As the mornings get crisper and cooler, with the crunch of leaves underfoot; and that certain something in the air that evokes nostalgia and long lost love, one knows that Autumn has arrived.
A time of great beauty – a season of deep colour and emotion, a bittersweet journey of the joy of now and the wistful presence of ghosts past. Nowhere is this more beautifully encapsulated than in nature and its perfumes.
If you are seeking a perfect scent for the Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness with an air of exclusivity and individualism there is a hidden gem of a boutique with its door ajar waiting to be found ….
Situated in a chic upmarket suburb of Bristol, this European style ‘Bijou’ Perfumery is unique in its presentation and curation. Many of the Artisan and Niche Creations here are not available anywhere else in the UK, giving the Independents of London a serious run for their money. Its owner Maria, is unassuming, knowledgeable and modestly passionate about her impressive collection of European Perfumes.
Here are five unobvious scent choices for wearably refined Autumn usage – each with a unique characteristic, that ooze charm, style and grace.
‘Rituale’ by Mendittorosa Odori D’Anima
( UK Exclusive to Shy Mimosa. £175 for 100ml Extrait de Parfum )
A smooth, strange, ethereal balm that envelops the skin. Uber refined and complex, with evocations of red wine, sweet pea, and odd flashes of ambery resins. Conjures the intangible beauty of Autumn, that certain something you just can’t quite put your finger on.
An exceptional masterpiece of liquid poetry from Italian Artisan Perfumer Stefania Squeglia inspired by the power and energy of Volcanic Craters.
Notes Include : Italian Bergamot, Mandarin, Aldehydes,Blackberry, Jasmine, Narcissus, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Rose, Amberwood, Beeswax, Hyraceum, Musk.
‘Aesthete’ by Le Galion ( 100ml Eau de Parfum, £125. )
The impression of soft vintage leather with Incense, Tobacco and Hay notes. A smooth Vanilla and transparent Musk rounding things off with suave assurance. A nod to the prestigious house of Le Galions illustrious past from its foundings in 1936, with one foot firmly in the contemporary. The Old world meets New in an androgynous and mischievous style.
Perfect for October strolls through woodland wearing tweed.
Notes Include : Artemisia, Incense, Saffron, Agarwood, Castoreum, Guaiac, Jasmine, Leather,Santal, Vanilla, Musk.
‘Orlando’ by Jardins D’Ecrivains ( UK Exclusive to Shy Mimosa – £85, 100ml Edp )
Perhaps one of the most intriguing brands stocked at Shy Mimosa is Jardins D’Ecrivains. Concieved when Perfumer Anais Beguine combined her two life passions – gardens and literature. It is no surprise that when two art forms collide in inspiration the results are usually rather splendid. This is certainly no exception.
Alongside ‘Wilde’, ‘Marlowe’, and ‘Junky’ amongst others sits ‘Orlando’, inspired by the infamous fantasy novel by Virginia Woolf where her androgynous protagonist has eternal youth. Like many of Woolfs themes, this Perfume is adult, challenging, sensuous, and incredibly addictive. Although not listed in the notes, this has a beautifully feral Civet facet which is animalic, genderless and hypnotic. This is the type of scent, like Guerlains Jicky (1889) and Vol de Nuit (1933) before it, that growls and purrs intermittently, somewhere between an alley cat and a very dangerous Tiger. An amazing scent for when the temperature drops and the night air only serves to extend the diffusive nature of this androgynous and compelling beast.
Notes Include :Orange, Pink Pepper, Amber, Cloves, Patchouli, Balsam of Peru, Musk, Wood of Gaiac.
‘Bois D’Iris’ by Daniel Josier ( UK Exclusive to Shy Mimosa. £95, 100ml Edp )
As soft as Autumn rain, as plush as a lovers skin, as enigmatic as the turning of seasons – this is a quiet, whispering beauty. Hard to define in clear descriptives, a perfume that bestows a certain silent haughtiness upon its wearer. Very opulent without screaming its presence, more Grace Kelly than Liz Taylor if that makes sense. An exercise in ‘less is more’ and a subtle head turner. Beautiful.
Notes Include :
Nutmeg, Pine, Sage, Iris, Wood Chord, Amber, Musk, Vetiver.
‘Berlin Im Winter’ by Baruti ( £98 for 30ml Extrait )
Perfumer Spyros Drosopoulos creates something utterly beguiling here with an insanely eccentric creation that is hard to vocalise. It is easier to share in the abstract : it smells monochrome, photographic, grainy, sinister, and vintage. This is shady characters in rainy backstreets, PVC Flasher Macs in unexpected alleyways. If this was music it would be an obscure Leonard Cohen B Side or perhaps Avante Garde dissonance. There is a damp fungal mushroomy element to this, alongside an inky Xerox infused darkness.
Not for the fainthearted or the optimistic, this is dark November Evenings with fog, mist, iced rain, and the scent of the barrel of a smoking gun. Film Noir captured in liquid form at its edgiest.
I love this.
Notes Include : Amber, Cassis, Frankincense (Oman), Iris, Irish Coffee, Lavender (Greece), Mastic Oil (Chios), Myrrh, NoOud, Plum, Rose (Greece).
Maria at Shy Mimosa Perfumery would love to share and guide you through her bewitching collection of Artisan Perfume with you at :
Shy Mimosa, 42B The Mall, Clifton Village, Bristol, BS8 4JG
Store Opening Times : Tuesday – Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00
All text and Photographs Copyright 2017, Tim Joshua Nicholson.