When the seasons change, I like to adapt and incorporate certain scents on and around me. Because I live in a place where we don’t really get seasons, it feels good to honor the idea of the shift in nature with fragrance.
I honestly thought that I’d be bored with a scented candle like Nette PearlDust. From the color of the vessel to the homogenized scent description, it ran the risk of being pedestrian in every possible way. Those who know me understand my rule to never buy me candles because there’s a good chance that I’ll hate the choice. But someone inevitably tries, and every now and then, they knock it out of the park. This was one of those times. I have burned this candle nearly to its end, and I fully intend to purchase another when it’s done. Despite its light color and scent description, there is a spice and sophistication to this candle, and it harmonizes perfectly with overcast days and a chilled breeze. I love to burn it and sip chai as a reminder to be still and enjoy every scented moment.
I’m a sucker for a good Neroli fragrance, and I absolutely adore the interpretation from Zegna. Although it’s designed to be worn by men, it translates well on my skin. Neroli is typically associated with sun drenched days and heady nights, but this blend is heavily grounded with saffron and incense. It’s a great way for me to hang onto the last wisps of Summer and simultaneously welcome Autumn.
Another one of my favorite fragrances is Myrrh. But never in a blend or a perfume, or even a candle. I prefer the steam distilled result of processing the precious resin. I will put Myrrh on my skin, in my hair, and mix it with a little water to spray my linens. To me, it smells like a hug from the earth, and it helps to ground my senses – especially in Autumn – when it feels like things are shifting and preparing to hibernate in the coming months.
Pairing scents with seasonal changes is my way of staying present within the changes in nature, even if the place I currently reside typically insists on staying sunny well into November.