The fragrance of autumn leaves

The fragrance of autumn leaves

By Deborah Fulsang


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.