The fragrance of autumn leaves

The fragrance of autumn leaves

By Deborah Fulsang

30 DAYS OF FALL FRAGRANCE: AUTUMN LEAVES

The smell of fallen maple or oak leaves is as much iconically Canadian as it is autumn. There is a dry vegetal smell of course if those leaves lay in the sunshine in a big robust pile – all ready to be raked or jumped in by some eager grade schooler. But combine that fragrance with the scent of the damp under-layer of leaves, and that is a lush complex smell we love. Warm, earthy and also somewhat green: How’s that for a new candle scent? You’d have the essence of the season then with that one, minus the chill. Byredo, Nest, Voluspa: Anyone listening?

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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.