo the floral category. Byredo’s latest fragrance Lil Fleur which appears delicate and light that comes from Cassis, tangerine and sweet Damascena Rose but then you notice a depth and a bolder personality thanks to the combination of Blonde Woods, amber and vanilla. This is an ideal fragrance for those who want to slowly move away from the sweeter fragrances.

Tom Ford has re-introduced the celebrated Black Orchid fragrance with an intensified formula presented in a shimmering gold bottle. It consists of the original blackcurrant and citrus along with black orchids and spice but it has been elevated with ylang-ylang flowers dipped in golden rum – how indulgent does that sound?


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(Above my summer edit)

While we are on the subject of spices, Dior’s Santal Noir is one of the most intense fragrances I have and the deep notes of sandalwood, Turkish rose and hints of fruit, liqueur, amber and musk are so powerful that in most cases I can get away with just one spritz.

This year the celebrated perfumer Frederic Malle celebrates 20 years in the business and Carnal Flower is one of his iconic scents. It’s the brightest of my autumn fragrances as it is formulated with notes of tuberose, melon, coconut and a hint of musk which round of the scent. A master of unique combination, he works with the best of best to create perfumes that stand out. I have been guilty of blending it with another scent but after hearing him explain the months and years that go into creating a fragrance, why would anyone want to contaminate it with another bottle. Safe to say I wear it on its own now.

The final one in my autumn fragrance edit is Chanel 1957. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do but it’s addictive notes of white musk accord blended with bergamot, iris and neroli were too overwhelming to resist. Throw in hints of cedar and I am forever hooked.

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