Check Out These Aromatic Fall Perfumes & How to Wear Them!
For me, fragrance is one of the most exciting, fun things about the beauty industry. New perfumes are constantly hitting the market, which leaves each and every person intrigued by scents and gives them constant opportunities to find a new favorite.
With luxurious ingredients ranging from orange blossoms to exotic sandalwood and jasmine, the many fragrant perfume offerings are sure to entice you this season. Check out our review of some of fall's spiciest scents and tips on how to make your fragrance linger on.
SOME "NOTES" ON PERFUME
Perfumes are often described as having “notes” – do you wonder exactly what this means? Every fragrance is made up of many different aromas; these various scents are called "notes." Top notes are the lightest of the notes; they are what you smell immediately when you apply scent, and they last only a few minutes. Middle notes drift up and affect the fragrance about 15 minutes after application. They last up to an hour or sometimes longer. Bottom notes are the heaviest and most lingering ingredients, and usually last for several hours.
HOW TO APPLY PERFUME
Remember, potent places to apply perfume are on the backs of your knees, inside your elbows, and at the back of your neck. It’s also fun to layer scents and create your own custom fragrances. Just take heed of this important advice: Go easy on the perfume application. It is always more flattering to wear too little and have only those very close to you smell your fragrance, as opposed to announcing yourself with your perfume before you ever enter the room. Subtle is sensational, and restraint equals reward when it comes to perfume. With that in mind, I’ve assembled a list of some of my favorite new perfumes for you here:
NEW FALL FRAGRANCES
FALL FRAGRANCE #1: RALPH LAUREN NOTORIOUS
I really love this spiced scent with intriguing notes of deep black currant, decadent chocolate cosmos and sensual patchouli musk. Ralph Lauren Notorious is a new favorite of mine, and I’ve found that it’s important to use the shower gel and body lotion in addition to the perfume to get the scent to last as long as I want it to.
FALL FRAGRANCE #2: CALVIN KLEIN SECRET OBSESSION
I’m a huge fan of Euphoria, so I was filled with anxious anticipation over Calvin’s newest scent. Further heat was generated by those sultry ads with the gorgeous Eva Mendes, and I was not disappointed by the plum, rose, Egyptian jasmine, cashmere wood, vanilla and sandalwood recipe that make up Secret Obsession. This is a great cool weather favorite.
FALL FRAGRANCE #3: CRABTREE & EVELYN INDIA HICKS ISLAND NIGHT EAU DE TOILETTE
Wait until you smell the purple and white orchids, night blooming jasmine, orange blossom nectar and green island palms entwined with a woody musk accord that comprise Crabtree & Evelyn India Hicks Island Night Eau de Toilette – it’s something you won’t soon forget! The fragrance is sexy, yet sweet, and it reflects your every mood.
FALL FRAGRANCE #4: TOCCA STELLA
Notes of blood orange, orange (seville/biarade/bitter), freesia, lily, diamond orchid, sandalwood, and transparent musk makes TOCCA Stella a luscious and memorable scent. I spray this on my sheets before bed – it’s heavenly.
FALL FRAGRANCE #5: AVON BOND GIRL 007
Never mind that I am in love with the new James Bond, Daniel Craig, and can’t wait for the November 14 release of his new film, Quantum Of Solace, but I’m equally as smitten with the new namesake perfume from Avon. Avon Bond Girl 007 is a sexy blend of exotic orchid and velvety white peach, refreshed with orange blossom and warmed by sensual cashmere woods; just like with Bond, you can’t go wrong here.
FALL FRAGRANCE #6: CHRISTINA AGUILERA INSPIRE
Christina Aguilera’s new fragrance, Inspire, marries top notes of mango, freesia and citrus with floral heart notes including tuberose, frangipani and rose. Base notes incorporate valencia orange, sandalwood and musk for a delightful scent that you’ll want to wear often.
FALL FRAGRANCE #7: ESTEE LAUDER SENSUOUS
Molten woods and amber with florals, pepper, mandarin orange pulp and honey combine in this new Estée fragrance that is a wonderful way to reintroduce yourself to the brand if you’ve been a stranger for a while. A nice balance is achieved with the sweetness of the honey and floral notes, paired with the pepper and amber – Estee Lauder Sensuous is a modern fragrance with an air of the past.
Article Written By: Laura Miller; Laura is a beauty and health/wellness/fitness writer living in Atlanta, Ga. Her many years in the salon and spa business served as a springboard for her next career move as a full-time writer. She now writes articles for DivaVillage.com and their sister-site VillageMAMA.com.
Contributing Editor: Kimberly Kong; Kimberly is a writer, graphic designer, and fashion addict from San Diego, Calif. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Calif. who loves to spend her time researching trends and contributing to both DivaVillage.com and VillageMAMA.com.