11 Decadent Indie Perfumes for Fall & Winter
We don’t know about you, but our favorite time of year is when the weather starts to cool. Sweaters, fluffy socks, and blankets come out of storage, along with all the deep, dark, heavy perfumes that are just too cloying and suffocating in warmer months. This is the perfect time of year for marshmallows, patchouli, cedar, pine, bonfires, incense, steaming teas, cool earth, and spiced baked goods — scents which seem to best encapsulate the encroaching dead of winter.
Indie perfumers have a particularly special knack for highlighting specific blends that can be hard to find in mainstream perfumes. Whether you’re looking to smell like a new-age tea shop or a dank, dusty tomb, the indie perfume blends in the shops listed here will fit the bill. Here are 11 evocative selections, perfect for celebrating — and smelling like — cold-weather festivities, or for hibernating beneath our down comforters until the snow melts.
We love this blend for its comforting, familiar notes. It’s perfect for curling up in an oversized chair whilst thumbing through one’s spellbooks. “A steamy cup of earl grey tea, wee lavender buds, and sweet milk.” Sugar & Spite//$5.50 – $12.00
Goth Club ’89
Nick Cave, Bauhaus, and Robert Smith, oh my. This is an olfactory time machine, and it smells sooooo good. “…if you were there, you know the smell. Heavy resins, candle smoke, nicotine, clove, incense, absinthe, with a hint of intoxicating florals and vintage dark patchouli to balance everything out.” Whisper Sisters//$8.00
Sweet, spicy, and ohhhhh so naughty, this is a spot-on interpretation of the infamous green spirits of the Belle Époque. “Conjure the Black Fairy with this sweet, dreamlike aroma of freshly louched absinthe; star anise, wormwood, herbs and warm sugar.” Strange Fire & Fumery//$24.00
Cold, schmold. This has the comforts of winter — “Spruce, snow, tobacco and a slice of a chocolate orange” — all rolled up into a scrumptious-smelling elixir. Conjure Oils//$3.50 – $25.0
The perfect blend for casting a circle and calling the corners, this delectable blend oozes witchcraft. “Amber, frankincense, sweet incense smoke, dried rose petals, sandalwood, vetiver, woods, oud, vanilla.” Solstice Scents//$8.00 – $90.00
Trick or Treat
“Pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, apple, cocoa, coffee, oakmoss, blood orange, sugar cane.” We’re drooling over the gourmand notes in this. All the better to smell you with, my dear. Hagroot//$3.00 – $58.00
Dost thou wish to smell smell deliciously? We love the decadent complexity of this blend. “Slow-baked sweet gourds, Russian tea cookies, pipe tobacco, Autumnal spice accord, caramel, nutmeg, honey, coumarin, beeswax absolute, cardamom sugar, crushed apples, black pepper, liatrix absolute.” Hexennacht//$5.50 – $23.00
One Good Scare
With the scent of “glowing jack-o-lanterns, charred marshmallows, roasted pumpkin seeds, falling leaves, campfire smoke,” we’re looking forward to smelling like an autumnal wonderland for the foreseeable future. SIXTEEN92//$3.65 – $20.00
“Minty forests of fir and howood, mushroom, ravensara, slightly spicy notes, and a hint of brimstone.” Earthy, spicy, AND brimstone? HOT DAMN. It’s all for you, Damien. Ten Three Labs//$3.50 – $14.00
Black No. 1
Got a date at midnight with Nosferatu? Oh baby, Lily Munster ain’t got nothing on you. “Milk white skin, a haze of clove cigarette smoke, burning leaves and the blackest patchouli in [their] collection.” Deconstructing Eden//$3.50 – $45.10
Little Shop in Salem
Conjure up an otherworldly sillage with “an earthy blend of incense, patchouli, potions, and maybe even a little magic.” Wylde Ivy//$23.00
Some of these scents are Limited Editions, so if one of these sounds like your new signature scent, go grab it before it’s too late!
Featured image via Caroline Blicq