Hello fellow perfume lovers.
Fall is a time when the mornings are cool, almost cold, but the days can still get really warm, sometimes hot. I have the darndest of times figuring out what to wear. My best bet is to layer up and peel the layers off as the days get warm.
The days are quite a bit shorter now and the sun is hanging so low in the sky that it can be blinding. But glorious sunny days with crystal blue skies have been blessing us as of late. It is so unusual to be able to walk around in a t-shirt and sandals at the beginning of October. I am lapping it up as long as I can, sitting in the sunshine and loving every moment. I have been going on many walks in nature lately. It is something different to the daily school grind.
Not only do I find it challenging to dress for the day but my perfume choices seem to take longer in the mornings. I am forever checking the weather forecast, telling myself that I am just making sure that the weather gods will behave for one more day. There is one genre of perfume that is getting quite a bit of wear these days. Leather!
Leather is the perfect choice. Leather has a slight spicy aspect to it. It can be dry, dusty, woody or slightly sweet. Sometimes the leather is kissed by florals which are reminiscent of summer days not so long ago. More often than not the leather can have feminine and masculine aspects.
My absolute favorites this autumn so far have been the following.
Cuir Cannage by Christian Dior
Dior lists the notes for Cuir Cannage as leather accord, orange blossom, rose, jasmine, iris, ylang-ylang, birch and cade.
This is my easy day to day floral leather perfume which makes me ready for the day. I love that this can be worn by my husband or myself and it smells completely differently on both of us. My skin brings out the florals with a slight sweetness and on my husband it is quite the masculine leather with little to no florals. I wear it most often in autumn when the chilly mornings transforming into warm days makes the leather sing.
Galop d’Hermes by Hermès
Rose and leather
The unusual quince opening intrigues me, pulling me and allowing me to properly apply several spritzes of Galop. This is a stunning rose leather perfume that transforms throughout the day. Linear it is not. It is slightly dusty, or I could say dry. At the beginning it is momentarily bitter and rather than distract my nose, the bitterness lures me in. The longevity is stellar.
Cuir de Russie Parfum by Chanel
If push came to shove, I would rank Cuir de Russie Parfum as my holy grail leather perfume. Fragrantica lists the notes as “aldehydes, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, russian leather, tobacco and vanilla”.
Words fail me. Cuir de Russie Parfum is perfection for me. The florals are there on the side lines. Leather is the star here and as my skin warms during the day the florals send leathery tendrils to my nostrils. Even though I wear this dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, I feel as if I have an expensive strand of pearls draped around my neck.
Do you enjoy wearing leather perfumes? Do you tend to wear them during certain seasons, or year-round? Which leather perfumes are you currently loving, if any.