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October 31, 2011

Perfume as Costume : Top 10 Fall Favorites Halloween Edition

Do you ever think of perfume as a costume? If you were dressing up for Halloween, what character would you be and what perfume would you wear?

In the spirit of Halloween, I have decided to match some of my favorite fragrances with costumes. One does not need to be a child to play dress up, and with perfume, it is easy to assume a different guise.

To see another one of my top 10 fall favorites list (a bit more conventional one!), please take a look at my post from last year, Favorite Fall Perfumes.


 If the ballerina in question is a fiery Sevillana a la Kitri from Don Quixote, then she needs the hot spicy roses of Guerlain Rose Barbare. If she is an ethereal Giselle, then the gossamer and cool Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist would be more appropriate.

Little Red Riding Hood

 For this costume, I am imagining a coquettish and girly fragrance like the honeyed and spicy L de Lolita Lempicka or the shimmering Ormonde Jayne Sampaquita. Or just wear whatever might tempt your wolf!

Black Cat

 A black cat should definitely not be wearing Katy Perry Purr! My idea is animalic, seductive and rich a la Lancôme Magie Noire or spicy and dark like Frédéric Malle Noir Epices. NB: Apparently, there is a Black Cat perfume sold by the Kittylicious line, which promotes itself as a scent of “mystery and enchantment.”

Sexy Librarian/French Maid

 Both of these images are unapologetically sensual and provocative, yet there is a veneer of restraint about them. The smoky blossoms of Etat Libre d’Orange Jasmin et Cigarette / Jasmin et Tabac, the voluptuous richness of Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose or the delicious darkness of Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison would suit the seductress who is trying to play it cool.


 L'Eau Serge Lutens or any other pretty much invisible perfume would be ideal for the ghosts.


 Annick Goutal Songes always make me feel special. This elegant jasmine wrapped in sandalwood and vanilla has a graceful, refined aura, but its character is strong enough to be noticed. Princesses are not wallflowers, after all!


 In Ukrainian folklore, mermaids are beautiful creatures that live in the lakes and spend their time tickling unwary people to death or otherwise dancing and making flower wreaths to decorate their long hair. The sensual and exotic image of these mythical beings would demand something that is simultaneously cool and smoldering, haunting and distant. My choices are Chanel Cristalle EDT, Christian Dior Eau Noire and Prada Infusion d’Iris.


 Mysterious, handsome and full of bravado. The fragrance that comes to my mind immediately is Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir; however, since it is one of the most overused fragrances, I do not feel like recommending it. For something more current and modern, I would suggest Tom Ford for Men Extreme, L'Artisan Eau du Navigateur and Serge Lutens Chergui.

Photograph: not exactly Halloween related, it depicts Venetian masks worn during the Carnevale preceding Lent. Nevertheless, its theme of changing one’s identity and trying on a different costume are appropriate for today’s post. Via Wikipedia.

To see other Top Ten of Fall lists, please visit: Grain de Musc :: Now Smell This :: Perfume Posse :: Perfume Smellin’ Things.



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