2020 ATUMN EscENTIALS: Smoke on the Water

It’s that crisp, colorful time of year, which means time for us to forage for the most exciting 2020 autumn fragrances. Whether cuddling up by a crackling fire with earthy incense and myrrh accords or strolling in misty forests with aromatic vegetal aromas — we’ve got you covered!

Our selection of olfactive autumn beauties has been staged and photographed by German-Swiss photographer Armin Zogbaum and set designer Anna Nizio. On their approach to the shoot: “For us, the creation of a complex and magical perfume is nothing short of a miracle. Hence, we wanted to show these scents amidst a hyper realistic dreamworld full of optical illusions that dazzle and tease your senses. We decided that using semi-transparent acrylic glass panes and reflective water surfaces distorted by ripples and waves would be a perfect way to create this intriguing mirage.”

Embark on your trip into this free and fanciful world, and get inspired for a fragrant fall!


PHOTOGRAPHY: Armin Zogbaum, @arminzogbaum

SET DESIGN & STYLING: Anna Nizio, @anna_nizio

RETOUCHING: Olivier Yoshitomi


A hyper realistic dreamworld

… to dazzle and tease your senses.



01. Goutal: Duel

Duel by Goutal Parfum

Handsome smile, wearing handsome shoes,
Too young to say though I swear he knew.
I hear him singing while he sits there in his chair,
While these autumn leaves float around everywhere.

Autumn by Paolo Nutini


PERFUMERS: Camille Goutal, Isabelle Doyen
YEAR: 2003



02. Roos & Roos: Bloody Rose

bloody rose by roos & roos

And it’s the perfect time of year to fall in love
Your fairytale could start with an autumn crush
When it’s warm out in the day
Cold late at night
So find you someone to keep you warm and treat you right.

Autumn Romance by Mick Hayes


PERFUMER: Fabrice Pellegrin
YEAR: 2014



03. Diptyque: Eau Mage

eau mage by diptyque

In your mind, crystal lights rebound
Wheels spin round and you hear the sound
Of autumn’s call at party’s fall, autumn’s call.

Party’s Fall by Siouxsie and the Banshees


PERFUMER: Fabrice Pellegrin
YEAR: 2011



04. BDK Parfums: Crème de Cuir

creme de Curie by BDK Perfumes

The autumn leaves drift by my window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun burnt hands I used to hold.

Autumn Leaves by Nat King Cole


PERFUMER: Violaine Collas
YEAR: 2018



05. Serge Lutens: La Myrrhe

la myrrhe by serge lutens

Breathe in the life of the summer’s death
as the orange and red breathe their first breath
So welcome as they’re burning through
We all begin to burn
Autumn’s flame dances in my eyes
Set alight for all we’ve learned.

Malleus Malleficarium by AFI


PERFUMER: Christopher Sheldrake
YEAR: 1995



06. Caron: Infini

infini perfume by Caron

Gold and silver is the autumn
Soft and gentle are her skies
Yes and No are the answers
Written in my true love’s eyes.

Silk and Honey by Airport Convention


PERFUMER: William Fraysse
YEAR: 2018



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