Editor picks: from sexy scented candles to Tom Ford

Editor picks: from sexy scented candles to Tom Ford

Deborah Fulsang shares her top fragrance picks for the month.

September is the moment of jumbo fashion magazines, great new clothes and amazing scents that define our most Canadian of seasons—autumn. More than winter, I believe it is the fall that is so tied to our national identity. And my personal one too.

After all, what would Canadians talk about without the change of weather?

On that note, a few of my favourite fragrance-minded editor picks that I will be enjoying this official first month of fall:

A scented candle to savour the essence of autumn

I did a double take the last time I was browsing my local Indigo store. Leafing through cookbooks, admiring the tabletop collection of platters and linens, getting lost in all of those gorgeous fashion and design books, I caught a whiff. A waft of the most amazing smoky-juicy-warm-and-lovely smell grabbed me. I rubbernecked to see a jam-packed display of scented candles. Wow. I labour to pinpoint my favourite of the bunch: Chanterelle Moss, Amber Dunes, Crackling Firewood & Ember, Vanilla & Maple Syrup. In the end, I nosed through the assortment for what must have been an hour and I decided on Chanterelle Moss: Its green, wet and woody earthiness won my heart. If I scent my home cocoon with this all winter, my hope is that all of that ice and cold won’t be so relentless even in the dead of January. I’m stocking up.

Illume Talisman Candle in Chanterelle Moss, $29.50 (15 oz/80 hours), www.chapters.indigo.ca

A collection of Italian-style scents from Zegna

Ermenegildo Zegna: It doesn’t get more Italian. Elegant, modern tailoring. The same descriptors apply to the brand’s Essenze collection of scents. Though conceived of as a collection of men’s fragrances, I’m not letting that stop me. The newest addition to the lineup, the eighth in a series that launched in 2012 and which centres on the prized ingredient of Italian bergamot, is Mediterranean Neroli. It’s fresh and warm, a refined accessory that can be layered on in one’s multi-sensorial fall style statement.

Then again, the other fragrances in this finely crafted fragrance array can just as handily do the same. Choose between Italian Bergamot, Sicilian Mandarin, Javanese Patchouli, Indonesian Oud, Florentine Iris, Haitian Vetiver and Peruvian Amber. So go, take an hour, sample this quality collection and find your own inner, high-style Italian.

Zegna Essenze Mediterranean Neroli Bottle
Each, $215 (125 ml) at Harry Rosen and Holt Renfrew stores, www.zegna.com

A fierce floriental perfume from Tom Ford

I slide summer’s breezy scents to the back of the closet with the arrival of September and adjust my perfume thinking to deeper and darker scents. This year, it seems the fragrance world is doing the same given the rash of rich Oriental perfumes set to hit beauty counters in the coming few months. Finding its rightful place at the front of my perfume pack is Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme. True to the brand, this scent is lush and sensual, and full of opinion: There’s rose and ginger, jasmine and orange flower, vanilla, amber, sandalwood and resins. But it’s not heavy; just sexy. Now pass me those leather boots, cashmere sweaters and glass of bourbon; I’m so ready for what this month has in store.


Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme EDP, $185 (100 ml), at Holt Renfrew stores, www.tomford.com

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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.