By Eva Whalen

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With autumn comes a return to substance and texture, and your perfume should be able to live up to your couture. Shelve your light scents and get just a touch more serious, but don’t hamper your high spirits. Here’s a roundup to smooth the way into fall, fragrance first:

Mirium Mirani: A mix of subtle and forthright. Delicate top notes of sweet Bulgarian rose, cinnamon, cardamom and an array of Red Sea flowers, long treasured for their romantic powers give way to middle notes of night-blooming Egyptian jasmine, Damascus rose and clove. Frankincense, combined with peach, tea leaves, white cedarwood and fragrant oak moss, underscore this bold, adventurous scent. $110,

Chantecaille: Enchanting and memorable long after you’ve left, Chantecaille’s Wisteria fragrance is delicate, ethereal, airy and fresh. The wisteria flower inspires the scent, and it’s association with abundance, beauty, and gracious gentility in numerous Chinese scrolls. This is an ideal fragrance for layering with others due to its lightness, which renders it perfect for autumn. $95 at Neiman Marcus and at

Hierbas de Ibiza: Named after the sun-drenched beauty of Ibeza, where denizens are noted for their free spirits, this is a high-quality, hard to find fragrance worth any trek or price to find it. An almost magical mix of herbs, orange blossom, lemon peel, cinnamon, jasmine, vanilla, lavender and verbena in 100% alcohol and free of colorings, this is nirvana for anyone who loves citrus scents grounded with delicate herbs. A superb year-round scent known for its layering potential and sunny charm. $3.4 ounces for $80, available at and

Acqua di Parma: If you could bottle refinement, Acqua di Parma would be the result. A unisex fragrance that blends spice with flowers, the result is a fresh, sharp delivery. The lightness of vetiver gives this fragrance an elegant lift, and cedarwood intrigues; then combined with amber and white musk, the result is a timeless, classic fragrance that will endure through all fragrance fads. Suitable for day or evening, this is a solid addition to any type of fragrance collection. And be careful, it’s slightly addictive.

Escada: Pure luxury! Escada has managed to bottle fresh-smelling opulence. There is a deeply indulgent richness and extravagance attached to this fragrance-and it feels so worth it. If you want to own the room at a special affair, or if you simply want a classic signature scent to call your own, Escada awaits you. Top notes include a heady mix of sea breeze accord, bergamot, black currant, leafy greens, cucumber, lemon, freesia and honeydew. If that’s not enough, a heart of magnolia, jasmine, muguet, rose, orange blossom and peony will dazzle, followed by distinctive base notes of amber, musk, nectarine, vanilla, orris, patchouli and sandalwood. $45-$82, available at Escada boutiques, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.

Chloe Collection 2005: This fresh addition to Chloe’s signature lily-of-the-valley scent is full of interesting surprises. Passion fruit intermingles with tuberose woods and earthy musk, and the result is perfectly in keeping with the modern spirit of the fashion house’s designs. $55,

Gucci Envy Me: Timelessly playful and provocative, this most recent adjunct to Gucci’s Envy is a scent that moves easily between seasons because it’s so feminine and vibrant. Peony, jasmine and pink pepper are the top notes, followed by a heart of pineapple, pomegranate, litchi and white tea, anchored by sandalwood, teakwood, and musk. Available at and fine department stores.

Originally published September 2005



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