Today is the Autumn (Fall) Equinox, so I've read, the day on which we experience equal day and night. After this, it is downhill to the gloom of winter, as the nighttime hours steadily and stealthily overtake the fleeting day. On the bright side, I suppose I should be grateful that I only live 50 degrees north, rather than in Scandinavian countries, or Iceland. My wife went to Iceland a few years ago in early November, which, mind you, was still a good six weeks away from the winter solstice, and the sun was rising at 11am and setting at 2.30pm. Be thankful for small mercies...
I mention the Autumn Equinox because autumn is now more than just a hint in the air in England. The days are turning clear and crisp, with early morning mist, and the air has that slightly glassy glare that I often associate with autumn, while in the late afternoon, the light starts to fade quickly. The trees too are showing signs of seasonal shift, with more than just hints of red, gold and yellow. I haven't been to our local fruit farm recently, but I expect that the apples are close to ready for picking, although I don't think 2012 is going to be kind to the apple crop, with the cool and wet spring and summer we've had.
As autumn grows near, I tend to think of perfumes that are appropriate for cooler weather. In a way, it is more a sense of pending coolness and that faint feeling of melancholy that drives my thoughts on autumnal perfumes rather than the actual experience of the weather changing; I find that I become very contemplative around this time of year. The thought of wearing light and airy citrus fragrances right now doesn't appeal at all, yet I can't say that I have a yearning for thick, heavy ambers and orientals, or soft and fluffy comfort scents. For me, the sort of perfumes that appeal at this time of year are those that evoke the scents, smells and feel of crisp and cooler weather, or that wistfulness of passing time. So I think fragrances that smell earthy, woody, grassy or like nature really, are the ones that attract. I think any vetiver perfume would be good, particularly those that smell more like damp, fecund earth. Frederic Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire would be perfect. I also think perfumes with a focus on patchouli would fit the bill nicely. Although I love and wear incense fragrances year-round, I feel that incense is particularly fitting for the change of seasons, with its contemplative-evoking properties. Any perfume with more than a hint of smoke and leather would also be excellent, evoking the smell of distant bonfires and woodsmoke. I don't think a gourmand or two would be remiss either, particularly those that have a touch of apple or pumpkin in. I don't personally like Ambre Narguile very much, but I think the idea of it fits perfectly with autumn, with its notes of light smoke and spiced apple.
So, what sort of perfumes do you like to wear in autumn?