Take Five: Autumn’s Freshest Fragrances


Jo Malone London says: “Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful” £40/30ml at www.jomalone.co.uk 

We say: Captures those moments of sheer exhilaration, like the first morning of a holiday on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall when you’ve just dipped your toe into the chilly ocean on a spectacularly sunny autumn day…



2. MENTHA CITRATA EDP by Acqua Di Stresa £74/100ml at HarveyNichols.com

Harvey Nichols says: Acqua di Stresa’s Mentha Citrata Eau De Parfum opens with top notes of absinthe and bergamot mint leading to heart notes of winter camellia and violet leaves, whilst the base notes are a blend of white musk and cedarwood.

We say: Spring meets Autumn in a beautiful way. A fragrance that would work for work and weekends, it’s intriguingly fresh with a warming base.  Highly wearable, subtly addictive, it’s one of our favourite Italian fragrance finds of the season.



3.  ROGER ET GALLET BOIS D’ORANGE FRESH FRAGRANT WATER SPRAY £13.60/30ml (on offer) at Escentual.com

Escentual says: An opening of soft, green basil-verbena awakens the senses, while the juiciness of mandarin sets the pace for an orange-themed heart of bitter neroli and voluptuous orange blossom. A strikingly sensuous base of woods starring palissander and Atlas cedar is supported by the warmth of amber, rare and all-encompassing

We say: Beauty Steal Of The Month.  This spirit-lifting woody orange  refresher is a lazy, late afternoon in Granada in a bottle. On special offer at Escentual so if you’re Christmas shopping early and love R&G, grab one.





4. L’OCCITANE LES MINIATURES FRAGRANCE GIFT SET (of 3 in a box) £20 at L’Occitane

L’Occitane says: This irresistible collection features a selection of our bestseller fragrances with beautiful scented notes of Cherry Blossom, Verbena and Roses & Reines. Contains 2 x 10ml & 1 x 7.5ml.

We say: What’s not to love about three L’Occitane best-smellers in travel sizes? (Limited quantity left)



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5.  DIPTYQUE PHYLOSYKOS at Liberty of London £55/50ml

Liberty says: This fresh EDT celebrates the fig tree in all its glory: the freshness of leaves, the green fruit, the slightly milky sap and the bark. A touch of white cedar gives it even sunnier depths. 

We say: Remind yourself of lunch under the fig tree at that little Greek  taverna you discovered over the summer. 100% Mediterranean, 100% deep fig, Phylosykos’s delicious combo of green fig leaves and fig tree bark is inimitable.

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The solid perfume version, £28/4.5g, below (useful for tube journeys when you don’t want to inadvertently spritz the 6′ 5″ basketball player sitting next you – and for small handbags!) At LIBERTY OF LONDON

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