We do not really have fall/winter season here in Singapore but as we inch towards the tail end of the year, the weather starts to turn chilly and wet – the type of climate that makes you want to curl up at home with a cup of hot cocoa.

It is perhaps, time to switch to a different fragrance as well for the cooler weather. Or take that as an excuse to shop and flaunt something new during the year-end reunions and parties.


1. Kiehl’s Vetiver and Black Tea (EDT : S$45 for 30ml)


A new addition to Kiehl’s scent collection, Vetiver & Black Tea is an interesting pairing. Vetiver is woody and invigorating – often associated with masculine perfumes – but this smoky element has been eased with the soothing and fresh, citrus-like aroma of Black Tea. The result: a warm, earthy yet refreshing and invigorating unisex scent.

The formula is also applied on Kiehl’s body wash and body lotion, priced at $33 and $43 respectively.

For those who are looking for an affordable and interesting scent,  the Vetiver and Black Tea EDT could be a consideration. The only downside is the longevity of the scent, which falls slightly short of expectation. A few spritz every 3-4 hours is necessary if you prefer continuity in your scent throughout the day.

2. Diptyque Philosykos (S$144 for 50ml)


Philosykos means “Friends of the Fig tree” in Greek. Another woody fragrance with top notes of fig leaf and fig, the middle note of coconut comes out strongly at dry down. The scent is supported by base notes of cedar and fig tree.

This is an interesting scent that grew strongly on me. The fig notes were rather refreshing and reminiscent of the smell of dew and nature. The aroma of coconut  was strong, creamy and long-lasting. I find this an intriguing and matured scent and whilst many feel that this reminds them of vacation and summer, I feel that the creamy and warm feeling is comforting during the cooler weather.

 3. Penhaligon’s Vaara (S$220 for 50ml)


The Vaara is a perfume fit for the king, or to be specific, the Maharajah. Inspired by the Royal House of Marwar-Jodphur in Rajasthan, a state in the northwest of India, the scent is a burst of flavours such as delicious blend of coriander and carrot seeds, creamy saffron and juicy quince. All these are ingredients discovered during Penhaligon’s Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour’s trips to the local markets in Jodhpur.

This perfume is quite Oriental but beautifully floral, thanks to the heart notes of Moroccan rose absolute, Bulgarian rose oil, freesia, Indian magnolia, peony and iris. The atmospheric and invigorating scent is a perfect addition to uplift the grey and gloomy weather in Fall.

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