This fall brings a new challenge. As a newly minted perfumista, this is my first fall, which means my first attempts at finding fall scents of my own. This is an exciting opportunity for exploration, and one I look forward to.
I am launching my fall exploration, appropriately I think, with CB I Hate Perfume's Gathering Apples. The CB line belongs to New York-based perfumer Christopher Brosius, who espouses a hatred for traditional perfume, and this has come up with a line of scents aimed at mimicking good smells that might not traditionally be made into perfume. Gathering Apples is described as
Does the smell of apples make you happy? It should, as studies show. I used to love to go with my father to pick up the apples from the local orchard. I can still recall the scent of hundreds of bushels of ripe red apples glowing in the cold room.And when you smell it, you know what it smells like? Apples. This is just what it says it is. It does not smell like a chemically cobbled facsimile of apples, it smells like apples. Like the juice that runs down your chin after biting into a first fall harvest apple. It's not sweet like the refined sugar of an apple strudel, but sweet like fresh fruit, like nature. CB captures the smell perfectly, which is applause worthy because it is as authentic an apple as you will find on any bottle—quite a feat given how frequently it is attempted. That said, by itself, Gathering Apples makes a better room spray (which it comes in) than a wearable scent.
Even now the memory makes me smile.
Thousands of Ripe Red Mackintosh Apples and a bit of old weathered wood from the bushel baskets.
Not be dissuaded, however, I tried layering it with CB's Smokey Tobacco Accord. On me, it wears beautifully as long as I am careful not to wear too much of the smoke, which will overpower the apples. Which was nice, but not enough to invest in Gathering Apples as something I’d wear a lot. It’s the best on the market for what it does, but smelling like apples, in the end, is not what I guess I prefer to smell like.
If Gathering Apples is your style, you can buy it directly from CB on his site.
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