5 Neglected Warm Day + Cool Night Fragrances


Post by Portia


Hey there APJ,

So it’s a Mid Season again. YAY! These are my favourite bits of the year. Autumn and Spring. Why? Well, though I do love the warmth and freezing cold I find life much easier between 20C and 30C as top range heats. Dressing for the day is easier and you only need a comfy old jumper or hoodie as standby for cooler evenings. I also seem to function better physically and mentally in the Mid Seasons and I often feel more inspired to create positive change in my life.

It’s great for fragrance too because almost everything goes, here are some things that I love for these glorious days. I’ve chosen some fragrances that seemed to get a lot of attention when they were released but then have been basically ignored ever since. Yes, I talk about them but I rarely see them mentioned elsewhere so here’s a friendly reminder of some of my Mid Season loves.

5 Neglected Warm Day + Cool Night Fragrances


Mitzah by DIOR

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Coriander, rose, spices, cinnamon, labdanum, vanilla, honey, patchouli, incense

Mitzah opens all hot smoky spices and incense, with unmentioned leather and tobacco notes. Not an intense journey through the perfume with mountainous peaks and troughs, while there are definite start middle and end notes it’s more of a progression. The kick at the start warms slowly and languidly through mildly sweet towards a honeyed amber dry down.



The Aoud by Mancera

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Geranium, sandalwood, saffron, incense, rose, agarwood (oud), leather, ambergris

Oudh, geranium and sandalwood are triumphant kings through the story of this fragrance for me, their characters working in tandem and against each other to keep The Aoud interesting and unusual. Though rose is a featured note it doesn’t play heavily here, more a light accompaniment with the leather, saffron and incense. Blooms in the heat and is cuddly at night.

Cuir Pleine Fleur James Heeley FragranticaFragrantica

Cuir Pleine Fleur by James Healey

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Italian bergamot, Violet leaf, Cinnamon
Heart: Mimosa, Hawthorn, Suede, Rose, Honey
Base: Vetiver, Castoreum, Birch, Atlas cedar

Cuir Pleine Fleur is one of the easiest leathers I’ve ever smelled, friendly, well worn kid gloves and while being fragrant it is never overpowering or uncomfortable. A green leather, if you can believe it. I am loving it this season because it has a cool edge for warm days and the soft and,alias make it cozy in the cool.

Indian Wood 11.1 Parfumerie Generale FragranticaFragrantica

Indian Wood by Parfumerie Generale

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Sandalwood, vetiver, moss, spicy mint, nutmeg, cardamom, coconut milk, lemon zest

Chai! Sweet, milky, spicy and warming but with a green facet that gives it a papery rasp and picks Indian Wood up. This sweetness comes from the sweetness of milky woods, piquant spices and the warm memories of cooking. Even though this is a gourmand it’s green dryness keeps it from overwhelming in the heat.

Divine EdP Divine FragranticaFragrantica

Divine EdP by Divine Parfums

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Tuberose, peach, coriander
Heart: Orange blosson, rose, spices, patchouli, gardenia, jasmine
Base: Sandalwood, vanilla, musk, oakmoss

Big White Flowers and peachy/coriander skank bomb. The tuberose is excellent and lushly indolic, I am always surprised there is no ylang here because I am reminded of its sensual lushness, maybe it’s the orange blossom/tuberose melange.

LuckyScent or First In Fragrance have most of these babies

What do you wear Mid Season or what do you love that isn’t talked about much anymore?
Portia xx


12 thoughts on “5 Neglected Warm Day + Cool Night Fragrances

  1. Hi Portia,
    I wear Divine by Divine (thank you Portia) anytime of the year but in the Autumn around here I like to wear Basile by Basile. No one I know talks about that one anymore – or ever did?
    Azar xx


  2. I have a big honkin’ decant of Mitzhah and I love it! I first learned of it from Ruth at FFF. I wore just a touch yesterday to my job at school; I felt lovely!


  3. There are many fragrances that I neglected for warm day & cool night. The Aoud by Mancera is the one among them. Its in the go-down & will search where wife has placed. I’ll wear for the night this week.


  4. I haven’t tried any of these and they ALL sound like ones I would love; incense and leather and rose oud, oh my. I’ve been meaning to try Mizah for some time now. Another sample….


  5. Bottega Veneta is one which I periodically forget about and return to with great enjoyment, and it’s great mid-season as well. Such a lovely smooth apricotty clean (but not sterile) leather! I always feel terribly chic in it, as in fact I also do with Cuir Pleine Fleur … maybe I need to wear that today, it’s perfectly suited to a lovely clear and slightly chilly spring day in Auckland.

    Then I think I would round out the triumvirate of mid-season leathers with my all-time Hall of Famer Cuir de Lancôme.


    • Hey Malmaison,
      They are three leather frags we have in abundance around here. When they announced Cuir de Lancôme being D/Cd I bought a stock because I love it so much and Jin wears the original Bottega Veneta as his signature.
      I hope you enjoyed wearing Cuir Pleine Fleur, it is all dressed up.
      Portia xx


Comments are closed.