We all can get a nostalgic flashback when we smell the scents of autumn (leaves, campfire smoke, damp earth, mushrooms, cooked marshmallows, apple cider, pumpkin, cinnamon, etc.). Words like cozy, crackling, crisp and crunchy describe the season. It turns out there's a scientific reason that people have a smell inextricably linked to the season in their head: it's a confluence of chemistry, biology and psychology that can trigger different emotions like anxiety, sadness or excitement depending on your personal collection of memories associated with the time of year.
"In summer, we have just more of a mixture of scent and sort of a wide blend of scent ... we smell a lot more of everything around us," said Rachel Herz, a neuroscientist and author of The Scent of Desire. "When it gets cooler and drier, specific scents tend to stand out more — we're able to kind of pull out the scent of leaves, the scent of bark, the scent of grass in more distinct ways."
Beyond the man-made and commercial scents of pumpkin spice and apple pie, autumn has its own, much more natural smell. It’s the musty, earthy smell of dying and decomposing leaves blended with wet earth and maybe a bit of smoke from burning leaves. The dominant earthy smells are largely the product of plants hunkering down for the winter. Fallen leaves begin to decay and the sugars and organic compounds in the leaf break down, creating the classic musky-sweet smell of a leaf pile. Maple leaves, for example, have high contents of sugars and when decaying they release a pleasantly sweet, almost syrup-like scent.
You will receive a 1/2ml sample (1ml sample vial filled half full) of each of the fragrances in this sampler. You also have the option of choosing a 1ml sampler.
Solstice Scents Gunnerson's Pumpkin Patch EDP - An interpretation of the pumpkin patch experience itself, this fragrance features damp and cool earthy autumn scents of leaves, dirt, raw pumpkin flesh and vines, moss, balsam, mushroom, hay, lavender and tonka bean, sweetened with a ripple of caramel, the faintest hint of spice and enhanced with a warm, soft, wood smoke in the distance.
Solstice Scents Foxcroft Perfume Oil - If you've ever wished to bathe in the essence of a late-afternoon autumn day then Foxcroft is for you. It is an incredible blend of wet decaying leaves, rich black soil, dry rustling leaves, fall air, woods and chimney smoke. At the beginning, it smells of very wet decaying leaves but on the skin it will evolve into a softer and more wearable scent with dry leaves and the soft smoke and wood notes coming out. Foxcroft was inspired by a quaint small town in Maine.
Solstice Scents Runestone Perfume Oil - Runestone is dark, wet, mossy crumbling stone and tons of earthy dirt and leaves. It smells like long forgotten ruins and notes include aged patchouli, dirt, oakmoss, cedar, muhuhu, violet leaf absolute, leaves, vetiver, sandalwood, cypress, spruce, pine and very faint hints of lavender absolute, rosewood, rosemary, hinoki, spikenard and more. It's dirty, mossy, woody, atmospheric, contemplative, earthy and soothing. This is a patchouli-heavy blend. Runestone is meant to capture the essence of a weathered crumbling tomb so the perfume has a moody dismal element to it.
Alkemia Perfumes Autumnalis Extrait - A wandering through woods in early autumn... sunlight warmed autumn leaves, maple wood, wild morel fungi, silver birch tar, slightly soapy wood musk, crushed hayscent ferns, autumn crocus saffron, dry golden amber, dried oakmoss and a touch of vetiver root.
Notes to Self Perfumery Ichabod Fog Natural Perfume Essential Oil - Crisp fall leaves, pumpkins and bonfires. The best time of year to take in all the smells around you. Dirt and firewood bases topped with allspice and Egyptian musk. Perfect for crunching through the leaves on a brisk and chilly evening.
Alchemic Muse Scarecrow Perfume Oil - The ominous guardian of the fields… golden straw and faded, dusty flannel over a heart of sun-dried, sweet corn husks.
Andromeda's Curse Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground Perfume Oil – The smell of fallen leaves crunching underfoot. With notes of leaves, dirt, moss, artemisia, oakmoss, cedarwood and patchouli.