Perfume Chat Room, September 24

Welcome to the weekly Perfume Chat Room, perfumistas! I envision this chat room as a weekly drop-in spot online, where readers may ask questions, suggest fragrances, tell others their SOTD, comment on new releases or old favorites, and respond to each other. The perennial theme is fragrance, but we can interpret that broadly. This is meant to be a kind space, so please try not to give or take offense, and let’s all agree to disagree when opinions differ. In fragrance as in life, your mileage may vary! YMMV.

Today is Friday, September 24, and it is officially fall in my part of the world! I do love the fall season, but not for the reasons some autumn-lovers give. I don’t particularly care for cinnamon, pumpkin, harvest themes, etc., though I don’t dislike them. What I do love about fall is the often sudden improvement in the weather, from hot, muggy and buggy, to cool, clear and dry. My garden often goes out of control in August, when the attacks of mosquitoes drive me indoors after doing the bare minimum of weeding and watering. In the fall, I can venture out again; and in the Southeastern United States where I live, fall is a whole new gardening season unto itself, with cool weather vegetables and flowers that will produce all winter. The autumn air just smells good to me: crisper, but with undertones of earth and leaves. And I adore Japanese maples, so I always look forward to their color changes in my garden.

I’ve been enjoying comments here and on other blogs about the different fragrances people are wearing in the fall. I treated myself for my birthday to a bottle of Jean Louis Scherrer, a chypre with plenty of floral and green notes which some of you have mentioned before. I really like chypre fragrances, and I think they work very well in this transitional fall weather, so I’m enjoying it very much!

Fall also feels to me like a time of renewal, probably due to its long association in my mind with the start of each school year, and I find myself more motivated to reorganize things. We are in the last stage of restoring our house to order after last winter’s plumbing disaster and the moves in and out of our young adult children. We’re waiting for a couple of new rugs, and the return of three rugs from the cleaner, so we can rearrange furniture and bedrooms; then the hardwood floors on the main level will be refurbished so we can put back the rugs and furniture in the living room and dining room. I will also reorganize my perfume collection (gulp!). Do you have any reorganization plans afoot? What fall fragrances did you wear this week?

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5 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, September 24

  1. We’ve done a couple of things to the house, got a tankless water heater that we like a lot. We now have time to re-do our pantry where the old water heater sat, but we are not too motivated to do it now. We’re helping out with the twins for a while we think. Our son is being a bit of a horse’s patoot, but I think it’s due to lack of sleep. Hopefully, things will be a bit better when we return. LOL

    I’m still enraptured by Ormonde Jayne’s Osmanthus Elixir and I’m also wearing Ormonde Jayne Woman, which is a wonderful autumn scent, woody, green and earthy. I’ll also be reaching for Guerlain’s Angelique Noire and Spiriteuse Double Vanille. Happy Fall You all as we say in Florida.

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  2. Unlike you I’m not an immense fan of Autumn, perhaps because we don’t have stinking hot or humid summers. Some days you’d be hard pushed to tell what season it is here🙄 I really don’t like the shortening days leading into winter. The mood is already starting to drop with the oncoming dark evenings, though the weather has been fairly pleasant and still warmish. I’ve had a couple of days of Shalimars in the last week or so, first with Shalimar extrait and then Souffle and Initial. A very enjoyable lineup. I had an extremely happy perfume purchase of a slightly used No. 19 edt for a great price a couple of weeks back and I’ve been spraying that with abandon too. It will be so good when you finally get your house straightened out, it can be a major frustration to have everything topsy turvy and not looking its best.

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  3. I like the September – February stretch of the year. Not as much because of the weather (I think our weather is great almost all year round, minus an especially hot couple of weeks) but mostly because of holidays that fall onto it: Labor Day – Halloween – Thanksgiving – Hanukkah – Christmas – New Year – My Birthday – Valentines Day.

    This week I spent in tropics (Hawaii vacation that I waited for 3 years), and as much as I enjoyed it, I’m ready to go back to our cooler (hopefully 😉 ) weather.

    We have a couple of projects we need to do at home but keep postponing. So, when I read about others’ managing their projects, I have pangs of remorse, but that’s where it stops.

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