Top 20 Niche Fragrances for Fall by Steven Gavrielatos
Tobacco Vanille is a modern take on an old-world men’s club. A smooth oriental, Tobacco Vanille opens immediately with opulent essences of tobacco leaf and aromatic spice notes. The heart unfolds with creamy tonka bean, tobacco flower, vanilla and cocoa and finishes with dry fruit accord enriched with sweet wood sap.
Chergui is named for the dry, desert wind that tears through Morocco in summer and brings life to a standstill. Like all of Lutens’ magnificent scent creations, Chergui is high art captured in a bottle, a magical elixir that can instantly turn the most elegant of wearers into slavish wrist sniffers. It’s everything you’d wish for from a perfume named after a legendary wind…sandalwood with a touch of hot incense, honeyed leather and tobacco leaf, it’s quite sweet yet dry, spiced and mysterious. No wimpy, cloying flowers or sticky, humid sugar here – Chergui is full bodied and complex and has a sweet spiciness that’s miles away from something girlish or cute. It’s true poetry in a perfume… a hot and breathtaking fragrance that’s not tame and not at all familiar.
Enigma Also Known as Creation-E should be mysterious and irresistible and Roja Dove has certainly kept his word: characterized by ambivalence, Enigma inimitably oscillates between its poles. Cool and equally warm, fruity and fresh, but still powdery and skin-close with a subtle sweetness that is difficult to describe. Bergamot illuminates the fragrance with a tart citric brightness, while the heart cozy’s up with a bouquet of gorgeous flowers, more precisely, rose, geranium, neroli and jasmine, which provide on the one hand freshness, on the other hand creaminess. Heliotrope lends a vanilla-almondy impression, which deliciously accentuated by the warmth of the base. This is a masterpiece in itself: warm, soft and liqueur-like wonderfully spiced and sweetened by resins. Tobacco leaves set accents, as well as tart, fruity ginger along with pepper and cardamom. Patchouly lends Enigma more body and depth, while the precious woods perfectly perfect the creation.