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Ambra – fresh and warm and sensuous

One of my favourite months is October. Where I live, it starts out as late summer, when the leaves turn fiery red, burnished gold and Jack O' Lantern orange and ends as the real beginning of autumn, the leaves fallen to the ground, leaving branches, boughs and limbs bare. It has an air of melancholy about it that makes me seek coziness and comfort.

Passage d'Enfer Extrême – smoky and floral and woody

Olivia Giacobetti by Guillaume Luisette, 2001 - Wikimedia Commons

Miel de Bois – woody and honeyed and rewarding

European honey bee on rock rose in Oakland, California - wikipedia.com

October 1st 6pm Belvedere Villa Borghese – Roma – woody and aromatic and evocative

Temple of Aesculaplus, Villa Borghese, Rome, by Jean Christophe Benoist

Eau de Cologne Impériale – graceful and elegant and refined

Eau de Cologne Impériale - courtesy guerlain.com

Misfit – wood and amber and a new patchouli

Misfit, a gorgeous amber-woody unisex EdP from indie fragrance house Arquiste, has been in heavy rotation around my place for the last few months.  But any discussion about this EdP must begin with patchouli – that bushy, green herb with small pink flowers native to Indonesia and Malaysia but now grows throughout China, India, and the Philippines.

Fior di Chinotto – white flowers and citrus and luxurious

Image - "Il Nostro Chinotto" - Wikimedia Commons - by romainbehar, Feb.14, 2019

Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre – green and woody and gorgeously wearable

When I first heard about Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre, from French niche line Etat Libre d'Orange, I was excited. Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre, or What Two Horsemen Were Thinking in the Forest, is quite a handle for a perfume, I know, but that's because it refers to a poem by French writer, Victor Hugo.

Rose Barbare – rosy and sweet and woody

 

 

Photo courtesy of Guerlain

Mont de Narcisse – Complex and ethereal and intimate

Narcissus poeticus 

Our son brought his girlfriend over to the house a couple of weeks ago to meet the family. She's a lovely young woman – warm, smart and gorgeous – and we were taken with her right away. While I was putting the finishing touches on dinner and my husband was opening the wine, I noticed my son pointing out photographs on the mantle to his new love.

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