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I have been nosing around for something that I might call a "fall urban pastoral," thus far without success.

What I want is the unexpected cold snap, distant chimney smoke, the strange way that visual distances seem to elongate and darken in autumn in the city. The high, fast-moving clouds. Early twilight; the distinctive smell of asphalt as it cools.

My problem with most of the "fall" fragrances I have tried is that they're too nature-y, too organic, spices and musks. The CBIHP numbers like Black March and Burning Leaves are nice, but they suggest the countryside rather than the city and they're also just too simple. Narciso Rodriguez PH seemed to have the right idea with the "wet concrete" smell, but I didn't like it the fragrance as a whole--unevocative, like a carpet in the corridor of an office building.

So, I know I've been terribly fussy in setting out my wishes, but does anyone have anything to suggest for me?
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  1. verycharlie's Avatar
    It sounds like you're looking for Yorkshire in scent form. The place in the British psyche that's forever the melancolic joining point of romantic pastoral ideal and industrial revolution, where it's always 'fall', there's always a cold snap, high fast moving clouds in the big Northern sky, smoke rising from the dark satanic mills and the whopping great asphalt slab of the M1 carving through it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZAgf...e_gdata_player

    I don't think anyone bottled Yorkshire yet.

    Charlie
  2. anomie et ivoire's Avatar
    What I want is the unexpected cold snap, distant chimney smoke, the strange way that visual distances seem to elongate and darken in autumn in the city. The high, fast-moving clouds. Early twilight; the distinctive smell of asphalt as it cools.
    Enormously evocative bit of writing! Makes me long for urban autumn to come. So much of fragrance is pastoral or wealth-bound pastoralism rather than atmospherically urban.

    Nu edp by YSL, though a women's scent supposedly, sort of gives me the feeling you describe, but it is very heavy.

    Many things by Tauer, though they are often seen as more countryside I think, smell urbane to me. How about the gasoline and wooden plank scent of Dior Fahrenheit?
  3. Hojji77's Avatar
    Thank you! I shall have to try the NU edp. I have a bit of Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer, which I love, but you're right that it doesn't quite correspond to the above brief. Fahrenheit, though, may in fact be about right now that you mention it, or at least close to the mark. I had a bottle of '01 Fahrenheit that I was going to sell on Ebay but my daughter became so obsessed with it that I ended up giving it to her for her birthday. I was tempted to decant a little from it but I couldn't uncrimp the top and didn't want to savage the bottle. Perhaps it's time to hunt down one of the earlier refos and see if it's my Prince Charming.

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